Gaels finish fourth

Women drop 7-5 game to Carleton Ravens in semifinals

The women’s water polo team came home one win short of a medal last weekend, losing both of their OUA championship games to earn a fourth-place finish.

The Gaels earned some individual accolades, with Holly Tawse named a first-team all-star and Susie Armstrong earning second-team honours.

Queen’s captain and goalie Erin Bickerton said this year’s result will motivate the team next season.

“We’re all disappointed with the way it ended up this weekend, but we have a very tight group of girls who can only improve—we’re all expecting to do better next year,” she said.

The Gaels played eventual league champion Carleton Ravens on Saturday in a tight match that ended 7-5 for the Ravens.

“We played one of our best games all season against Carleton,” Bickerton said. “The two score difference doesn’t give our performance justice; we hit a lot of goal posts and had to deal with a couple unlucky breaks.”

After losing to Carleton the Gaels went on to play the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, to whom they lost 11-4.

“Toronto just grabbed and held,” Queen’s coach Don Duffey said. “They knew we could out-swim them and so they didn’t let us.” Tawse said the team didn’t have an easy game all year.

“This year had a very competitive league,” she said. “Usually there is one team that stands out and beats everybody, but everyone was pretty evenly matched this season.”

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