CIS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Blues men, T-Bird women repeat as CIS champions

TORONTO (CIS) – The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men defended their national title at home, while the UBC Thunderbirds women three-peated with ease as the 2014 Speedo CIS swimming championships wrapped at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Pool. The host Blues finished with 690 points, ahead of the Canada West powerhouse T-Birds (609.5) for the second straight year and earn a CIS-leading 18th national banner. UBC won the final 400 medley relay in a time of 3:34.10, but it was too little, too late for the Canada West powerhouses. The Calgary Dinos placed third with 405 points over the three-day meet. UBC’s women cruised to their third straight and CIS-leading 19th national title, ending with a combined team score of 802.5 points, 397.5 points ahead of the Montreal Carabins (405), setting the CIS championship record for the largest margin of victory. The Dinos were third with 328 points.



CIS WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS: Brock sweeps team banners, claims 7 individual titles

FREDERICTON (CIS) – The Brock University Badgers completed their domination of the two-day CIS wrestling championships at UNB’s Richard J. Currie Center, returning home with both team banners as well as 12 individual medals, seven of them gold. It marked the third consecutive national team title for the Brock women, and their fourth overall, while the men returned to the top of the standings for the first time since their magical 10-run championship run from 1999 to 2008. The Badgers now have a record 14 CIS titles in men’s competition. Brock had also swept the team banners back in 2001-02. The only other school to accomplish the feat since women’s wrestling was added to the CIS program 16 years ago was Simon Fraser, in 2009-10. Individually, Brock was shut out of the athlete-of-the-year selections, but claimed both top-rookie and both coach-of-the-year trophies.


CIS MEN’S VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Alberta captures seventh CIS title in straight sets

CALGARY (CIS) – The Alberta Golden Bears are back on top of the CIS men’s volleyball world for the first time since 2009 after a straight-sets victory over the Western Mustangs (25-19, 25-17, 25-16) Saturday night at the University of Calgary’s Jack Simpson Gym. It is the seventh national championship in school history for the Golden Bears, and the first since back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009 for the Golden Bears, who got hot at the right time after a 15-7 regular season. After sweeping Calgary in a best-of-three Canada West quarterfinal, the Bears didn’t lose a set at the conference Final Four and upended top-seeded Trinity Western to capture the conference banner. With the top seed at the national tournament, Alberta got through No. 8 Montreal in the quarterfinal, then knocked off defending national champion Laval in Friday semi-final.

CIS WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Bisons upset six-time reigning champion UBC

REGINA (CIS) – The University of Manitoba Bisons denied the University of British Columbia’s attempt at history by defeating the Thunderbirds in straight sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-20) to capture the 2014 CIS women`s volleyball championship at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport. UBC entered the gold-medal final having won the last six national titles, tied with Winnipeg and Alberta for the longest streak in CIS women’s volleyball annals. T-Birds were the top seed going into this weekend’s tournament after sweeping Manitoba in straight sets in last week’s Canada West final. Instead, it was the Bisons who made some history of their own. With the upset win, they claimed their first CIS banner since 2002 and their seventh overall, moving in a tie for second place all-time (with Winnipeg and Alberta), three behind UBC.

CIS TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS:OUA sweep team titles as York win men’s banner, Guelph wins women’s

EDMONTON (CIS) – The York University Lions won their first CIS men’s track and field title in 30 years, while the Guelph University Gryphons claimed their first women’s banner since the 2008 season, as the OUA swept the team championship trophies at the 2014 CIS track and field championships, held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. York finished with 103 total points to claim their first CIS track and field banner since 1984. Guelph, the 2013 CIS men’s champions, finished second with 97 points while the Windsor Lancers earned CIS team bronze with 81 points. The Lions now have three men’s team titles in program history, following back-to-back wins in the 1983 and 1984 seasons. York coach Colin Inglis was honoured with the Bob Boucher Award as men’s coach of the year at a banquet following the championship. With 96 points, the Guelph Gryphons claim their second women’s team title in program history, after winning their inaugural championship following the 2007-08 season. The Toronto Varsity Blues finished second with 93, while the Canada West champions from Trinity Western finished third with 64 points.


