In this week's edition of the week that was for McGill Athletics the McGill Tribune Sports team looks at Nicolas English and Michelle Blair , our athletes of the week, Martlet soccer, Redmen lacrosse and Redmen football, and our weekly edition of by the numbers.
Beyond the box score
The Martlets (5-2-1) got on the board early on a goal from Audrey-Ann Coughlan, and the defence took it from there in a wire-to-wire win over UQTR (0-7-1) on Sunday. In the 10th minute, sophomore defender Justine Enns raced up the middle of the pitch and delivered a perfect through pass to the cleat of Coughlan, who slotted it away for the game-winner. McGill controlled possession for the first half, but ran into trouble late in the game after junior midfielder Alexandra Tinfow was issued her second yellow card and was forced to exit the game. Despite playing a player down for the final 10 minutes of the game, the Martlet defence buckled down and preserved the shutout to earn the win. With another win against Bishop’s three days earlier, the Martlets have tightened their grip on the final playoff berth. McGill will host Concordia at Molson Stadium next Friday at 6 p.m.
After edging Bishop’s (8-1) 7-6 in a thrilling victory on Thursday, the Redmen lacrosse team is the only remaining undefeated team in the CUFLA. McGill (9-0) fell behind 4-2 in the after Bishop’s opened the second quarter with two quick scores, but senior attackman Rhys Burnell tallied twice in the frame—including a goal with three seconds left on the clock—to put McGill back on top going into the half. Senior midfielder Anders Bjella added two of his own, including a key insurance goal late in the fourth quarter that proved to be the game-winner. Goalie William Waesche made 11 saves to remain a perfect 8-0 on the season.
Freshman quarterback Nicolas English passed for 321 yards and three touchdowns to lead McGill (3-2) past Bishop’s (1-4) 53-11 on Saturday. The Redmen tallied seven touchdowns, their highest single-game total since scoring eight in a game against Sherbrooke in 2003. Sophomore running back Nicolas Khandar continued to impress in his first year on the team, reeling in a 30-yard touchdown pass from English and rushing for 88 yards on 11 carries. Khandar also helped on the other side of the ball, blocking a punt in the third quarter, which led to a 56-yard fumble return by junior defensive back Charles William-Tremblay. Sophomore linebacker Karl Forgues recorded 8.5 tackles and a sack. With the win, McGill is now in a three-way tie with Montreal and Sherbrooke for second place in the RSEQ. The Redmen will enjoy a bye week before heading to Sherbrooke to take on the Vert er Or on Oct. 17.
Centre, Martlet Rugby
Freshman – Education
Blair scored twice in McGill’s 35-0 shutout over the Carleton Ravens on Saturday at Molson stadium. She took the wind from Carleton’s sails with hard hits in the midfield and incisive, tackle-breaking runs.
Quarterack, Redmen Football
Freshman – Special Student
English passed for three touchdowns and 321 yards in McGill’s demolition of Bishop’s Gaiters on Saturday. The rookie helped extend the team’s winning streak to two; they now boast a 3-2 record and sit in the fourth and RSEQ playoff qualifying spot.
By the numbers
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