CIS Top Ten Tuesday (#1): Montreal, UBC, Alberta open at No. 1 in soccer and rugby

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OTTAWA (CIS) – A trio of perennial contenders tops theinaugural national rankings of the 2014 season in CanadianInteruniversity Sport soccer and rugby.

In women’s soccer, the Montreal Carabinsreceived 44 points in the inaugural coaches’ poll to edge thereigning two-time national champion Trinity Western Spartans (39)in the voting. Alberta (37), Western (32) and Cape Breton (30)round out the top five.

The Spartans beat the Carabins 1-0 in last year’s CISfinal to claim their record-tying fifth Gladys Bean MemorialTrophy. Montreal (vs. UQAM) and Trinity Western (vs. Fraser Valley)both open conference play at home on Friday.

In men’s soccer, the UBC Thunderbirdswere a logical choice to debut at No. 1 after winning their secondstraight CIS title and adding to their own all-time record lastfall with a 13th Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy triumph. Rounding outthe top five in the first poll of 2014 are last year’snational finalists, the Laval Rouge et Or, as well as UNB, York andMontreal.

The T-Birds kick off their title defence at Victoria on Fridaynight.

In women’s rugby, the Alberta Pandas openat No. 1 after claiming their record sixth CIS banner a year ago,their first since 2003. The Guelph Gryphons, last season’sCIS silver medallists, are ranked No. 2, followed by Queen’s,StFX and McGill.

Alberta has to wait two more weeks to play its first conferencematch of 2014 (Sept. 20 at Lethbridge).

WOMEN’S SOCCER
(regular season record) / votes / (previous ranking)

1. Montreal (0-0-0) / 44 points / (-)
2. Trinity Western (0-0-0) / 39 / (-)
3. Alberta (0-0-0) / 37 / (-)
4. Western (2-0-0) / 32 / (-)
5. Cape Breton (0-0-0) / 30 / (-)
6. Wilfrid Laurier (2-0-0) / 20 / (-)
7. Victoria (0-0-0) / 18 / (-)
8. Laval (0-0-0) / 15 / (-)
9. Ottawa (1-1-0) / 11 / (-)
10. UBC (0-0-0) / 9 / (-)

MEN’S SOCCER
(regular season record) / (previous ranking)

1. UBC (0-0-0) / (-)
2. Laval (0-0-0) / (-)
3. UNB (0-0-0) / (-)
4. York (1-0-1) / (-)
5. Montreal (0-0-0) (-)
6. Saskatchewan (0-0-0) / (-)
7. Ryerson (2-0-0) / (-)
8. Saint Mary’s (0-0-0) / (-)
9. Victoria (0-0-0) / (-)
10. McMaster (0-0-1) / (-)

WOMEN’S RUGBY
(regular season record) / votes (first-place votes) / (previousranking)

1. Alberta (0-0) / 146 points (13) / (-)
2. Guelph (0-0) / 122 (1) / (-)
3. Queen’s (0-0) / 116 / (-)
4. StFX (0-0) / 78 / (-)
5. McGill (1-0) / 68 / (-)
6. Concordia (0-0) / 67 / (-)
7. Acadia (0-0) / 57 / (-)
8. Calgary (0-0) / 51 / (-)
9. McMaster (0-0) / 34 / (-)
10. Laval (1-0) / 22 / (-)

Other teams receiving votes: Lethbridge (11), Ottawa (7),Western (3), Montreal (2).

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

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