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Inside Excalibur News Archive for October, 2014

The Week Ahead: Many Regular Seasons Ending as Volleyball Begins

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014


Regular Season Ends for Lacrosse, Rowing, and Cross Country

Friday, October 24th  

Men’s and Women’s Rowing: OUA Championships @ St. Catherine’s Ont. (All Day)

Saturday, October 25th

Men’s and Women’s Rowing: OUA Championships @ St. Catherine’s Ont. (All day)

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country: OUA Championships @ Kingston Ont. (All day)

Women’s Lacrosse: Trent vs. Toronto @ Guelph, 9:45am; Trent vs. Western @ Guelph, 3:00pm

Men’s Lacrosse: Trent @ Mcgill, 2:00pm

Sunday, October 26th

Women’s Volleyball: Canadore @ Trent, 1:00pm

Men’s Volleyball: Canadore @ Trent, 3:00pm

Men’s Lacrosse: Trent @ Concordia, 12:30pm

The varsity weekend begins on Friday as the men’s and women’s rowing team travel to St. Catherine’s for the team’s final full regatta of the season, OUA Championships. In the novice portion of the event Trent’s crews will be vying for multiple medal positions if they can make it past the heats. On the varsity side crews to watch for include the men’s light and heavy doubles, singles, the women’s heavyweight single, and the women’s light and heavy eights. The event will run over two days.

Moving on to Saturday, Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country will be racing in Kingston this weekend at OUA Championships. The final race of the season will include a men’s 10k run and women’s 5k. The women’s team is coming of an aggregate 4th place finish at the Brock Open last week and will be looking forward to the challenge that the OUA championship will present.

Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse will close out their regular seasons this weekend as well. In Guelph the women’s team will be competing in two games against Toronto and Western. Trent is looking to improve on their regular season record of 3-3-2 as they approach the playoffs. Men’s Lacrosse will be playing in Montreal on Saturday as they face-off against McGill’s team. On Sunday the team will be visiting Concordia. Trent will be looking for two big victories over the weekend to improve on a frustrating season that has seen Trent compete well against the top teams in the league, but fall in the final quarter.

Trent’s men’s and women’s volleyball teams will be playing their second game of the season on Sunday afternoon in the Athletics Complex gymnasium. Trent will host the women’s teams from Canadore College at 1:00pm and the men’s team at 3:00pm. Trent’s women’s teams is already off to a strong start with a big opening win against the Durham College Lords. The Excalibur women swept the Lords three sets to zero on October 23rd. The Excalibur men will be looking for their first win of the season after the Lords were able to close out their Wednesday night match three sets to none.

For more information, please contact:

Patrick Assinck, varsity coordinator, Athletics & Recreation, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6278 or varsity@trentu.ca

 

Posted by Kathryn Pearce at 2:33 pm on 23/10/2014 in General | Perma link

The Weekend Rundown: Excalibur Teams Closing Out the Fall Varsity Season

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Regular Season Ends for Soccer, Rugby

Here is the report from the weekend’s action:

Friday, October 17th  

Men’s Lacrosse: Trent (14) @ Queens (12)

Saturday, October 18th

Women’s Soccer: Trent (0) @ Carleton (4)

Men’s Soccer: Trent (0) @ Carleton (3)

Men’s Rugby: St. Lawrence (17) @ Trent (33)

Men’s Lacrosse: Trent (5) @ Ottawa (9)
Men’s & Women’s Cross-Country: (TBA)

Men’s Rowing @ Head of the Charles: Collegiate 4+ (12/44, 17:03.86)

Sunday, October 19th

Women’s Soccer: Trent (1) @ Ottawa (2)

Men’s Lacrosse opened up the weekend for Trent Excalibur against the Queen’s Gaels. The Friday night effort by Trent resulted in a big 14-12 win for the men’s lacrosse team. Trent held off the Gael’s in the fourth quarter to secure two points and improve their record to 3-6 on the season. Both Zack Wainman and Travis Szabolcs had 5 points on the night to lead the Excalibur to victory. The team continued play on Saturday against the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Ottawa’s team played back from an early deficit in the first quarter to take the game by a final score of 9-5. Trent’s record now stands at 3-7 on the season.

Also in action Saturday were the men’s and women’s soccer teams. The men played their final game of the season against a strong squad from Carleton University who took the match by a score of 3-0. The women were playing their second to last game on the year. Carleton was able to take the game by a score of 4-0. The women’s team continued play on Sunday against the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Trent played a strong final game of the season leading the Gee-Gees 1-0 until the second half at which point the Ottawa team came back with two goals to take the game.

Men’s rowing was in Boston MA on Saturday. The varsity team sent a men’s 4+ to compete at the 50th anniversary of The Head of the Charles. The Head of the Charles is the largest regatta in the world and attracts over ten thousand athletes to race down winding three mile stretch of the Charles River. Competing in the men’s collegiate fours division, Trent was able to place 12th out of a field of 44 boats. Their official time of 17:03.86 was within 5% of the winning time. The entire team will be in action this weekend for Ontario University Rowing Championships in St. Catherine’s Ontario.

