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St. Francis Xavier Athletic Teams
St. Francis Xavier X-Men / St. Francis Xavier X-Women
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UniversitySt. Francis Xavier University
AssociationU Sports
ConferenceAtlantic University Sport
Athletic directorLeo MacPherson
LocationAntigonish, Nova Scotia
Football stadiumOland Stadium
ArenaCharles V. Keating Millennium Centre
Other arenasOland Centre Gymnasium
ColoursBlue and White
         
Websitewww.goxgo.ca

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women are the men's and women's athletic teams that represent St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. Their primary home turf is Oland Stadium located at the University's campus.

History

In 1966, the X-Men Football team won the College Bowl (now the Vanier Cup) as top university football team in Canada. The X-Men Basketball program has won 3 CIS Championships (1993, 2000, and 2001) and in 2004, the X-Men Hockey team won their first CIS Championship. In 2011, the X-Women Hockey team placed 2nd at the CIS Championships in Ottawa and in 2016, the X-Men hockey team were runners-up in the CIS Championships in Halifax.

In 2006, the X-Women Rugby team became the first female StFX varsity team to win a CIS Championship, as 10-time defending AUS Rugby Champions. In 2008, the team placed 2nd at the CIS Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta after capturing their 12th consecutive AUS Championship.[1] The team has a total of five National Championships, having won a fifth title in 2016 in Victoria, BC.[2] and 17 consecutive conference championships from 1997-2014.[3]

Between 2006 and 2016 the X-Men Cross Country team won 9 AUS Championships, including 6 consecutively and 2 CIS medals.[4] In 2017 it was announced that alumnus, CIS Champion, and Olympian Eric Gillis would become head coach.[5]

Varsity teams

The X-Men & X-Women compete in:

X-Men Football

St. Francis Xavier X-Men
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St. Francis Xavier X-Men logo
First season1954
Athletic directorLeo MacPherson
Head coachGary Waterman
10th year, 40–40–0  (.500)
Home StadiumOland Stadium
Stadium capacity4000
Stadium surfaceFieldTurf
LocationAntigonish, Nova Scotia
LeagueU Sports
ConferenceAUS (1999 - present)
Past associationsAUAA (1974-1998)
All-time record– 
Postseason record– 
Tournaments
Vanier Cups1
1966
Atlantic Bowls5
1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1996
Jewett Trophies13
1960, 1961, 1962, 1963,
1966, 1967, 1978, 1982,
1983, 1996, 2015, 2016,
2018
Hec Crighton winners0
Current uniform
ColoursBlue and White
         
OutfitterAdidas
Websitegoxgo.ca

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men football team has been competing at the varsity level since 1954 and won the second ever Vanier Cup national championship in 1966. The team has played in two National Championship games overall when they were runners-up in 1996 and have won 12 conference championships in total. In the 2011 CFL Draft, Hénoc Muamba became the first X-Men player to be selected first overall in the Canadian College Draft, having been drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Recent Results

Season Games Won Lost OTL PCT PF PA Standing Playoffs
2001 8 3 5 0 0.375 106 202 3rd in AUS Out of playoffs
2002 8 6 2 0 0.750 215 134 2nd in AUS Defeated Acadia Axemen in semi-final 25-11
Lost to Saint Mary's Huskies in Loney Bowl 63-14
2003 8 4 4 0 0.500 139 143 3rd in AUS Defeated Acadia Axemen in semi-final 30-28
Lost to Saint Mary's Huskies in Loney Bowl 36-12
2004 8 3 5 0 0.375 155 245 3rd in AUS Lost to Acadia Axemen in semi-final 15-8
2005 8 5 3 0 0.625 219 189 2nd in AUS Defeated Saint Mary's Huskies in semi-final 47-29
Lost to Acadia Axemen in Loney Bowl 69-6
2006 7 2 5 - 0.286 80 176 3rd in AUS Lost to Saint Mary's Huskies in semi-final 24-6
2007 8 3 5 - 0.375 158 284 2nd in AUS Defeated Acadia Axemen in semi-final 38-17
Lost to Saint Mary's Huskies in Loney Bowl 25-24
2008 8 4 4 - 0.500 186 205 2nd in AUS Defeated Mount Allison Mounties in semi-final 52-12
Lost to Saint Mary's Huskies in Loney Bowl 29-27
2009 8 6 2 - 0.750 201 166 2nd in AUS Defeated Acadia Axemen in semi-final 33-30
Lost to Saint Mary's Huskies in Loney Bowl 31-22
2010 8 1 7 - 0.125 98 247 4th in AUS Out of playoffs
2011 8 2 6 - 0.250 148 300 3rd in AUS Lost to Saint Mary's Huskies in semi-final 25-2
2012 8 2 6 - 0.250 137 239 4th in AUS Out of playoffs
2013 8 3 5 - 0.375 150 183 4th in AUS Out of playoffs
2014 8 4 4 - 0.500 181 180 2nd in AUS Defeated Acadia Axemen in semi-final 18-17
Lost to Mount Allison Mounties in Loney Bowl 29-7
2015 8 5 3 - 0.625 172 179 2nd in AUS Defeated Acadia Axemen in semi-final 26-4
Defeated Mount Allison Mounties in Loney Bowl 14-12
Lost to UBC Thunderbirds in Uteck Bowl 36-9
2016 8 7 1 - 0.875 299 129 1st in AUS Defeated Mount Allison Mounties in Loney Bowl 29-8
Lost to Calgary Dinos in Mitchell Bowl 50-24
2017 8 4 4 - 0.500 179 168 3rd in AUS Lost to Saint Mary's Huskies in semi-final 16-15
2018 8 6 2 - 0.750 224 156 2nd in AUS Defeated Acadia Axemen in semi-final 33-10
Defeated Saint Mary's Huskies in Loney Bowl 33-9
Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in Uteck Bowl 63-0

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National Championships

Vanier Cup

  • Champions: 1966
  • Runner-Up: 1996

Semi-Final Championships

Atlantic Bowl

  • Champions: 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1983, 1996
  • Runner-Up: 1958, 1962, 1967, 1978, 1982, 2015
  • In 1983 the Atlantic Bowl victory was over Acadia as there was no Jewett Trophy in that season, and no opportunity for an AUAA team to play in the CIAU Championship game. The AUAA was in a dispute with the CIS (formerly CIAU) over the Atlantic Bowl being played at Saint Mary's, in Halifax, on annual basis. Calgary received a bye to the CIAU Championship game.

Conference Championships

Jewett Trophy (Loney Bowl)

The X-Men have won the Atlantic Conference Championship six times and have been runners-up an additional six times.[7]

X-Men in the CFL

As of the start of the 2019 CFL season, three former X-Men players are on CFL teams' rosters:

References

  1. ^ CIS Rugby Silver Lining Archived 2009-02-21 at the Wayback Machine, St. Francis Xavier University Athletics
  2. ^ CIS Women's Rugby Past Champions, CIS Women's Rugby
  3. ^ Atlantic University Sport Women's Rugby Past Champions, AUS Women's Rugby
  4. ^ AUS Mens Cross Country Past Champions, Atlantic University Sport
  5. ^ Huebsch, Tim. "Eric Gillis accepts St. FX coaching role, plans to relocate to Nova Scotia".
  6. ^ Bob Adams CIS Sportspage
  7. ^ "Atlantic University Sport Men's Football Past Champions". Atlantic University Sport. 2009. Archived from the original on 2008-10-15. Retrieved .

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