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by The Concordian October 4, 2011
Men’s rugby
Bishop’s 8 Concordia 0

Rainy weather on Friday night caused the Concordia offence to dry up in an 8-0 defeat at the hands of the Bishop’s Gaiters.
The Stingers found themselves down 3-0 early in the game but had a golden opportunity to tie or take the lead 15 minutes later, just a few metres out of the try area. The Stingers elected to go for the try rather than just convert an easy kick for three points. However, Concordia couldn’t get through Bishop’s defence, and turned the ball over without scoring any points.
Bishop’s would score an unconverted try before halftime to stretch the score to 8-0.
The weather deteriorated further in the second half which made ball handling difficult and thus making a Stingers’ comeback more improbable.
The Stingers would pressure the Gaiters occasionally but each time it seemed a mishandling of the ball or a penalty would turn the possession over to Bishop’s.
“The effort was there,” said head coach Clive Gibson. “Unfortunately the team has just been unable to finish. Hopefully the next two weeks off will allow us to perfect some things before the playoffs.”

Women’s soccer

Friday: Concorda 1 Bishop’s 1
Sunday: Concordia 1 UQTR 1

Concordia outplayed both Bishop’s and UQTR on the road this weekend, but unfortunately they were unable to pick up a win.
In the game against Bishop’s, Concordia out shot the Gaiters 18-5 but found themselves trailing after Bishop’s scored in the 68th minute on a penalty kick.
Staring down at another tough defeat the Stingers were able to answer in the 75th minute when Jennifer Duff scored for the Stingers on a penalty kick of her own, allowing the Stingers to salvage a draw and pickup a single point.
The story on Sunday was reverse.
Duff again scored on a penalty kick in the 60th minute to give Concordia a 1-0 lead. However, UQTR was able to answer with a late goal of their own in the 78th minute.
The two draws bring the Stingers’ record to 1-5-2 on the year.

Men’s soccer
Sunday: UQTR 2 Concordia 0

The disastrous season for the Concordia men’s soccer team continued on Sunday in Trois-Rivières.
After playing what most coaches and players believed to be their worst game of the season last weekend against Sherbrooke, the Stingers were unable to muster a single goal on the road.
Making the loss more depressing is that UQTR, like Concordia, is one of the weaker teams in the conference and a game the Stingers would have been expecting to get points out of.
The loss drops Concordia’s record to 1-5-1.
The Stingers have allowed the most goals against in the league and are now in sole possession of last place.

Concordia 13 John Abbott 1
Concordia 4 John Abbott 2

Even though the Stingers clinched first place last week they were determined not to “back in” to the playoffs.
The Stingers swept their final doubleheader of the season convincingly, trampling John Abbott College 13-1 in the first game, and 4-2 in the second, playing Saturday in cold rainy conditions.
Manager Howard Schwartz wanted to get all of his starting pitchers some limited action before the playoffs, so Alex Kechayan, Mat Jacobson, André Legarde and Brandon Berkovits combined to hold John Abbott to just three runs in two games.
Kechayan and Jacobson were the pitchers of decision, both picking up wins.
The two players combined to go 9-0 this season in what Schwartz expected to be a transitional year for the Stingers’ pitching staff.
“Jacobson is undefeated in his career still,” said Schwartz. “This was definitely his breakout year, though, and it’s when we needed him to come up big.”
The Stingers will begin their pursuit of a national title on Oct. 9 at noon when the playoffs begin. Their opponent has yet to be determined, but Concordia will have home-field advantage for the first two games of their best-of-three series.

Laval 37 Concordia 4

A superb Rouge et Or defence and heavy gusts of wind made life hell for the Stingers offence Sunday in Quebec City.
The Stingers managed just two first downs the entire game, on an afternoon they’d do best to forget.
Reid Quest, after throwing for 434 yards last week against Sherbrooke, managed just 55 yards on 9-for-22 passing with one interception in just his second career start. Quest was also sacked six times on the day.
The Stingers’ ground game wasn’t much better, rushing the ball 21 times for just 55 yards.
On the other side of the ball Rouge et Or running back Sébastien Lévesque ran wild against the Stingers, amassing 192 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.
Though Concordia led 4-0 early the Stingers simply didn’t have the fire power to compete on the road against the first-ranked Rouge et Or.
Shortly after the Stingers took the 4-0 lead a Reid Quest interception by Arnaud Gascon-Nadon was returned 19 yards for a touchdown, giving Laval a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
With the win Laval remains perfect in the season while the Stingers drop to 2-3 and prepare to face McGill at home this Saturday at 1 p.m.

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