On Symons campus men’s rugby was in action at Justin Chiu Stadium. The 1st seat in the eastern division of the OCAA played its final game of the 2014 regular season against St. Lawrence College. Through two halves Trent played St. Lawrence to a 33-17 decision. The team now looks forward to the OCAA semi-finals after earning a bye for the first round of the playoffs. All of the remaining games in the OCAA will be hosted at Justin Chiu Stadium on November 1st and 8th. Stay tuned for details on times.

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For more information, please contact:

Patrick Assinck, varsity coordinator, Athletics & Recreation, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6278 or varsity@trentu.ca

Posted by Kathryn Pearce at 9:52 am on 21/10/2014 in General | Perma link

Rollercoaster Season Continues for Men's Lacrosse

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Ottawa, ON

Less than 24 hours after a big win over division rival Queens the Excalibur were set to faceoff against CUFLA upstart program Ottawa U.

Ottawa would score first before Trent would answer with 3 of their own with markers 1 from Senior midfielder Brett Snell (Orangeville, ON) and 2 from freshmen Thomas Hoggarth (Selwyn, ON). Both teams struggled to get things going on the mudsoaked field at Gils O Julien Park, which The Gee Gees call home. Looseballs were constant struggles for both teams but the Gee Gees were able to capitalize with home field advantage in this mudbowl. Trent would exit the first quarter up by a score of 3-2.

The Gee Gees would explode in the second quarter for 4 goals and take a 6 – 4 lead into halftime. Trent’s offensive woes continued in the second quarter as they only managed to score 1 goal in the final 40 minutes. Field conditions were less than ideal but the coaching staff did not use that as an excuse.

“Both teams played on the same field. We simply did not show up to play today, we did not execute on offense, and Ottawa stuck to their gameplan, hats off to them. At this level if you do not bury your chances you will not win. The offensive output we had against Queens was nowhere to be found tonight and that is something our O guys have to sort out,” said Head Coach Geoff McKinley.  “The defense again did their job holding another team to under 10, but penalties, and lack of focus in the offensive end seem to be our Achilles heal. We have to find some consistency.”

The loss moves Trent to a “frustrating” 3-7 on the season, and the win also moved Ottawa to the same record. Trent would have the tiebreak as they had a larger margin of victory in the first contest.

Trent travels to Montreal next weekend to take on 11-0 powerhouse McGill, who Trent took to overtime earlier in September; and will play 2pm Saturday at Molson Stadium. Then will play struggling 0-10 Concordia the following day.

Full standings and game statistics can be found at cufla.ca. Follow on twitter @trentulax

Article written by Darren Flannigan.

 

Posted by Geoff McKinley at 12:27 am on 19/10/2014 in General | Perma link

Excalibur Slay the Gaels

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

The Trent Men’s Lacrosse team travelled to Kingston (ON) Friday to face off against the Queens Gaels as part of their homecoming weekend.

Queens entered the contest with a record of 5-4 while the Excalibur were an unsatisfactory 2-6. Trent has been in all of its contest this year losing 4 games by 2 goals or less.

Thomas Hoggarth (Selwyn, ON) got Trent on the board first 47 seconds into the contest. Zack Wainman (Peterborough, ON) added another tally 2 minutes later. Queens would fire back with 2 of their own before Trent would close out the quarter with a 4-2 lead with additional markers from senior Josh Gilray (Oshawa, ON) and junior Travis Szabolcs (Orangeville, ON).  

The second stanza looked much the same with Trent filling the net and Queens playing catch up. We would see the contest enter halftime with Trent leading 8-5.

The roller coaster began in the second half as Trent would head to the box 7 times allowing Queens potent man up additional time on the field to increase their deficit. The Trent man-down defense did a good job considering the amount of penalties that were taken. Heading into the fourth teams were notched at 11-9 for TU.

“We battled all game and kept good possession on offense, everything they came back at us with we had an answer for.” – Josh Wasson (offensive coach)

Trent halted Queens late third quarter momentum by getting on the board first in the fourth with a big goal from Thomas Hoggarth. An excessive celebration penalty by Hoggarth; in reply to a section of rowdy Gaels fans lead to a Queens goal on the man-up 55 seconds later. Queens would score again bringing this contest to a one goal margin with 7 minutes to play before Trent’s Gilray would add another to give Trent some breathing room . Queens drawman Jackson Rakoczy (Burlington, ON) was strong in the faceoff circle winning one late before Ethan Schott (Whitby, ON) got a key loose ball and allowed Trent’s offense to work on killing the clock. Excellent evasion techniques were displayed by sophomore Cole McWilliams (Peterborough, ON) to escape Queens defenders and displayed great restraint by not shooting on the empty net twice with Queens goalie pulled which would have allowed for their face off man a chance to regain possession. Trent’s D also got in on the clock killing action after a turnover by the offense.

Trent’s defense played as a solid unit and saw Freshmen goalie Austin Cairns (Brampton, ON) get the win in net. Trent defenders had 3 assists on the day in transition and Cairns added another.  Trent had 8 caused turnovers on the day, 4 by junior Brandon Armstrong (Orangeville, ON).

“We finally got the bounces our way and we held the fort for 80 minutes,” said defensive coach Mark Farthing.

