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SPORTS: Women's rugby team romps past Trent, men tumble to McMaster

[Queen's Women's Rugby]
Lauren McEwen of the Queen's Gaels eludes a pair of Trent Excalibur defenders during Saturday's rugby game at Nixon Field. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

Women’s Rugby

The No. 3 Gaels (3-1) romped to a 74-10 win over the Trent Excalibur (2-2) Saturday on Nixon Field.

The Gaels showed offensive dominance early on and with some beautiful passing, they pushed past the Excalibur defensive line and Karley Heyman put the first try on the board. Gillian Pegg followed quickly with a try of her own.

Lauren McEwen then scored the third try before the Gaels closed the half with tries from Danielle Underwood and Miranda Siefert. McEwen converted all five tries, giving the Gaels a lead of 35-0 at half.

The Gaels continued their momentum in the second half with tries by Catie Ryan and Emma Chown.

Trent refused to give up and got their first try but the Gaels returned with two more tries from Pegg and McEwen.

Trent added another try but the Gaels were able to add tries from Ryan, Chown and Hannah VanLuven putting the final score at 74-10.

With 24 points in the game, McEwen now has 164 in her career, a new team record as she passes former Gael Andrea Wadsworth.

The Gaels next play Saturday against Western at 7 pm on Nixon Field.

Men’s Rugby

The Gaels men’s rugby squad (3-1) lost their first game in over two years, including regular season and playoff games, on Sunday, falling 18-13 against the McMaster Marauders (5-0).

The last time Queen's lost was a regular season tilt against Western on Sept. 22, 2012.

Sunday's game was rough, with both teams struggling to maintain the lead. The first half started strong for the Gaels with James Dent  scoring the first try, with a conversion by David Worsley. The Marauders responded with steady offensive pressure and evened the score at 7-7. The teams went head-to-head with Worsley scoring a penalty kick to put the Gaels back in front. The Marauders were able to squeeze in another try before halftime, leaving the Gaels trailing 12-10 at the break.

The Gaels opened the second half with another penalty kick by Worsley for a 13-12 lead. The remainder of the game was full of back-and-forth action, with Jamie Leveridge of the Marauders converting on two penalty kicks, allowing McMaster to pull away from the Gaels.

The Gaels are back in action Saturday when they host the Guelph Gryphons on Nixon Field at 1 pm.

Men’s Soccer

The Queen’s Gaels men's soccer team picked up a pair of 1-1 draws on the weekend against the UOIT Ridgebacks and Trent Excalibur.

The Gaels had a chance to win late on Sunday as in the final minute of injury time Trent's keeper handled the ball just outside the top of the box. However, Chris Michael’s free-kick sailed over the bar.

The Gaels grabbed the lead in the third minute on a goal from Tanko Bacelic but Trent knotted the score in the 33rd minute, after Marlon Adams buried a strike off a throw in.

The second half was dominated by strong defensive play from both sides and the score remained the same.

On Saturday in Oshawa, Eric Koskins buried a goal in the 82nd minute to pull even with the Ridgebacks.

UOIT opened the scoring in the 75th minute on a goal from Erik Petrovic.

The Gaels (5-2-3) return to action Wednesday evening when they take on the Carleton Ravens (6-1-3) in Ottawa.

Women’s Soccer

The Gaels women’s soccer team capped their weekend with a dominant home win after drawing on the road a day earlier.

Jessie de Boer netted two goals as the Gaels blanked the Trent Excalibur 4-0 on Sunday afternoon.

The Gaels dominated play from the start, opening the scoring in the seventh minute. De Boer intercepted a pass and buried a powerful strike in the top left corner and then two minutes later made it 2-0 on a give-and-go with Tara Bartram. The Gaels continued to pour on the pressure, adding a third goal in the 20th minute by Matija Skoko. Savannah Meyer-Clement rounded out the scoring two minutes from full time.

On Saturday, the Gaels drew with the UOIT Ridgebacks to a 1-1.

De Boer opened the scoring in the 19th minute but the Ridgebacks quickly responded through Cassandra Sribny in the 24th minute.

The Gaels (5-2-2) return to action Wednesday evening when they travel to Ottawa to battle the Carleton Ravens (5-2-2).

Football

The Queen's Gaels (0-5) put in a solid effort on Saturday giving the No. 4 McMaster Marauders (5-0) a scare in their homecoming game in Hamilton, but the hosts came out on top with a 28-19 win.

The Gaels had a strong outing on both sides of the ball. Jesse Andrews had an impressive showing for Queen's rushing 18 times for 131 yards while Alex Carroll caught nine passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. Billy McPhee completed 21 of 29 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. On defence Yann Dika-Balotoken had an interception and 1.5 tackles for the Gaels.

McMaster was led by Chris Pezzetta who rushed 24 times totaling 154 yards and one score while Marshall Ferguson completed 22 of his 33 passing attempts for 376 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

The Gaels now have a bye week and return to action on Oct. 11 at home against Toronto.

Men’s Hockey

The men's hockey team lost their second game in as many days at the Western Invitational pre-season tournament, being defeated 3-2 in overtime by the Waterloo Warriors on Saturday. On Friday, they lost 5-1 to the host Mustangs.

Patrick Downe's two got the Gales to overtime against Waterloo but a penalty in the extra frame proved costly.

The Gaels return to action Saturday when they travel to Hamilton, NY to battle Colgate University in exhibition play.

Women’s Hockey

The Gaels women's hockey team lost both exhibition games in Boston, including a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Boston University on Saturday.

Caitlyn Lahonen started in net for Queen's, registering 28 saves. Final shots for the game totaled 32-31 in favour of the Gaels but they were unable to find the back of the net.

On Friday, the Gaels fell 10-1 to a powerhouse Boston College team.

The Gaels return to action Saturday when they battle the Brock Badgers on the road in the final game of the preseason.

Women’s Volleyball

The Gaels women's volleyball team played in the Regina Invitational on the weekend, with games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Queen's finished the tournament with a 3-2 record, beating Winnipeg, Grant MacEwan and Regina, while falling to Calgary and Alberta.

– Queen's Athletics and Recreation