CIS Top Ten Tuesday (#5): York moves up to No. 1 in men’s soccer

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OTTAWA (CIS) – The game of musical chairs continues in CISmen’s soccer as the York University Lions move up to No. 1 inthis week’s national rankings, becoming the third team toclaim the pole position in the first five coaches’ polls ofthe campaign.

In other CIS sports, Ottawa (women’s soccer), St. FrancisXavier (women’s rugby) and Guelph (women’s &men’s cross country) all hold on to their No.

1 status.

In men’s soccer, the Lions (9-0-1), who were ranked seconda week ago, beat Western 2-0 and Windsor 3-1 over the weekend toremain the only undefeated team in the OUA conference. Meanwhile,the Alberta Golden Bears, who topped the rankings each of the pasttwo weeks and entered the last weekend with a perfect 5-0-0 recordin Canada West play, were blanked 1-0 by Victoria on Friday andsettled for a 1-1 draw against Fraser Valley on Saturday.

Those results drop Alberta (5-1-1) to No. 4 in the new Top 10,behind York, UBC (6-0-0) and Saint Mary’s (5-0-2). TrinityWestern (6-0-2) rounds out the leading quintet.

The Lions are no strangers to the No. 1 position. Crowned CISchampion in both 2008 and 2010, York led eight of ninecoaches’ polls a year ago.

In women’s soccer, top-ranked Ottawa (10-0-1) went aperfect 3-0 this past week, including wins over RMC, 4-0, Toronto,3-1, and Ryerson, 1-0. The Gee-Gees visit Laurentian (6-3-1) onSaturday and Nipissing (0-8-2) on Sunday.

Also of note this past week in women’s soccer, Laval upsetpreviously undefeated McGill 1-0 on Sunday, dropping the Martlets(6-1-0) from No. 3 to No. 6 in the national poll.

In women’s rugby, StFX (5-0) resumed its domination in AUSplay with shutout victories over Saint Mary’s, 81-0, andUPEI, 69-0. The X-Women, who have outscored their conference rivalsby 422 to 3 in five contests, should face their stiffest test ofthe season on Thursday when they host No. 10 Acadia (4-0).

The most surprising women’s rugby result of the past weekcame on Saturday when Calgary beat Lethbridge 31-18 to hand thereigning six-time Canada West champion Pronghorns their firstregular season loss since 2008. With the result, the Dinos move uptwo spots to No. 5 in the new Top 10, while Lethbridge drops threepositions to No. 6.

In cross-country running, Guelph leads both the women’sand men’s rankings for the second straight week. The Gryphonshave captured the last seven national team banners in women’scompetition and have won six straight men’s championships,both CIS record streaks.

WOMEN’SCROSS COUNTRY

(points) / (previous rankings)
1. Guelph 98.2 points / (1)
2. McMaster 90.6 / (2)
3. Victoria 80.6 / (3)
4. Western 65.9 / (4)
5. McGill 58.8 / (5)
6. Toronto 47.1 / (6)
7. StFX 35.9 / (7)
8. Queen’s 35.3 / (8)
9. Saskatchewan 17.6 / (9)
10. Calgary 9.4 / (10)

MEN’SCROSS COUNTRY

(points) / (previous rankings)
1. Guelph 100.0 points / (1)
2. Windsor 83.3 / (2)
3. Victoria 74.0 / (4)
4. Laval 65.3 / (3)
5. Queen’s 58.7 / (5)
6. Regina 57.3 / (6)
7. McMaster 43.3 / (7)
8. StFX 26.0 / (8)
9. Toronto 22.0 / (10)
10. Western 17.3 / (9)

WOMEN’SRUGBY

(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) /(previous rankings)
1. StFX (5-0) / 155 points (10) / (1)
2. Guelph (5-0) / 140 (5) / (2)
3. Queen’s (5-0) / 106 / (4)
4. Laval (5-0) / 99 / (5)
5. Calgary (3-0) / 83 / (7)
6. Lethbridge (2-1) / 70 / (3)
7. Concordia (5-0) / 65 / (6)
8. Alberta (2-0) / 43 / (9)
9. McGill (4-1) / 38 / (8)
10. Acadia (4-0) / 15 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: Western (12), McMaster (7),Waterloo (4), Ottawa (1), York (1).

WOMEN’SSOCCER

(regular season record) / votes / (previousrankings)
1. Ottawa (10-0-1) / 48 points / (1)
2. Trinity Western (7-0-0) / 47 / (2)
3. Wilfrid Laurier (8-0-2) / 36 / (5)
4. Montreal (7-1-0) / 32 / (4)
5. Victoria (6-0-1) / 27 / (8)
6. McGill (6-1-0) / 25 / (3)
7. Queen’s (7-1-2) / 22 / (6)
8. Alberta (4-0-2) / 16 / (7)
9. Cape Breton (5-0-2) / 11 / (10)
10. UBC (6-1-0) / 10 / (NR)

Other teams receiving votes: McMaster (1).

MEN’SSOCCER

(regular season record) / votes / (previousrankings)
1. York (9-0-1) / 59 points / (2)
2. UBC (6-0-0) / 52 / (3)
3. Saint Mary’s (5-0-2) / 45 / (4)
4. Alberta (5-1-1) / 39 / (1)
5. Trinity Western (6-0-2) / 34 / (7)
6. McMaster (8-1-0) / 33 / (6)
7. Queen’s (7-1-1) / 28 / (5)
8. Laval (4-1-1) / 14 / (NR)
9. Sherbrooke (4-2-1) / 9 / (8)
10. Carleton (7-2-1) / 6 / (10)

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