Prodigious praise for McGill's power players

Lukas LaCava is one of five Redmen lacrosse All-Canadians. / Photo: Andrew Dobrowolskyj
Lukas LaCava is one of five Redmen lacrosse All-Canadians. / Photo: Andrew Dobrowolskyj

Lacrosse quintet earn All-Canadian honours

A school record five athletes from McGill University have earned All-Canadian honours from the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CULFA).

Third-year attackmen Nick Moreau of Trumbull, Conn., and Lukas LaCava of Weston, Conn., both earned spots up front, while Scott Bailey of Calgary and David Pinckney from Williston, Vt., were picked at midfield and Brendan Farrer, a junior from Oakville, Ont., was named on defence.

The 11-member squad, which represented the CUFLA Eastern Conference, also featured three players from Trent University in Peterborough, Ont., two from Bishop’s and one from Queen’s.

MBA student has impact on field and in the classroom

Busy Desautels MBA student Gabriel Gervais still finds time for community service. The former Montreal Impact defender, who recently retired as a player after a nine-year professional soccer career, has been named a spokesman for the local Right to Play program, a joint project of UNICEF and the Impact. Right to Play raises awareness in schools of the fundamental right to play sports as entrenched in the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. The 32-year-old Gervais will talk to elementary and secondary school students about the importance of sports and leisure in promoting health, development and peace. “If I can change the life of one kid, I think I’ve done my job,” Gervais said in an interview with the Gazette.

Gervais is also a spokesman for Terre Sans Frontières, which encourages sustainable development in Third World countries

Law grads on powerful list

Isabelle Courville, BCL’91, and Françoise Guénette, BCL’76, were named to the 2008 Top 100 list of WXN’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women Awards.

Isabelle Courville, who is President of Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie, was selected as a Public Sector Leader. Françoise Guénette is Senior Vice-President Corporate and Legal Services for ING Canada. She was nominated in the Corporate Executive category.

WXN’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards and Summit is a symbol of the success women have attained and represents a unique array of proven achievers from many walks of life. The sixth annual 2008 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Awards and Summit took place on November 25, 2008 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

McGill athletes clean up at Quebec Foundation awards

A record number of student-athletes from McGill University won third-party financial awards, often referred to as “athletic scholarships,” from the Quebec Foundation for University Sports. McGill received 16 awards this year – to match a single-season school best previously set in 1989 – from the Foundation.

The McGill women’s hockey squad, the defending CIS champions, captured two major categories, including team of the year and coach of the year (Peter Smith).

Two McGill athletes were twice honoured with Redman receiver Charles-Antoine Sinotte earning both Academic and Athletic excellence awards from the Alouettes worth $3,000. Volleyball’s Jennifer Thomson received a combined total of $3,250 for winning a Molson Foundation academic with a Quebec Government athletic excellence bursary.

Hockey Martlets who won awards or bursaries included Marie-Andree Leclerc-Auger, Charline Labonté, Catherine Ward and Vanessa Davidson. On the men’s side, hockey players Alexandre Picard-Hooper, Marc-André Dorion and Kevin Desfossés all won awards.

Basketballer Anneth Him-Lazarenko, volleyball’s Émilie Kyte, football’s Anthony Lukca and soccer’s Laura Gibson and Thomas Lucas rounded out McGill award-winners.