Varsity Round Up: Sept. 11 to 17

Martlets Soccer (3-2-1)

L 5-1 at Laval Rouge et Or on Sept. 15 

T 0-0 vs UQÀM Citadins on Sept. 17

The Martlets went on the road to face  Université Laval’s Rouge et Or, currently ranked first in RSEQ standings. As Laval opened the score in the early second half, McGill forward Liliane Lefebvre quickly equalized the game at 1-1. However, Laval netted four goals past goaltender Sophie Guilmette, leading to a 5-1 Martlet loss. 

On Sept. 16, the Martlets squad, undeterred by their loss earlier that week, hosted the Citadins. Despites UQÀM’s best attempts, Guillmette managed to shut out the eight shots facing her, resulting in a 0-0 tie and the Martlets first draw of the season. 

Redbirds Soccer (1-3-1)

T 0-0 at Laval Rouge et Or on Sept. 15

L 3-2 vs UQÀM Citadins on Sept. 17

The Redbirds took home their first draw of the season against Université Laval, as goaltender  Ludovyck Ciociola successfully shut out all six attempts from Laval’s Rouge et Or. The Redbirds led the match by ten shots and two yellow cards.

Sunday’s match against the Citadins marked the Redbirds’ third loss of the season as they were ultimately unsuccessful in their attempts to take back an early lead from the Citadins. 

Martlets Rugby (0–3)

L 84-0 vs Laval Rouge et Or on Sept. 16

McGill’s rugby squad suffered another big loss in their second home match, facing Laval’s Rouge et Or. In better news, the Martlets’ back-row Lauren Minns took home the RSEQ female athlete of the week award. 

Martlets Field Hockey (0–2) 

L 3-1 at McMaster Marauders on Sept. 16

L 5-1 at Western Mustangs on Sept. 17

This weekend saw Martlets’ field hockey lose both games during their road trip to Ontario. The season opened on a 3-1 loss against the Marauders, with Zoe Laxton scoring the team’s only goal. The Martlets were met with a similar fate against the Mustangs, losing 5-1, despite forward Hillary Wright’s attempt to strike back. 

Redbirds Baseball (4–2) 

W 16-0 vs Université de Montréal Carabins on Sept. 12 

W 10-9 at Concordia Stingers on Sept. 13 

L 7-3 and L 6-4 vs UQTR Patriotes on Sept. 16 

W 15-6 (9 Innings) at University of Ottawa Gee-Gees on Sept. 17 

The Redbirds stayed busy this week with five games in five days and managed to maintain their winning record despite dropping both games of their double-header against UQTR. While the Redbirds dazzled with their offensive prowess against Concordia and the Université de Montréal, their bats were much quieter against a strong UQTR pitching staff. However, all concerns regarding the Redbirds offense were put to rest when the team arrived in Ottawa to face off against the Gee-Gees. McGill put up 12 runs on 18 hits and eight walks to cap off an exhausting 3–2 week. 

Martlets and Redbirds Cross-Country 

Redbirds Finish: First Place 

Martlets Finish: Fourth Place 

The Redbirds and Martlets cross-country teams both took part in the McGill Invitational cross-country meet on Sept. 16 in Mt. Royal Park. The meet marked the start of the RSEQ season and neither team disappointed. The Martlets’ Sophie Courville took home a bronze medal while Sophie Rashid-Cocker finished sixth and Sienna Matheson, Marianne Lanctot, and Noémie Chenail finished 16th, 26th, and 27th respectively. 

The Redbirds, however, finished first in an 11-team competition. Noah El Rimawi-Fine and Jerome Jacques finished on the podium in second and third place, respectively, while Jack Stanley and Devin Chapple took the fourth and fifth place spots. Thomas Windisch finished close behind in seventh place, contributing to a well rounded meet. 

Redbirds Football (1–3) 

L 42-24 at Concordia Stingers on Sept. 16

In the Montreal Shrine Bowl game, the Redbirds lost 42-24 to the Stingers for their second straight loss. Despite only being behind 24-17 heading into the fourth quarter, the Stingers put up 17 points, taking the game out of reach for the Redbirds and handing them the loss. 

Sports Editor and field hockey goalkeeper Anoushka Oke did not contribute to this piece.

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