Tyler Crapigna-2 Time All Canadian Kicker

It is really special when a coach wants to do something extraordinary for his athlete. Tyler Crapigna (#4) is a third year kicker for the McMaster Marauders Football Team. Crapigna has a long list of football accomplishments and currently completed the CFL Combine in Toronto (#CFLCombine). Wishing Tyler all the best in the CFL Draft. Check out this recent article "Ottawa man kicking his way into the CFL" by Tim Baines, Ottawa Sun. Tyler Crapigna It wasn't hard to find an arsenal of photographs to design from when Dana Segin, Tyler's Kicking & Punting Coach asked me to do this special project. What makes is all worth it for me is the amazing reaction received by the long standing supporters who help Tyler be the best kicker he can be. I am very impressed when Tyler's father, Mr. Crapigna drives from Ottawa to Hamilton to watch his son play ball every home game...WoW-That's dedication!  Vanier2012-2961 "When I asked Robin at Aerial Promotions‎ to put together a few shots of Tyler, I had no idea I was about to receive something so special. The attention to detail, appreciating my feedback was amazing! All in all, I have an amazing print of the best kicker ever to lace them up and kick footballs at McMaster University" Dana Segin Kicking & Punting Coach-McMaster University Football DSC_2877 Thank YOU Dana for allowing me to be part of this special project! Best of Luck Tyler, I'll be cheering for you! Follow Tyler Crapigna on Twitter @TCrapigna4  McMaster (33) vs Queens (20) Football ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Social Media Please like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and comment on our photographs/design on our blog. We always update on { tumblr blog | flickr photostream | YouTube channel | Pinterest Boards | Google+  } too! Aerial Promotions is now on Instagram  Instagram ____________________________________________________________________________________________ DOWNLOAD IMAGES* © Aerial Promotions 1997-2013 *Read AP Terms & Conditions Before Download…click here *Read AP Photographic Licensing Before Download…click here  ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Why...Because We CARE! It is part of AP mission to give back to sport & the developing athletes as a volunteer in the local community (...more) Images available now at www.Present it Photo.com _RLW2581

Social Media (SM) Opens Doors at SI

My Klout is admirable. I'm not famous and I know I don't have a lot of followers, likes, pins, favourites or retweets. I appreciate the time and effort it takes to communicate on social media (SM) and more grateful for the opportunities it creates. Please join me on my journey to Sports Illustrated, NYC.

Instagram @bradpix “The wonderful Robin Wilson of @aerialpromotions stopped by for a visit today. Happy to have her spend some time with us, hope she can shoot for us this summer.” & on Twitter [symple_social icon="twitter" url="https://twitter.com/BradSmithSI/status/444179226892455936/photo/1" title="Brad Smith Twitter" target="self" rel=""] from @BradSmithSI. 

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[symple_box color="green" text_align="left" width="100%" float="none"] The Lead Up [/symple_box] I joked about a year ago when I said Sports Illustrated (SI) is going to love this photograph. You may have heard the awkward laugh, but deep down I crave ambition to pursue this starlight fantasy. Here I am on my dream journey to NYC to meet with the Sports Illustrated Director of Photography (DOP), Brad Smith.

Twitter and Instagram is where we connect. It is important to be consistently aware and share great information for people to follow. I’m always trying to improve my photography skills and attend many conferences. KelbyOne/Photoshop World (PSW) is my favourite. I have met one-on-one with many professionals who have given me phenomenal advice (My Posts: Dave Black, Bert Monroy, Peter Hurley, Jack Reznicki, Catherine Hall and Scott Kelby)

As I blog about my experiences and post images, a direct message comes through twitter. This is an engagement that I embrace and want to develop a relationship like Brad says, "A healthy marriage between editor & photographer".

Brad asks, “When are you coming to NY?”  OK…put yourself in my shoes. Brad is the Director of Photography for Sports Illustrated. He is the SI cover guy….Yeah that guy!..Theeeeeee Guy! When I shared my news with friends I got the sarcastic, “yeah right” attitude.

I continued to post and work hard at being a better photographer. Brad acknowledges on my SM some of my family portraiture, ambiance and action. Speaking of shoes, one of my favourite @Bradpix post is Seattle Seahawk pumps on the sideline at the Superbowl.   I also enjoy it when he posts the latest SI covers fresh off the press on Instagram @bradpix and his Gator play by play action on Twitter @BradSmithSI. The relationship continues and I enjoy bantering online at the Team Canada hockey jabs in Sochi. BTW=“GOAL’D” 

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So when Brad says he has football playoffs-The Superbowl in January, then The Olympics in Sochi, Russia for February and wants you to pick a date to meet…pick a day and wish upon a star to make it happen. 

[symple_box color="green" text_align="left" width="100%" float="none"] The Trip [/symple_box]

The flights were cancelled and the weather was the worst we have ever driven in [ http://instagram.com/p/ldGrSSS5AW/ ]. It took almost 13hrs to get to NYC because the New York State Thruway was closed due to accidents and poor weather conditions.

Over the last month my workload has been extensive, but most rewarding. I have put in over excessive work hours and drove thousands of miles to expand my portfolio. Coming from the land of Tim Hortons, I really needed a coffee, but unfortunately another roadblock [http://instagram.com/p/ldOr6Dy5Na/].

White knuckles we keep driving. Due to the weather and dizzy GPS, we don’t know our ETA. We do know that if we travel East we won’t go in circles anymore. Yes it was that bad!

To have a great support system when following your dreams is heartfelt. My parents up in Northern Canada Cottage Country are entertaining the kids, my husband is determined to drive straight through the storm just to get me to my meeting on time, friends reach out on social media (SM) for encouragement and photography colleagues assist me on final details of my portfolio.

[symple_box color="green" text_align="left" width="100%" float="none"] The Meeting [/symple_box]

Excited and nervous to say the least. After a couple of hours of rest, I work on portfolio B-C-D…just in case Brad wants to see more. A few points that resonate with me in Youtube video “How to Edit Your Photos with Brad Smith” : 

Look for the peripheral things going on and encompass the whole game…even the portrait of a player on the sideline…it’s important to tell the whole story and include them in your portfolio. Keep shooting even when the play ends or when no one around you is working!

What do you want to show me? What do you want to do? I want to do it all, but I need to impress Brad with my action photography. Although I know I would love to do feature work too (Like Robert Caplin). There is limited time and I really need to show him what I want to do...ACTION game photography.

Show your best work first…Images you can’t take your eyes off. Because portfolio reviews are based on judgment, many people have different opinions. I have had the some of the finest people in the industry assist me in choosing the best images for my portfolio. Now I have my most important sports photography review of my career.

