The OUA numbers game

3 – The number of OUA teams ranked in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports men’s soccer Top 10. The unbeaten Toronto Varsity Blues sit solidly in No. 2 after grabbing a maximum 12 points from their first four matches. The Western Mustangs are next in No. 3 after securing three wins and a draw, while the Brock Badgers come in at No. 8 following a 2-0-2 start. Brock has yet to concede a goal this season, thanks to four consecutive clean sheets from OUA male Athlete of the week, Grimsby’s Chris Cutaia.

3 – The number of Ottawa Gee Gees women’s soccer players who rank among the top five Ontario University Athletics scorers. Ottawa got into an offensive flow from the get-go this season, with a trio of players accounting for 10 of the first 13 goals scored. Second-year player Katie Lugg (Ottawa) leads the team with four goals and is tied atop the OUA with Queen’s player Eilish McConville, who has played two fewer matches). And another second-year forward, Courtney Luscombe (Ottawa) has scored three times. Completing the triple-threat is veteran striker Val May (Ottawa) – last year’s OUA scoring leader with 12 goals in 11 matches. May has already netted three in the early going of the 2006 season.

6 – The number of rushing attempts Windsor’s rookie running back Nick Romain has had after two games this season. Doesn’t sound like he hasn’t been involved in the offence all that much? Well, Romain has ripped off yardage of 49, 54, 16, 49, 66 and one for a total of 235. And all six have gone for touchdowns, which leads all CIS rushers.

44.5 – The percentage of Laurier’s points scored by winger Adam Markew (Pickering.) in the Hawks’ rugby opener, a 45-18 win over Guelph. The third-year kinesiology/physed major racked up four tries for 20 points, good enough to top the OUA in scoring after the first week of action on the pitch.

100 – The success rate that Laurier’s Chris Mamo (London) has produced through his first two games as the starting field goal kicker for the Vanier champions. Mamo is capably filling the shoes of Vanier hero Brian Devlin after starting the season off by going a perfect 5-for-5 on his field goal attempts. The second-year player hit on his only try in Laurier’s opener, a 22-yarder with 25 seconds left on the clock that sent the game to overtime. He then connected on all four of his attempts in a loss to Ottawa last week, hitting from 17, 37, 22 and 37 yards. That performance earned Mamo the nod as the OUA’s nomination for CIS Special Teams Player of the Week.

79 – The margin of victory by the defending OUA gold medalist McMaster Marauders in their men’s rugby opener last week. Stacked with quality throughout the lineup, Mac soundly defeated the Carleton Ravens 79-0 last Sunday at Back 10 Field. That pitch has been kind to the Marauders in recent years – McMaster also opened up last season with a 79-0 win over the Windsor Lancers, on the same field.

259 – The average number of yards per game allowed by the stingy Ottawa Gee-Gees defensive unit two games into the OUA football season. Ottawa held perennial powers Western and Laurier to a combined 177 yards on the ground and 341 through the air, putting them atop the league in opponents’ yards per game and third overall in the CIS. Only Manitoba and Acadia rank ahead of the Gee-Gees in that department.