The win moves Trent to 3-6 on the season. They face upstart program Ottawa U 6pm Sunday in Ottawa at Gils o Julien Field.

Coach McKinley commented on the win, “We have been due for a win for a while; we have been ahead at some point in all of our recent contests. The boys have been battling in practice over the past two weeks and doing their homework in video to account for previous mistakes; their hard work paid off tonight and was a well deserved win.”

Full standings and game statistics can be found at cufla.ca. Follow on twitter @trentulax

Article written by Darren Flannigan.

 

Posted by Geoff McKinley at 9:22 am on 18/10/2014 in General | Perma link

The Weekend Rundown: Excalibur through Thanksgiving Weekend

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Fall Seasons Moving into Final Stretch for Varsity Sport

 

Thanksgiving weekend has passed with many varsity teams moving into some of their last games of the fall season. Here is what you need to know from the weekend’s action:

  

Friday October 10, 2014

Women’s Rugby (Playoffs): Trent (12) @ McMaster (70)

Men’s Rugby: Trent (31) @ Fleming (19)

 

Saturday October 11, 2014           

Women’s Soccer: Nipissing (3) @ Trent (0)

Men’s Soccer: Nipissing (0) @ Trent (0)

M & W Cross-Country: Trent @ Queen’s Invitational (Official Results Pending)

M & W Rowing: Trent @ Brock Invitational (Official Results Pending)

 

Sunday October 12, 2014

Women’s Soccer: Laurentian (5) @ Trent (0)

Men’s Soccer: Laurentian (1) @ Trent (1)

Women’s Lacrosse: 3:00pm Trent @ McMaster (Official Results Pending)

 

Women’s Rugby took on McMaster University last Friday afternoon in the quarter-final of the OUA’s playoffs. McMaster, the first place team in the OUA, came out to a strong start and never looked back. Despite some great play by Trent, McMaster proved to be a dominant force. The Marauders will be moving on to the semi-finals for the eastern OUA title after defeating Trent by a score of 70-12. With the loss Trent women’s rugby season comes to a close.

Men’s rugby was also in action last Friday. The evening game, played over at Fleming College’s Campus, was a highly anticipated rematch between the Excalibur and the Knights. Trent had ‘their best game of the season’ versus their hometown rivals, and earned a big victory against Fleming by a score of 31-19. With the win Trent moves to first place in the OCAA eastern standings, and second behind only the Humber Hawks who lead the Western OCAA standings for the overall title in the OCAA.

On Saturday and Sunday men’s and women’s soccer were in action at Justin Chiu Stadium. On Saturday both teams took on the Nipissing Lakers. The women were up to start. For the first half Trent held Nipissing back, but after halftime the Lakers went on to notch three goals. The men were up next. Through 90 minutes Trent’s keeper David Ellis turned away 11 shots by the Lakers, while Trent’s offense were stopped 8 times by the Lakers keeper. Both teams walked away with a tie with neither team able to solve their opponent’s goalie. On Sunday the Laurentian Voyageurs were visiting at Justin Chiu. The women hit the field against Sudbury first. Laurentian took a control of the game early scoring two goals in the first half and another three in the second. Trent’s keeper Annalise Buchowski played well facing twenty-four shots across both frames. Men’s soccer followed up the women’s game by playing Laurentian to a 1-1 tie. Trent keeper David Ellis was tested again and again in the Sunday match but rose to the occasion and turned away 21 shots by the Laurentian offense. Joshua Braga (#17) put Trent on the board late into the second half, but with minutes left Laurentian rallied with a goal ending the match in a tie.

In St. Catherines Ontario the men’s and women’s rowing teams travelled to compete at Brock Invitational Regatta on Henley Island. Official results are pending release by Badger’s rowing, but it can be noted that the men’s lightweight double walked away from their race with a first place finish. It was a similar story for the men’s and women’s cross-country teams who were competing at the Queen’s open, but the official results are also pending release. Additionally, the score’s from the Women’s lacrosse have not yet been published by the OUA. More to follow.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Patrick Assinck, varsity coordinator, Athletics & Recreation, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6278 or varsity@trentu.ca

 

Posted by Kathryn Pearce at 3:48 pm on 14/10/2014 in General | Perma link

Women's Rugby: Final Game of the Season

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014


The Trent Excalibur's Women’s rugby team battled the McMaster Marauders during the play-off game that took place on Friday October 10, 2014 in Hamilton. The game finished at a 70-12 loss for Trent.

 

McMaster led into the first half with 31-7. In the second half they topped off their score to 70 with Trent only scoring one other try. Karlie Robinson and Gwynne Carlos each scored a try with Caliegh Harris converting on one of them.

 

The girls left it all on the field but it was a tough loss as it was the final game for the seven graduating players from the Trent’s women’s rugby team. We wish everyone the best of luck with their future endeavors athletically and academically. 