CIS WOMEN’S HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP: Fouracres scores in 2OT, Martlets edge archrivals for national title

FREDERICTON (CIS) – Brittney Fouracres, a defenceman from Calgary, scored a power-play goal at 37 seconds of double overtime to give fifth-seeded McGill a hard-earned 4-3 victory over the top-seeded Montreal Carabins to capture the Scotiabank CIS national women’s hockey championship before a crowd of 827 at the Grant Harvey Centre on the campus of St. Thomas University. It was the fourth CIS title for the Martlets, who were dethroned as Quebec conference champions in each of the last two seasons by the upstart Carabins, a team that captured the CIS banner last year. McGill improved to 32-7 lifetime against the Carabins, including a 5-4 record this season.


CIS MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Ravens 4-peat, win 10th W.P. McGee Trophy in 12 years

OTTAWA (CIS) – The Carleton Ravens are still the best team in CIS men’s basketball team. The tournament’s second seed won their fourth straight W.P. McGee Trophy, and their record 10th in 12 years, thanks to a 79-67 gold-medal victory over top-ranked and cross-town rival Ottawa at the ArcelorMittal Dofasco championship at the Canadian Tire Centre.

CIS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Lancers too much for SMU, claim 4th straight Bronze Baby

WINDSOR, Ont. (CIS) – The top-seeded and tournament host Windsor Lancers earned their fourth-consecutive Bronze Baby Trophy in convincing fashion on Sunday evening in front of a capacity crowd of just under 3,000 on their home court at the St. Denis Centre, defeating the No. 2 Saint Mary’s Huskies 71-45 in the ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS women’s basketball championship gold-medal game. Tournament all-star and four-time CIS all-Canadian Jessica Clemencon recorded a team-best 19 points, while Korissa Williams picked up 14 points and 12 rebounds to tally the final’s only double-double. The now four-time defending national champions end their 2013-14 season on a 27-game winning streak, including regular season and playoff games, while extending their post-season run to 15 games dating back to the 2010-11 year. Windsor becomes the first CIS women’s basketball team to earn four-straight national titles since Laurentian won five-straight banners from 1975-1979.


CIS UNIVERSITY CUP: Bears beat archrival Huskies, claim record 14th CIS title

SASKATOON (CIS) – Levko Koper scored twice, including the game-winner, to lead the top-seeded University of Alberta Golden Bears to a 3-1 victory over the host Saskatchewan Huskies in the CIS men’s hockey championship final, Sunday afternoon, marking the record 14th University Cup triumph for the powerhouse from Edmonton. It was the first national championship since 2008 for the Bears, who were skating in their 19th CIS title match, another all-time mark. With the win, Alberta improved to 6-0 overall this season against its archrival from the Canada West conference. The final of the PotashCorp University Cup presented by Co-op was played in front of 6,289 fans at Credit Union Centre, lifting the seven-game total to 41,089, a new standard for the 52-year-old tournament. The previous standard of 40,956 had been set in 2000 at Credit Union Centre, then known as Saskatchewan Place.

CIS / CCA CURLING CHAMPIONSHIPS:Carleton Ravens women, Manitoba Bisons men crowned curling champions



FALL 2014

CIS WOMEN’S FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP: T-Birds claim fourth straight McCrae Cup

TORONTO (CIS) – The UBC Thunderbirds continue to rewrite history as they claimed their fourth-straight McCrae Cup with a 2-0 victory over the previously unbeaten and host Toronto Varsity Blues in the gold-medal game of the 40th CIS-FHC field hockey championship at Back Campus Fields. The T-Birds also add to their own record with a 16th national banner in program history. UBC is now 16-6 all-time in the CIS title match, while Toronto, who is tied with Victoria for second place with 11 national banners, drops to 11-6 in CIS finals. It was the seventh meeting between UBC and Toronto in the gold-medal game, with UBC now holding a 5-2 advantage.

CIS WOMEN’S RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP: X-Women outscore McMaster to claim 4th Monilex Trophy

GUELPH, Ont. (CIS) – Tournament MVP Emma Taylor of Scotsburn, N.S., scored two tries as the St. Francis Xavier X-Women captured their fourth Monilex Trophy thanks to a spectacular 43-34 win over the McMaster Marauders in the highest-scoring CIS women’s rugby final in history at the University of Guelph’s Alumni Stadium. The 17-time AUS conference champions, now 4-3 all-time in CIS gold-medal games including previous triumphs in 2006, 2010 and 2012, return home to Antigonish, N.S., with a perfect 3-0 record at this year’s national tournament, having defeated Alberta 41-17 on Friday and Western 27-24 on Saturday in pool play. For their part, the OUA champion Marauders settle for CIS silver for the second time in program history. They had lost to Guelph 15-10 on home turf in Hamilton in the final of the inaugural CIS championship, back in 1998.

