Martlets duo merit rugby all-star honours
Amandra Mongeon (left) and Chloe Duncan
MONTREAL - Two members of the McGill University women's rugby team - Amandra Mongeon of Ile-Bizard, Que., and Chloe Duncan of Ormstown, Que., - are among the conference all-stars announced by the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec, Thursday.
Mongeon, a 5-foot-10 flanker, tallied three tries in seven games. The 23-year-old physiology major is in her fifth and final season with the Martlets.
Duncan, a 5-foot-6 centre who scored one try, is a 22-year-old science junior, majoring in nursing.
Overlooked in voting conducted by the conference's six head coaches was McGill sophomore Brianna Miller, a fly-half from Pte. Claire, Que., who led the league in scoring with 106 points, 43 more than her next closest competitor. She also led the league in conversions (26) and drop goals (2), in addition to finishing second in both tries (9) and penalty goals (1).
Also missing on the honour roll was McGill's Emily Barber, a 17-year-old freshman from Fenelon Falls, Ont., who was passed over in voting for the rookie-of-the-year award despite being the top-scoring rookie in the league with 35 points. She had seven tries in seven games while playing on the first row, typically a non-scoring position.
Division-leading Laval dominated the balloting, garnering seven of the 15 all-star spots. Second-place Concordia had four players, followed by third-place McGill and fourth-place Ottawa with two players apiece.
Laval also grabbed three of the four major awards, including player of the year (Karen Paquin) and rookie of the year (Dominique Laliberté-Martineau), in addition to the citizenship award (Sarah Boudreau-Turpin).
Mélissa Laberge, who guided Sherbrooke to a fifth-place 2-4 record, was voted coach of the year.
2011 RSEQ RUGBY ALL-STAR TEAM:
PROP: Marie-Pier Pinault-Reid, Laval, Medicine, Québec City, Que.
PROP: Esinam Agbeyaka, Ottawa, Political Science, Ottawa. Ont.
HOOKER: Alison MacCormack, Ottawa, Nursing, Orangeville, Ont.
SECOND ROW: Claire Hortop, Concordia, Exercise Science, Mississauga, Ont.
SECOND ROW: Sarah Nesbitt, Concordia, Design Arts, Regina, Sask.
FIRST ROW: Mackenzie Stairs, Laval, English, Québec City, Que.
BACK ROW: Hughanna Gaw, Concordia, Leisure Science, Elgin, Que.
NO. 8: Amandra Mongeon, McGill, Physiology, Île Bizard, Que.
PROP: Stéphanie Bernier, Laval, Food Science, Québec City, Que.
FLYHALF: Charlotte Vallieres-Villeneuve, Laval, Physiotherapy, Québec City, Que.
WINGER: Chloe Duncan, McGill, Nursing, Ormstown, Qué.
CENTRE: Karen Paquin, Laval, Chemical Engineering, Québec City, Que.
CENTRE: Latoya Blackwood, Concordia, History & English, Brampton, Ont.
WINGER: Onienté K. Laflamme, Laval, Physical & Health Education, La Sarre, Que.
BACK ROW: Claudiane Renaud, Laval, Geomatic Science, Trois-Rivières, Que.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Karen Paquin, Centre, Laval, Chemical Engineering, Québec City, Que.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
Dominique Laliberté-Martineau, Back Row, Laval, Literary Studies, Québec City, Que.
Sarah Boudreau-Turpin, Third Row, Laval, Nutrition, Québec City, Que.
COACH OF THE YEAR:
Mélissa Laberge, Université de Sherbrooke
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