Posted by Kathryn Pearce at 3:55 pm on 14/10/2014 in General | Perma link

Trent Men's Ruby Secures 1st Place in Eastern OCAA Standings Following Fleming Rematch

Monday, October 13th, 2014

By Trent Men's Rugby Correspondent Regan Strong

On Friday night the two top teams in the OCAA’s eastern division met for the second time this season. Trent and Fleming were tied for first place with three wins and one loss each on the season. In the previous match, Trent’s home opener, Fleming beat Trent by a difference of 1 point. After a month of training, Trent was ready to redeem themselves.

After the opening kickoff Trent played excellent defence for 15 minutes and eventually forced a penalty where Gabriel Epprecht (Trent #15, Kingston ON) kicked for touch which set up a line out for Trent on Fleming's 5m line. Brandon Lockett (Trent #4, Peterborough ON) brought the ball down off the line out and popped it to Joey Sargent (Trent #2, Ottawa ON) who ran through a wide open hole in Fleming's blind side and scored the first try of the game. Shortly after receiving the next restart Trent gave away a penalty in their half for not releasing the ball and Tyler Gordon (Fleming #4) found a hole in the defence and scored Fleming's first try of the game and Graham Abbot (Fleming #10) putting Fleming up by 2 points.

With Fleming in the lead by 2 points at halftime things were looking similar to the last time these two teams met. Trent had played defence for the majority of the half and were determined to get more possession in the next half to try and demonstrate some offense.

At the start of the second half Fleming was receiving. A perfectly placed drop kick from Gabriel Epprecht allowed Brandon Lockett steal the ball in the air. Shortly after Jesse Leadbetter found a hole on the outside of Fleming's defence and ran around to place the ball under the uprights which assisted in Gabriel Epprecht making the kick. However, Fleming came right back and after 10 minutes of Trent playing defense Casey Hill (Fleming #12) was able to break the line and score a try. Graham Abbot's kick was also successful. Trent found themselves down by 2 points again and needed to do something to stop the score from going back and forth as it had done for the last 60 minutes.

5 minutes later, Trevor Roberts (Trent #10, Ottawa ON) drew two defenders in to him before he offloaded the ball to Hayden Ryan (Trent #14, Lindsay ON) who ran from half way, stepping three defenders while two more failed to keep up with him. Ultimately Hayden scored a try under the posts with an unsuccessful kick unsuccessful from Gabriel Epprecht. Now, with some momentum, Trent received a kickoff and spun the ball wide to Eli Adair (Trent #12, Stratford ON) who put two defenders on the ground with his footwork. The play proceeded downfield and ended with a try under the posts and a successful kick from Jesse Leadbetter.

Trent knocked the ball on for on the next restart which gave Fleming advantage and Duncan White (Fleming #12) picked up the ball, ran through Trent's defensive line after a missed tackle and scored on the outside. The kick was unsuccessful from Graham Abbot. In the last play of the game Spencer Sheffield (Trent #9, Napanee ON) faked a pass off the back of the ruck to Allen Vo (Trent #1, Niagara ON) who was running a hard line with drew in defenders and allowed Spencer to run through the hole that was created to score a try. Jesse Leadbetter made the kick.

After one of the most hard fought and best performances of the year Trent won an important game to break the tie for first place in the OCAA east. Final score Trent 31 - Fleming 19. Next week Trent plays their last game of the regular season at home against St. Lawrence College who has been an unpredictable team this year with some surprising wins and equally surprising losses.

Posted by Kathryn Pearce at 9:25 am on 13/10/2014 in General | Perma link

The Week Ahead: Thanksgiving Weekend for Varsity Sport

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Big Games for Teams Competing Over the Holiday

 

The weekend kicks off with Women’s Rugby in action at McMaster University for Trent’s first postseason tilt of year. The full schedule for the weekend is as follows:

 

Friday October 10, 2014

Women’s Rugby: 3:00pm, Trent @ McMaster (Playoffs)

Men’s Rugby: 7:00pm, Trent @ Fleming

 

Saturday October 11, 2014           

Women’s Soccer: 12:00pm, Nipissing @ Trent

Men’s Soccer: 2:15pm, Nipissing @ Trent

M & W Cross-Country: Trent @ Queen’s Invitational

M & W Rowing: Trent @ Brock Invitational

 

Sunday October 12, 2014

Women’s Soccer: 12:00pm Laurentian @ Trent

Men’s Soccer: 2:15pm, Laurentian @ Trent

Women’s Lacrosse: 3:00pm Trent @ McMaster

 

Excalibur women’s rugby will be on the road Friday as they take on McMaster University for the first game of their OUA playoffs. Trent can expect some tough competition as the Marauders, the Russell Division’s #1 seated team, are undefeated in regular season play this year. Trent Men’s Rugby is also set to play on Friday in their not-so-away game over at Fleming College’s Sports Complex Field. The Excalibur will be looking for a big win against the Fleming Knights to secure the top seat in the OCAA’s eastern division. Earlier this season Trent dropped their home opener to the Knights by a score of 15-14.

 

On Saturday men’s and women’s soccer will be playing at Justin Chiu Stadium against the Nipissing Lakers. The Excalibur will be looking to come out strong in the rematch against the university from North Bay. The men’s and women’s teams will also be taking to the field on Sunday against the Laurentian Voyageurs. In previous play both the men’s and women’s team fell to the Voyageurs in close matches by the identical score of 1-0.

