In this week's edition of the week that was for McGill Athletics the McGill Tribune Sports team looks at Yasmeen Dawodjee and Kade Wist, our athletes-of-the-week; Redmen Baseball, Redmen Hockey, Martlet & Redmen Swimming, and Redmen Lacross; as well as our weekly edition of by the numbers.
Beyond the box score
REDMEN AND MARTLET SWIMMING
McGill placed an impressive second in both the men’s and women’s divisions at the first RSEQ University Cup meet of the academic year. Redmen Freshman Kade Wist recorded three gold medal finishes in the 400m freestyle, 200m butterfly and the 4 x 200m freestyle relay. Other gold medal Redmen were sophomore Gabriel Fortin, freshman Jean-Daniel Vallieres, junior David Whiteside, freshman William Dixon, junior Luke Robert, sophomore Zachary Pilling, and freshman Jason Galet. On the Martlet team, the 4 x 200m freestyle relay team consisting of freshman Isabelle Brathwaite, junior Katerina Cardi, junior Simone Cseplo, and captain Katie Caldwell won gold. McGill will hope to build on this strong start at the next Quebec Cup held on Oct. 24 at McGill’s own Memorial Pool.
The McGill Redmen machine kept whirring as they beat the Bishop’s Gaiters 10-7 on the back of junior Spencer Bomley’s hat trick and fifth-year senior Connor Goodwin’s five assists. Goodwin is now tied as the league’s leading scorer. Paul Rakoczy also had a fine game and was excellent against James Malloy of Bishop’s, the league’s second highest scorer prior to this game. Goalie William Waesche also excelled with 12 saves in the game. McGill extended their regular season winning streak to 37 games, with one game left to play this year before the playoffs. Their next CUFLA game is against Trent University on Oct. 24.
McGill swept the Montreal Carabins in the best of three CCBA North semifinals on Saturday. They won the first game of the doubleheader 5-3 on the back of a solid, all-round batting performance and good pitching from junior Adriano Petrangelo. Sophomore Robert Sedin was the standout in game two—he allowed no runs and only three hits in seven innings as McGill’s defence strangled Montréal. Sedin also contributed to the winning run with a sacrifice fly, taking McGill to the next round 2-1. McGill, CCBA defending champions, will face Carleton University in the CCBA North finals on October 17.
The Redmen opened the 2015-2016 season with a 4-2 victory over UOIT on Friday and then followed it up with a come from behind 5-4 victory over Carleton on Saturday. Goalie Jacob Gervais-Chouinard was outstanding with 32 saves against UOIT and McGill’s record with him in net extended to 27-7 over the weekend. The Redmen were even more impressive against Carleton—they came back from 2-0 down in the first period to win in the third on the back of graduate student Liam Heelis’ two goals. Heelis, in his first season for McGill, tallied four goals over the weekend. McGill next play on Oct. 16 against Laurentian University in their home opener at McConnell Arena
Freshman – Undeclared
Kade Wist, only 17-years-old, started his McGill career off with a bang as he won three gold medals at the first RSEQ University Cup meet of the year. The son of former Canadian Olympian Andrea Nugent was the youngest of the 78 men’s competitors and was part of the gold medal winning 2 x 200m freestyle race.
Setter, Martlet Volleyball
Freshman – Special Student
Veteran setter Yasmeen Dawoodjee was named tournament MVP after leading McGill to victory in the 25th annual Martlet Invitational on Sunday. Dawoodjee had 50 assists, two kills, two aces, and 10 digs in the Martlets’ 3-1 defeat of Toronto in the tournament final. It marked just the third victory ever for McGill at the Martlet Invitational Tournament. Dawoodjee was a big reason behind the Martlets’ surprising 11-8 record last year, and her continued development will be a key factor for the team this season.
By the numbers
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