t is a word that nicely sums up what it
meant to be a Mountie this past year.
Never giving up despite the odds,
playing hard every time -- win or lose,
changing the meaning of underdog to `the
one who triumphs in the end.'
After the Football Mounties provided
Mount Allison's first Atlantic University
Sport (AUS) football championship since
1997 in the fall, pride in Mount Allison
athletics was at a high.
And athletes continued to deliver through-
out the winter term. The women's hockey
team came within a whisker of its own
AUS championship, the badminton team
won its sixth straight Atlantic Collegiate
Athletic Association (ACAA) champi-
onship and sent six players to nationals,
and two Swimming Mounties advanced
"This past year we had 23 league all-stars
and three coaches of the year," says Mount
Allison athletic director Pierre Arsenault.
The women's hockey team served up edge-
of-your-seat drama this winter, battling
its way to the AUS final against Université
Head coach Zach Ball says the team
showed its true mettle not when it won,
but when it didn't.
"The biggest success we had was the team's
ability to deal with those times when we
were playing well but without scoreboard
success," he says. "As a coach, it is great to
win, but it is really great to see the players
have the mental ability to be that focused
and determined and relentless."
Marya Peters ('15) was one of two swim-
mers from Mount Allison to make it to
the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS)
national championship in February.
"Our team has gotten better each year,"
she says. "It is pretty exciting for us because
we are getting some great new recruits."
Recruits like Allison Loewen ('17), who
also made it to the CIS nationals in her
first year on the team.
"It was a pretty exciting year for Mount
A," Peters says. "It makes you proud to be
Arsenault says the community support for
the teams has been incredible.
"There were 1,300 fans at that last (hockey)
game in Moncton and half of them were
ours," he says. "It is the biggest crowd
AUS women's hockey would have had in
the last five to ten years."
Ball says that support meant a lot to the
"Our players had never been in the
spotlight like that before," he says. "Our
typical game has 100 people watching and
all of a sudden there were 1,000."
Ball says athletes have also made a point of
cheering each other on.
"More than ever we had other varsity ath-
letes supporting our program, football
players coming to our games and making
noise," he says. "There is a mutual respect
there. I think we are pretty lucky at Mount
A as coaches because we have outstanding
While the championships and the almost-
championships are the visible signs of
success, Arsenault says there is important
building taking place that has not ap-
peared on the scoreboard yet.
"The performance of our basketball and
volleyball teams this year, for example.
We can see we are going in the right direc-
tion," he says.
"It is not accidental that teams are per-
forming better. We have built the program
to be sustainable, built success in a way
that we believe is going to last."