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Defender Chad Shepley steers the puck away from Thunderwolves in front of Windsor’s net.Defender Chad Shepley steers the puck away from Thunderwolves in front of Windsor’s net.

Men’s cross country team runs to second-place finish

The Lancer men’s cross country team claimed a silver medal at the Ontario University Athletics championship meet Saturday in Kingston.

All-star honours went to Windsor runners Corey Bellemore and Matt Travaglini, who finished eighth and 11th, respectively, as well as Stefanie Smith, 10th overall in the women’s competition.

The men qualified for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships, November 8 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Read “Men’s cross country captures silver medal at OUA championships.”

Lancer football to open playoffs at home Saturday

Despite losing to the Western Mustangs 43-21 to close the regular season Saturday, the Lancer football team will play its first playoff game at home since 2006, November 1.

In the loss, Windsor quarterback Austin Kennedy completed three touchdown passes, giving him 79 on his career to the OUA record set by Josh Sacobie of the University of Ottawa. The Gee Gees will be the Lancers’ opponent Saturday; game time is at 1 p.m. Admission is $15, $12 for youths and seniors. Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m.  at www.goLancers.ca and at the St. Denis Centre front desk.

Read “Kennedy ties OUA record, Lancers to host playoff game.”

In other varsity action:

The Lancer men’s hockey team extended its winning streak to seven games with a pair of come-from-behind wins over the Lakehead Thunderwolves, 5-4 Friday and 7-6 Saturday in overtime.

The women’s hockey squad defeated the Laurentian Voyageurs 3-2 in a shootout Saturday in Sudbury, and followed that up with a 3-1 victory over the Nipissing Lakers on Sunday.

The men’s volleyball team swept its weekend series in Kingston, beating the Queen’s Gaels 3-2 (25-22, 26-24, 18-25, 25-27, 15-10) in a five-set thriller on Friday, and notching a 3-1 win (25-18 25-17, 22-25, 25-14) Saturday over Royal Military College.

The women’s team dropped its contest to Queen’s 3-0 (20-25, 24-26, 17-25), but rebounded for a 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-17) victory over the Paladins.

Both Lancer basketball teams went unbeaten in pre-season tournaments. The women beat Laval 74-57, Alberta 71-67 and Western 57-39 in Quebec City, and the men defeated McGill 80-74, Regina 84-56 and Fraser Valley 95-51 in St. Catharines.