 

On the road for the rest of the weekend are men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s rowing, and women’s lacrosse. The women’s Cross-Country team will be looking for another strong performance from its athletes. Last week at the Waterloo Open a second place finish was posted by Excalibur athlete Jennifer Froebel. The Queen’s Open is the final race of the season for Varsity cross-country before Ontario University Athletic Championships. Men’s and women’s rowing will be headed to St. Catherine’s over Thanksgiving. The Brock Invitational marks a shift in the type of races that Trent crews will face for the rest of the season. From now until Canadian University Rowing Championships races are shortened into a painful two kilometer sprint to the finish line. Women’s Lacrosse is back in action as well. They will play their counterparts at McMaster University on Sunday afternoon. The women’s lacrosse team currently sits third in the OUA Eastern Standings with a record of 2-3-2.

 

For more information, please contact:

Patrick Assinck, Varsity Coordinator - Athletics & Recreation Department, Trent University

Pone: (705) 748-1011 x 6278 or varsity@trentu.ca

Posted by Kathryn Pearce at 9:41 am on 10/10/2014 in General | Perma link

Weekend Rundown: Homecoming and Head of the Trent a Smash Hit on Symons Campus

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Trent Excalibur Teams Proudly Represent University on Homecoming Weekend

 

Monday, October 6th, 2014, Peterborough

 

The biggest weekend of the year for Trent Excalibur has come and gone. The Head of the Trent and Alumni Homecoming was marked by a large number of people in attendance for all events on campus this weekend. Here are the weekend’s results for teams competing at home & away:

 

Friday, October 3rd

Women’s Rubgy: York (29) @ Trent (20)

Women’s Volleyball (Exhibition): RMC @ Trent (results pending)

Men’s Volleyball (Exhibition): RMC @ Trent (results pending)

 

Saturday October 4th

Women’s Soccer: UOIT (3) @ Trent (0)

Men’s Soccer: UOIT (2) @ Trent (1)

Men’s Lacrosse: Bishops (9) @ Trent (7)

Women’s Lacrosse (Away): Trent @ Laurier (results pending)

Men’s Rugby: Loyalist (5) @ Trent (63)

Women’s Volleyball (Exhibition): RMC @ Trent (results pending)

Men’s Volleyball (Exhibition): RMC @ Trent (results pending)

Women’s Cross-Country (Don Mils Waterloo Open 5k): Jennifer Froebel 2nd (19:09.95), Taylor SIls 21st (20:18.69), and Andrea Pzscola 36th (21:03.03)

Men’s Cross-Country (Don Mils Waterloo Open 7.5k): Brad Jennings 81st (29:28.71), Jason Greer 82nd (29:31.73), and Andrew Hill 95th (31:20.10)

Women’s Rowing (Head of the Trent): Varsity 1x: 5th (20:38.57), Varsity 8+: 5th (17:47.99), Varsity LTW 8+: 5th (18:06.23), Varsity 4+: 6th (19:06.05), Varsity LTW 4+: 6th (19:50.90), Novice 8+’s: 2nd (14:42.69) & 4th (14:54.02)

Men’s Rowing (Head of the Trent): Varsity 1x: 1st (17:49.05), Varsity LTW 1x: 4th (18:28.89), Varsity 4+: 8th (17:36.08), Varsity 2x: 3rd (17:12.95), Varsity LTW 2X: 2nd (16:58.37), Varsity 8+: 4th (15:44.68), Novice 8+’s: 3rd (13:25.14) & 6th (13:46.85)

 

Sunday October 5th

Women’s Lacrosse (Game 1 Away): Trent @ UOIT (results pending)

Women’s Lacrosse (Game 2 Away): Trent @ Queens (results pending)

 

 

Homecoming weekend began on Friday night with the Women’s rugby team taking on the York Lions for their first home game of the season. With only minutes left in play York was able to overcome an Excalibur lead to finish of the game by a score of 29-20 for the Lions. The loss means that Trent falls to 4th place in the OUA”s Russell Division. However, Trent had secured their spot in the OUA playoffs regardless of Friday’s outcome. On Friday, October 10th, Excalibur will take on #1 seated McMaster Marauders in Hamilton. The two teams have not met this season as their first game scheduled at Justin Chiu Stadium was cancelled due to inclement weather

The Otonabee River saw a record number of boats on Saturday for the ever larger Head of the Trent Regatta. The Trent team had a number of podium finishes. Graham Peeters took gold in the heavyweight men’s single, defending the title that was won by Andrew Steward-Jones in 2013. The men’s heavy and lightweight double placed 3rd and 2nd in their categories, respectively, with the lightweight 2x finishing only 1.45 seconds behind the first place Western boat.  Other notable results include the men’s lightweight 1x rowed by Alex Watson to a fast 4th place finish, the women’s varsity 1x piloted by national team prospect Sarah Rothwell who placed 5th in her division with only a 4% margin between her and 1st place, the women’s varsity 4+ who finished 6th in a field of 12 boats, and the men’s varsity 8+, which finished 4th in a field of 8 boats. Trent’s novice rowers also had impressive results at Head of the Trent this year. In only their second race this season the whole of the novice program demonstrated some speed. The men’s A & B boats place 3rd and 6th overall while the women’s program had their 16 athletes come 2nd and 4th.

