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Gaels romp to opening win in men’s rugby

Women's and men's teams post impressive victories in rugby and soccer; Football Gaels fall to Laurier in home opener.

[Gaels Men's Rugby vs Waterloo]
The Queen's Gaels men's rugby team opened their OUA season with a 74-6 win over the visiting Waterloo Warriors on Saturday, Sept. 1. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

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


It may have been move-in day for thousands of Queen's students on Saturday, but the men's rugby team was also in full movement to the tune of a 74-6 decision over Waterloo to open the OUA season.

The match started off slow for Queen's in the early minutes after the two teams traded drop goals for a 3-3 score through to the 15-minute mark.

From there Queen's turned on the offence with 33 of the next 36 points to take a commanding 36-6 lead at halftime.

The second half saw much of the same for the Tricolour as they were able to hold the Warriors off the scoresheet in the final 40 minutes. Meanwhile, the Gaels piled up another 38 points en route to a 74-6 final.

Nicholas DeLallo finished with three tries.


The Queen's women's rugby team put on a dominant display in their 68-10 road win over the Western Mustangs on Saturday.

Eight different Gaels connected for 12 tries on the afternoon led by Sophie de Goede with three. Rachel Hickson and Hannah Daniels each had a pair of tries.

Nadia Popov also had four conversions in the blowout victory.

It wasn't quite the home opener that the Queen's football team was expecting in a 44-18 loss to the Laurier Golden Hawks.

A total of 6,879 fans were in attendance to celebrate Tricolour Pride Night at Richardson Stadium including the many first-year students who attended the game as part of Orientation Week.

The Golden Hawks grabbed the advantage early and put up a quick 13 points in the first quarter. 

After going down 20-0, Queen's was able to put together a lengthy touchdown drive that was highlighted by a 21-yard catch from Rudy Uhl along the sidelines. Rasheed Tucker finished the drive for the touchdown. After a late field goal the Golden Hawks took a 23-7 lead into the half.

After the break the Golden Hawks stretched the lead to 44-7 before Nick Liberatore hit a 37-yard field goal.

The Gaels then drove down the field on the final possession of the game and converted on their second one-yard touchdown rush of the game, this time with quarterback Nate Hobbs as the ball carrier. Hobbs then found Matteo Del Brocco for the two-point conversion to end the ballgame.


The Queen's women's soccer team capped off a perfect opening weekend with a 4-1 win against the Laurentian Voyageurs at Miklas-McCarney Field on Sunday.

Jenny Wolever opened the scoring three minutes in and Taylor Green doubled the lead just three minutes later after Wolever was fouled in the box. 

After the visitors got on the board in the second, Jamie Foot put the game away in injury time.

On Saturday, the Gaels opened their season with a 4-2 win over the Nipissing Lakers.

Jenny Wolever finished the game with a hat-trick after a Nipissing own goal put the hosts in the early lead.


On Sunday, the Queen's men's soccer team prevailed in their first action of the season with a 2-0 win over the Laurentian Voyageurs.

The Gaels started the game with a strong offensive push on the Voyageur's defence. In the 30th minute they got on the board as Brevin MacKay was able to tap the ball through the Laurentian goalkeeper’s legs and then buried the free ball into the empty net.

Eight minutes later, the Gaels struck again. Off a free kick, defender Keven Mastri flew into the crease and deflected the ball into the net. Now in his fourth season, it was his first OUA career goal.