Atlantic University Sport recently announced its winter sports schedules for the 2018-2019 season.
The X-Women Hockey team host the Dalhousie Tigers on October 12 while the X-Men’s first home game on September 29, when they take on the St. Mary’s Huskies. The X-Men’s season begins with a road game against the Acadia Axemen on September 28.
The X-Women basketball team are set to begin their season with a home game against UNB on November 2. The X-Men will also tangle with the Varsity Reds at home later the same night.
A fitting tribute to retiring St. FX Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Bernie Chisholm. Atlantic University Sport has announced the AUS Men’s Cross Country
Coach of the Year will be named in Chisholm’s honour.
Chisholm has led the St. FX Cross Country program for the past 32 seasons, winning 17 AUS banners, eight for the X-Women and nine for the X-Men. Eleven of his runners have won 14 AUS titles, including his successor, Olympian Eric Gillis, the 2003 CIS champion, who will lead the program, starting next season.
Chisholm also led this X-Women to a 2007 CIS Bronze Medal, and the X-Men to a CIS silver medal in 2008 and a CIS bronze medal in 2010.
He’s also coached the track and field teams for more than 15 years, including an AUS banner for the X-Men in 2014.
St. FX hockey players have swept the AUS athlete of the week awards The AUS female athlete of the week is X-Women hockey forward Sarah Bujold, with seven points in
two playoff wins by St. FX over Dalhousie to sweep their best of three quarter final in two games. Bujold is the U Sports scoring champion this season with 43 points, and led the country in goals with 24.
The AUS male athlete of the week is X-men Hockey forward Bryson Cianfrone, who had two strong games as St. FX won their best of three
quarter final with Moncton two games to none. Cianfrone had a goal and two assists in their 6-2 victory in game one and had the game winning goal in Friday’s 4-3 series clinching contest.
St. FX has a new team to worry about once the Football season begins for the 2017-18 season. At a press conference held Monday, it was formally announced that the Bishop’s Gaiters were added to the AUS, expanding the league to 5 teams.
This announcement marked the first time in 27 years that the AUS has been able to expand the league. As a result, each of the conference s five teams will play eight regular season games over the course of a 10-week schedule.
St. FX coach Gary Waterman is excited to see the expanded league and thinks there will be great excitement whenever the Quebec team comes to town:
The regular season will kick off two weeks earlier than it did last season, with opening night set for Friday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. The two-time reigning champion StFX X-Men will visit the Saint Mary’s Huskies in Halifax, N.S. Bishop s will host their homecoming game on September 23rd day versus the StFX X-Men.
Halifax welcomes the CIS men’s basketball championships again. Dalhousie will host the Final 8 in 2017 and Acadia will be at the helm the following year. A-U-S Executive Director Phil Currie says local fans may remember a game for St. FX that ended in dramatic fashion.
Memorable seasons for St. FX on the hardcourt include back to back national titles in 2000 and 2001 in Halifax.