The UNB Buccaneers fell to 0-4 in Maritime University Field Lacrosse League action on Sunday afternoon at BMO Centre, losing 16-4 to the Dalhousie Tigers.
The Tigers, who arrived 40 minutes late for the game, got off to a good start and scored four goals in the first seven minutes of the game. They led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second, the Buccaneers started to turn things around and began to create some scoring chances. Conrad Palmer and Alex Miller had goals for UNB in the frame. Dalhousie led 9-2 at half time.
The third quarter saw some tentative play from both teams. Dalhousie controlled most of the action and scored four goals to go up 13-3. Miller had UNB’s only goal.
In the fourth, the Tigers scored three straight to go 16-3. Miller scored the only goal for the Reds near the midway mark of the quarter.
With the win, the Tigers improved to 4-0 and have now outscored opposition 75-22.
The Buccaneers travel to StFX this weekend to battle the 3-0 X-Men on Sunday. Their next home game is on Oct. 5 against Acadia at College Field.
Bombers lose; Homecoming Game up next
The UNB Red Bombers are 0-2 to start the 2014 Atlantic Football League season.
The Bombers suffered a 37-20 loss to the Holland College Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon in Charlottetown. UNB opened the season with a 31-25 loss at Dalhousie on Sept. 13.
The Bombers play their first home game of the season this Saturday at 1 p.m. at BMO Centre against the UNBSJ Seawolves. The game, known as the Tony Proudfoot Memorial Game, will be part of UNB Homecoming festivities.
The UNB Ironmen rugby team defeated the UNBSJ Seawolves in the first ever meeting between the two clubs on Saturday. The Seawolves were up 5-0 at half time but a strong second half showing by the Ironmen resulted in a 20-5 victory for UNB.
In the NB/PEI A Division, the Ironmen hosted Mount Alison and cruised to an 84-8 win over the Mounties. Kyle Patterson led the scoring for the Ironmen with three tries and seven conversions.
UNB bids on CIS championship
Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced last week the schools that have placed bids to host upcoming soccer and volleyball national championships.
UNB has placed a bid to host the 2016 and/or 2017 men’s volleyball championship. Alberta, McMaster, and Winnipeg are also bidding on both. Queen’s and Ryerson bid on the 2016 tournament while Laval is attempting to host in 2017.
UNB is not hosting any national championships this season but will host the CIS women’s basketball tournament in 2016.
Shantz joins Reds
The Varsity Reds men’s hockey team officially announced last week that 28-year-old goaltender David Shantz has joined the team for the 2014-15 campaign.
From 2003 to 2006, Shantz was a standout in the Ontario Hockey League where he played with the Mississauga IceDogs and Peterborough Petes. The Burlington, Ont. native was a second round draft pick of the Florida Panthers in 2004. From 2006 to 2011 he played professionally in the American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League.
Shantz joins the V-Reds after a few years off from hockey. He and Chris Carrozzi will partner to form UNB’s goaltending tandem this season.
Shantz made his UNB debut last Monday against St. Thomas, stopping all 15 shots he faced for a shutout.
Brace vs. Braes
UNB hockey broadcasters will have a difficult task the season with Cam Brace joining Cam Braes and the V-Reds this season. The two even wear similar numbers — Brace No. 19 and Braes No. 10 — and have already spent some time on the same line.
“That’s the nightmare line for broadcasters,” joked Rogers TV colour analyst David Kilfoil during Friday night’s broadcast.