Back on land Justin Chiu Stadium saw flurry of activity with games beginning at noon and carrying on well into the evening. Women’s and men’s soccer was up first with both teams facing off against the UOIT Ridgebacks. UOIT’s women’s team proved that they were indeed a top team in the league with a 3-0 win over Trent. Trent played well throughout the game but the Ridgeback offense came out strong. Men’s soccer was another hard fought game for Trent. UOIT managed to hold Trent off in the second half to preserve a 2-1 lead, and take 3 points for the victory. Men’s Lacrosse began at 5:00pm just as Head of the Trent was wrapping up their last races of the day. The boys in green took on the Bishops Gaitors with intensity throughout the game, leading the way through 3 quarters of action. At the half Trent had a precarious 1-0 lead, which improved to a 5-2 advantage by the end of the 3rd quarter. However, the Gaitors charged back in the 4th quarter to take the game with a final score of 9-7. At 7:30pm men’s rugby returned to Justin Chiu Stadium coming off a big win the previous Sunday against their rivals at Algonquin College. On Saturday the Excalibur squad took on the Loyalist Lancers. They came up big for the Trent crowd as they finished the game with a decisive 63-5 victory. Trent Rugby now sits 1st in the OCAA East Division with a three point lead over second place, the hometown competition at Fleming College.

            Inside the Athletics Complex the men’s and women’s volleyball teams were in exhibition play against the RMC Paladins. While official results are pending release, both teams played out a series of close decisions against the OUA squad from Kingston. Both the men’s and women’s teams compete within the OCAA league and normally do not face off against OUA teams. The women’s volleyball team is coming off a bronze medal in the OCAA playoff last year, the first in the team’s history. Both teams are looking forward to the start of their regular season on October 22nd when they host the men’s and women’s teams from Durham College.

At the Don Mils Waterloo Open this weekend the Women’s cross-country team had a 2nd place finish by Excalibur athlete Jennifer Froebel. The first year varsity team runner paced herself to an impressive silver medal across 5 kilometers on Saturday. Her rate of 3:50.0/km gave her a finish time of 19:09.95. Taylor Sils finished a notable 21st and came close to breaking the 20:00 minute barrier. Andrea Pszcola also ran a strong race finishing 36th. On the men’s side Brad Jennings and Jason Greer finished 7.5 km with some fast times both breaking 4 minute splits per kilometer and placing 80th, and 81st respectively. Also, in action outside of Peterborough was the women’s lacrosse team. They played three games over the weekend, but results are pending release from the OUA. More to follow.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Patrick Assinck, varsity coordinator, Athletics & Recreation, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6278 or varsity@trentu.ca

 

Posted by Kathryn Pearce at 7:45 pm on 07/10/2014 in General | Perma link

Trent Men’s Lacrosse & Rugby Teams Cap Off an Exciting Homecoming Saturday

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Two Exciting Games under the Lights at Justin Chiu

 

October 4th, 2014. Justin Chiu Stadium, Trent University

 

After a full day of events, Trent Excalibur’s Varsity teams gave their fans a lot to cheer about on Saturday Night under the lights and intense weather. Trent Men’s Lacrosse team faced off against the Bishop’s Gaiters, losing a hard fought battle by score of 9-7. Then, to close the night’s events, the Trent Men’s Rugby team faced off against the Loyalist Lancers as they put on a show on their way to a commanding win by a score of 63-5.

 

It was another great Saturday at Justin Chiu Stadium for some fast paced CUFLA lacrosse action. Trent played a great game against the Gaiters. After the first quarter, Trent was up 1-0 against the Gaiters and by halftime, up by 5-2. In the third quarter, the Gaiters caught up to Trent, making the score 6-6 at the end of the third. In the final quarter, the Gaiters made a strong push that proved to be too much for the hardworking Trent team, making the final score 9-7 for the Bishop’s Gaiters.

 

Trent’s top scorer was #14 Steve Nichols with 3 goals. Trent now stands at 2-6 on the season and will look to come back strong against Queens on the road on Oct 17th.

 

 

In the last game to wrap up homecoming Saturday, Trent Men’s Rugby played against the Loyalist Lancers at the Justin Chiu Stadium. There was a great turnout to the game as despite the cold and wet weather, over 300 fans filled the stands. The fans would be rewarded as the Trent Men hit the ground running in this match and never looked back! They displayed excellent speed, strength, agility, strategy and discipline as they battled in cold rainy conditions (even hail at times). With the help of their dedicated fans, they finished hard with a commanding lead of 63-5.

