Varsity sports round-up: Hockey Martlets Canada’s best

A quartet of McGill teams go into the weekend enjoying the rarified air of a place in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s Top 10 rankings, including the Martlets and Redmen hockey teams, which are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation.

By McGill Reporter Staff

Four teams ranked Top 10 in nation

McGill fullback Brianna Miller carves through the Concordia Stinger line on Saturday at Mckewen Field. Despite Miller’s heroics, the Martlets succumbed to the first-place Stingers 30-20. / photo: Neale McDevitt

The hockey Martlets (1-0-0) remain the No.1 team in the nation for the second straight ranking period. They defeated Princeton and Yale, 4-3 and 1-0, respectively, in non-conference play last week. This weekend, the team heads to New England for a pair of exhibition tilts against Dartmouth and Harvard.

The Redmen hockey team sports an impressive 9-0 overall record – all against CIS rivals – under new head coach Kelly Nobes including a pair of wins over OUA East archrival UQTR. It marks the first time the Redmen havebeen ranked No.2 since March 7, 2006. That season, McGill was ranked 18 times in 19 ranking periods, including twice at No. 1, nine weeks at No. 2 and three times at No.3. This weekend, the Redmen will host Royal Military College and Queen’s on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

In women’s soccer, the undefeated Martlets are 8-0-2 in league play and ranked No.2 overall after defeating Bishop’s 4-2 and UQTR 3-1 last week. McGill plays at Laval (7-1-2) on Friday and will host Montreal (8-1-1) on Sunday.

In women’s cross-country, the Martlets are ranked No.8 in the nation and in the midst of preparing for the conference championship meet in Laval, Que., Oct. 30.

Baseball Redmen vying for national title

Despite dropping the Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association Northern Conference Finals to crosstown rival Concordia last weekend, the Redmen baseball team is off to Windsor, Ont. this weekend to compete in the two-day CIBA championships. St. Clair College will play host to the tournament, which will see six teams vying for the crown. The Redmen qualified as the Wild Card team.

Redbird Classic

The men’s and women’s basketball teams are set to tip off the Redbird Classic tournament this weekend. Games will be held Fri., Sat. and Sun. at Love Competition Hall.

Picard-Hooper named week’s top athlete

Alexandre Picard-Hooper of the Redmen hockey team was named the De Facto Quebec university male athlete of the week for the period ending Oct. 17.

Picard-Hooper is the third McGill student his fall to be named conference athlete of the week. Previous recipients include cross-country runner Sarah McCuaig (Sept. 20) and soccer star Alexandra Morin-Boucher (Sept. 13).

Picard-Hooper, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound centre from Boucherville, Que., scored four points, including a pair of goals, as the Redmen defeated UQTR 6-2 in Trois-Rivieres last week.