Recapping the thrills, spills, and frills for Western's teams

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Western men's squash

Jon Purdy

WHACKING IT LIKE TONY SOPRANO. Will we at Gazette Sports fill you in on everything Mustangs during the 2007 season? Yes, read our roundup. Were you disappointed with the last episode of The Sopranos? Now that’s truly up for debate.

As 2007 comes to a close, Gazette Sports wanted to look back at how the Mustangs have fared this year.

The badminton team had another successful season, winning its fourth Ontario University Athletics banner in five years by defeating the Waterloo Warriors 8-5.

The baseball team also finished its season as three-time OUA champs, after defeating the Brock Badgers 2-1 in the third and deciding game of the championship series. Seven members of the team were named OUA All-Stars.

The women’s basketball team currently sits in third place in the OUA West division with 16 points, while the men’s basketball team presently occupies eighth spot in the West division’s standings.

The cross-country team attended the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national cross-country championships in November, where newcomer Leila Angrand led the Mustangs, taking home the bronze medal and earning All-Canadian honours. Leading the men at nationals was Nathan de Witt, who placed 23rd in the 10 km race. Provincially, the women’s cross-country team placed second, while the men’s team placed fourth.

The fencing team is off to a strong start, after performing well at the Newmarket Ontario Challenge Circuit tournament last month. Andrew Wang won the gold medal in the men’s sabre category, while Vas Economopolous earned a bronze medal in women’s sabre.

The field hockey team finished the season with a record of 7-5-2, which was enough for fourth place in the OUA and a playoff berth. Western’s Michelle Weber was named first-team All-Canadian, while coach Brenyn Hodge earned Coach of the Year honours.

After winning OUA gold last season, the figure skating team is off to a good start, placing second overall at the McGill Open last month. At the event, Sarah Burke won the short program freeskate, while Emanuela Marinova won the gold singles freeskate. Danielle Brick and Caroline McKeen won silver in the senior similar pairs.

After defeating the Guelph Gryphons 34-21 to win the Yates Cup, the football team went on to face the Manitoba Bisons in the Mitchell Bowl, where they lost 52-20. The team came back to win the Yates after losing its first four games of the season.

The women’s golf team won its third-straight OUA title, led by Stephanie Grenier’s third-place finish. The men’s golf team fell in the provincial championships, but with Kevin Bryce’s third-place finish, the team ended its season in fourth place overall.

The men’s hockey team is currently atop the standings in the OUA’s Far West division, just two points ahead of the rival Lakehead Thunderwolves. The women’s hockey squad is presently tied for fifth in the OUA and will be battling for a playoff spot in January.

Lacrosse players Leanne Nichols and Nicole Pullen scored three goals each in their OUA bronze medal game, but it wasn’t enough to put them past the Toronto Varsity Blues and the team finished fourth overall in Ontario.

The men’s rowing team won yet another OUA title, with head coach Volker Nolte being named Coach of the Year and rower Tim Colson earning the Oarsman of the Year honours. The women’s rowing team finished third in the OUA.

The men’s rugby team had a disappointing loss to the Queen’s Golden Gaels in the OUA semi-finals and went on to best the McMaster Marauders for the bronze medal.

The women’s side defeated the Waterloo Warriors 67-0 in the OUA final game to take gold, but fell just short on the national stage against the Lethbridge Pronghorns with a score of 15-10 to take home the silver medal.

Despite making it to the playoffs, the women’s soccer team lost in penalty kicks to the Brock Badgers in the first round by a score of 3-2. The men’s soccer team had another successful season, finishing second in the OUA and third place nationally.

Western’s men’s squash team is off to a fast start after winning the West Sectional, while the women’s squash team defeated McMaster 4-2 in its first match of the season.

The men’s and women’s swimming teams are off to a fast start, finishing third at the University Challenge Cup.

Justin Kates and Alex Riedl were named OUA all-stars for the men’s tennis team, leading the squad to a second place finish provincially. The women’s tennis team failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Vicky Croley’s track and field squad is off to a fast start having completed its season opener. Veteran Jen Cotten won two gold medals at the event and should be a strong force for the team.

With OUAs a long way off, the wrestling team is easing its way into the season. Veterans Katrina Huszarik and Brett Ferguson look to lead the team back atop the provincial standings.

Going into the Christmas break, the women’s volleyball squad has a 7-4 record, good enough to share third place in the OUA West division with the Laurier Golden Hawks. Currently, the men’s volleyball team shares fourth place in the province with Queen’s.

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