Is it possible to use something with affronter?Ah linguist you beat me to it, by a matter of seconds.
yes indeed I second your definition, this was also the case whilst I was in higher education.
I am however particualry drawn to the role of the 'woman' in your spiel- she seems to be displaying a certain degree of displeasure towards the 'lad off' in the offing, is this something that characterises a 'lad-off' in your experience?? I for one found that most people liked, nay, loved the battle of wits, hearts and minds between two (or more) prospective 'lads' in a 'lad-off'; in fact it was the highlight for many of their university lives.
I would also like to find out the French equivalent- I know that 'concours' exists, but does this really encapsulate the extreme nature that some of these lad-offs can go to?