Rugby (W) news
Conference play gets under way on Thursday in CIS soccer, while the start of the women's rugby regular season is set for Sunday.
Vince deGrandpré has stepped down as head coach of the McGill University women's rugby team and been replaced by John Lavery, a resident of Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Que., who has spent the past four seasons on the Martlets coaching staff. DeGrandpré posted a 115-42-2 overall record over his 14 years, including a 74-13-2 mark in regular season play.
For the uninitiated, rugby doesn’t seem like a warm and fuzzy sport. The last player standing wins. But what most casual observers don’t understand is that for all its seeming mayhem, rugby is extremely technical and requires as much teamwork – or more – than most other sports. Just ask the McGill Martlets rugby team.
Two members of the McGill 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.
Five McGill teams, led by the top-ranked hockey Martlets, find themselves in the CIS national Top 10 rankings this week.
Six McGill varsity sports teams find themselves among the CIS Top 10 rankings this week, including women's hockey (No.1), men's hockey (No.2), women's cross-country (No.6), women's volleyball (No.7), women's rugby (No.9) and men's soccer (No.10).
Brianna Miller established a single-game school record for points as McGill skunked the visiting Bishop's Gaiters 109-0 at McEwen Field, Saturday, on the final weekend of regular season play in Quebec university women's rugby action.
Three McGill varsity sports teams find themselves in the CIS top 10 rankings this week: women's rugby, men's soccer and women's cross-country running.
Four McGill varsity teams are listed in the CIS Top 10 national rankings this week. The Martlets cross-country running squad are ranked No.5 as is the Redmen soccer team. The soccer Martlets dropped two spots to No.8 and the rugby Martlets remained eighth.
The McGill University Redmen have jumped six spots to No. 4 in the CIS soccer national rankings this week after sweeping Concordia and No. 3-Laval last week. The soccer Martlets have moved up one berth to No.6 in the nation in the wake of victories over Concordia and Laval, while the rugby Martlets also moved up a notch and are ranked No.8 this week after a 38-0 victory over Concordia.
Brianna Miller of Pte. Claire, Que., and Alexander King of Detroit, Mich., are the McGill University athletes of the week, sponsored by Ye Old Orchard Pub, for the period ending Sept. 18, 2011.
Brianna Miller of Pte. Claire, Que., scored 23 points as McGill overwhelmed Ottawa 38-0 in women's rugby at McKewen Field, Sunday. Emily Barber, a 17-year-old freshman from Fenelon Falls, Ont., registered a pair of tries and Katelyn McKellar of Elgin, Que., added another.
McGill rugby star Brianna Miller of Pte. Claire, Que., is the Quebec university athlete of the week for the period ending Sept. 11, 2011.
Both of McGill's soccer teams and the women's rugby squad find hemselves in the CIS Top 10 this week.
Brianna Miller of Pte. Claire, Que., and Ross Burst of St. Louis, Missouri, are the McGill University athletes of the week, sponsored by Ye Olde Orchard Pub & Grill, for the period ending Sept. 11, 2011.