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I am about to enter the Time & Life Building in New York City to meet with Brad Smith, Director of Photography Sports Illustrated. I was a half hour early after security. There was a gentleman from an advertising agency who does work for InStyle, People, Time and SI. We had a nice conversation in reception. When I arrived at SI, two fun loving characters met me at the front door.  They rolled out the red carpet and loaded me down with some fabulous reads.

Brad starts the conversation with his gratitude for coming down to NYC to meet with him. If anything I would fly over the moon for an opportunity like this. After I tell him about our travels, he expresses his appreciation to share with my husband for driving through the storm. He is such a compassionate man.  We then chat about our children and a little bit about the business. “Let’s get started…Show me what you got!”

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What resonates with me when I watch Brad review my images is how he emphasizes with the athlete. “More head trauma, only if they knew what they know now, unfortunately it makes a great shot.” Because I was trying to show my ability to capture prime action, many of the portfolio images were of collisions or impact.

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Brad then says, “Another great shot of a defender…there should be more of it.” I’m starting to understand that Brad want’s to see unique images and not what he sees come across his desk everyday.  He does mention that SI still needs the portrait of the QB and the story image.

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Brad seemed to enjoy my basketball night portrait the most. I have an entire collection of dunks and fun basketball portraiture that I would love to expand on. I actually feel it is my specialty above the rim, below and through the net [see more]. The Indiana gym photo- although Brad zoomed right into the garbage can-facial expression, general ambiance and frozen motion make him smile. “This is a great shot.”

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I feel I should have shown more variety in my photography. I have it, I just didn’t build my 20 images with this in mind for the initial portfolio review. Brad is a very busy person, but was generous with his time to see more.  Brad suggests that I shouldn’t show all my action cropped-tight with a 400. He acknowledges that I can shoot action, but to try a new perspective by lens or angle to make a more interesting image. Did I mention that I rock the fisheye!

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Now I’m beating myself up a bit because I didn’t show that one picture because I didn’t know he wanted to see it. I have the hardest time choosing. I was a little nervous, showed too much, possibly over processed a vignette on one image and even went into the wrong portfolio.  I wanted to show him my composites too, but focused on action. I over prepared. Brad wants to see me tighten up the portfolio. Live and learn, but what a time to have a teaching moment when you only have one shot….Literally! OK let's lighten it up a bit with some Dundas Blues Hockey Bobbleheads...

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Sometimes you need to feel failure in order to succeed. I still felt at ease because Brad has the most wonderful, kind and sincere demeanor about him. I think the title purely “Authentic” in front of his name is justified.

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He asks me, “What do I want?” A question that stimulates an electrifying response, “I want to shoot for you!” If you need someone to cover any Canadian events or Detroit or Buffalo…as a take a deep breath…The Pan Am Games are coming to Toronto and the NBA All Star Game soon. Brad explains the process and what SI will cover. OMG, then I hear, SI will get you credentials to shoot for us at the Pan Am Games. We will run a section and you can cover the Pan Am Games for Sports Illustrated. I am giddy like a schoolgirl, but trying to contain myself. I now have the most perfect opportunity to prove myself as a Sports Illustrated photographer. I have access to 36 sports with 7000 athletes in my own backyard venues. I can research, practice and prepare the most unique photographic images I have ever done. Most importantly I will be able to capture these elite athletes at a prime moment in their athletic career as I fulfill mine.

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Another gentleman comes to visit, Chris Chambers. Brad introduces us and explains Chris was an editor for Getty and edits the NBA, NFL and Motorsports for SI. We go into the boardroom and chat a bit about the industry. I then start to show Chris some of my photographs, more specific to football and basketball. Chris advises me that it’s about access and what is available to you.  He said, even though you are shooting amateur sports you are taking great photos. Hearing him say, “No doubt you can shoot” makes me so happy. Chris than spoke to me about layers. Everyone has a purpose to make the photo better. Fans create the energy; band makes you move, coaches direct the game and so on. Chris says he want’s to see the one blade of grass in the forefront of the photo leading up to the action and then the crowds reaction. I need to be responsible for everything in the shot. Even when the shot's not clean try to make it a part of the story. This conversation was very inspiring because I want to emote this in my photography always.

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Today as I review my photographs with fresh eyes, I understand how I can make my portfolio better.  I want to intrigue the viewer and make them stay in the moment- frozen in time. I want them to see something different, build an emotion through the layers and not take their eyes off my photograph. I am not afraid to fail, but anxious to experiment and achieve greatness in my photography. THANK YOU Brad!

My portfolio is always a work in progress! To view more photographs visit 500px or Behance  (Update in Progress)

A huge shoutout to all the amateur athletes who give it everyday, CIS, OCAA, OUA and McMaster football who allow me to capture the good, bad and the ugly. Thank YOU to all of my friends, family and colleagues who support me. I am very grateful for my young athlete followers and will always keep it real. Thanks for all the retweets, likes, favs and your encouragement. I want my kids and husband to be proud of me and love them for joining me on my special journey. Check out some of my colleagues great work. I appreciate the help with my portfolio selects: Matt Hernadez, Brandon Taylor, Scott Thomas, Hamilton Scores-Denis LeBlanc & Sean Healey.

I LOVE BEING A PHOTOGRAPHER! How bout a reality series for photographers like America's/Canada's Next Top Model EH?

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Marauders Advance to Meet Western in Football Semi-Final

Source: Michael Grobe [Hamilton Scores]

McMaster Marauders, ranked No. 8 in the nation, dumped the Ottawa Gee-Gees, 41-7, on a rain-soaked Ron Joyce Stadium Saturday (Oct. 26) and advance to Ontario University Athletics semi-final play next week. McMaster quarterback Marshall Ferguson (Kingston) tossed two touchdowns and ran for another while Wayne Moore (Etobicoke) rushed for 140 yards on 22 carries in the win.

Wayne Moore (34) had 50 yards on six carries to set up an opening drive TD for Marshall Ferguson. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Ottawa mustered just 10 first downs and 30 rushing yards in the game as the Marauder defence stymied the Gee-Gee offence.

McMaster’s defence and special teams also chipped in two touchdowns with Jeremy Kyei (Hamilton) recovering a Gee-Gee fumble on a bad punt-snap while Steven Ventresca (Hamilton) intercepted Aaron Colbon (Ottawa) for a touchdown.

With the Guelph Gryphons beating the Windsor Lancers, 31-21, on Saturday, McMaster will meet the Western Mustangs in London, at TD Stadium, 4:30 p.m., kickoff. The semi-final game will air nationally on Sportsnet360.

