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Women’s squash team wins OUA title; men capture bronze

Gaels dominate in capturing their fourth-straight provincial championship, this time on home court.

 Queen's Gaels Women's Squash team wins 2017-18 OUA title.
The Queen's Gaels women's squash team lifts the OUA banner after winning their fourth straight provincial championship, on Sunday at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC). (Supplied Photo)

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

SQUASH

The Queen’s Gaels women’s squash team successfully defended their title at OUA squash championships over the weekend on home court while the men’s team captured the provincial bronze.

In the women’s competition, the Gaels were dominant, winning all five of their games, including  against  the University of Toronto in the final, with a 41-4 record in matches. It is the fourth straight OUA title for the team.

On the men’s side, no one was able to stop the Western Mustangs who put up a perfect 5-0 record. The Gaels claimed the bronze while Alex Collins was named the top rookie.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The No. 8 Queen's Gaels (14-3-3-4) split of their games on the weekend but that was enough to secure first-place for the OUA regular season.

On Saturday, the Gaels dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Laurier Golden Hawks (2-4-14-3).

Hailey Wilson and Addi Halladay scored for the Gaels but the team was unable to find the back of the net in the shootout. Stephanie Pascale made 22 saves in the Queen’s net.

On Friday, the Gaels upended the Toronto Varsity Blues (13-0-8-2) 3-1 in Toronto. 

After the Varsity Blues opened the scoring the Gaels roared back with Katrina Manoukarakis scoring a pair of goals with Jessica Wakefield adding a late empty-netter.

MEN’S HOCKEY

The No. 8 Queen's Gaels (19-6-3) closed out their regular season schedule with a big 5-0 win over the Nipissing Lakers (9-15-4). With the win, the Gaels clinched second place in the OUA East and set a new program record for wins in a season with 19 beating the previous record from last season.

Jacob Brennan had a strong night in net, making 37 saves for the shutout. The scoring was spread out as Slater Doggett, Ben Fanjoy, Luke Bertolucci, Jaden Lindo and Francesco Vilardi found the back of the net. Alex Row finished with three assists.

The Gaels and Lakers will now meet in the OUA playoffs as Nipissing finished seventh in the OUA East.

On Friday, the Gaels tumbled to a 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Gee-Gees (15-8-4) in Ottawa.

In a tough defensive battle, Luke Edwards was the only Gaels to score, on a first-period powerplay that put them in the lead.

But the Gee-Gees would keep up the pressure and eventually were able to move ahead for the win, and snap a six-game win streak for the Gaels.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (11-9) fell victim to a huge comeback by the Toronto Varsity Blues (10-10) 90-80 on Friday.

After leading 43-31 at the half the Gaels were unable to hold off the visitors, who closed the gap in the third quarter and pulled away in the fourth.

Jaz Bains led with 17 points while aTanner Graham had a big night with a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds.

At halftime of the game, Queen’s Athletics honoured their fall championship teams – sailing, women’s cross country and men’s rugby – with their banners being raised to the rafters in the ARC gym.

On Saturday, the Gaels (11-10) fell 86-78 to the No. 9 Ryerson Rams (15-6), in their final regular season home game of the year. The Gaels honoured graduating senior players Sammy Ayisi and Mike Shoveller prior to tip-off.

Tanner Graham had another massive game with 22 point nine blocks and eight rebounds.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The No. 8 Queen's Gaels (16-5) battled back from being 21 points down but fell 82-75 in overtime against the Ryerson Rams (11-10) on Saturday, in the final home game of the regular season for Queen’s.

Abby Dixon finished with 17 points and seven steals, while Marianne Alarie added 13 points.

On Friday, the Gaels were upset by the Toronto Varsity Blues (8-12) 79-76.

Once again the Gaels were forced to mount a comeback following a slow start, tying the game at 72-72, but were unable to grab the win.

Sophie de Goede led the Gaels with 20 points and Veronika Lavergne added 17 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen's Gaels (12-4) defeated the RMC Paladins (2-14) in straight sets at the ARC 25-14, 26-24 and 25-15 on Sunday.

Julia Wiercigroch finished with eight kills and an ace and Sierra hardy powered the attack with 28 assists.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (7-8) swept the RMC Paladins (2-13) in straight sets on Sunday afternoon at the ARC, 25-13, 25-13 and 25-21.

Markus Trence finished with a team-best 13 kills while Zac Hutcheson added 12 kills. Zane Grossinger had 37 assists.