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Gaels top Lancers to give head coach Sheahan his 150th win

A quick roundup of Queen's Gaels teams and athletes in action over the weekend:

FOOTBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (1-4) got head coach Pat Sheahan his 150th career win as a head coach in U Sports as the Tricolour defeated Windsor 54-10 on Saturday.

In Windsor, quarterback Nate Hobbs threw for 486 yards and four touchdowns and added another score on the ground while receiver Chris Osei-Kusi hauled in 226 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Jake Puskas topped 100 yards in his second straight start, finishing with 135 on 20 rushes.

After a slow start the Gaels finally got on the board as Hobbs found Osei-Kusi for a 22-yard touchdown. Queen’s then picked up two points on a safety and Hobbs punched in a quarterback sneak in the second quarter to give the Gaels a 16-3 lead at the half.

Following the break, Puskas ran in a five-yard score and the Gaels recovered a fumble off the ensuing kick-off. Two plays later Jeremy Pendergast pulled in his first career touchdown. Nelkas Kwemo added and interception and the turnover led to a second score for Osei-Kusi.

The Gaels added another 10 points in the fourth, and the Lancers picked up their first major of the game to bring the score to a final of 54-10.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The No. 10 Queen's Gaels (7-2-1) recorded a pair of wins on the weekend, scoring six goals in each game.

On Sunday, the host Gaels topped the Toronto Varsity Blues (6-5-1) 6-2 with a pair of goals from Jenny Wolever, and singles from Jamie Foot, Laura Callender, Matija Skoko and Sarah Nixon

On Saturday Callender led the way with a hat-trick as the Gaels crushed the Ryerson Rams (5-5-2) 6-1. Wolever, Alexandra Doane, and Jamie Foot rounded out the scoring.

MEN’S SOCCER

The Queen's Gaels (3-4-3) finished the weekend with a draw and a loss.

On Sunday the Gaels tied the No. 6 Toronto Varsity Blues (7-0-4) 1-1 at Richardson Stadium, as Michael Chang scored in the 86th minute shortly after the Blues had opened the scoring.

On Saturday, the Gaels tumbled 3-0 to the Ryerson Rams (4-6-1).

MEN’S RUGBY

In a rematch of the 2016 OUA final the Queen’s Gaels (5-0) took down the reigning champion Guelph Gryphons (4-1) 34-26 to stay undefeated in regular season play.

The Gaels quickly got on the board and pushed the score to 21-0 and finished the first half with a 26-17 lead.

The Gryphons battled back but the Gaels held on with another try and a penalty goal from Alex Colborne.

CROSS COUNTRY

The Queen's Gaels cross country teams traveled to Bethlehem, Pa., for the 44th annual Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh University.

The women’s team, ranked No. 1 in Canada, took part in the gold 6km race which featured some of the best collegiate teams in the United States, and came away with a fourth overall finish with a team score of 226 behind only Utah State, Villanova and Georgia respectively.

Individually the Gaels were led by the duo of Branna MacDougall and Claire Sumner who finished fourth and sixth. MacDougall finished in a time of 19:52, just four seconds off the winning pace, while Sumner crossed at 20:03.  

Not far behind were teammates Amy Stephenson in 15th and Shannen Murray who was 78th.

On the men’s side, Queen’s finished in first place in the Brown 8km race which featured NCAA Division II and III programs. Eric Wynands paced the Queen's runners finishing third in a time of 24:40. He was followed by Mark Schmidt in sixth and Rob Kanko in eighth.

Former OUA champion Alex Wilkie  took part in his first race since returning from injury and finished 22nd. Former five-time All-Canadian Gael Julie-Anne Staehli, who also serves as an assistant coach for Queen’s, competed in the open category and placed second overall in a time of 20:11.

ROWING

The Queen’s women’s and men’s rowing teams were in Peterborough for the Head of the Trent on Saturday and saw first-place performances from Louise Munro in the women’s single race and the duo of Nick Grubic and Alex Bernst in the lightweight men’s double races. Gavin stone placed third in the men’s single and Evan Notley matched him in the lightweight men’s single. Greta Chase added another third-place finish in the lightweight women’s single.