GU Cancels Weekend Athletic Events

Sept. 12, 2001

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University athletic director Mike Roth announced late Wednesday afternoon the decision to cancel all athletic events through this weekend.

The Bulldogs' soccer double-header Friday with the Fresno State University men and Idaho State University women, Sunday's soccer twinbill with the University of Washington men and Boise State University women, and this weekend's Spikeoff Spokane volleyball tournament were all cancelled. The Bulldogs' men's golf tournament at the Air Force Academy scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday was cancelled by the hosts, and Gonzaga has also withdrawn from Saturday's men's and women's cross country meet at Washington State University.

"With the tragedy of this week, I believed it was in the best emotional interest of coaches, players and staff to put a moratorium on competition through the weekend," Roth said. "We'll come back Monday and try to conduct business as usual, although we all realize the healing process will be long and slow. But at the same time, we all believe we must get back to the normal activities in our lives."

Roth said attempts will be made to re-schedule as many of the events as possible. However, with teams having few open dates and with the difficulty of re-scheduling air travel it may not be possible to re-schedule all events.

Lehigh University, Eastern Washington University and Malaspina College of British Columbia were scheduled to compete in Spikeoff Spokane on Friday and Saturday. While the Bulldogs will not be able to re-schedule Lehigh and Malaspina, Roth said it should be easy for Gonzaga and EWU to schedule another match because of the proximity of the schools. Roth said the uncertainty of air travel availability from Philadelphia, Penn., made it virtually impossible for Lehigh to make the coast-to-coast trip.

Gonzaga President Rev. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., agreed with Roth's decision.

"I whole-heartedly agree with Mike's decision. I think all of us need some time to reflect and pray about what has happened to us and our nation, and to spend additional time with our families during this shocking period," Spitzer said.

Gonzaga's women's golf team is headed home after competing in the Ram Fall Classic hosted by Colorado State University. The Bulldogs left Fort Collins, Colo, via van on Wednesday after all flights were cancelled for a second straight day. The team will spend Wednesday night in Bozeman, Mont., and arrive in Spokane on Thursday.

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