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Pronghorns host a triple header to celebrate return

By Lethbridge Herald on July 29, 2021.

After the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the 2020 Canada West season, University of Lethbridge Pronghorns athletics returns with a bang this fall.

It’ll kick off with a triple header Sept. 18 at the University of Lethbridge Stadium.

A full day will be on the slate as the Horns women’s soccer team hosts the MacEwan Griffins in their home opener at noon, followed by Pronghorn men’s soccer at 2:15 p.m. with a match up with the Mount Royal Cougars.

Pronghorns rugby concludes the home-opening weekend with a 7 p.m. kick off against the Alberta Pandas, which is also the first leg of the Suggitt Cup.

Under new head coach Macky Singh, Pronghorn women’s soccer will be the first to see Canada West action on the road Sept. 11 and 12 as they face the Mount Royal Cougars and Alberta Pandas in Calgary and Edmonton, respectively.

“The return to competition has been a long time coming and we are really excited for our student-athletes to get the opportunity to represent the U of L again and to welcome students, staff, faculty and the entire Lethbridge community back on campus,” said director of Pronghorn Athletics Neil Langevin in a release.

“Our athletes have been so resilient through the past year and a half and we have missed hosting the Lethbridge community on campus for the last 16 months. Stay tuned for further details but we are planning a big welcome back event on the 18th to go along with the triple header and kick start the new season.”

The Pronghorns basketball teams will open the Canada West season at home, hosting the Calgary Dinos, Oct. 29 and 30.

On Oct. 30, Pronghorn Athletics will honour former Pronghorn greats Shawna Molcak and Perry Mirkovich with a jersey retirement ceremony.

During the final weekend of the first semester, kids 17-and-under will get free admission to the Dec. 4 game versus the MacEwan Griffins.

The Pronghorn women’s basketball team will host their annual “Shoot for a Cure” game Jan. 22 when they host the Mount Royal Cougars.

In November, the Pronghorns swimming team heads to Edmonton to compete in the Canada West Championships, while the Track and Field Championships will be hosted by the University of Manitoba Feb. 25 and 26.

The Canada West formally approved alternative sport formats for the 2021-22 season during the virtual Canada West AGM in May.

The alternative formats will have a greater focus on regional play where possible and number of games and have been reduced for soccer and basketball.

The change to formats will be in effect for the 2021-22 season only, after which formats will return to their previous models.

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