Lancaster’s Phillip Veilleux, a student-athlete at Concordia University, recently returned from competing at the Canadian University National Invitational Baseball Tournament, where the Stingers went 0 and 3, losing games to McGill (5-3), Wilfred Laurier (13-4), and Guelph (4-1).
On the experience competing at the national level, the 5 ft. 10 in., 200 lb. outfielder tells me, “It was very good calibre, and we got to face some of the best teams in the country.”
Guelph went on to beat Laurier in the final, 2-1. Other universities at the event were McMaster and Acadia.
As for Veilleux, he went 1 for 6 (hitting a single) over the course of the weekend competition in Ajax. He also had 5 walks, stole a base, and scored 3 runs.
During the regular season which ran from late August through early October, Concordia amassed a record of 6 wins and 11 losses.
“I was able to step up this year and start every single game in right or centrefield,” Veilleux notes. “Despite the loss [at nationals], it was still a great way to end my career with the Stingers, as I am graduating this year.”
Veilleux is completing his final year of studies as he works towards graduating next spring with an honours degree in urban planning.
U-Sports weekend football action saw the Concordia Stingers and Acadia Axemen score victories, and both teams have connections to Glengarry County.
In Atlantic Canada, Bainsville’s Darcy Thibaudeau is a student-athlete at Acadia University and a member of the Axemen football team, which beat the Saint Mary’s Huskies 28-18, to remain perfect at 7-0 on the season.
Thibaudeau is studying kinesiology and is an inside linebacker for the football team.
Concordia has two Glengarrians on its football roster. Rylan Duhart is a rookie walk-on lineman. He’s yet to see game action, dressing as a backup as he trains and waits for his opportunity. Alex Zarifi is in his second year with the Stingers, but continues to be sidelined by injury. Currently, he’s serving as a technical assistant to the coaching staff.
The Stingers were on the road this weekend in Sherbrooke where the needed a comeback effort to beat the Vert & Or 27-19. In the process, the win keeps Concordia’s (2-5) playoff hopes alive.
Green Valley’s Sara Carriere is seeing plenty of time on the soccer pitch as a member of the Concordia University Stingers varsity women’s team this season, despite this being her first year at the U-Sports level, and she tells me that she is loving every minute of it.
The 2019 graduate of École secondairecatholique Le Relais, in Alexandria, is studying sociology at Concordia, balancing the academic demands with those of a varsity athlete. The 5ft. 4in, forward had three assists in 10 matches played this season, before suffering a minor concussion in a game versus McGill. She’s expecting to be back in the Stingers lineup for Friday night’s scheduled fixture versus Sherbrooke. The following weekend, Concordia is booked to play Montreal and UQTR to wrap up regular-season action.
“School is going good,” Carriere tells me, adding that she is “loving the city and [has] made lot of friends.” She is, however, looking forward to reconnecting with family and friends back home in Glengarry over the Thanksgiving weekend.
The Stingers have a record of 1 win, 7 losses, and 3 ties on the season, for sixth place in the eight-team RQEQ league.
Two Glengarrian boys are part of the 2019 education U-Sports football team at Concordia University, in Montreal, and one of them, Rylan Duhart of North Lancaster, is getting his first opportunity to dress for a game this Friday.
Duhart, a first-year biochemistry student, was invited to join the team at the start of the school year when the squad suffered a shortage of linemen due to injuries. He’s been training with the boys and working out in the gym, looking for his opportunity. This week, he got it, as coaches informed him that he would be dressing for the September 27 game versus Université de Montréal. As a freshman, his playing time is likely to be limited, if at all. An offensive lineman, Duhart, should he be sent in, most likely would work on special teams or as a replacement for an injured teammate.
On the opportunity, Duhart tells me, “I’m very excited for it, but I don’t think I’ll be hitting the field unless someone gets hurt.” In preparing, he adds, “I’ve been looking over the plays a lot.”
The other Glengarry athlete with the Stingers is Alex Zarifi. He’s in his second year with the team, though he hasn’t yet played, due to injury. Zarifi, of Alexandria, is currently assisting the coaches as he recovers from a cracked collarbone.
Two young Glengarry women are first-year members of university soccer teams. Sara Carriere, a graduate of le Relais, is with the Concordia Stingers, while Brooke Lapierre, who graduated from GDHS, has cracked the roster of the Trent Excalibur.
Carriere’s Stingers started their schedule with some exhibition action in Maine last month, beating Fort Kent Maine University 7-0 and Moncton University 4-2. Of the experience living and training in Montreal, she says, “Concordia is definitely my place.”
It’s been a tough start for the ladies in league play. They opened with a 10-0 thrashing at the hands of Laval, then tied UQTR 1-1 before falling to Bishop’s 2-1 on September 6. Next action is set for September 13 at Sherbrooke.
Trent has hit the soccer pitch just twice so far and remains unbeaten in OUA action. The Peterborough-based university tied Carleton 1-1 and beat Laurentian 2-0. The Excalibur are scheduled to play today versus Ottawa.
Lapierre is taking a joint major in forensic science and psychology at Trent. Playing as a midfielder, she saw action in the game versus Laurentian.
The county also has Cameron Brodie as a third-year midfielder with the Nipissing University Lakers who are 2-0 so far this season.