Weekend Sports Roundup November 14th

What you might've missed over the weekend.

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The University of Victoria Vikes celebrate their 3-1 victory over Saint Mary's University on Sunday. The win gives UVic their fifth CIS championship. (Photo: Gordon Lee)

Soccer

The Saint Mary's Huskies finished off their regular season with a 1-3-1 record and started the Atlantic University Sport playoffs as the sixth and lowest seed before defying the rankings and winning it all. On Friday, they started off their national championship weekend with a 2-0 victory over the University of Alberta in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport semifinal. SMU striker Elvir Gigolaj netted two goals in overtime within eight minutes of each other, after both teams went scoreless in 90 minutes of regulation. The University of Victoria Vikes beat Cape Breton 3-2 in the other semifinal match, sending UVic to its seventh national final to face the Huskies.

On Sunday, in front of a hometown crowd of over 3,000 fans, UVic defeated Saint Mary's 3-1 in a hard-fought match. The Vikes took a 1-0 lead into halftime, adding onto the lead in the 66th minute to increase the deficit to two goals. Gigolaj scored soon after to bring his team within one before Cam Hundal put the game out of reach in the 77th minute with his second goal of the match. Hundal, named tournament MVP and player of the game, was instrumental to the Vikes' success, with three goals and one assist in the CIS national tournament. The victory earned Victoria their fifth CIS title, while SMU remains winless in five finals appearances. Gigolaj, who scored Saint Mary's only goal in the final, had four goals in the CIS national tournament and nine in the post-season overall. He was one of two Huskies named to the tournament all-star team, the other being midfielder Derek Gaudet.

Football

The Acadia Axemen came out on top in the Loney Bowl on Saturday with a 39-20 win over the defending AUS champion Saint Mary's Huskies. Acadian quarterback and AUS player of the year Kyle Graves led his team with three rushing touchdowns to defeat the Huskies, who had won the Atlantic division for four years running. Acadia running back Zack Skibin chipped in with 147 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Axemen will face the McMaster Marauders this Friday in Moncton for the Uteck Bowl.



Hockey

The Dalhousie men's hockey team was crushed 9-2 by New Brunswick on Friday in their first of two games over the weekend, with eight separate players scoring a goal for the Varsity Reds. They fell 6-3 to the University of Prince Edward Island the following day, dropping their record to 2-9-0 and leaving them in last place in the AUS standings. The Saint Mary's men's team also played twice this weekend, winning 2-1 in overtime against St. Thomas University on Friday and suffering a 5-4 shootout loss to Moncton on Saturday. They come out of the weekend with a 6-4-1 record, good for fourth place in the AUS.

On Friday, the Dal women's hockey team lost 2-1 to UPEI in a shootout and followed that up with an 8-4 loss to Mount Allison University the next day. The Saint Mary's women fell to St. Thomas University by a score of 4-2 on Friday and were ousted 5-4 in overtime by an undefeated Moncton team on Saturday. The Tigers sit at 2-5-1 and SMU at 1-4-1, leaving the two teams at the bottom of the current AUS standings.

Basketball


Despite a game-high 30 points by the Tigers' Robert Nortmann, the Dalhousie men's team fell 85-71 to St. Francis Xavier University on Saturday. The X-Men's second win of the early season brings them to 2-0 while Dalhousie drops to 0-2 on the year.  That same day, UPEI edged out SMU with a 97-95 win, led by a balanced attack by the Panthers — all five of their starters scored 16 to 20 points. On Sunday, the Huskies travelled to PEI to play the second of their back-to-back games against the Panthers, this time losing 92-77. Jonathan Cooper led UPEI with 30 points in the win. Saint Mary's bright spot was second-year forward Tory Fassett, who scored 26 points on Saturday and 23 on Sunday.

The Dalhousie women's basketball team pulled out a 83-77 victory over St. FX on Saturday, with five players scoring in double-digits for the Tigers. Danisha Young led the X-Women with 23 points in their first loss of the young season. Meanwhile, the SMU women's team also played a back-to-back set against the UPEI Panthers, winning 77-55 in the two team's first meeting of the weekend. They extended their winning streak to three games with another win over PEI on Saturday, handing the Panthers a 63-51 loss. Justine Colley led the Huskies with 21 points, while no UPEI player scored more than 12 points.

Volleyball

The Dal Tigers and UNB Varsity Reds traded wins this past weekend in Fredericton, with Dalhousie earning a win on UNB's home court on Friday in three very close sets. After losing the first set of the following match on Saturday, the Varsity Reds took three straight sets to win the match and move ahead of the Tigers in the AUS standings. UNB currently sits at 3-2, while Dal sits one game behind at 2-3.

On the women's side, Dalhousie played their first match of the weekend at UNB on Friday. The Tigers lost the first set, but came back to win the next three in a close match. They travelled to Moncton the next day, giving up two sets but eventually defeating the Aigles Bleus in five sets to move to 5-0. On Sunday, Acadia took on Saint Mary's, who won the match in four sets to keep pace with the Tigers in the standings by also improving to 5-0.

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