McMaster scored on its first two drives of the game to build a 14-0 lead which would be all the offence needed.

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Moore dominated the opening drive which saw McMaster cruise to 78 yards on nine plays. Ferguson capped the drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak but Moore did the heavy lifting rushing for 50 yards on six carries to set up the score.

On McMaster’s next possession, Ferguson tossed a 21-yard pass to Daniel Vandervoot (Barrie) to finish another nine play drive, this time for 79-yards.

Ottawa’s Aaron Colbon closed his Canadian Interuniversity Sport career throwing for 181-yards, going 17-for-39 and no interceptions.

The Gee-Gee’s lone points came on two conceded safeties and a 28-yard field goal kicked by Ward Lewis (Kingston).

McMaster’s other touchdown was on a 27-yard pass from Ferguson to Ben O’Connor (Kingston).

Ben O'Connor hauled in a 27-yard pass.  (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

NOTES: McMaster’s defence has not allowed an offensive touchdown in the last 17 quarters of play… The Gryphons were the last team to score a touchdown against McMaster which happened on Sept. 21 at Guelph… The entire McMaster defence was named player of the game.

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DiCroce Sheds Maroon for Blue

Source: McMaster Communications | May 28, 2013 [Hamilton Scores]

McMaster Marauders’ star receiver, Michael DiCroce, has inked a contract with the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The Blue Bombers selected DiCroce in the fourth round (29th overall) of the 2013 CFL Draft, as the third of five Marauders chosen on May 6.

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The Hamilton native enjoyed a landmark season in 2011, leading Canadian Interuniversity Sport with 48 receptions for 904 yards and six touchdowns en route to recognition as Ontario University Athletics Most Valuable Player and a First-Team All-Canadian. He missed the majority of the 2012 season due to injury, but reentered the lineup in time to help the Marauders reach a second-consecutive Vanier Cup final, totalling 26 catches for 384 yards and three touchdowns in that limited action.

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With his signing, DiCroce joins the Blue Bombers who welcome their first-year members to a three-day training camp that begins on Wednesday (May 29).

Winnipeg’s full training camp will open on Sunday, June 2.

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Bombs Away Michael DiCroce, CONGRATULATIONS!

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Big Ben Will Strike in Dallas

McMaster Marauder Ben D’Aguilar is attracting attention south of the border.

The 6’2, 240 defensive lineman from Hamilton has been invited to National Football League Super Regional Combine in Dallas, Texas on April 7. D’Aguilar received the invite based on testing results he had posted in an NFL Regional Combine in Florida.

Big Ben Daguilar Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson (Aerial Promotions)

“It’s champ to be invited to this Combine as it gives me a personal opportunity to prove that I have what it takes despite being Canadian and whatever misconceptions that may carry,” commented D’Aguilar.

With the goal of putting in a great performance at the Super Combine, the Hamilton defensive star will be working on improving on certain areas.

“The biggest thing I’d like to do to prepare for the Combine is to run hills once the weather clears up,” explained D’Aguilar.

D’Aguilar has just completed his fourth season with the Marauders of Ontario University Athletics. In October 2012, he set a Canadian Interuniversity Sport record for single season sacks as he amassed 12.5 sacks in eight games. He also registered 28 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble, and a pass break-up.

Yates_1076Cup Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson (Aerial Promotions) He was the top pass rusher on the Marauders defense. For his exceptional play on the field, D’Aguilar was awarded the J.P. Metras Award as Lineman of the Year. In 2011, he led the Marauders to a Vanier Cup victory. This past September, he was ranked fifth on the Canadian Football League’s list of the Top 15 Prospects for its 2013 draft, which is set to take place on May 6. Moreover, D’Aguilar will participate in this upcoming weekend’s CFL Combine.

Lineman of the Year Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson (Aerial Promotions)

Previous to the Marauders, D’Aguilar spent a season at Fork Union Military Academy. Other teams that he has suited up for include the Hamilton Ironmen and his high school team, the Barton Barons of the Southern Ontario Secondary Schools Association.

The NFL Super Regional Combine will be on the NFL Network and NFL.com

Mac Goes into Playoffs on a Winning Note

Source: Bill Malley, McMaster Communications | February 17, 2013 [Hamilton Scores]

It didn’t hold the same stakes as the previous night, but the McMaster men’s basketball team showed some pride with a 92-82 victory over visiting Lakehead Saturday night (Feb. 15) in Hamilton.

Prior to the game, the McMaster staff honoured the graduating seniors from this year’s team: Kyle Chevalier, Nathan Pelech and Scott Laws.

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McMaster's Scott Laws plays a well balanced defence against Lakehead University

With both teams locked into their respective spots in the Ontario University Athletics West standings, McMaster could only try to end its seven-game losing streak against Lakehead in conference play going back to 2010.

On this night, it was Lakehead which scored two quick hoops to get an early lead, but Mac evened things up and the teams played even, until a late surge by the Marauders saw the quarter end with Mac on top 28-18.

Both coaches went deeper into their bench players than they might normally, preferring to save wear and tear on the starters with the post-season looming. McMaster carried the momentum to start the second quarter and built the lead up to 16 (41-25) on a trey from Adam Presutti. Following a timeout by Lakehead, the Wolves began to claw back, and at the half they had shaved the Maroon advantage down to 45-38.

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McMaster Joe Rocca takes a charge from Lakehead's Dwayne Harvey

Like the previous night, Lakehead looked to assume control to start the second half and went on a 10-2 run to grab the lead at 48-47. McMaster responded though and came up with a run of its own so that by the end of the third quarter, the lead was 62-53 with 10 minutes left in the game.

The fourth quarter became a battle of attrition as both teams were whistled for numerous fouls. The Wolves closed to within six, but Presutti hit a timely three-pointer to bump the margin back to nine. With time running out, Lakehead looked to its defense to force some turnovers but some over-aggressive play put McMaster at the charity stripe and the Marauders made their free throws to close out the win.

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McMaster’s Aaron Redpath was player of the game, scoring 20 points McMaster was led by BIG MAC player of the game Aaron Redpath, who scored 20 points on 5 of 6 shooting from the floor and 9 of 10 from the stripe. Adam Presutti scored 15 points, while Taylor Black with 11 and Nate Pelech with 10 also hit double figures.

Top Lakehead shooter was Joey Nitychoruk, who finished with 18.

McMaster finishes OUA play with a 13-8 record and enters the playoffs as the third-seed in the West division. The Marauders will host the Waterloo Warriors on Wednesday (Feb. 20) in a division quarter-final. Tip-off will be at 8 p.m.