 

Trent’s first try of the game was scored by #14 Hayden Ryan, followed by #20 Allen Vo, #12 Elijah Adair and #2 Joey Sargeant, making it 20-0 halfway through the first half. #11 Jesse Leadbetter got a try of his own, followed by #7 Ryan Lockett. Leadbetter scored the last try of the first half, making the score 35-0 for the Trent Excalibur Men at the end of the first half. Early in the second half Loyalist scored their first try making the score 35-5. Trent’s first try in the second half was scored by #6 Kevin Lee with a conversion by Leadbetter. Following that try was one by #21 Jake D’Achille with another conversion by Leadbetter, then a try by #9 Spencer Sheffield and a third conversion by Leadbetter. Trent’s final try was scored by Sheffield with a final conversion by Leadbetter making the final score 63-5 for the Trent Excalibur.

 

This great performance will certainly leave the Trent Excalibur Men’s Rugby team hungry for a win against their cross town rivals, the Fleming Knights on Friday Oct 10th at Fleming Field at 7:00pm. Their last show-down ended in a close loss but was a true nail-biter as it came down to a missed penalty kick with just seconds left in the game. They are ready for the challenge and intend to come out one top on Friday night!

 

 

For more information, please contact:

Patrick Assinck

Trent Excalibur Varsity Sport Coordinator

(705)-748-1011 x.6278

varsity@trentu.ca

 

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Head of the Trent Hosts UOIT for Soccer

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

October 42014, Trent University, Justin Chiu Stadium

 

The Trent Excalibur hosted the UOIT at the 44th Head of the Trent on October 4th, 2014 at the Justin Chiu Staium. After a huge effort by both women’s and men’s team, UOIT won against the women’s 3-0 and the men’s 2-1.

 

It was a busy day, despite the rain, at Trent University as hundreds of people came to celebrate Trent’s 50thyear anniversary as well as to participate in the 44th Head of the Trent events. The women’s soccer started the day against the UOIT Ridgebacks. The Trent women played hard but was down 0-2 after the first half. After many saves by Goalkeeper Annalise Buchowski, Trent fell short and lost 0-3 to UOIT. In the men’s game, the fans were cheering and the stadium was full of alumni. The Trent men were down 0-2 at half but came back in the second with a goal by #14 Lucas Zubrickas. Despite the back and forth plays, UOIT came out on top and won 2-1 against the Trent men. The women’s are now 2-1-8 in their season and the men’s are now 1-2-9 in their season.

 

The Trent Women’s and Men’s soccer will host a double header next Saturday, October 11, 2014 against the Nipissing Lakers and next Sunday, October 12, 2014 against the Laurentian Voyageurs at the Justin Chiu Stadium. The women’s game will start at 12pm and the men’s games will start at 2:15pm

 

 

For more information, please contact:

Patrick Assinck

Trent Excalibur Varsity Sport Coordinator

(705)-748-1011 x.6278

varsity@trentu.ca

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Excaliburs fall to Lions with Minutes Left

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Women’s Rugby lose a tough 20-29 to York

 

October 3, 2014, Trent University, Justin Chiu Stadium

 

In first field game for Trent’s 44th Head of the Trent, the Trent Excaliburs Women’s Rugby took on the York Lions on October 3rd at the Justin Chiu Stadium. Trent played a great game holding the lead for the majority of the game but York managed to score with ten minutes left winning 29-20 against the Excaliburs.

 

The rain did not stop fans from attending the last regular season game for the Trent Excalibur’s women’s rugby game. York scored a penalty goal early in the first half leading 3-0. Trent #6 Hannah Cahill scored the first try putting Trent in the lead 5-3. #10 Celeigh Harris scored a conversion putting Trent in lead 8-3. By half, Trent was winning 8-6. In the second half, trys were scored by #22 Karlie Robinson and #20 Allie Barbalinardo. Trent was leading 20-19 nearing the end of the half. York scored a try and two conversions in the last 15 minutes of play giving them the win 29-20. The Trent Excalibur women’s rugby team finishes their regular season with 2-3.

 

Be sure to celebrate Trent’s 50th Anniversary and the 44th Head of the Trent on October 4th, 2014. Rowing begins at 8am and the women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s lacrosse, and men’s rugby will take the field at12pm2:15pm5pm, and 7:30pm respectively.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

Patrick Assinck

Trent Excalibur Varsity Sport Coordinator

(705)-748-1011 x.6278

varsity@trentu.ca

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Trent Excalibur Soccer Faces off against Ryerson Rams

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Men’s and Women’s Excalibur Teams Unable to Hold Off the Tough Ryerson Rams

 

October 1st, 2014, Trent University, Justin Chiu Stadium

 

The Trent Excalibur Women's soccer team kicked of their October schedule with a tough match against the ladies from Ryerson University on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014. The women's game also featured a Big Brothers & Big Sisters Awareness night to advertise the different programs that the organization offers youth in the Peterborough community. In the end Ryerson edged out the victory with a close score of 1-0. 

 

The Trent keeper, Annalise Buchowski, wowed the crowd by making some spectacular saves. She kept the scored tied 0-0 at the end of the first half. Annalise, new to Trent’s team this year, made an outstanding total of 13 saves. In the second half Ryerson player #5 Hanna Park scored a goal off a rebounded shot from a teammate in the 5th minute. This exciting play earned her most valuable player of the game.


It was a tough loss for Trent as they are now 16th in the league with 2 wins, 1 tie, and 7 losses. They hope to come out with a win when they face UOIT in their next game at home on October 4th, 2014 at noon.

