Caroline Mercier
Caroline Mercier
Graduate with a Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Gender Studies from the University of New Brunswick with professional experience in various fields.
September 1, 2018

Winter Term Sports Recap

Caroline Mercier

Men’s Hockey

The men’s hockey team finished their season at the top of the AUS standings with 24 wins and 6 losses, four of those losses occurring in overtime. From there, the V-Reds easily won the AUS banner, moving on to the USports Championship, which was hosted by UNB. At the national competition, UNB ploughed through the Concordia Stingers to move on to the semifinal round. In the semis against St. FX, UNB was unable to get the overtime win necessary for a gold medal bid. This sent them into the bronze medal match—a rematch of last year’s championship final against the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. UNB won against the Huskies 5-4 in overtime, giving the Reds the bronze medal. In the last four years, the Varsity Reds men’s hockey team has won silver, gold twice, and bronze medals at nationals, in that order.

Men’s Basketball

The men’s basketball team won the AUS banner for the first time in 51 years. This outstanding conference performance moved the Reds to the USports national tournament. At the heart of their successful season was the AUS MVP Javon Masters. Masters, after breaking the AUS all-time point record in November against SMU, broke the USports all time point record with a total of 560 points this year, adding to his previous total gained over his first four years of competition with the Varsity Reds.

Men’s Volleyball

UNB won the AUS banner against the Dalhousie Tigers advancing them to the USports national tournament. Despite their shutout loss in the first round against the eventual champions, the UBC Thunderbirds, the Reds won against Queens in the consolation semifinal to earn a spot in the fifth place match. UNB lost to Montreal, placing sixth in the country.

Women’s Hockey

The Red Blazers finished their season with the East Coast Women’s Hockey League (ECWHL) championship trophy. In the championship game, the Blazers faced off against the Holland College Hurricanes, winning 3-1.

Women’s Basketball

The V-Reds finished the regular season with an even sheet of ten wins and ten losses. After entering the AUS tournament in sixth place, the Reds lost to the the eventual second-place UPEI team in the quarterfinal.

Women’s Volleyball

The V-Reds just missed the AUS championship, finishing the season with a 20-game losing streak.

Curling

Varsity Reds curling had strong finishes on the men’s side, managing a second place finish in the AUS conference finals, just behind Dalhousie, with both moving on to the USports championships. At nationals, UNB placed third in the tournament and earning the bronze medal. The women’s team placed 5th at AUS Championships, making them unable to repeat their USports appearance from the previous year.

Track

At AUS, the Varsity Reds had 35 total point-scoring performances, leaving the track with 16 medals. The Reds sent three athletes to USports nationals: Liam Turgeon, Victoria Leblanc and Sydney MacDonald. MacDonald placed 11th at USports in the Pentathlon, followed by Leblanc placing 9th in the long jump and Liam Turgeon competing in the weight throw.

Swimming

UNB swimming finished of the season at AUS with the men’s team placing fourth and the women’s side placing third. Highlights of the championship for the Reds included medal performances from Noah Horwood and Jennifer Moore, with two silvers and two bronzes respectively.

Wrestling

At the USports national wrestling championship, UNB had three top eight performances in Matthew Vilain, Gentrit Sadiku and Jasmine Thebeau. Representing the men’s side, Vilain placed seventh for the 76 kilogram weight class and Sadiku placed seventh for the 90 kilogram weight class. On the women’s side, Thebeau placed fourth in the 67 kilogram category.

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