Trent Teams Play-Off Bound


Four Excalibur Teams set for Upcoming Postseason Play

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, Peterborough

The Athletic Department is buzzing as teams are gearing up for postseason play. The Excalibur Men’s soccer team, men’s lacrosse team and men’s rugby team are set to take part in league play-offs, while the women’s rugby squad is preparing to take part in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Championship next week, which is being hosted by Trent.

The men’s soccer team made Excalibur history by becoming the first Trent soccer team to make the play-offs in back to back seasons.  This year’s team finished the season with a 4-8-2 record, which was highlighted by a win over Queen’s and a scoreless draw over defending Ontario champions Toronto. 

“We are happy to be back in the playoffs, the guys have worked hard all year,” said Trent head coach Stuart Robertson. “We are looking forward to the game on Thursday and we would like to thank all the people that have supported us throughout the season."

The squad will open their postseason by visiting the Ryerson Rams at 6:30 pm on October 27.

A road play-off game is also on the horizon for the Excalibur lacrosse team.  Trent finished the year on a winning note by downing the Carleton Ravens and finishing with a 3-7 record. 

The team was led by some strong statistical performance this season.  Niall Caravello finished the year with 44 points, good enough for fourth in league scoring.  He also led the league with 33 assists. Peterborough native Mike Temple was the league leader in power play markers with nine, while rookie teammate Travis Szabolcs had eight goals with the man-advantage to finish tied for second.

The Excalibur will travel to Quebec for their play-off game.  They will visit the Bishop’s Gaiters on October 29 at 7 pm

Trent will home to play-off rugby thanks to the Excalibur men’s and women’s teams.  The men’s squad finished the season 3-2 under first year head coach Dave McCully.  After starting the season with consecutive losses, the team fired off three wins in a row and looks to enter the postseason on a high note.

“Our team came together at the right time,” said McCully. “We played strong teams early in the season, but a couple of losses didn’t get the guys down.  They regrouped and we’re playing our best rugby now, heading into the play-offs.”

The men’s rugby play-off contest will take place under the lights of Trent’s Justin Chiu Stadium on October 28 at 7 pm.  The Excalibur will host the Conestoga Condors.  Trent downed Conestoga 40-19 over the weekend to round out the regular season.

The Excalibur women’s rugby squad will be participating on the national level as the host team for the CIS National Championship.  The Excalibur finished the season with a 3-2 record before dropping a heartbreaking loss to Queen’s in the Ontario play-offs. 

With some time to rest and practice, the women will be heading into the national championship on a high note, and will be looking to make teams from across Canada pay attention to Trent women’s rugby.

The CIS National Championship will take place at Justin Chiu Stadium from November 3 to 6 and will feature six elite rugby programs from across Canada.


For more information, please contact:
Blair Hough, Sports Information Officer, Athletics & Recreation, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6278