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McMaster Adam Presutti goes up for a jumpshot in the last quarter against Lakehead

Vanier Cup 2012 Photo Gallery

[Click Here] to view Robin's Top Vanier Cup 2012 Football Pics!  Congratulations to The Laval Rouge et Or, Vanier Cup 2012 Champions! Final Laval (37) - McMaster (14) Laval Rouge et Or Vanier Cup 2012 Champions It was my first time shooting at The Rogers Centre and this was not  game I expected to photograph.  There is football fever going around this weekend.  Happy 100th Grey Cup and looking forward to some great football! Enjoy the pics!  The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable David C. Onley The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable David C. Onley enjoys some Canadian Football! Ben D Read Full Article by CIS [Hamilton Scores] McMaster, Ben D'Aguilar attempts to slow down Laval, Maxime Boutin I am very impressed with the McMaster Marauder Football Team who demonstrated a classy  2012 Vanier Cup defeat Friday. The supporting family, friends and teammates affectionate support was tearfully beautiful.  Class Act Kyle Quinlan I believe a true Champion is the one who demonstrates pride by character in the most difficult times... [Click Here] to view Robin's Top Vanier Cup 2012 Football Pics!   Due to popular demand prints are now available for purchase at Present it Photo.com More FOOTBALL! [Click Here]    Best Action Shots [Click Here] Please like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and comment on our photographs/design on our blog. Our number one place to post is on Google Plus  GOOGLE+ We always update on { tumbr blog | Flickr photostream | YouTube channel} too! _________________________________________________________________________________________ DOWNLOAD IMAGES* *Read AP Terms & Conditions Before Download…click here *Read AP Photographic Licensing Before Download…click here © Aerial Promotions 1997-2012  |  Photo Credit: Robin Leworthy Wilson _________________________________________________________________________________________ WHY?...Because We Care! It is part of AP mission to give back to sport & the developing athletes as a volunteer in the local community 

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Laval Dismantles Mac Machine in Record Style

Laval Dismantles Mac Machine in Record Style

Source: Canadian Interuniversity Sport – November 24, 2012 [Hamilton Scores]

McMaster Marauders string of 21 straight regular season and post season victories snapped with thunderous vibrations on Friday night.

That consecutive game snap at the Rogers Centre, a Canadian Interuniversity Sport record, broke the Marauders opportunity to repeat as Vanier Cup champions, as Laval Rouge et Or dominated McMaster, 37-14, to reign supreme in Canadian collegiate football.

Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions

In doing so, Laval not only redeemed themselves after losing to the Marauders 41-38 in last year’s dramatic Vanier Cup game, but the Rouge et Or established a new standard in CIS football.

Laval has now claimed the Vanier seven times, most ever by a CIS team. Friday night, a dominating ground game, led by a 253-yard, two-touchdown performance by running back Maxime Boutin in the 48th Cup show, highlighted Laval’s victory over the Marauders before a Vanier record crowd of 37,098.

Boutin, from Quebec City, earned the Ted Morris Trophy as the most valuable player of the final. His rushing performance ranks him second all-time in a single-game Vanier Cup performance, and is a new personal-best for Boutin, surpassing a mark of 213 yards set a week ago in the Uteck Bowl.

“For two straight weeks, I can’t credit my O-line enough,” said Boutin. “They made it easy for me, and I almost always had a huge gap to run into.”

Arnaud Gascon-Nadon of Montreal earned the Bruce Coulter Award as the defensive MVP, with 3.5 tackles, one tackle for a loss, and half a sack.

“This is the reason I came back and didn’t go pro,” noted Gascon-Nadon, who was drafted by the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats last spring.

“After last year’s loss to Mac in the Vanier, we all wanted to get this payback. We really wanted this seventh banner to become the most decorated team in history.”

Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions

The seventh banner for Laval pushes them ahead of the six championships won by the Western Mustangs. Glen Constantin has been at the helm of six of those championships, itself another Vanier Cup superlative. A year ago in Vancouver, McMaster prevented the Quebec City powerhouse from establishing the new standard when the Marauders won in overtime with a field goal.

Friday, the dominating Rouge et Or defence made seven sacks in the game, also a Vanier Cup record, and held McMaster to 75 rushing yards. All of McMaster’s points were confined to a brief outburst of activity over a 72-second period late in the first half.

On the other side of the ball, Laval pounded out 373 yards rushing, another Vanier Cup single game team mark, eclipsing the previous record of 364 yards set by the UBC Thunderbirds in 1982. Laval’s 605 yards of net offence ranked fourth all-time in Vanier Cup history, and is the highest net yardage in a non-overtime Vanier Cup game.

Rouge et Or quarterback Tristan Grenon (Quebec City) amassed 234 passing yards, connecting on 11 of 25 attempts, tossing one touchdown, and throwing no interceptions. His most prolific target, Seydou Junior Haidara (Quebec City), contributed 106 yards on three receptions.

In the losing effort, this year’s Hec Crighton Trophy winning quarterback Kyle Quinlan completed 25 of 40 passes for 355 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions

After a scoreless first quarter, Laval opened the scoring with a 28-yard pass from Grenon to Matthew Norzil (Montreal) at the 4:02 mark of the second frame. McMaster soon after conceded a safety rather than kick from its own end zone, and a 22-yard field goal from Boris Bede (Toulon, France) gave Laval a 12-0 lead with just over three minutes to play in the first half.

McMaster’s ensuing possession saw the Marauders drive 75 yards on six plays, culminating in a one-yard rushing major by Quinlan. A Laval two-and-out returned the ball to McMaster. A couple of long passes by Quinlan, climaxing with a 59-yard pass-and-run touchdown connection with Dahlin Brooks (St. Catharines), gave the Marauders a 14-12 lead with 29 seconds remaining in the half.

A spirited drive by Laval took the ball to the McMaster two-yard line, but time expired before the Rouge et Or could score.

Maxime Boutin provided a much-needed spark for the Laval offence in the third quarter, adding a pair of rushing touchdowns to the Rouge et Or’s tally. Boutin ran the ball in from 11 yards and 84 yards, the latter play being the third-longest run from scrimmage in Vanier Cup history. A trio of field goals by Bede rounded out Laval’s scoring.

