For the first time since the 2001 season, Concordia’s men’s rugby team are QSSF champions, and while they were the favorite going into the 2001 final (going 7-1 during conference play) they were far from it going into the 2005 final against the first-place and two-time defending champion McGill Redmen at Molson Stadium on Sunday. Led by fly-half Scott Gill who scored 15 points and a try from senior fullback Etienne Bouchard-Claisse with less than five minutes remaining, the Stingers upset McGill by a score of 20-18. McGill previously had only one loss on the season, to Concordia, while the Stingers who only had three regular season wins, defeated the second-place Bishop’s Gaiters in the semi-final a week ago to make it to the championship.
The women’s hockey Stingers played two games this weekend, on Saturday against the McGill Martlets and on Sunday against the Carleton Ravens. The Stingers split the two games losing 1-0 to the Martlets and defeating the Ravens 6-2 on Sunday. With starting goaltender Cecilia Anderson in her home country Sweden for a pre-Olympic tournament, Meggy Hatin-Leveillee and Catherine Boulay got the starts in the two games. Amanda Carmichael got the lone goal for the Martlets less than five minutes into the second period and Kalie Townsend made 29 saves for the shutout. Hatin-Leveillee made 26 saves in the loss. On Sunday, Dominique Rancour scored two first period goals and added two assists for a four-point night in a 6-2 win. Isabelle Caron, Janie Brassard, Genevieve Dupuis and Mary-Jane O’Shea scored the other goals for the Stingers. Esther Latoures had four assists. Catherine Boulay made 15 saves in the win while Carleton goaltender Valerie Charbonneau made 32 saves in the loss.
In football, the University of Montreal Carabins scored 11 fourth-quarter points to break the tie and pull away from the Concordia Stingers in the QUFL semi-final on Saturday afternoon at Stade CEPSUM. The Stingers limited all-star Joseph Mroue to 60 yards on 20 carries, but were unable to stop the Carabins in the fourth quarter who scored a rouge, a field goal and a touchdown in the final quarter. Scott Syvret, playing his first game in two weeks, completed 22 of 29 passes for 367 yards with a touchdown and an interception but had to leave the game late in the fourth quarter with an injury. Syvret spread the ball around as several receivers had big days. Mark Kang had six catches for 62 yards, Dan Mott had five catches for 51 yards in his final game as a Stinger and Nick Saikaley had three catches for 155 yards and a touchdown.
On Monday, the QUFL announced its major award winners, and two Stingers took home awards. Quarterback Scott Syvret won the most outstanding player award, which means that he is the QUFL’s nominee for the Hec Creighton award, for most valuable player in Canada. Linebacker Pat Donovan was named the outstanding defensive player. He will be the QUFL’s nominee for the President’s trophy, which his brother won last year. The Canadian award-winners will be named during Vanier Cup festivities in Hamilton in December.