Less than two weeks ago, the McGill women’s basketball team was riding high after upsetting sixth-ranked Laval on their home floor. Fast forward to Friday night, and the post-game atmosphere at Love Competition Hall was anything but celebratory. The Martlets failed to reach double figures in scoring in three out of four quarters, and connected on an abysmal 23 per cent of their field goal attempts as they were picked apart by the visiting Rouge et Or, 55-37.
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Going into Sunday afternoon’s match-up against the visiting Sherbrooke Vert et Or, Head Coach Rachel Beliveau stressed the importance of establishing a presence at the middle of the net as early as possible. Clearly, her players were listening. Sophomore middle Kaiva Mateus opened up the scoring in the first set with a thunderous solo block, and the McGill women’s volleyball team shut down the Sherbrooke offence en route to a convincing straight-set victory at Love Competition Hall.
Most footage of the Olympic Torch Relay showcases celebrity athletes or political figures dutifully passing the Olympic flame in front of hundreds of cameras. While Olympians may be the only ones allowed to light the cauldron at the opening ceremonies, the Torch Relay consists of over 12,000 torchbearers, most of them non-athletes.
Midway through the third period of women’s hockey action at McConnell Arena on Friday night, the McGill Martlets found themselves having to tune out the chants coming from the seats directly above the Ottawa University bench. With the game tied at two apiece and the momentum seemingly on the visitors’ side, McGill’s monumental winning streak seemed on the verge of collapse.
Almost everyone who gets run over by an 18-wheel truck is either dead or severely injured and not able to walk for a long time. Every doctor and nurse I saw was floored by the fact that I’m doing as well as I am. Gabrielle Smith waited four years for the chance to be the starting goaltender for the McGill Martlets women’s hockey team.
In the world of professional sports, it’s easy to find athletes whose behaviour is unpredictable, bizarre, or downright obnoxious. In the NBA, MLB, and NFL, it is commonplace to witness multimillionaire athletes doing and saying outrageous things. It’s a little more challenging to find that same type of individual in the professional coaching ranks.
Whatever high spirits surrounded the McGill men’s basketball team as they took the court for their first conference game of the new year evaporated with the sound of the final horn on Wednesday night, as the Redmen dropped a heartbreaking 62-61 decision to the visiting Bishop’s Gaiters.
For the better part of an hour on Saturday night, it looked as if the McGill men’s hockey team’s vaunted offensive play had failed to carry over into the new decade. But the Redmen reminded everyone in attendance why they are ranked fifth in the nation as they turned on the jets late in the game, scoring twice in the final three minutes to stun the visiting Ottawa Gee-Gees, 3-1.