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Gaels’ Alarie tops 1,000 career points during Bell Let’s Talk game

[Marianne Alarie drives the basket]
Marianne Alarie of the Queen's Gaels drives past Kayla Deschatelets of the Laurentian Voyageurs during Saturday's OUA women's basketball game of the ARC. (Photo by Robin Kasem)

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


Marianne Alarie scored her 1,000th point as a Gael as the Queen’s women’s basketball team (11-7) defeated the Laurentian Voyageurs (6-12) 72-46 on Saturday night, adding to the Bell Let’s Talk events.

This Saturday marked the Queen’s Gaels annual Bell Let’s Talk games as women’s and men’s volleyball, women’s and men’s basketball and men’s hockey hosted special Mental Health Awareness-themed events throughout the day.
Bell Let’s Talk Day is Wednesday, Jan. 30. Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each of the following interactions, at no extra cost to participants beyond what they would normally pay their service provider for online or phone access:
Talk: Every mobile and every long distance call made by Bell wireless and phone customers
Text: Every text message sent by Bell wireless customers
Twitter: Every tweet and retweet using #BellLetsTalk, featuring the special Bell Let's Talk emoji, and every Bell Let's Talk Day video view at Twitter.com/Bell_LetsTalk
Facebook: Every Bell Let's Talk Day video view at Facebook.com/BellLetsTalk and every use of the Bell Let's Talk frame
Instagram: Every Bell Let's Talk Day video view at Instagram.com/Bell_letstalk
Snapchat: Every use of the Bell Let's Talk filter and every Bell Let's Talk Day video view

Early in the second quarter, Alarie made a basket which lifted her to 1,001 career points in the Tricolour. She finished the game with 13 points and now sits at 1,009. Alarie joins Gaels greats Liz Boag (1,055) Jenny Wright (1,167) and Brittany Moore (1,652) in the 1,000-point club.


The Gaels started off strong and built up as 23-4 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Leading the way for the Gaels was Veronika Lavergne with 15 points and Sophie de Goede with nine rebounds.

On Friday, the Gaels defeated the Nipissing Lakers (3-14) 95-69.

It was all Gaels in the opening quarter and built up as 25-13 lead. The Lakers picked up their game in the second quarter and closed to within six at one point before the Gaels reclaimed the momentum to take a comfortable 46-32 lead into the break. The Gaels kept up the pressure, scoring at will and wrapped up with 95 points. Leading the way for the Gaels was Veronika Lavergne with 21 points while Maddie Morris had rebounds.


The Queen’s Gaels men’s basketball team (9-9) fell to the Laurentian Voyageurs (10-8) 85-72 on Saturday night at the ARC.

The visiting Voyageurs got the jump on the Gaels early on, starting the game on a 9-0 run and storming away to a 17-8 lead. The Gaels battled back but were unable to sustain a scoring run and trailed 44-26 at the half. The Voyageurs controlled the rest of the game and the Gaels were never able to cut the lead down to single digits.

Jaz Bains put up 34 points for the Gaels

On Friday night the Gaels defeated the Nipissing Lakers (2-15) 84-75 in overtime.

After the Lakers finished the first quarter with a 15-14 lead the Gaels posted a solid second quarter to move ahead 32-27 at the half.  However, the  Lakers would push back in the third before the Gaels regained their balance, and the score was tied 66-66 at the end of regulation. 

In overtime, an early Quinton Gray three-point shot sparked a 7-0 run for the Gaels, who took a commanding 73-66 lead and held on for the win.

Jaz Bains led the Gaels with 21 points


The Queen’s Gaels men’s volleyball team (10-3) swept the Ryerson Rams (9-4) at home on Sunday, 25-23, 25-23 and 25-20. 

The Gaels got off to a hot start in the first set and held on, but had to battle back to edge the Rams in the second. In the third set the Gaels took an early seven-point lead and held off the Rams for the straight set victory. Zac Hutcheson finished with 18 kills for the Gaels.

On Saturday, the Gaels topped the Toronto Varsity Blues (8-5) in four sets, 25-17, 22-25, 25-18 and 25-22.

After cruising to a win in the first set the Gaels fell behind early in the second and were unable to close the gap against the Varsity Blues. However, Queen’s would regain the momentum with a strong third set before edging Toronto to close out the match after being tied  at 22-22. Hutcheson led again with 15 kills.


The Queen’s Gaels women’s volleyball team (7-5) won in five-sets against the No. 8 Toronto Varsity Blues (8-4) on Sunday, 25-21, 20-25, 21-25, 25-23 and 15-9.

After splitting the first two sets, the visitors edged ahead by taking the third set. With their backs against the wall the Gaels edged past the Varsity Blues with some solid play to tie up the match.

In the fifth and deciding set, the Gaels grabbed an early lead and key kills by Julia Wiercigroch, Isabelle Korchinski and Caroline Livingston helped close out the win.

On Sunday the Gaels (7-6) were swept in three sets by the Ryerson Rams (12-1), 25-18, 25-20 and 25-20. 

The Gaels got off to a rocky start and were unable to gain much momentum in the first set. Ryerson continued to put on the pressure in the second, and while the Gaels rallied to close an eight-point lead, Ryerson was able to hold on. In the third set, the teams were tied at 12-12 but the high-powered Rams were able to pull away and close out the match. Arielle Palermo and Caroline Livingston both had eight kills.


The No. 9 Queen’s Gaels men’s hockey team (17-7-0) needed the shootout but were able to pick up an important two points with a 4-3 win over the Concordia Stingers (14-8-2).

The Gaels jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Jared Bethune and Slater Doggett in the opening three minutes. The Stingers struck back in the second but Alex Row made it 3-1 just 21 seconds later. The Gaels weren't able to hold on to the lead as the Stingers scored two in the third period. Overtime solved nothing but Doggett and Francesco Vilardi were able to convert in the shootout while Justin Fazio made a pair of saves.

On Friday, the Gaels scored a 3-1 victory over the Laurentian Voyageurs (6-15-1). Eric Margo and Slater Doggett scored in the second period before the Voyageurs closed the gap to make it 2-1. That was the only puck to make it past Justin Fazio and Liam Dunda added an empty-netter.


The Queen’s Gaels women’s hockey team (11-8-0) fell to the Guelph Gryphons (14-2-1) by a score of 4-1 on Sunday.

Following a postponed matchup with the York Lions on Saturday, the Gaels traveled to Guelph on Sunday to take on the OUA-leading Gryphons. Guelph scored a goal in each of the opening periods before Caroline DeBruin got the Gaels on the board in the third.
But the Gryphons restored the lead and added a late empty-netter to seal the win.