Gaels book spot in national finals

Gaels book spot in national finals

By Communications Staff

November 7, 2016


[Gaels Soccer]
Queen's Gaels forward Jenny Wolever tries to get past a UOIT Ridgebacks defender during the OUA women's soccer final on Sunday in London. (Photo by Courtney Caird)

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


The Queen’s Gaels are headed to the CIS women’s soccer championship for a second year in a row after reaching the OUA final.

The Gaels fell to a 1-0 loss to the UOIT Ridgebacks in the championship game, but will still head to Acadia University, as both finalists earned a ticket to the national final.

With the result, UOIT thwarted the Gaels hopes of repeating as provincial champions and captured the first OUA Championship in the history of their women's soccer program.

In Sunday’s final, the Gaels struggled for possession early and gave up the winner at the 15-minute mark.

The Gaels would find their footing in the second half, working the wings to get deep into UOIT territory, but the Ridgebacks were able to keep the ball out for the title. 

On Friday night, Matija Skoko scored both goals as the Gaels topped the host Western Mustangs in the semifinal.

The CIS championship is being held Nov. 10-13. 


The Queen’s Gaels men’s rugby team earned the chance to defend their provincial title as Dylan Young scored a last-minute try to send the tricolour past the Western Mustangs 28-24 Saturday on Nixon Field.

The Gaels will face the Guelph Gryphons for the OUA title at Varsity Field in Guelph. The game will be a rematch of last year’s final where the Gryphons ended the Gaels title streak at four.

The Gaels went ahead early but the Mustangs fought back to get within 11-10 at the break. They carried the late momentum into the second half and grabbed a 24-18 lead. With the visitors in foul trouble the Gaels capitalized and tries by Matthew Geisler and Young put them over the top 28-24 and into the Nov. 13 title game.


The Queen's Gaels men’s hockey team (7-2-1) defeated the Windsor Lancers (5-5-0) for the second time in as many days with a 1-0 road victory on Saturday night. On Friday they beat the Lancers 4-3.

Goalie Kevin Bailie earned the 29-save shutout while Spencer Abraham netted the game's only goal.

Scoring for the Gaels in the first game were Alex Stothart, Ryan Bloom, Warren Steele and Eric Ming.


The Queen’s Gaels women’s hockey team (4-0-4-0) split their weekend games beating the Brock Badgers (2-1-3-1) 3-2 on Friday before falling 5-0 to the No. 5 Guelph Gryphons (4-2-1-1) on Saturday.

Against Brock, the Gaels battled back from two goals down to pick up an important road win. Nadia Larocca scored twice for the Gaels and Danelle Bishoff netted the winner.  


The Queen’s Gaels men’s volleyball team (2-1) split their weekend games topping the Toronto Varsity Blues (0-3) Saturday at the ARC, but losing in four sets to the Ryerson Rams (2-1).

The Gaels looked solid  against the Varsity Blues, winning 25-23, 23-25, 25-15, and 25-23. Jamie Wright was nearly perfect as the Gaels setter, earning 56 of the team’s 58 assists. Markus Trence finished the game with 19 kills and 23 points, including three aces.

On Friday, the Gaels struggled against the Rams, losing 25-17, 25-18, 20-25, and 25-22. Trence finished the night with a career-high 21 kills and 24 points.


The Queen's Gaels women’s volleyball team (1-2) suffered its frist two losses of the season on the weekend.

The Gaels took the first set off the No. 4 Toronto Varsity Blues (3-0) but fell in four sets, 19-25, 25-17, 25-16, and 25-17. Caroline Livingston contributed 20 digs in addition to her 13 kills. 

On Friday, the Gaels lost in straight sets to the Ryerson Rams (1-2), 26-24, 25-23, and 25-18. Livingston had a game-high 19 points with two service aces while Isabelle Korchinski added 11 kills for Queen's.