The Journal Athletes of the Week

Eilish McConville
Women’s Soccer

When the women’s soccer team kicked off their season in convincing fashion last weekend—tying defending OUA champions Western and trouncing Windsor 6-0—Eilish McConville, a three-year veteran, played a starring role, scoring a remarkable five goals.

Earlier this week, McConville’s phenomenal play was widely recognized when she was named the OUA and CIS Athlete of the Week.

In 2003, she was given CIS Rookie of the Year honours, finishing second in the country with 15 goals. McConville was named an All-Canadian in 2003 and a second-team All-Canadian last year.

Everything went McConville’s way on Sunday, she said.

“It was just one of those days,” she said. “Everything I touched was going in. Every once in a while these things just happen.”

McConville said she’s hoping the team will be able to continue their success after winning the CIS bronze medal last season.

“We are going to be very competitive,” she said. “We have a long road ahead, and we are going to take it game by game.”

On Friday the team will play at RMC, but the real challenge will come Sunday when they play host to the University of Ottawa.

“It’s a big game, and we will be looking for the win,” she said. “Sunday will be a test to see if we can compete for first in the division.”

Danny Brannagan
Men’s Football

Rookie quarterback Danny Brannagan led the Gaels to a convincing win against the York Lions in his first career start and second career game on Saturday.

The six-foot, 205-pound pivot from Assumption High School in Burlington completed 21 of 31 passes for 341 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception en route to a 40-7 victory.

The week before, when Queen’s was shut out by the Laurier Golden Hawks, Brannagan entered the game in the fourth quarter and completed 10 of 16 passes for 110 yards in his first action at the CIS level.

The 40 points scored against York under Brannagan’s leadership were the highest total Queen’s has managed against a team other than the U of T since Oct. 18, 2003.

Brannagan, who is studying commerce at Queen’s, also quarterbacked Canada’s 2005 World Junior Football gold medal-winning team.

“I’m just trying to get accustomed to the offence, the system, the receivers,” Brannagan said of his transition to Queen’s. “The toughest adjustment [from high school] is learning a whole new offence, with all the new verbiage.”

Brannagan is expected to start again against Windsor in the Gaels’ third game of the season tomorrow. He said he’s excited to be a Gael.

“It’s a fun place to play quarterback.”

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