CIS MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: Lions blank OUA rivals, claim 4th Davidson Trophy

CHARLOTTETOWN (CIS) – Joey Cicchillo, a third-year striker from North York, Ont., scored the game’s only goal in the 32nd minute as the York Lions captured the fourth Sam Davidson Memorial Trophy in program history thanks to a 1-0 victory over the McMaster Marauders in the final of the CIS men’s soccer championship at UPEI Turf. It marked the first all-OUA national final since 2002, when Brock edged tournament host Carleton 1-0 in overtime. York defeated McMaster 2-0 in last Sunday’s OUA title match. The Lions, who had previously been crowned in 1977, 2008 and 2010, won their three duels by identical 1-0 scores at this week’s CIS tournament, including a thrilling extra time victory against Montreal in Thursday’s opening round and a shutout of host UPEI in Friday’s second semifinal. The new champions complete an undefeated campaign after going 14-0-2 in conference play and 6-0 in post-season action and on a remarkable streak of seven straight whitewashes, their last goal allowed dating back to their penultimate league contest against Windsor on Oct. 18.

CIS WOMEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: Host Laval stuns 5-time champs, first Quebec team to win CIS title

QUEBEC CITY (CIS) – History was made at the 28th CIS women’s soccer championship. The tournament host Laval Rouge et Or made a big statement with a dominant 5-0 gold-medal performance over the defending two-time titlist Trinity Western Spartans at Stade TELUS-Université Laval Stadium, becoming the first Quebec program to claim the Gladys Bean Memorial Trophy. Before an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 2,200 people, Laval also became the third team to win a national championship on home turf, after Trinity Western in 2008 and the Cape Breton Capers in 2007.

CIS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Guelph sweeps team titles for 9th straight year

ST. JOHN’S, Nfld. (CIS) – The University of Guelph claimed both the women’s and men’s titles at the 2014 CIS cross-country running championships, marking the ninth consecutive year the Gryphons have captured both banners. The races were held at St. John’s Pippy Park golf course for the first time in the event’s history. The weather provided a serious challenge for both races with winds peaking near 110 km per hour, accompanied by rain and sometimes hail-like conditions. It was the 10th consecutive banner performance for the Guelph women and the ninth straight for the men’s squad, extending their own CIS records. The Gryphons have now racked up 25 team titles in their prestigious history, also a CIS mark, 12 more than Victoria.


MITCHELL BOWL: Marauders beat Mount A, advance to third Vanier Cup in four years

HAMILTON (CIS) – The third-ranked McMaster Marauders have advanced to the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup defeating the No. 6 Mount Allison Mounties 24-12 at Ron Joyce Stadium. McMaster’s defence highlighted the CIS football national semifinal with the Marauders tallying nine sacks against Mount Allison while pinning them four times in their end zone to collect eight points on safeties alone. Mark Mackie of London, Ont., was named the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Mitchell Bowl most valuable player collecting three of the McMaster’s nine sacks as part of his five solo tackles.


UTECK BOWL: Carabins survive Manitoba comeback, advance to first Vanier Cup

MONTREAL (CIS) – The Montreal Carabins are off to the Vanier Cup for the first time in program history thanks to a thrilling 29-26 win over the visiting Manitoba Bisons in the Uteck Bowl. The first CIS football national semifinal was played in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,100 at CEPSUM Stadium and the Carabins will have home-field advantage once again next Saturday in the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium. Kickoff for the milestone game is set for 1 p.m., live on Sportsnet, Sportsnet 360 and Radio-Canada.


50thVANIER CUP: Hometown Carabins capture first national title

MONTREAL (CIS) – A field goal block by Mathieu Girard of Laval, Que., with 51 seconds remaining secured the Montreal Carabins their first CIS football national title with a come-from-behind 20-19 victory over the McMaster Marauders in the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium before a crowd of 22,649. Montreal receiver Regis Cibasu (Kinshasa, Congo) garnered the Ted Morris Memorial Trophy as the game MVP, reeling in six passes for a team-high 90 yards. Carabins defensive back Anthony Coady (Montreal) took the Bruce Coulter Award as the defensive MVP after snagging two interceptions. Montreal head coach Danny Maciocia becomes the first person to lead a team to both Grey Cup and Vanier Cup titles as a head coach, having earned a Grey Cup ring in 2005 as the bench boss of the Edmonton Eskimos.


Scott Harrigan
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