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Gaels stun fifth-ranked Gryphons

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The Queen's Gaels upended the No. 5 Guelph Gryphons in Saturday's 23-15 win. (Photo by Jason Scourse)

FOOTBALL

The Queen's Gaels football team (4-2) pulled off a 23-15 upset win over the No. 5 Guelph Gryphons (5-1) on Saturday afternoon at Richardson Stadium. The Gaels held a 9-7 lead at the half and then made a goal-line stand early in the third to maintain the lead.

On the very next play, with Queen's on their own two-yard line, the Gaels offence entered the record books when quarterback Nate Hobbs found receiver Matteo Del Brocco for a 108-yard touchdown pass.

After Guelph pulled to within a point in the fourth quarter, the Gaels answered right back as Jonah Pataki scored his second touchdown of the game.

CYCLING

The Queen's Cycling Varsity Club competed in their fourth and final race weekend of the University Cup mountainbiking race series this weekend at Ganaraska Forest Centre near Port Hope, and emerged victorious as provincial champions for a record sixth straight year.

The Gaels mountain bikers accomplished a result unprecedented in University Cup history by winning all four individual Men's and Women's categories combined over the four race weekends.

Taking the Men's A title was Cameron McPhaden, while Andrea Burley clained the Women's A title. In the Men's B event Patrick Farrell was tops and was matched by Amanda Schevers in Women's B.

Another first ever at the University Cup was a Men's A podium sweep by Queen's. Gold, silver and bronze went to Cameron McPhaden, Stuart Thibert, and Chris Fruetel.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen's Gaels men's volleyball team claimed their second straight Queen’s invitational exhibition tournament with a perfect 3-0 record over the weekend. The Gaels wrapped up the title by beating the Ryerson Rams in the third and final game (21-25, 25-19, 25-19 and 26-24). Earlier, the Gaels beat the Guelph Gryphons (25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21) and the Montreal Carabins (25-21, 25-22, 20-25 and 25-20).

WOMEN'S SOCCER

The Queen’s Gaels women's soccer team (4-2-5) conceded a last-minute goal to draw 1-1 against the Carleton Ravens (3-4-3) on Sunday. On Friday night, the Gaels notched a scoreless draw with the No. 2 Ottawa Gee-Gees on Friday night at the Miklas McCarney Field.

MEN'S SOCCER

The Queen’s Gaels men’s soccer team (5-2-3) saw their seven-game unbeaten streak come to an end Sunday in Sudbury with a 3-2 defeat to the Laurentian Voyageurs. In North Bay on Saturday, the Gaels earned a 1-1 draw with the Nipissing Lakers.

MEN'S RUGBY

In a hard-fought, match between a pair of OUA powerhouses on Saturday, the Queen’s Gaels men’s rugby team (4-1) grabbed 14-9 win against the Western Mustangs (3-1). Lucas Rumball scored the lone try in the game.

WOMEN'S RUGBY

The No. 3 Queen’s Gaels women’s rugby team (4-0)  charged to a convincing 41-7 win over the York Lions (2-2) on Friday, continuing their perfect start to the season.

CROSS COUNTRY

The No. 5 and No. 7 women's and men’s cross country teams competed at the 42nd annual Paul Short Run on Friday, Oct. 2 in Bethlehem, Pa, one of the biggest meets in North America.

The men's team came away with a 10th-place overall finish at the event with 325 points. The Gaels were led by Alex Wilkie, who posted the best time by a male from a Canadian university, coming in 11th place in a time of 24:16. Other top runners from Queen's were a 39th-place from Jeff Archer and a 47th-place finish from Eric Wynands.

On the women’s side it was Julie-Anne Staehli with the best placing on the day for Queen's as she cracked the top-five coming in fifth at a time of 20:34, less than a second behind fourth and seven seconds behind the first-place runner from Temple University. Claire Sumner was close behind with a time of 20:52 for 11th while Charlotte Dunlap finished 73rd in 21:49 to round out the Gaels in the top 100. As a team Queen's took 12th overall with 360 points.

Up next for the Gaels is the Queen's Invitational on Oct. 17 at Fort Henry.