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Posts by Monica Mutale

What I dig about you

Love at first spike. (David Munro photo)

They’ve dated for over a year, and now we’re putting their knowledge of each other to the test. Dal volleyball players Alex Dempsey and Petra Rafuse sat down with the Gazette recently to discover, once and for all, who knows the other best.

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Reunion on the road

Keith Robinson boards the team bus en route to Wolfville. (Monica Mutale photo)

There are no goodbyes on a journey this short; it’s the hellos that matter. After all, these are no solo travelers. Today, this season—perhaps always—the Tigers are family. And this trip is a family reunion. The bus is scheduled to leave at 2:45 p.m. By 2:40, five or so bodies warm the seats, most of…

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Second semester is Dal’s for the taking

Kashrell Lawrence goes airborne in an authoritative Tigers victory. (Chris Parent photo)

Fresh off their first winning weekend in a decade at the Rod Shoveller Memorial Tournament in late December, the Dalhousie men’s basketball team carried its run of good play into league play. The Tigers outclassed the St. Francis Xavier X-Men 85-59 at the Dalplex on Jan. 5. Top scorers for the home team, which took…

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Dal can’t snap semifinal losing streak

Tyler Lewars fights for possession in Dal's fourth consecutive semifinal loss. (Photo via UPEI Photography)

For the fourth straight year, the Dalhousie men’s soccer team has failed to qualify for the AUS championship game. The Tigers could not overcome their elusive semifinal hurdle once again, losing 4-3 to the UNB Varsity Reds in Charlottetown. A sleepy start from the Tigers on Nov. 3 left them down 3-0 in the first…

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Dal rugby’s title dynasty ends

The late comeback surge by Evan Taras and the Tigers wasn't enough. (David Munro photo)

On a chilly Sunday afternoon at Merv Sullivan Park, Acadia sent Dalhousie rugby home empty-handed for the first time since 2006. The defending champions lost 43-38 in the Division I championship. The five-time titleholders came up short Oct. 28 against a focused Acadia squad—resulting in Dal’s first defeat in the Nova Scotia University Rugby league…

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King’s tops Dal in title contest

Dal was unable to capture the championship. (David Munro photo)

The Dalhousie men’s Division II rugby team ended their stellar season with an overtime loss to King’s on championship weekend. The Tigers lost 20-15 at Merv Sullivan Park in Halifax. Scorers for Dal were Nick Rotta-Loria and Jake Exton, each with one try. Exton also had two conversions and a penalty for a total of…

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One-goal weekend for women’s hockey

Women's hockey is done for the season. (Chris Parent photo)

It was a tough weekend at home for the Dalhousie women’s hockey team. The Tigers fell 3-1 to Moncton at the Halifax Metro Center on Oct. 20 before losing 4-0 to St. Thomas the next afternoon at the Halifax Forum. At their home opener last Saturday, Sarah MacNeil scored Dal’s only goal 13 minutes into…

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Walking to remember

Successful athletes tend to share a common trait: they are constantly striving for greatness. Louise Facca is a fifth-year therapeutic recreation student and a left outside hitter on the Dalhousie women’s volleyball team. Among her achievements, Facca is a two-time AUS first team all-star and last season’s team MVP. “I obviously want to just try…

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