SCORING SUMMARY

LAV 0-12-19-6: 37 McM 0-14-0-0: 14

FIRST QUARTER No scoring

SECOND QUARTER LAV – TD Norzil 28 pass from Grenon (Bede kick) 4:02 LAV – Safety Touch (Crapigna concedes) 9:37 LAV – FG Bede 22 11:57 McM – TD Quinlan 1 run (Crapigna kick) 13:19 McM – TD Brooks 59 pass from Quinlan (Crapigna kick) 14:31

THIRD QUARTER LAV – TD Boutin 11 run (Bede kick) 3:15 LAV – Safety Touch (Crapigna concedes) 7:45 LAV – TD Boutin 84 run (Bede kick) 10:34 LAV – FG Bede 37 13:39

FOURTH QUARTER LAV – FG Bede 20 6:48 LAV – FG Bede 31 10:35

Attendance: 37,098. Rogers Centre-Sky Dome Best Vanier Cup Photos [Here]| View Full Image Gallery [Here]  

Stefan Ptaszek Best Football Coach in Canada

Marauders’ field boss judged best in Canada

Source: Canadian Interuniversity Sport – November 22, 2012 [Hamilton Scores]
Toronto – McMaster’s Stefan Ptaszek was named coach of the year in Canadian Interuniversity Sport football on Wednesday (Nov. 21) while Zach Androschuk from the University of Guelph received the Russ Jackson Award recognizing excellence in football, academics and citizenship. Ptaszek and Androschuk were honoured in front of a sold-out crowd of over 400 guests during the AMJ Campbell All-Canadian Awards Banquet at Ontario Place. More CIS hardware will be handed out on Thursday night during the Gibson’s Finest CFL Player Awards at Koerner Hall, including the Hec Crighton Trophy (outstanding player of the year), Presidents’ Trophy (defensive MVP), J.P. Metras Trophy (outstanding down lineman) and Peter Gorman Trophy (rookie of the year). The 48th Vanier Cup final between the Laval Rouge et Or and McMaster Marauders is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Rogers Centre, live on TSN and RDS. Pre-game coverage on TSN starts at 7 p.m. Stefan Ptaszek McMaster Football Head Coach Ptaszek joins Greg Marshall (2000) and Bernie Custis (1982) as the only McMaster head coaches to merit the Frank Tindall Trophy. In his seventh campaign at the helm, the 41-year-old guided his troops to the program’s first 8-0 regular season since 2003. A year after claiming their first-ever national title, the Marauders resumed their domination in conference play as they led Ontario University Athletics in six of eight major statistical categories, including points scored (45.6 per game), total yards (582.5), passing offence (370.0), fewest points against (15.6), fewest total yards allowed (340.2) and best rush defence (104.6). Going into Friday’s Vanier Cup final, the Hamilton powerhouse has won a CIS-record 21 consecutive league and playoff games dating back to Week 3 of the 2011 schedule. Ptaszek has led the Marauders to the post-season in each of his seven years as bench boss, including back-to-back Yates Cup banners and the 2011 Vanier Cup triumph. He heads into Friday’s contest with a 51-19 (.729) overall record since taking over the program, including a 42-14 (.750) mark in league play and 9-5 (.643) in the playoffs. A native of Burlington, Ptaszek began his CIS journey as a star receiver at Wilfrid Laurier University (1990-94), where he was a three-time all-Canadian and earned his first of three Vanier Cup rings in 1991. Following a four-year CFL career with BC, Hamilton and Toronto, he embarked on his coaching career at the high school level and then returned to CIS as UBC’s special teams coordinator. He returned to his alma mater and helped guide the Golden Hawks to the 2005 Vanier Cup title in his third and final season as offensive coordinator. “There is no doubt that the heart and soul of McMaster Marauder football is Stefan Ptaszek,” said Jeff Giles, director of athletics and recreation at McMaster. “His energy, passion, and most importantly his commitment to the success of each and every student-athlete have securely positioned this program among the elite in this country. For Stefan to be recognized as the CIS coach of the year is a tremendous accomplishment and a true honour that everyone at McMaster is very proud of.” Other nominees for the award were Jeff Cummins, Acadia, Glen Constantin, Laval, and Blake Nill, Calgary. Androschuk is the first member of the Gryphons to receive the Russ Jackson Award since the inception of the trophy in 1986. On the field, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive back is a two-year captain of the special teams unit and a four-year starter who won the team’s Kyle Walters Trophy in 2011 for being the best-prepared player on the Guelph roster. This fall, in his fifth and final CIS season, he ranked sixth on the team with 30.5 tackles in eight league games and also had one interception and a fumble recovery as the Gryphons took second place in OUA with a program-best 7-1 record. In the classroom, the Sarnia, Ont., native has been named to the Dean’s Honour Roll and has achieved Academic All-Canadian status each of his first four years on the Guelph campus. In 2011, he held an 84.6 per cent academic average while majoring in biomedical sciences and won the University’s President’s Award for excellence in the classroom and on the field. He graduated with distinction in April of 2012 and is currently completing a minor in neuroscience. He has already been accepted to Western University’s medical school. In addition, Androschuk plays an important role in many community circles. His life was forever changed six years ago when one of his closest friends was severely hurt when wrestling with him and unfortunately became a quadriplegic. They have remained very close while working together on an organization called It Happens. They have managed to take an unfortunate event and turn it into a positive contribution to touch the lives of others. Androschuk has also been instrumental in organizing the first “Guelph Wheels in Action”, a spinal cord injury fundraiser held at the University of Guelph. He has volunteered as a Brain Day Director, a nationwide outreach initiative where university students present to Grades 4-6 on brain and spinal cord anatomy. His other efforts include volunteering in the St. Joseph’s Hospital spinal rehabilitation unit, participating in the “Big Brothers Bowl for Kids’ Sake” fundraiser, and serving as a “Believe to Achieve” motivational speaker to high school students. “Zach has a commitment to excellence both on the field and in the classroom that embodies the spirit and dedication of a student-athlete destined for great things,” said Guelph head coach Stu Lang. “He has shown tremendous leadership skills as well as an incredible maturity and self-awareness in recognizing the impact he can have not only as an athlete and teammate but also as an ambassador and champion within the community.” Other nominees for the award were Matt Albright, Saint Mary’s (offensive tackle / science); David Haddrall, Bishop’s (receiver / natural sciences); and Brett Jones, Regina (guard / engineering & applied science) Stefan Ptaszek Interview ALL-TIME FRANK TINDALL TROPHY WINNERS (coach of the year) 2012 Stefan Ptaszek, McMaster 2011 Jeff Cummins, Acadia 2010 Glen Constantin, Laval 2009 Steve Sumarah, Saint Mary’s 2008 Pat Sheahan, Queen’s 2007 Frank McCrystal, Regina 2006 Denis Piché, Ottawa 2005 Glen Constantin, Laval 2004 Jerry Friesen, Alberta 2003 Gary Jeffries, Wilfrid Laurier 2002 Chuck McMann, McGill 2001 Brian Dobie, Manitoba 2000 Greg Marshall, McMaster 1999 Blake Nill, Saint Mary’s 1998 Larry Haylor, Western 1997 John Stevens, StFX 1996 Dan McNally, Guelph 1995 Rick Zmich, Wilfrid Laurier 1994 Brian Towriss, Saskatchewan 1993 Larry Uteck, Saint Mary’s 1992 Ian Breck, Bishop’s 1991 Rich Newbrough, Wilfrid Laurier 1990 Larry Haylor, Western 1989 Dave Knight, Waterloo 1988 Larry Uteck, Saint Mary’s 1987 Frank Smith, UBC 1986 Bruce Coulter, Bishop’s 1985 Peter Connellan, Calgary 1984 Steve Bruno, Mount Allison 1983 Doug Hargreaves, Queen’s 1982 Bernie Custis, McMaster 1981 John Huard, Acadia 1980 Cam Innes, Ottawa 1979 Dave “Tuffy” Knight, Wilfrid Laurier 1978 Frank Smith, UBC 1977 Peter Connellan, Calgary 1976 Darwin Semotiuk, Western 1975 Don Gilbert, Ottawa 1974 Ron Murphy, Toronto 1973 Ed Hilton, UPEI 1972 Dave “Tuffy” Knight, Wilfrid Laurier 1971 Jim Donlevy, Alberta 1970 Frank Cosentino, Western 1969 Henry Janzen, Manitoba ALL-TIME RUSS JACKSON AWARD WINNERS (outstanding student-athlete & citizenship) 2012 Zach Androschuk, Guelph 2011 Dillon Heap, Wilfrid Laurier 2010 Thomas Hall, Manitoba 2009 Thomas Hall, Manitoba 2008 David Hamilton, Toronto 2007 Clovis Langlois-Boucher, Sherbrooke 2006 Naim El-Far, Ottawa 2005 Dan Parker, Mount Allison 2004 Nathan Beveridge, UBC 2003 Curt McLellan, Queen’s 2002 Lincoln Blumell, Calgary 2001 Josh Alexander, Wilfrid Laurier 2000 Carlo Panaro, Alberta 1999 Carlo Panaro, Alberta 1998 Jean-Philippe Darche, McGill 1997 Sam Stetsko, Alberta 1996 Sean O’Neill, Carleton 1995 Ted MacLean, Saint Mary’s 1994 Steve Papp, McGill 1993 David Sykes, Saint Mary’s 1992 David Sykes, Saint Mary’s 1991 J.P. Veri, McGill 1990 J.P. Veri, McGill 1989 Jock Climie, Queen’s 1988 Andrew Allison, Mount Allison 1987 Elio Geremia, Calgary 1986 Charlie Galunic, Queen’s More Football [Click Here]