 

The Excalibur men’s team also fell to the Ryerson Rams on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 with a tough score of 2-0. Ryerson came out strong with #9 Viktor Anastasov scoring a goal in just the 2nd minute. It did not let up there, Ryerson #10 Adam Herrati scored again in the 27th minute making the score 2-0 at the half.

 

It was bound to be a tough game as Trent sits at 16th in the league with the standings 1-8-2, and Ryerson is second in the league with only one loss. The Excalibur loss will keep them in the 16th seat today, but they hope a win this Saturday against UOIT will push them up in the standings. 

 

Be sure to come watch both Trent Excalibur Soccer teams in action during their next home double header vs UOIT during Head of The Trent weekend, Saturday October 4th at 12:00pm & 2:00pm (Justin Chiu Stadium).

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Patrick Assinck

Trent Excalibur Varsity Sport Coordinator

(705)-748-1011 x.6278

varsity@trentu.ca

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The Week Ahead: Homecoming & Head of the Trent Regatta Weekend Edition

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Biggest Weekend of the Year for Trent Excalibur

 

Homecoming weekend is here and it promises to be an exciting three days for the Peterborough and Trent community with the Symons campus hosting 12 varsity home games. Here is the Homecoming schedule:

 

Friday October 3, 2014

6:00 pm - Trent Excalibur Women’s Volleyball Exhibition Game vs. RMC

7:30 pm - Trent Excalibur Women’s Rugby Game vs. York University

8:00 pm - Trent Excalibur Men’s Volleyball Exhibition Game vs. RMC

 

Saturday October 4, 2014

All Day - Trent Excalibur Men’s and Women’s Rowing, 44th Annual Head of the Trent

9:00 am - Trent Excalibur Alumni Volleyball Game

12:00 pm - Trent Excalibur Women’s Volleyball Exhibition Game vs. RMC

12:00 pm - Trent Excalibur Women’s Soccer Game vs. UOIT

2:00 pm - Trent Excalibur Men’s Volleyball Exhibition Game vs. RMC

2:15 pm - Trent Excalibur Men’s Soccer Game vs. UOIT

5:00 pm - Trent Excalibur Men’s Lacrosse Game vs. Bishop’s University

7:30 pm - Trent Excalibur Men’s Rugby Game vs. Loyalist

                                                              

Sunday October 5, 2014

2:00 pm - Trent Excalibur Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Game

 

The weekend officially begins with Trent Women’s Rugby playing their final game of the regular season versus the squad from York University. Expect an action packed 90 minutes as the two teams are separated by a single point in OUA standings held by Trent. With the win the Excalibur women’s rugby team would lock up the 3rd place seat in the Russell Division. Also on Friday, Trent’s men’s and women’s volleyball teams are in exhibition play. Both the men’s and women’s squads are looking to set the tone for the 2014-15 season with games against the RMC Paladins.

 

Come Saturday spectators will be welcome to take in a marathon of Excalibur action beginning at 8:45am with the start of the Head of the Trent. The largest single day regatta in North America returns this year with a record 446 boat entries. Trent Excalibur Rowing will have crews competing throughout the day as they race all the way from Parkhill Road Bridge down in Peterborough’s East City, to the steps of Champlain College on Symons Campus. For spectators, some of the best spots to watch along the 4.6 kilometer course include the banks of the canal by the Peterborough Rowing Club, the steps at the base of Bata Library, and of course the Faryon Bridge.

 

 

While the river will be occupied by a flotilla of racing shells, Men’s and Women’s soccer open the day at Justin Chiu Stadium with back to back games. The women go first at 12:00pm followed by the men at 2:15pm. The pair of OUA matches is sure to be exciting with UOIT presenting a challenge to overcome. Volleyball also continues on Saturday with current players taking on Trent Alumni at 9:00am followed by more men’s and women’s exhibition play against RMC. The women begin at 12:00pm & the men play at 2:00pm.

 

Later Saturday evening the action continues with men’s lacrosse taking to the field at 5:00pm against the Bishop’s Gators. Trent will be looking for a big two points to close the gap in the CUFLA standings. Earlier in September the Gators were able to defeat Trent by shutting down the team’s offence. However, Excalibur men’s lacrosse will be coming into this game with some momentum after last weekend’s 15-9 win against the University of Ottawa, and home field advantage. The team will return to Justin Chiu Stadium on Sunday at 2:00pm to take on Trent’s Excalibur alumni.

 

Finishing out the Saturday lineup of events at Justin Chiu Stadium will be Excalibur men’s rugby as they take on the Loyalist College Chargers at 7:30pm. Trent enters into the homecoming match on a win streak with victories in their previous two games. The latest of these was against the Algonquin College Thunder by a final score of 50-36. Currently, the men’s rugby team sits second in the OCAA East standings behind hometown rival Fleming College.

 

There will be a variety of other activities planned for the weekend as well. For a detailed breakdown please visit www.trentu.ca/hott

 

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For more information, please contact:

Patrick Assinck, Varsity Coordinator - Athletics & Recreation Department, Trent University

Phone: (705) 748-1011 x 6278 or varsity@trentu.ca

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