Football – Max Caron
The Stingers football ball team ended the month of September with two wins and three losses. Max Caron has been consistent on the Stingers defensive line all season. The Kingston, Ont. native was second on the team with 24 tackles and one sack to his name.
“Every game he stood out on defense,” said Concordian contributor Tim Lazier. “Whenever Concordia was defending, his name always came up. He’s one of those players that never got off the field and seemed to be in on every tackle.”
Men’s rugby – Marc Roche
The men’s rugby team had a very good first month of action. After four games, the team totaled three wins and one loss. Their second victory of the season was won by forfeit over the McGill Redmen on Sept. 12. The team has three games remaining in the season and should comfortably make the playoffs.
Marc Roche was selected as the team’s player of the month by head coach Clive Gibson and staff writer Paolo Mingarelli. The Johannesburg, South Africa native was strong in the number eight position and was once selected as game MVP. He also picked up an Athlete of the Week award by the Stingers Athletic Department.
Women’s rugby – Bianca Farella
Women’s rugby was Concordia’s best team this month. The squad finished with a perfect 5-0 record. They didn’t just narrowly beat the other schools, they humiliated some of them. ConU outscored their opponents 232-19 during the month. Bianca Farella is our pick as athlete of the month. Playing in four of five games in September, the behavioural neuroscience student scored a total of 10 tries and led the team with 50 points. She was named MVP in the first game of the season as she had five tries against the Sherbrooke Vert et Or. The Stingers won that game 80-0.
Men’s soccer – Andrew Bryan
Andrew Bryan played in five of Concordia’s seven matches during the month and picked up a game MVP honours in four of these matches. The first-year striker’s two goals account for a third of his team’s goal total so far. He also has one assist.
Standing at six feet and five inches, Bryan uses his size to outmuscle opposing defenders. The target man also has explosive acceleration and speed in his repertoire. He has proven himself by managing to find a goal from almost anywhere on the pitch. His is a threat on the ground and in the air.
Women’s soccer – Jennifer Duff
Selected by myself and head coach Jorge Sanchez, Jennifer Duff ended the month of September with five goals and three assists. The Stingers played a total of seven matches, winning three, while losing and drawing twice.
Duff’s best match was on Sept. 20 against the UQÀM Citadins. The fourth-year student scored a brace and added an assist in a 4-0 shutout victory. She was named MVP four times throughout the month. Duff currently has a three match scoring streak in progress.
Cross-Country – Ryan Noel-Hodge
Ryan Noel-Hodge currently captains the men’s cross-country team. The fourth-year anthropology student already has one win to his name this year. In the McGill Open on Sept. 15, Noel-Hodge finished first out of 128 runners with a time of 18:55. He was five seconds short of the course record.
“A week later, he finished in the top 10 at the prestigious and highly competitive Western International meet, running eight kilometers in 25:41,” said head coach John Lofranco. “His form at Western against the top runners in eastern Canada anticipates a possible All-Canadian berth at the CIS championships on the same course in November.”