CIS Top Ten Tuesday (#5): Alberta new leader in rugby, Guelph opens at No. 1 in x-country

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OTTAWA (CIS) – The University of Alberta Pandas are thenew team to beat in Canadian Interuniversity Sport women’srugby.

The Pandas move up one spot in this week’s national pollto take over from the Guelph Gryphons, who had been ranked No. 1each of the past three weeks. Both teams received four first-placevotes from CIS coaches but Alberta edged Guelph 87-86 in totalpoints.

The Pandas, CIS bronze medallists a year ago, improved theirleague record to 3-0 over the past weekend thanks to a pair ofconvincing wins on the West Coast, 39-0 over UBC and 49-0 againstVictoria. The reigning Canada West champions resume conference playon Saturday when they host Lethbridge (1-1).

Meanwhile in the OUA, the Gryphons (4-0) also remainedundefeated in league play last weekend but were tested by the No. 9McMaster Marauders (2-2) before prevailing 44-27. The 2012 CISfinalists, who drop to No. 2 in the new Top 10, welcome Brock (1-3)on Saturday.

Rounding out the top five in the new national rankings are No. 3Concordia (5-0 / up one), No. 4 Queen’s (4-0 / down one) andNo. 5 Acadia (5-0 / no change), which also received a first-placenod this week.

In soccer, the Ottawa Gee-Gees and York Lions hold on to No. 1in the new women’s and men’s coaches’ polls.

On the women’s side, Ottawa improved to 8-0-2 with a pairof victories on home turf, 4-2 against Laurentian and 9-1 versusNipissing. The Gee-Gees hit the road this weekend to visit No. 7Queen’s (5-1-3) on Saturday and Trent (0-11-0) on Sunday.Ottawa and Queen’s battled to a scoreless draw back on Sept.7.

In men’s competition, top-ranked York (9-1-0) had asuccessful road trip last weekend, edging Western 2-1 and Brock4-1. The Lions host No. 8 McMaster (6-2-2) on Saturday with achance to avenge their only loss of the regular season, a 1-0setback in Hamilton on Sept. 13.

Finally, in cross-country running, the reigning CIS champ GuelphGryphons top the first women’s and men’s rankings ofthe campaign. The Guelph women and men have captured the last eightand seven national team banners, respectively, both recordstreaks.

WOMEN’SCROSS COUNTRY
(points)

1. Guelph 100 points
2. Western 83
3. Queen’s 80
4. Toronto 69
5. Victoria 55
6. McMaster 43
7. Dalhousie 29
8. McGill 25
T9. Calgary 19
T9. Laurentian 19

MEN’SCROSS COUNTRY
(points)

1. Guelph 100 points
2. Laval 76
3. Windsor 75
4. Victoria 63
5. McMaster 59
6. Queen’s 50
7. Lakehead 45
8. Western 26
T9. Regina 12
T9. Calgary 12
T9. Trinity Western 12

WOMEN’SRUGBY
(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previousrankings)

1. Alberta (3-0) / 87 points (4) / (2)
2. Guelph (4-0) / 86 points (4) / (1)
3. Concordia (5-0) / 63 / (4)
4. Queen’s (4-0) / 61 / (3)
5. Acadia (5-0) / 56 (1) / (5)
6. StFX (4-1) / 50 / (6)
7. Calgary (2-1) / 26 / (9)
8. McGill (4-1) / 22 / (7)
9. McMaster (2-2) / 15 / (NR)
10. Ottawa (4-1) / 13 / (8)

Other teams receiving votes: Waterloo (12), Lethbridge (9),Victoria (2), Western (2).

WOMEN’SSOCCER
(regular season record) / (votes) / (previous rankings)

1. Ottawa (8-0-2) / 50 points / (1)
2. Laval (7-0-1) / 44 / (2)
3. Alberta (6-0-2) / 41 / (3)
4. Montreal (6-1-1) / 30 / (6)
5. Western (5-0-4) / 26 / (8)
6. UBC (3-0-3) / 24 / (4)
7. Queen’s (5-1-3) / 19 / (5)
8. Saskatchewan (5-0-2) / 11 / (NR)
9. Dalhousie (5-2-1) / 8 / (NR)
10. Trinity Western (2-1-3) / 7 / (7) *

* Trinity Western edges Victoria for 10th place thanks to ahigher ranking the previous week.

Other teams receiving votes: Victoria (7), Sherbrooke (3),Wilfrid Laurier (3), Cape Breton (2).

MEN’SSOCCER
(regular season record) / (votes) / (previousrankings)

1. York (9-1-0) / 59 points / (1)
2. UBC (7-1-0) / 55 / (2)
3. Ryerson (7-0-1) / 44 / (5)
4. Montreal (5-1-1) / 43 / (3)
5. Guelph (7-1-3) / 34 / (8)
6. Alberta (4-1-2) / 22 / (4)
7. UNB (4-1-2) / 20 / (9)
8. McMaster (6-2-2) / 15 / (T6)
9. UQAM (5-1-1) / 11 / (NR)
10. Saint Mary’s (5-2-1) / 7 / (NR)

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

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