Mac vs Laval: History in the Making

Mac vs. Laval: History in the making

Source: Canadian Interuniversity Sport– November 19, 2012 [Hamilton Scores]

TORONTO – It is the rematch that many collegiate football fans had hoped would happen. Three hundred and sixty four days after what was arguably the best game ever, the Laval Rouge et Or and McMaster Marauders will meet again in the Vanier Cup.

The top two teams in the country, second-ranked Laval (11-1) and No. 1 McMaster (11-0), will square off in the 48th Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship on Friday (Nov. 23) at 7:30 p.m. at Rogers Centre in Toronto. The game, which is almost sold out, will be broadcast live on TSN and RDS. Pre-game coverage on TSN starts at 7 p.m.

As a prelude to the big showdown, on Thursday evening at 7:30, TSN will also air a documentary entitled “Best Game… Ever: The 47th Vanier Cup”, which takes a look back at the memorable 2011 CIS final.

A year ago, the Marauders captured their first national football title, a thrilling 41-38 overtime win against Laval at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. After building what seemed to be an insurmountable 23-0 halftime lead, McMaster watched in horror as the Rouge et Or stormed back for a 24-23 advantage early in the fourth quarter.

With the game tied at 31-31, Mac had a chance to win it on the last play in regulation time but a missed field-goal attempt by all-Canadian kicker Tyler Crapigna sent the affair to a rare fifth period. After both teams exchanged touchdowns on their first possessions of the shootout session, Crapigna earned a second shot at history and this time made good on a 20-yard FG attempt.

The Marauders and Rouge et Or both secured their tickets for Friday’s much-anticipated rematch in convincing fashion. The Ontario University Athletic champions rolled over Calgary, 45-6, at the Mitchell Bowl in Hamilton, while the RSEQ titlists dominated Acadia, 42-7, in the Uteck Bowl at Quebec City.

“To go 44 years without one and then to make it in back-to-back years is kind of a strange feeling, but we are very excited,” said McMaster head coach Stefan Ptaszek, referring to the four-plus decades between the Marauders’ first Vanier Cup appearance in 1967 and last year’s historic run.

“We don’t want to talk about revenge. The 2011 game is behind us,” said Laval’s Glen Constantin, the only coach in history to claim five Vanier Cups as a bench boss. “It will be an emotional game, no doubt, but we need to focus on the objective, which is to win the Vanier Cup.”

More history will be written on Friday, no matter the outcome.

The Rouge et Or are looking for a record-breaking seventh title in their eighth Vanier Cup appearance. They are currently tied with Western, which needed 12 tries to claim six banners. Laval will also become only the third team to play in three straight national finals after Saint Mary’s (2001-2003) and Saskatchewan (2004-2006).

The Marauders enter the contest riding a CIS-record 21-game overall winning streak dating back to Week 3 of the 2011 schedule. They are looking to become only the fifth club to repeat as Vanier Cup champions after Manitoba (1969-1970), Western (1976-1977), Saint Mary’s (2001-2002) and Laval (2003-2004). They also hope to become the 14th team to finish the season with an unblemished mark, and the first since Laval (13-0) in 2010.

Finally, the duel will mark only the second rematch in the 48-year history of the classic. Western defeated Acadia in the 1976 and 1977 title games.

To say both sides are on a roll heading into the championship match would be a major understatement.

After crushing Laurier 43-0 in its regular season finale back on Oct. 20, McMaster outscored Western 42-28 in the OUA semis and Guelph 30-13 in the Yates Cup before taking care of the Dinos in the Mitchell Bowl.

Following a spectacular season that earned him the OUA nomination for the Hec Crighton Trophy, fifth-year quarterback Kyle Quinlan is averaging 334 passing yards per game in the playoffs and was at his best last Saturday when he passed for 412 yards and three touchdowns to go along with another three TDs on the ground en route to Mitchell Bowl player-of-the-game honours. Of course, post-season accolades are nothing new to the South Woodslee, Ont., native, who a year ago hit the trifecta when he was named MVP of the Yates Cup, Uteck Bowl and Vanier Cup games.

