Football Redmen fall in home opener, soccer squads kick off on the right foot

Redmen Midfielder Yohann Capolungo had the lone tally in No. 10 McGill’s 1-0 defeat of UQAM at Centre Claude Robillard last Sunday. / Photo: Andrew Dobrowolskyj

By McGill Reporter Staff

The No.5-ranked Sherbrooke Vert & Or spoiled the Football Redmen’s home opener last Friday, handing the home side a 39-13 defeat before 3,145 fans at Percival Molson Stadium. It marked McGill’s third largest home-opening crowd dating back to 1995.

McGill jumped out to early 3-0 and 10-3 leads, capitalizing on two Sherbrooke turnovers, on a 25-yard field-goal by kicker Austin Anderson – his first of two – only 82 seconds after the opening kickoff, and a 41-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by defensive lineman Alex Hutchison. Anderson completed McGill’s scoring with a 17-yard, third-quarter field-goal. The Redmen travel to Wolfville, N.S this weekend to take on the Acadia Axemen.

In women’s soccer, sophomore defender Jenna Holdham scored the game-winner as visiting McGill blanked UQAM 1-0 at the Centre Claude Robillard, Sunday. The No.8-ranked Martlets improved to 2-0 after sweeping both of their weekend games, including a 2-0 whitewash at Bishop’s in the season opener, Friday. The victory over the Gaiters marked the 200th career win for Martlets head Marc Mounicot, in his 14th season behind the McGill bench. Rebecca Green, a freshman from Green’s Harbour, Nfld, had both McGill goals. The Martlets will host Concordia in their home opener on Friday, Sept. 16, followed by a road game at Laval on Sunday.

In men’s soccer, Yohann Capolungo, a senior midfielder from France, came off the bench to score the game-winning goal in the 52nd minute of play as the 10th-ranked Redmen shutout UQAM 1-0 in their Quebec university men’s soccer opener, last Sunday. McGill (1-0) will host Concordia (1-1) at Molson Stadium, Friday, then head to Quebec City on Sept. 18 to play Laval.

In women’s rugby, Fly-half Brianna Miller scored 26 points and Krista Dunn had three tries as the visiting McGill Martlets skunked Sherbrooke 71-0 last Saturday. Miller’s performance earned her McGill Female Athlete of the Week honours. The No 9-ranked Martlets return to action on Sunday, Sept. 18 when they host the Ottawa Gee-Gees at McEwen Field on the Macdonald Campus.

The Redmen ruggers, meanwhile, defeated the Bishop’s Gaiters 26-10 in Quebec university men’s rugby action at Lennoxville’s Coulter Field last Friday. Eduoardo Rossi, Joshua Blair, Connor MacKenzie and Roderick MacKenzie had tries for McGill. The Redmen return to the Eastern Townships on Sunday, Sept. 18 to take on the Sherbrooke Vert & Or.

The Lacrosse Redmen started their season with a pair of big wins in Southern Ontario, last weekend. Ross Burst, a sophomore from St. Louis, Missouri, scored eight points, including a hat-trick, as visiting McGill edged the Trent Excalibur 11-10 at Peterborough’s Justin Chiu Stadium last Sunday. Burst was named McGill’s Male Athlete of the Week.

The Redmen, who kicked off their season with a 16-9 defeat of the Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday, will host Trent in their home opener on Sept. 17 at 5 p.m.

 With files from Earl Zukerman, McGill Athletics & Recreation.