Season grades for fall varsity teams

The Journal Sports section rates Queen’s teams 


The process to grading the fall performances of Queen’s varsity teams was highly unscientific. It’s based quite simply on our perceptions of how each team performed, in this year’s regular season and playoffs. The impressive wins, the tough losses, and the unforgettable moments of the year made the grading process difficult. 

Women’s Soccer: A
Key Results: 2nd at the OUA Championships, 4th at the U Sports National Championship
Although the women’s soccer team couldn’t repeat as OUA Champions, they solidified their identity as one of the top teams in Canada. Queen’s finished the year second in the OUA East, with an 11-4-1 record, allowing less than one goal a game. Led by veterans Madison Tyrell, Brittany Almeida and second-year Jenny Wolever, the team finished second in the OUA, losing a tight 1-0 game to UOIT in the final. At the U Sports National Championships, the team went 1-2, missing the final by losing on penalty kicks to UBC and finishing in fourth place, improving on last year’s fifth place finish. 
Men’s Rugby: A-
Key Results: 2nd at the OUA Championships
While the men’s rugby team didn’t win their fifth straight OUA title this year, they still celebrated successes. The team went 7-2-1 during the regular season, and their only loses came  against the number one team in the OUA, the Guelph Gryphons. Team members played for Canada this year, including first fifteen players Lucas Rumball and Kainoa Lloyd. Three of the team’s players were in the OUA top 10 scorers and their defensive line this season was strong. A missing gold medal keeps the team away from their usual perfect rating from the Sports section.
Cross Country: B+ 
Key Results: Claire Sumner — OUA Champion, U Sports Champion
The success of the cross country team this year heavily relied on the performance of Claire Sumner. The Gaels third-year  Life Sciences major won the Queen’s Invitational, the OUA Championship and the U Sports National Championship, helping her team win silver at the National Championship. Her efforts weren’t lone, as Julie Anne-Staehli came 10th and the Gaels finished a mere seven points off a team gold. With Alex Wilkie not on the team due to injury, the men finished in eighth, with Eric Wynands placing 27th for Queen’s.
Women’s Rugby: B 
Key Results: 4th in the OUA
The women’s rugby team was unable to recapture the same success of the 2015 season. They placed fourth this year in the OUA playoffs and had a regular season record of 4-4. The team had two players in the OUA top 10 scorers, Nadia Popov and Miranda Seifert, but the team was in a tier below Guelph and McMaster. During the season, Queen’s was 4-1 against the rest of the league, and 0-3 against Guelph and McMaster, losing to the later teams by a combined 119-5.
Men’s Soccer: C+
Key Result: 1-0 win in the first round of the OUA Playoffs
The men’s soccer team produced mixed results, finishing the year with a 8-6-4 record. Although they started the year strong, going five games without a loss, the team stumbled into the second half of the season, resurrecting their form with a 1-0 against Laurentian in the first round of the OUA playoffs. Their late season push wasn’t enough as they fell to Ryerson in quater-finals, missing out on the OUA Final Four.
Rowing: C
Key Results: Women’s fourth in the OUA, men’s fifth in the OUA
The women’s rowing team came fifth overall and the men’s rowing team came sixth overall this season at the Canadian University Rowing Championship. The women’s team had a heavyweight 2- boat win a bronze medal and a time of 7.49.482, which helped the women garner 58 points for the fifth place overall finish. The men had a lightweight 4+ boat that received a bronze medal with a time of 6.51.996, that helped the team collect 56 points for the fifth place finish.
Football: C-
Key Results: Finished 3-5, 7th in the OUA
Although there was a lot of hype surrounding the football team with the revitalization of Richardson Stadium, the team didn’t perform to the stadium’s high expectations. While they played some of the top teams in the country in close games, ultimately the team blew second-half leads, forcing themselves in an almost must-win situation to make the playoffs. After losing on a fluke play against Ottawa, Queen’s finished with a 3-5 record, just outside the playoffs. 

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