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About 3,500 fans turned out in ideal football weather on Sept. 29 to cheer the Stingers to a 21-15 victory over the Université de Montréal Carabins.
Most of the 2007 Sports Hall of Fame inductees attended the Homecoming game and were introduced to the crowd at halftime. Joe Poirier, Loyola class of ‘57, did the honours at kickoff.
The inductions were made at a banquet on Sept. 28. The sons of Edward Cannon accepted an award on their father's behalf as an outstanding track and rugby athlete from 1927 at Loyola College. Sally Kemp was inducted for her role in opening up opportunities for female students at Sir George Williams University from 1964 to 1968. Gerry Prud'homme was honoured as a football star in 1984, as was the 1982 Concordia Stingers football team.
While the team was defeated 35-19 on Oct. 6 by the Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or, they have a 3-2 win-loss record and are in third place in the standings, behind Laval and Bishop’s.
Stingers win basketball tournament
The Concordia Stingers won the 42nd annual Concordia-Nike men’s basketball tournament with an 82-71 victory over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks at the Concordia gym on Oct. 6.
Playing without their leader (all-star point guard Damian Buckley, who was nursing a sore knee), the Stingers were in a seesaw battle with the Golden Hawks. Concordia was down 38-36 at halftime and was clinging to a narrow 59-57 lead after three quarters. A late run gave the Stingers the win.
Concordia defeated the Laurentian Voyageurs 91-65 on Friday night to advance to the championship game. Wilfrid Laurier romped over the Memorial Sea-Hawks 93-51 in the opening round.
The Stingers head west next weekend for a tournament at University of Winnipeg.
Hockey season starts
The men’s hockey Stingers gave up their first OUA game Oct. 5 to the Brock Badgers 2-0 and turned it around the following day, defeating the Guelph Gryphons 4-3 in overtime. Captain Trevor Blanchard scored the winner with 28 seconds left in the overtime period.
Head coach Kevin Figsby said he’s got a more experienced squad this year.
“I expect to be strong on the attack. We’re improved on the defensive end and solid in nets. I expect consistent performances from the returning players and major contributions from the rookies.”
Concordia is looking to improve on its fourth-place finish in the OUA Far East conference last season.
The only major loss from last season is defenceman Trevor Hawkins, the team captain, who graduated and went to play professional in Australia.