The Redmen (21-6-1) endured a 4-2 upset defeat against the Stingers (10-12-6) last Friday at Ed Meagher Arena. The defeat ended McGill’s five-game run of victories over Concordia, and provided a preview to their three game OUA East playoff quarter-finals series next Wednesday. Concordia outplayed the Redmen for the first two periods, outscoring them 3-1—senior centre Mathieu Pompei was the only Redmen player to convert in the first two periods. Rookie winger Daniel Milne was the other Redmen to find the back of the net. McGill finished second in the OUA East with a 21-6-1 record. They will play Concordia next Wednesday at Concordia.
The Martlets (12-5-2) came back from two goals down in the second period to defeat the Stingers (6-8-2) three goals to two. The Martlets have now triumphed over the Stingers on the last eight occasions the teams have met. Senior forward Gabrielle Davidson was responsible for the last two of the Martlets’ goals while freshman forward Nicole Howlett put McGill on the scoreboard for the first time at the end of the second period. Captain Melodie Daoust played in her 100th career game for McGill on Saturday and scored her 200th career point on an assist for Davidson’s first goal. The Martlets are currently second to Montreal in the RSEQ standings but have already clinched their spot in the playoffs with only one game remaining.
The Redmen (9-4) defeated the Stingers (9-5) 53-44 on Saturday for their ninth win out of the last 14 games played against their crosstown rivals. The Redmen led the Stingers 17-6 after the first quarter, but by the close of the first half, Concordia had rallied to close the deficit to only two points at 24-22. The Redmen found their groove again in third quarter and never looked back on their way to a nine point victory. The team’s standout player was fifth-year shooting guard Vincent Dufort of Smiths Falls, Ontario, who recorded a “double-double” with 14 points scored and 11 rebounds collected in 36 minutes on the court. This puts the Redmen into first place in the RSEQ standings with three games left to play this season.
The Martlets (12-1) defeated the Stingers (5-9) 77-64 at the Concordia Gym last Saturday. McGill was brilliant from the floor, converting 54.9 per cent of their shots, and 100 per cent from beyond the arc and from the free throw line. Rookie guard Gladys Hakizimana was in dominant form, scoring 19 points on 5-7 shooting, as well as converting a perfect 7-7 from the charity stripe, and 2-2 from beyond the arc. Three other Martlets reached double figures—senior forward Gabriela Herbert 17 points included a hat-trick of three pointers and 7-9 shooting from the field. On defence, McGill held Concordia to a paltry 27.4 per cent shooting performance—Alex Kiss-Rusk was formidable protecting the rim and recorded four blocks. McGill are firmly atop the RSEQ rankings and will play Laval (8-5) next Friday.