- To someone who had to be elsewhere, it hard to wrap one's mind how the Ottawa Gee-Gees contrived to lose to the Western Mustangs 23-16 in an OUA semi-final. If you said the Gee-Gees would hold Western's running back Randy McAuley to 10 yards rushing, the expected score would have been, oh, something like 41-13.
What happened? Ottawa's leading receiver, David Crane, was ruled out with injuries, meaning star QB Josh Sacobie did not have his security blanket. It wasn't just that the receivers dropped first-down passes that might have gone to Crane; the young receivers weren't able to tap into his experience like they would have with him in uniform.
Three times, the Gee-Gees settled for field goal tries inside Western's 20-yard line, and they missed one. (Queen's, incidentally, also settled for kicking it three times in the red zone one week before.)
Throw in a couple blown coverages and the Gee-Gees ended up on the wrong end of the most unexpected semi-upset in the OUA since an 8-0 Western team was upset by Waterloo in 1999.
- More football coverage is over at The CIS Blog. No sooner had Guelph run off the final seconds of its upset over Laurier, setting up the Yates Cup matchup vs. Western, than a friend called to say, "The Guelph Gryphons, that's your team for the next week."
Guhhhhh. Guelph is a fine team that has enough to work on without worrying about yours truly being a friggin' jinx. Guelph will be at home, they play tough defence (don't let that 24-point first quarter against Laurier be too much of an influence) and should match up well against Western's conservative offence.
- Gaels: So long as Ryan Gibb stops something on the order of 79-of-84 shots each weekend, Queen's will be fine. They edged Ryerson 4-3 at the Memorial Centre on Saturday night to complete a four-point weekend and get to .500.
- Gee-Gees: The men's team had the dreaded no-point weekend, which could cost 'em in a tight Eastern Conference which doesn't seem to have any cupcake teams. One-time Sudbury Wolves forward Trevor Blanchard had a natural hat trick in the third period in Concordia's penalty-filled 4-2 win over the Gee-Gees on Sunday.
Rob Jarvis scored both for the Gee-Gees; Kevin Glode assisted on both goals in Saturday's 3-2 loss vs. McGill at Scotiabank Place.
The U of O women evened the season series with Carleton with a 3-0 win, with Joelle Charlebois factoring in all three goals (she had one less point than she did in her entire rookie season) and Jessika Audet notching the shutout.
- Ravens/Gee-Gees: The U of O's first basketball road games at Lakehead next Friday will be webcast at http://events.news-cast.com/events/Basketball, starting with the women's game at 6 p.m. The same source will also air the Carleton-Lakehead games on Saturday night.
The Ravens and Gee-Gees women's team open the season on Tuesday at the Ravens' Nest, of course.
- Elsewhere... Cassandra Carpenter of Kanata put up 21 points and 10 boards in Laurentian's three-point loss to York. South of the border, Vermont's Courtnay Pilypaitis (of Orleans) had nine points, nine assists and four steals in a pre-season game vs. the Bishop's Gaiters on Saturday.
Last but not least, hat tip to the Gee-Gees women's soccer team for clinching a return trip to the CIS championship, as they ultimately ended up OUA runners-up to the York Lions.
One more footy note: Nod to a one-time Ernestown Eagle, Paul Paudyn, for scoring the only goal the Queen's Golden Gaels men's soccer team needed to beat Carleton 1-0 for the OUA bronze medal. It's not a trip to nationals, but it's a nice consolation prize. Another Gaels footy standout from that corner of the universe, Wade Ennis, was named an OUA all-star last week.