Veteran point guard Awo Farah has left the Varsity Reds women’s basketball squad for what the team calls “personal reasons.” It’s a big blow to a V-Reds team that is in the process of rebuilding.
“It’s pretty huge,” said head coach Jeff Speedy about the loss of Farah. “She was a starter and a leader and one of our best players. Anybody who loses somebody that fits those three categories would have to be considered a significant loss for sure.”
Although the news may have come as a surprise to fans and supporters of the team, Speedy said it’s been something the team has been following for the past eight months.
“We always knew it was a possibility but we kept working hard and had optimism that it would all work out.”
The women’s team takes part in the Don Grant Classic in Moncton from Oct. 24-26. They open the regular season up against Acadia on Nov. 7 at the Richard J. Currie Center.
Bombers down Tigers
The UNB Red Bombers picked up a big win over the Dalhousie Tigers on Saturday at BMO Centre.
The Bombers defeated the Tigers 20-8, improving their record to 2-3 on the Atlantic Football League (AFL) season. The Tigers and Bombers are tied for second place in the league standings with identical records heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
UNB will travel to Saint John on Saturday to take on the rival UNBSJ Seawolves, who sit in last place with a 1-4 record. Dalhousie will host the 5-0 Holland College Hurricanes on Saturday.
Cross country at StFX
The final race of the cross country regular season took place this past weekend in Antigonish.
Running against the best from Atlantic Canada and Quebec, the Varsity Reds women finished sixth overall while the men finished eighth.
Katie Robinson was the fastest UNB runner in the women’s 6k, finishing 19th overall with a time of 23:00. In the men’s 8k, Taylor Lamarche finished 41st with a time of 27:41.
The AUS Championship takes places on Oct. 25 in Halifax.
The Varsity Reds soccer teams return to the pitch this weekend following a break for Thanksgiving.
The men and women take on the UPEI Panthers on Friday in Charlottetown. It’s the final road contest of the regular season for both squads.
The two teams play their final three games all at BMO Centre. The V-Reds host Moncton on Oct. 19, Mount Alison on Oct. 22, and Saint Mary’s on Oct. 24.
At the break
Despite entering the Thanksgiving break on a losing note, the Varsity Reds women’s soccer team is having their best season in years. UNB sits first in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) standings with a 6-1-2 record for 20 points. Acadia also has 20 points but has one fewer win and has played one additional game.
Kayla Painter leads the Reds in scoring with six goals. Sam Lagacy is a close second with five.
Meanwhile, the men are still undefeated and sit first in the AUS standings with an 8-0-1 record for 25 points. With four games to play, the Reds have a six-point lead on second-place Cape Breton.
Oliver Jones leads UNB in scoring with six goals and an assist for 13 points.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the men’s squad has been their goaltending and defensive play. In nine games, the team has allowed just three goals.
Buccaneers remain winless
The UNB Buccaneers are still looking for their first win in Maritime University Field Lacrosse League action.
The Buccaneers are 0-7 heading into action this action. They’ll take on the Mount Alison Mounties, who are also 0-7 on the year, on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Sackville. UNB’s next home game is on Oct. 26 against the Saint Mary’s Huskies at College Field.
Alex Miller leads the Buccaneers in scoring with 19 goals and three assists for 22 points in seven games.