December 19, 2005      
 
Fall Recap - Football and Lacrosse

Football
Gaiters go 1-7 in Leroy Blugh’s first season

When the Bishop’s Gaiters took to the field on Labour Day to host their cross-town rivals the Sherbrooke Vert et Or, it marked the beginning of a new era for the Gaiters program; former Gaiter standout and CFL star Leroy Blugh’s was making his head coaching debut for the Gaiters. The Blugh era, however, would get off to an unfortunate start as Bishop’s would fall 38-19 to Sherbrooke and, early in the first half, Gaiter star quarterback and defending CIS Rookie of the Year Kyle Williams was forced to leave the game with a concussion that would eventually force him to retire from the CIS.

Following the loss to Sherbrooke, the Gaiters played one of the toughest schedules in the country with their next four games coming against nationally ranked opponents. The Gaiters picked up their first, and only, win of the season on October 15th when they dominated the McGill Redmen 27-4. The Gaiters would drop their next two games, 26-19 to Acadia and 28-10 to Sherbrooke, to finish the season at 1-7, identical to their 2004 record.

Leroy Blugh’s first season as Gaiters head coach, however, was not without its bright spots, including close games against nationally ranked Montreal and Concordia and the emergence of rookie sensations Jamall Lee (Port Coquitlam, BC) at running back and Kyle Jones (Mississauga, ON) at punter, linebacker and kicker. Two members of the Gaiters were selected to the QUFL All-Star team: defensive end Dan McCullough (Fredericton, NB) and wide-receiver David Delaby (Pincourt, QC).

Lacrosse
Gaiters reach Baggattaway Cup yet again but fall to Brock in semi-finals

In its brief, five year existence at Bishop’s the men’s lacrosse team coached by Damien Roy has quickly emerged as one of the most competitive programs in Canada. The team has reached the Baggattaway Cup finals in each of the past three seasons, only to fall to arch-rivals Brock in all three match-ups. The goal of the lacrosse team as they entered the 2005 season was clear: to return yet again to the Baggattaway Cup, but this time to emerge as national champions.

Although Bishop’s got off to an uncharacteristically slow start in 2005, dropping two of their first three conference games, they quickly got back on track. The highlight of the regular season was a 12-11 overtime victory over Brock in October, a game that not only snapped Brock’s 34 game win streak but also signaled that the Gaiters appeared ready to replace Brock as the team to beat in the CUFLA.

Following their win over Brock, the Gaiters won their next four regular season games to finish the season with a 6-2 record in conference play, and entered the post-season considered by many to be favored to capture the CUFLA title. A dominating 16-4 victory over Toronto in the Baggattaway Cup quarter-finals reinforced this point of view and sent Bishop’s to Hamilton, ON for a semi-finals match-up against Brock. This marked the fourth consecutive year that the two rivals faced each other in the post-season. Unfortunately for the Gaiters, the outcome in 2005 was the same as in previous years as the Badgers avenged their regular season loss to the Gaiters with an 11-5 win, ending the Gaiters hopes of capturing the Baggattaway Cup in 2005.
 
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