For their part, Laval has scored 40 points or more in each of their three playoff contests, including 46-9 over McGill in the RSEQ semis, 40-17 against Sherbrooke in the Dunsmore Cup and the 42-7 Uteck Bowl victory over Acadia.

While McMaster has relied heavily on their passing attack, the reigning 10-time Quebec champions have been pounding the ball down their opponents’ throats in the post-season, averaging 297 yards on the ground per contest. With their top two running backs – Pascal Lochard and Guillaume Bourassa – both out with injuries against Acadia, sophomore Maxime Boutin earned the start and ran with it, racking up a career-high 213 yards on 25 carries on his way to game MVP honours.

“Maxime is a very good running back; he could start for a lot of teams. But you have to give credit to our offensive line. Even I could have run for 10 yards today,” Constantin joked after the Uteck Bowl.

While their offensive units clicked on all cylinders last Saturday, both teams can also win with defence on any given night.

Led by linebacker Aram Eisho, the OUA nominee for the Presidents’ Trophy, and defensive end Ben D’Aguilar, the conference finalist for the J.P. Metras Trophy as outstanding down lineman, the Marauders completely shut down Calgary’s nationally top-ranked offence in the Mitchell Bowl. During the regular season, McMaster led the OUA in fewest points (15.6), total yards (340.2) and rushing yards (104.6) allowed per game.

The Rouge et Or held Atlantic University Sport player of the year Kyle Graves to just nine completions and 130 yards passing on Saturday while running back Thomas Troop, the MVP of the AUS final, was limited to 15 yards on 13 carries. Led by linebacker Frédéric Plesius, the RSEQ finalist for the Presidents’ Trophy, and defensive end Arnaud Gascon-Nadon, the only two-time J.P. Metras Trophy winner in CIS history, Laval had the top rushing defence in the country in league play (57.8) and finished second in the nation in points against (12.7).

As was the case a year ago, McMaster and Laval kicked off their 2012 schedule with a head-to-head pre-season tilt in Quebec City. After winning 24-10 in 2011, the Rouge et Or prevailed once again this fall, winning 28-22 on Aug. 26.

“Given that we have played them twice in pre-season and in last year’s Vanier Cup, we have faced Laval more often than most of our OUA opponents,” said Ptaszek. “Having three films of facing each other head-to-head, it’s an opponent we know because we’ve competed against each other so often. Both coaching staffs will have their teams well prepared and I think the game will come down to players making plays.

“You need your seniors to play their best game to get to the Vanier Cup. The Calgary game was the best game so far for players like Quinlan, Medeiros, Babic, Ferreira, Beaton, Bhangoo, and Fochesato. Those fifth-year seniors will lead the way for us,” added the OUA coach of the year.

“We have the utmost respect for the whole Laval organization and it should be a classic football game.”

Constantin also has nothing but respect for his upcoming opponent.

“They’re obviously a very good football team, very well coached. They have mature student-athletes and their team is pretty much the same as last year’s,” said the RSEQ nominee for the Frank Tindall Trophy. “They excel in all three aspects of the game and there’s no doubt they represent our greatest challenge of the season, especially in the context of a championship match. I expect a great game Friday night.”

48th VANIER CUP

When: Friday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. EST Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto Who: No. 2 Laval Rouge et Or (visitor) vs. No. 1 McMaster Marauders (local) TV: TSN & RDS

McMASTER UNIVERSITY MARAUDERS (OUA & Mitchell Bowl champions)

2012 season summary Overall record: 11-0 Regular season record: 8-0 Regular season standing: 1st Playoff record: 3-0 Top 10 final ranking (Oct. 30): No. 1 Top 10 best ranking: No. 1 (all 10 polls) Top 10 lowest ranking: - Top 10 number of weeks ranked (10 polls): 10 Regular season offence points (45.6 ppg): 1st OUA / 2nd CIS Regular season offence total yards (582.5 ypg): 1st OUA / 2nd CIS Regular season offence passing (370.0 ypg): 1st OUA / 2nd CIS Regular season offence rushing (212.5 ypg): 2nd OUA / 4th CIS Regular season defence points (15.6 ppg): 1st OUA / 4th CIS Regular season defence total yards (340.2 ypg): 1st OUA / 6th CIS Regular season defence passing (235.6 ypg): 4th OUA / 11th CIS Regular season defence rushing (104.6 ypg): 1st OUA / 5th CIS

2012 results Sept. 3 (home): McMaster 50, Guelph 9 Sept. 8 (away): McMaster 68, Waterloo 21 Sept. 15 (away): McMaster 45, Ottawa 16 Sept. 22 (home): McMaster 33, Queen’s 20 Sept. 29 (away): McMaster 33, Western 27 Oct. 4 (away): McMaster 54, York 14 Oct. 13 (home): McMaster 39, Windsor 18 Oct. 20 (home): McMaster 43, Laurier 0 Nov. 3 (home): McMaster 42, Western 28 (OUA semifinal) Nov. 10 (home): McMaster 30, Guelph 13 (OUA final) Nov. 17 (home): McMaster 45, Calgary 6 (Mitchell Bowl)

2012 OUA individual honours Major awards: Kyle Quinlan (MVP), Aram Eisho (defensive MVP), Ben D’Aguilar (down lineman), Stefan Ptaszek (coach) All-stars offence (First Team): Kyle Quinlan (QB), Robert Babic (IR), Elliott Montag (C), Jason Medeiros (G), Matt Sewell (T) All-stars defence (First team): Ben D’Aguilar (DE), Aram Eisho (LB), Joey Cupido (CB), Mike Daly (S) All-stars special teams (First Team): Tyler Crapigna (K) All-stars offence (Second Team): None All-stars defence (Second Team): Tanvir Bhangoo (T), Nick Shortill (LB) All-stars special teams (Second Team): Spencer Moore (cover)

All-time head-to-head vs. Laval Overall record: 1-2 2011 (neutral): 41-38 OT win (Vanier Cup) 2003 (home): 36-32 loss (Mitchell Bowl) 1999 (home): 49-6 loss (regular season – interlock)

Not included in official head-to-head record: 2012 (away): 28-22 loss (pre-season) 2011 (away): 24-10 loss (pre-season)

Vanier Cup history All-time record: 1-1

2011 (BC Place Stadium, Vancouver): 41-38 OT win vs. Laval 1967 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto): 10-9 loss vs. Alberta

Head coach: Stefan Ptaszek Season: 7th Career regular season record: 42-14 (.750) Career playoff record: 9-5 (.643) Career overall record (season and playoffs): 51-19 (.729) Career overall record vs. Laval: 1-0 Vanier Cup record: 1-0 Vanier Cup wins: 2011 Vanier Cup losses: None

