Sea-Hawks get boost before launching first road trip

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Douglas, Murphy ruled eligible to play for Memorial

The Memorial Sea-Hawks men's soccer team goes into the lion's den this weekend when they take on the defending Atlantic universities champion Cape Breton University Capers in Sydney, N.S., but the Sea-Hawks will have some additional help.

MUN coach Scott Betts found out this week that St. Lawrence Laurentians star goalkeeper John Douglas and former Caper Andrew Murphy have been ruled eligible to play for the Sea-Hawks.

The Memorial Sea-Hawks men's soccer team goes into the lion's den this weekend when they take on the defending Atlantic universities champion Cape Breton University Capers in Sydney, N.S., but the Sea-Hawks will have some additional help.

MUN coach Scott Betts found out this week that St. Lawrence Laurentians star goalkeeper John Douglas and former Caper Andrew Murphy have been ruled eligible to play for the Sea-Hawks.

Douglas, who graduated from Memorial in 2005, returned to the school this year to complete a few courses, while Murphy, a Mount Pearl native, left the Capers before last season ended.

"It's huge," Betts said of the acquisitions. "John is a great keeper and Andrew is a huge asset at centreback."

Cape Breton is without three of its top players from last year, including Kwame Osei, who was the top scorer in the AUS last season, Ricardo Marquez, and second-team AUS all-star keeper Omar Gallo-Penich.

Marquez has signed with a Division 2 team in Hungary, while Matthew O'Connor, another former Caper, has signed with a professional side in Belgium.

"(But) they've done pretty good with their new replacements," said Betts.

Memorial, still in the selection process, will have seven players in the team's lineup this weekend who didn't play on opening weekend.

The Sea-Hawks move on to Antigonish to face the St. Francis Xavier X-Men Sunday and Betts expects another tough game from the X-Men, who placed third in AUS standings last season.

Memorial started the season with a pair of home losses to the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds and Betts is happy to be on the road this weekend despite the strong opposition.

"You start to become a team quicker when you are on the road," he said. "Everyone is together for meals and meetings. Early road trips are good."

Meanwhile, the Sea-Hawks women's team will look to improve on their 2-0 record against the defending Canadian champion Cape Breton Capers and St. Francis Xavier X-Women.

The Cape Breton roster includes Newfoundlanders Kim Burt of Labrador City and Erika Lannon from St. John's.

Like the MUN men, the Lady Hawks play Cape Breton Saturday and at Antigonish Sunday.

Memorial has played well against the Capers in the past, winning their only meeting last season 3-1, a four-point victory that helped the Sea-Hawks clinch a playoff berth.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Sea-Hawks, Cape Breton University Capers, University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds and Betts

Geographic location: Cape Breton, Sydney, Antigonish Mount Pearl Hungary Belgium Labrador St. John's

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