OTTAWA – McMaster kicker Tyler Crapigna set a pair of prestigious Canadian university football records on Saturday in a 27-10 home win over Laurier at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton.
Crapigna, a native of Nepean, Ont., playing in his fifth and final campaign with the Marauders, was successful on each of his four field goal attempts on the afternoon giving him 83 for his career, a new CIS standard, and 23 on the season, a new OUA conference mark and two shy of the national record (25, Christopher Milo, Laval, 2008).
The previous CIS career record of 82 had been set by former Sherbrooke standout William Dion from 2008 to 2012, while the old OUA single-season standard of 22 was shared by McMaster’s Michael Ray (2003) and Western’s Lirim Hajrullahu (2013).
Crapigna only held the OUA season record by himself for about an hour however, as Guelph’s Daniel Ferraro kicked four field goals of his own on Saturday in a win against Western and also sits at 23 in 2014 with one game remaining on the Gryphons’ schedule.
Crapigna will have one last chance to add to these totals – and to break the CIS single-season record – next Saturday when the nationally third-ranked and OUA-leading Marauders (7-0) wrap up league play at Ottawa.
The 5-foot-7, 170-pound economics student, who split the uprights from 29 and 20 yards out early in the contest against Laurier, tied both the CIS and OUA marks on the final play of the opening half with an 18-yard kick and made history with 7:54 remaining in the fourth quarter thanks to a 41-yarder.
With 15 points on the day, Crapigna also moved to third place on the CIS career scoring list with 400 points, trailing only Hajrullahu, who tallied 422 points for Western from 2009 to 2013, and former Ottawa running back and kicker Neil Lumsden, a recent Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee who had 410 for the Gee-Gees from 1972 to 1975.
Crapigna, who was named to the first all-Canadian team in both 2011 and 2012, kicked the winning field goal in overtime in the 2011 Vanier Cup to lift McMaster to a thrilling 41-38 victory over Laval and the only national title in program history.
About the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup
Canadian Interuniversity Sport will celebrate the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup throughout its 2014 football season. For the first time in history, the championship game will be staged in Montreal – at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium – on Saturday, November 29, at 1 p.m. ET, live on Sportsnet and Radio-Canada.
Official TELUS Vanier Cup website (including ticket information) www.vaniercup.com
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