LAVAL UNIVERSITY ROUGE ET OR (RSEQ & Uteck Bowl champions)

2012 season summary Overall record: 11-1 Regular season record: 8-1 Regular season standing: 1st Playoff record: 3-0 Top 10 final ranking (Oct. 30): No. 2 Top 10 best ranking: No. 2 (polls 1-2-9-10) Top 10 lowest ranking: No. 4 (polls 4-5-6) Top 10 number of weeks ranked (10 polls): 10 Regular season offence points (38.7 ppg): 1st RSEQ / 4th CIS Regular season offence total yards (415.2 ypg): 2nd RSEQ / 12th CIS Regular season offence passing (213.1 ypg): 6th RSEQ / 20th CIS Regular season offence rushing (202.1 ypg): 1st RSEQ / 6th CIS Regular season defence points (12.7 ppg): 2nd RSEQ / 2nd CIS Regular season defence total yards (298.2 ypg): 2nd RSEQ / 3rd CIS Regular season defence passing (240.4 ypg): 3rd RSEQ / 13th CIS Regular season defence rushing (57.8 ypg): 1st RSEQ / 1st CIS

2012 results Sept. 2 (home): Laval 33, McGill 15 Sept. 8 (away): Laval 28, Bishop’s 22 Sept. 15 (home): Laval 31, Acadia 7 Sept. 21 (away): Laval 69, McGill 0 Sept. 29 (away): Laval 48, Sherbrooke 10 Oct. 7 (home): Laval 30, Montreal 11 Oct. 13 (away): Montreal 23, Laval 20 Oct. 21 (home): Laval 57, Bishop’s 7 Oct. 27 (away): Laval 32, Concordia 19 Nov. 3 (home): Laval 46, McGill 9 (RSEQ semifinal) Nov. 10 (home): Laval 40, Sherbrooke 17 (RSEQ final) Nov. 17 (home): Laval 42, Acadia 7 (Uteck Bowl)

2012 RSEQ individual honours Major awards: Frédéric Plesius (defensive MVP), Glen Constantin (coach) All-stars offence: Pascal Lochard (RB), Guillaume Rioux (IR), Matthew Norzil (WR), Pierre Lavertu (C), Charles Vaillancourt (G) All-stars defence: Arnaud Gascon-Nadon (DE), Frédéric Plesius (LB), Mathieu Masseau (LB), Dominique Noël (DB) All-stars special teams: Boris Bede (K)

All-time head-to-head vs. McMaster Overall record: 2-1 2011 (neutral): 41-38 OT loss (Vanier Cup) 2003 (away): 36-32 win (Mitchell Bowl) 1999 (away): 49-6 win (regular season – interlock)

Not included in official head-to-head record: 2012 (home): 28-22 win (pre-season) 2011 (home): 24-10 win (pre-season)

Vanier Cup history All-time record: 6-1

2011 (BC Place Stadium, Vancouver): 41-38 OT loss vs. McMaster 2010 (PEPS Stadium, Quebec City): 29-2 win vs. Calgary 2008 (Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton): 44-21 win vs. Western 2006 (Griffiths Stadium, Saskatoon): 13-8 win vs. Saskatchewan 2004 (Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton): 7-1 win vs. Saskatchewan 2003 (SkyDome, Toronto): 14-7 win vs. Saint Mary’s 1999 (SkyDome, Toronto): 14-10 win vs. Saint Mary’s

Head coach: Glen Constantin Season: 12th Career regular season record: 83-16 (.838) Career playoff record: 32-8 (.800) Career overall record (season and playoffs): 115-24 (.827) Career overall record vs. McMaster: 1-1 Vanier Cup record: 5-1 Vanier Cup wins: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2003 Vanier Cup losses: 2011

ALL-TIME VANIER CUP RESULTS 2011 McMaster 41, Laval 38 OT (BC Place Stadium, Vancouver) 2010 Laval 29, Calgary 2 (TELUS-UL Stadium, Quebec City) 2009 Queen’s 33, Calgary 31 (TELUS-UL Stadium, Quebec City) 2008 Laval 44, Western 21 (Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton) 2007 Manitoba 28, Saint Mary’s14 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 2006 Laval 13, Saskatchewan 8 (Griffiths Stadium, Saskatoon) 2005 Wilfrid Laurier 24, Saskatchewan 23 (Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton) 2004 Laval 7, Saskatchewan 1 (Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton) 2003 Laval 14, Saint Mary’s 7 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 2002 Saint Mary’s 33, Saskatchewan 21 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 2001 Saint Mary’s 42, Manitoba 16 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 2000 Ottawa 42, Regina 39 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1999 Laval 14, Saint Mary’s 10 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1998 Saskatchewan 24, Concordia 17 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1997 UBC 39, Ottawa 23 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1996 Saskatchewan 31, StFX 12 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1995 Calgary 54, Western 24 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1994 Western 50, Saskatchewan 40 OT (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1993 Toronto 37, Calgary 34 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1992 Queen’s 31, Saint Mary’s 0 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1991 Wilfrid Laurier 25, Mount Allison 18 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1990 Saskatchewan 24, Saint Mary’s 21 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1989 Western 35, Saskatchewan 10 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1988 Calgary 52, Saint Mary’s 23 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1987 McGill 47, UBC 11 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1986 UBC 25, Western 23 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1985 Calgary 25, Western 6 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1984 Guelph 22, Mount Allison 13 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1983 Calgary 31, Queen’s 21 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1982 UBC 39, Western 14 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1981 Acadia 18, Alberta 12 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1980 Alberta 40, Ottawa 21 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1979 Acadia 34, Western 12 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1978 Queen’s 16, UBC 3 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1977 Western 48, Acadia 15 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1976 Western 29, Acadia 13 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1975 Ottawa 14, Calgary 9 (CNE Stadium, Toronto) 1974 Western 19, Toronto 15 (CNE Stadium, Toronto) 1973 Saint Mary’s 14, McGill 6 (CNE Stadium, Toronto) 1972 Alberta 20, Waterloo Lutheran 7 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1971 Western 15, Alberta 14 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1970 Manitoba 38, Ottawa 11 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1969 Manitoba 24, McGill 15 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1968 Queen’s 42, Waterloo Lutheran 14 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1967 Alberta 10, McMaster 9 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1966 StFX 40, Waterloo Lutheran 14 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1965 Toronto 14, Alberta 7 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto)

NOTE 1: Rogers Centre formerly known as SkyDome NOTE 2: Waterloo Lutheran now Wilfrid Laurier

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