Monday, September 15, 2008

Campus Corner: Congrats to Sterling and Byers...

It was an impressive week for Queen's sports, which resulted in two Gaels taking OUA Athlete of the Week honours. I've already covered defensive tackle Dee Sterling's superlative performance in Saturday's football game against Laurier both here and at Out of Left Field, and will have more on his win in tomorrow's Journal, but his stats deserve repeating again: five solo sacks, one assisted sack, six solo tackles, four assisted tackles and six tackles for a loss, leading to a net loss of 37 yards. He broke the all-time Queen's record of four sacks, jointly held by Jim Aru and Marc Mitchell, and there's a good chance he'll earn CIS Defensive Player of the Week.

I didn't write about Jackie Byers yet, though, so she deserves some play here as well. The first-year lacrosse player turned in an incredible nine-goal, two-assist performance in Queen's three games over the weekend, leading the Gaels to a 3-0 record with wins over the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, the McMaster Marauders and the McGill Martlets. Very impressive: we should see great things from her this year.

This is a pretty rare accomplishment as well. The last time a university swept the OUA male and female athletes of the week was in November 2007, when Nick FitzGibbon and Jaclyn Butterworth of the Guelph Gryphons both took home the honours. It's nice to see some Gaels get recognized for their superb efforts, especially when those individual performances also translated into team success.

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