October 01, 2011
LENNOXVILLE, Que. – An 8-0 shutout by Men's Rugby highlighted a trio of Bishop's Gaiters contests at Coulter Field on Friday night. The Gaiters, in a battle for second place, shut out the Concordia Stingers in a tight, defensive affair. Earlier in the evening, Women's Soccer fought to a 1-1 draw against the Stingers, while Women's Rugby lost to No. 3-ranked Laval.
MEN’S RUGBY: GAITERS 8, CONCORDIA 0
A three-yard dive by Noah Harrison (Toronto, Ont.) in the 39th minute led the Bishop's Gaiters to an 8-0 shutout of the Concordia Stingers in Quebec university rugby action tonight at Coulter Field. The fourth-year No. 8 picked up the ball after he and David Pavey (Deux Montagnes, Que.) charged down an attempted Concordia kick from the end zone.
With the win, the Gaiters (2-1-1, 10 pts.) move into sole possession of second place in the provincial union, four points clear of the Stingers (1-2-1, 6 pts.). The eight-point victory also denied the Stingers a bonus point, and ensured that Bishop's will hold the tiebreaker over Concordia, should it be necessary at the end of the season.
The other scoring came off the foot of Bishop's fly half Nicolas Alexandre (Bourdeaux, France), who kicked a penalty goal in the 11th minute.
Harrison was named the Man of the Match for his strong performance throughout the game, as he led the Gaiters attack in the scrums and rucks, and made several key tackles to keep the Stingers from troubling the scorers.
Gaiters' assistant coach Charles Goode was pleased with the performance of the Gaiters' pack, "Our front five, led by Nick Johnson and Kyle Kelly, had a very strong day, despite playing with a few injuries. They stole several lineouts and Kyle had a number of strong pushes with the ball." Goode also cited the performance of the Gaiters' back line: "We were able to play some wide rugby in the first 20 minutes, and that caught Concordia by surprise."
The Gaiters are off next week, as the league takes its annual Thanksgiving break. The Gaiters return to action on Saturday, October 15 as they visit the McGill Redmen (3-0, 14 pts).
BISH – Penalty goal Alexandre 11'
BISH – Try Harrison 39'