The Blues were as close to winning as they have been for years on Saturday afternoon in Waterloo. The Warriors stopped a late-charging Blues squad and held on for a 29-27 victory.
U of T made the game close in the dying moments, as they scored a touchdown in the final minute to move to within two points of the Warriors. Unfortunately, the team was unsuccessful at completing a two-point conversion, which would have sent the game to overtime.
Adam Pomper made a 38-yard reception for the Blues touchdown at the end of regulation time, and Tony Mammoliti had one earlier in the quarter for the Blues. Mammoliti finished with 109 yards receiving.
Backup quarterback David Hamilton replaced an injured Mark Stinson during the game for U of T. Hamilton may have earned himself a shot at starting a future game with his performance, as he was 12-for-32 passing, threw for 221 yards, was intercepted twice, but also completed two touchdown passes.
The Blues have now lost 27 straight football games, but have a glorious opportunity to snap their losing streak this Saturday at home against York. U of T took a substantial lead against the Lions into the third quarter when these rivals faced off last year, but squandered the lead in the fourth quarter.
The dramatic end to the game against Waterloo should serve to inspire the Blues to finally make it over the hump and win a game. York will provide the best chance for a victory this season, so come out and support your team.
TERRY FOX RUN
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Terry Fox’s incredible run to raise money for cancer research. His memory and legend have only grown since 1980. Since then a statue has been erected in his honour in Ottawa and countless documentaries have retold his life story time and again.
The Terry Fox run takes place on September 18 this year, and anyone who is interested can find details at terryfoxrun.org. -MS
The men’s baseball team got trounced 9-2 by Brock at home on Saturday afternoon. The Badgers scored six runs in the first five innings, then added three more in the six for good measure.
The Blues could muster no offence in response against pitcher Mark Nicholson and company. Nicholson pitched five innings and only surrendered one earned run. The offensive attack for Brock was led by Jeff Leonard, who had two hits and three runs batted in.
Travis Skelton led U of T with two hits. Michael Cantwell and Ryan Brown each drove in a run for the Blues, who are now 2-4 on the year.
The Blues have struggled so far this season, as evidenced by their being swept in games by Guelph on Wednesday. The boys in Blue were defeated 8-1 and 6-0 in the two games. -MS
The men’s soccer team has dominated opponents in its first two games, a 2-0 shutout of Laurentian and a 5-0 blanking of Nipissing, respectively. Goaltender Luciano Lombardi has been stellar in the two wins, and has been provided with significant offensive support.