The week that was for McGill Athletics: Oct. 15

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Beyond the Box Score

MARTLET GOLF: The Martlets began the finals of the Quebec University Golf Circuit in second place, only a few points ahead of Laval. Montreal had won all four previous rounds and had a firm grasp on first place. With McGill placing ahead of Laval in round five on Sunday, and Laval bettering McGill in round six on Monday, round seven on the last day would decide which team would punch a ticket to Nationals. Laval has qualified every year since the CIS National Championships started in 2005. Led by the trio of Alice Hwang, Juliette Pollet, and Valentine Bougaud, the Martlets secured their first ever entry to the championships. McGill finished first on the final day, beating Montreal by nine strokes and Laval by 13–another first for the Martlets. In the individual standings, three Martlets placed in the top seven, with Pollet finishing second overall en route to taking home the RSEQ Rookie-of-the-Year award.

REDMEN GOLF: After a topsy-turvy season, the Redmen approached the finals with a positive attitude. Entering the finals as the eighth seed, team members and the coaching staff were confident that solid play in the finals could see their standing improve a few positions. A fourth place finish in Sunday’s round was McGill’s best during the finals. Benoit Miquel’s 77 and Will Eberlee’s 78 led the McGill squad. With the exception of a fine 74 by Justin Smith, Monday’s round was subpar, and the Redmen ended with a fifth-place finish. The final round was not much better, salvaged only by Eberlee’s score of 77. The team was sixth on Tuesday, and ended the season in fifth–a jump up three spots from the start of the finals. A reasonable ending to the season after a disastrous ninth and 11th place results in the first two rounds of the circuit.

MARTLET RUGBY: Reigning Athlete of the Week Caroline Suchorski delivered once again for the Martlets (4-3), scoring a game-high 13 points in a playoff spot-clinching victory on Friday against Sherbrooke (1-6). Rookie fullback Carla Massaro was another bright spot on the day, scoring two tries as McGill poured it on from beginning to end, winning by a score of 43-0. With 91 points on the season, Suchorski currently holds an 18-point lead over Laval’s Anne-Charlotte Beaulieu in the race for the RSEQ scoring title. With one game left on Laval’s schedule, it seems likely that Suchorski will take home the hardware, marking the fourth consecutive year that a Martlet player has captured the crown. McGill will begin its playoff run with a sudden-death game against the division champions, University of Ottawa, at Matt Anthony Field next Sunday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.

By the Numbers

3 – McGill golfers who have been awarded a major RSEQ award, including the recently minted Rookie-of-the-Year Juliette Pollet

4 – Penalty kicks hit by Concordia’s Yannick Fortin as the Redmen rugby squad battled the Stingers to a draw on Friday at Molson Stadium

15 – First pitch strikes recorded by Redmen pitcher Ryan Kramer against Carleton as McGill won the opening game of the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association Northern Division playoffs