Mustangs take to road in busy weekend for number of teams

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Western men's basketball

Jon Purdy

IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE, IT'S A DUDE NEEDING A HAIRCUT! Point guard Matt Curtis (pictured centre) is rocking the "Steve Nash" look this season. Good thing he drops dimes like the Royal Canadian Mint. The men's hoopsters head to Ottawa this weekend for a doubleheader.

Alumni Hall will be quiet this weekend as most of the Purple and Silver hit the road for competition.

The men’s volleyball team travels to Toronto and will take on the Ryerson Rams on Saturday. Ryerson boasts a strong lineup including Greg McDonald, who is fourth in Ontario University Athletics’ scoring. The Mustangs will look for a repeat performance from Eric Simon, who scored 23 points in last weekend’s defeat of the Laurier Golden Hawks.

In other action, the Lakehead Thunderwolves play host to the women’s volleyball team on Saturday. Western is led by Jacqueline Robinson and Leah Towell, who both rank in the top 20 in OUA scoring. The women are riding a seven game win streak after beginning the season with three straight losses.

The men and women’s basketball teams head to the nation’s capital to battle the Carleton Ravens on Friday and the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday for some dual doubleheader action.

The men’s squad hopes to improve on its .500 record, as well as hand both Carleton and Ottawa their first losses of the season. Carleton is the top-ranked school in Canadian Interuniversity Sport and hosted NCAA powerhouses the University of Illinois, Villanova University and Boston College during the preseason.

The women’s team has a less daunting task ahead of it as the Carleton women have a 1-4 record, while Ottawa is winless in five games. The ’Stangs look to continue their three-game winning streak, having most recently put up triple digits against Royal Military College last weekend.

The Purple and Silver will look for another breakout performance from first-year guard Brittany MacDonald, who scored 16 points and grabbed nine boards in last weekend’s victory.

On the ice, the seventh-ranked men’s hockey team will travel to Toronto take on the York Lions on Saturday afternoon. Kevin Richardson and Sal Peralta look to continue their hot streaks; they have tallied 11 and nine points respectively in the team’s last three contests. As well, Brad Topping looks to continue his dominance between the pipes. Topping’s three shutouts and 1.61 GAA lead the CIS.

The women’s hockey team is hosting the Laurier Golden Hawks at Thompson Arena on Sunday afternoon. The team looks to avenge its loss to Laurier earlier this season and snap its three-game losing streak.

Look for an intense goaltender match-up in this one as well, as Western’s Jessica Ulrich will look to upstage Laurier’s Liz Knox, who has four shutouts and a 1.13 GAA so far this campaign.

The track and field team will host the Western season opener on Saturday. The Purple and Silver are looking for a repeat of the 1997-98 season when they dethroned the Windsor Lancers, who have won 14 of the last 15 overall titles.

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