by John Austen
The Concordia Stingers may have dominated the McGill Redmen for much of
their Quebec Interuniversity Football Conference championship game last
week, but its the final score that counts. More than 7,000 fans
watched on Nov. 16 as the Redmen held on for a 10-6 win, advancing them
into the national championship final four. McGill then proved no match
for the Saskatchewan Hilltops, who coasted to a 22-0 win in the national
semifinal last Saturday at Molson Stadium.
The McGill-Concordia clash was a sloppily played game with neither side
able to generate any sustainable offence. The Stingers managed 20 first
downs and 324 yards of net offence, while the Redmen had 13 first downs
and 267 yards of offence.
One of the lone bright spots for Concordia was fourth-year running back
Jean-Michel Paquette, who carried the ball 25 times for 185 yards. Linebacker
Mickey Donovan also had a strong game, collecting 13 tackles in leading
the Stinger defence. The key stat saw Concordia give up five turnovers,
while McGill gave up just one.
Coach Gerry McGrath and the Stingers finished the regular season with
a 4-4- record and a 1-1- record in the playoffs. The Stingers had defeated
the powerful Rouge et Or from Laval 29-21 in the conference semifinal
Nov. 2, reaching the league championship for the first time since 1998.
Athletes of the week
Jean-Michel Paquette of the football team and Jessica Anderson of the
womens hockey team were named Concordia Stinger athletes of the
Anderson, a second-year history major from Beaconsfield, was in goal
when the Stingers beat the Ottawa Gee-Gees 4-1 in recent action. She made
24 of 25 saves, including many key stops, to help keep her team in the
Paquette was his teams best player in the loss to McGill. He rushed
for 185 yards on 25 carries, as well as gaining 23 yards on punt returns,
giving him more than 200 all-purpose yards. The St. Louis de France, Que.,
native is a fourth-year administration major.
Aiken nominated for Russ Jackson Award
David Aiken, a fifth-year safety, has been chosen as the Quebec Interuniversity
Football conference nominee for the presigious Russ Jackson Award.
The Jackson Award is presented annually to the player best exemplifying
the attributes of academic achievement, football skill and citizenship.
The award in named in honour of CFL Hall of Famer and Ottawa Rough Rider
quarterback Russ Jackson.
Four nominees, representing the four regions of Canada, will be considered
by a panel of coaches from actoss the country. The winner will be honoured
at a gala in Toronto this weekend during Vanier Cup celebrations.
Aikens, a finance major, had a 3.5 GPA last semester, and plans to pursue
a master of science in finance when he graduates this December.
Hoopsters lose in Ste. Foy
Both the mens and womens basketball teams lost their league
openers at Université Laval last Saturday. The men were dumped
93-83 in a high-scoring affair, while the women were trounced 85-36.
Both teams look for better luck when they return to Concodia Gym this
Friday night to face crosstown rival McGill. The Lady Stingers take on
the Martlets at 6 p.m., while the men take on the Redmen at 8 p.m.