Soccer teams, Lady Hawk hoopsters at home this weekend

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The Memorial University's Sea-Hawks women's soccer team has a second chance at clinching second place and earning a bye through the first round of playoffs this weekend by coming away with a couple of wins against the University of Moncton Blue Eagles (3-5-3).
But they'll have to rely on the Dalhousie Tigers (6-2-3) to lose a game to guarantee it.
A pair of wins for the Sea-Hawks and a Dal loss would give MUN sole possession of second place and a spot in the semifinals. MUN's best chance for a Dal loss comes Saturday when the Tigers face the first place Cape Breton Capers in Sydney, N.S. On Sunday, the Dal ladies meet the fourth place St. FX X-Women.
MUN leads the AUS in goals scored with 22, and will need its offence at its best to beat Blue Eagle all-star keeper Danika Jobin.
The weekend games at King George V - today at 6 p.m. and tomorrow at 1 p.m. - are the last home games for fifth year Lady-Hawks goalkeeper Janine Bursey.
While the women contend for playoff position, the Sea-Hawks men's team is playing strictly for pride, having been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs last weekend.
The Sea-Hawk men also have two games against Moncton at King George V - today at 8:15 p.m., and Saturday at 3:15 p.m. Goalkeeper John Douglas and midfielder Michael Dawe wrap up their last games as Sea-Hawks.

Basketball
The MUN Sea-Hawks ladies basketball team hit the court against the Royal Military College in a three-game exhibition series beginning today at the MUN Field House at 8 p.m.
The Lady-Hawks are expected to be led fifth-year point guard Kelly Himmelman as well as third-year forward Victoria Thistle, who put up 41 points against the University of Toronto in a Thanksgiving Day weekend tournament in Calgary.
Games 2 and 3 of the MUN-RMC matchup are road games - 3 p.m. Saturday at Mobile Central high and noon Sunday at Avondale's Roncalli high Sunday. The game in Mobile is a return to roots for second year MUN guard Robyn O'Reilly and the RMC's Cassandra White, as both are graduates of the Southern Shore school.
MUN opens it's regular season at home on Saturday, Nov. 8 against Dalhousie.
After recording a win and a pair of losses in last weekend's Frank Butler Memorial Tournament at the Field House, the men's hoop squad is on the road in Ontario this weekend.
The Sea-Hawks play tonight in St. Catherines against the Brock Badgers, ranked seventh nationally. On Saturday, Peter Benoite's team will be in Hamilton to play the McMaster Marauders. The tour closes out Sunday against the ninth ranked University of Toronto Varsity Blues.
The tour is expected to give Benoite's very young roster much needed experience before the AUS on Saturday, Nov. 8 against Dalhousie.

Wrestling
The MUN wrestling team kicks off its season this weekend at the Concordia Invitational in Montreal. The Sea-Hawks will send eight wrestlers to the competition, include fifth-year Carla Bryant, who took second place in the 55kg women's class at the event in 2007
Joining Bryant on the women's side is rookie Alisha Gainforth, competing in her first invitational as a MUN wrestler.
Male wrestlers include rookies Wayne Lin, Adam Coady, Ricky Bonnell, and Justin Rowsell. They'll be buoyed by the experience of Matthew Kippenchuck and Matthew Hill.

Cross-country
MUN's cross-country runners compete in the AUS championships in Moncton Saturday and if they can run qualifying times, representatives from the team can compete at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championship Nov. 8.
Head coach Art Meaney is confident the team- which includes captain Peter Bazeley, Steve Shears, Gary Storey, Jon Slaney, Jon Colins, and Andrew Casey - can finish in the top three. The weekend marks a return to action by MUN rookie Patrick O'Grady, who had missed a meet in Quebec earlier this month because of a foot injury.
On the women's side, rookie Victoria Ralph is expected to set the pace for teammates Katie Little, Laura Lawes, Katie Wadden, Allison Grant, Melissa Campbell, and Rebekah Sanford.

Volleyball
Memorial's women's volleyball team opens it season at Acadia in Wolfville, N.S. at the first interlock tournament of the year.
The Lady-Hawks play four games over the weekend, all against teams they were unable to beat last season. Action begins with matches today against Laval and Montreal, ranked fourth nationally.
MUN is up against eighth-ranked McGill on Saturday and closes the tournament Sunday against seventh-ranked Sherbrooke.

Organizations: Royal Military College, Sea-Hawks, Dalhousie Tigers University of Moncton Blue Eagles Field House University of Toronto MUN-RMC Mobile Central Avondale Southern Shore school Concordia Invitational

Geographic location: Moncton, Sydney, Montreal Calgary Ontario Hamilton Quebec Wolfville Laval

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