Laval wins Dunsmore Cup

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

The Rouge et Or’s Matthieu Betts triumphantly holds the Dunsmore Cup aloft after the team’s 14-1 win over the Université de Montréal Carabins.

Université Laval’s Rouge et Or football team is heading for their third straight U Sports national semifinal with a 14-1 win over the Université de Montréal (UdeM) Carabins, in front of 10,220 fans who braved the weather at Stade Telus on Nov. 10.

The only touchdown of the game was the result of the strong play by the Laval defence. Adam Auclair recovered a fumble and ran 77 yards for the major and gave the Rouge et Or a 7-0 lead over the Carabins.

David Côté’s 14-yard field goal in the second quarter increased the Rouge et Or’s lead to 10-0. Louis-Philippe Simoneau added a 44-yard rouge that came on a punt at the end of the first half, and UdeM trailed the Rouge et Or 10-1 at halftime.

In the second half, the Carabins’ offence could not handle Laval’s defence. The Rouge et Or scored the only points in the final 30 minutes of the game, with two defensive safeties for a final score of 14-1.

The 2018 team has won the 15th Dunsmore Cup in Rouge et Or history.

On Nov. 17, Université Laval will host the Uteck Bowl, and the winners of the Atlantic University Sports conference, the St. Francis Xavier (StFX) X-Men who captured the Loney Bowl. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at Stade Telus. The game will also be televised by TVA Sports and Sportsnet 360.

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Laval women’s soccer at USports
Joëlle Gosselin scored the only goal in a tight defensive battle and the Rouge et Or women’s soccer team won the consolation final by a score of 1-0 over the University of Calgary Dinos, on Nov. 11, at the U Sports championship in Ottawa.

Laval lost their opening game 1-0 to the Trinity Western University Spartans from Langley, B.C., on Nov. 8. That meant that the Rouge et Or would play in the consolation round. They defeated the University of Western Ontario Mustangs 1-0 on Nov. 9 to secure a spot in the consolation final.

The University of Ottawa Gee Gees won the 2018 U Sports national women’s soccer championship.

In basketball, the Rouge et Or women’s team won both their games last week. After a 66-61 win at Concordia University on Nov. 8, they defeated the McGill University Martlets 65-46 at home on Nov. 10.

Their next game will be in Lennoxville on Nov. 17, when they visit the Bishop’s University Gaiters.

On the men’s side, the Rouge et Or lost both their games. Concordia defeated Laval 66-61 on Nov. 8, and two days later, McGill got the better of the Rouge et Or 65-46. The men’s team will also play the Gaiters at Bishop’s University on Nov. 17.