Université Laval sports: football, rugby and soccer

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Université Laval’s David Côté kicked four field goals and two converts for 14 points, leading the Rouge et Or to an easy 40-0 win over Sherbrooke in the RESQ semifinal game. Fan turnout was low as the wind-blown rain had everyone soaked. The Rouge et Or will play the Université de Montréal Carabins on Nov. 10 at Stade Telus for the Dunsmore Cup.

The Université Laval Rouge et Or football team started its defence of the regional and national titles on Nov. 3 with a decisive 40-0 win over the Vert et Or of Université de Sherbrooke. Playing in front of fewer than 7,000 cold and wet football fans at Stade Telus, Laval took an 8-0 lead after the first quarter.

Mathieu Robitaille caught a 27-yard pass from Hugo Richard for the only touchdown of the first half. Four field goals by kicker David Côté and a team safety from the defence gave Laval a 21-0 lead at halftime.

The rain intensified in the third quarter and it affected the passing game of both teams. Vincent Breton-Robert rushed for a 67-yard run for a touchdown and Christophe Amoah ran for another major on a five-yard run for the Rouge et Or. David Côté added another field goal and the defence got another safety to complete the scoring.

Laval will now play the Université de Montréal Carabins for the Dunsmore Cup on Nov. 10 at Stade Telus. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

Tickets can be bought on reservatech.net or by calling 418-656-FOOT (3668). The game will also be televised on TVA Sports.

Rugby and soccer
The Université Laval women’s rugby team was seconds away from winning the bronze medal before losing 20-19 against the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees at the U Sports national championship in Wolfville, N.S.

Laval started the championship with a 28-22 win over the University of Calgary Dinos. The Rouge et Or then met the X-Women from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S., the 2018 Atlantic conference champions. Playing in a steady rain, the X-Women qualified for the championship game with a 26-12 win.

“The conditions definitely didn’t favour us,” noted Laval flyhalf Véronique Gagné after the game. “They are a very physical team that loves to play the pick-and-go game. We are used to playing more of a wing game, getting the ball out to our backs, and that is not an easy way to play in wet weather.”

Finally, the Laval women’s soccer team qualified for the U Sports national championship with a 3-2 victory in overtime against the Patriotes of Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) on Nov. 2. The win qualifies the Rouge et Or to face the Carabins of Université de Montréal at next week’s championship in Ottawa.

The men’s soccer team failed to qualify, losing their conference semifinal 1-0 to the Citadins from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The game, postponed last weekend due to snow on the field, was played on Oct. 30 at Stade Telus. UQAM eliminated the Rouge et Or on their home field for the second year in a row.