This report card followed a highly unscientific grading formula. The criteria for rating teams’ performances was contingent on a simple algorithm: we gauged how teams performed in the regular season and if they were lucky enough, how they shaped up in the playoffs. The wins, losses and unforgettable moments of the varsity season made this grading process overwhelmingly difficult.
Men’s Rugby: A+
Key Results: OUA Champions, six OUA All-Stars
There isn’t much to say about the men’s rugby team that hasn’t already been said before. The Gaels were the most dominant team in the OUA. With a 9-0 record on the year, men’s rugby featured in their seventh consecutive OUA championship game and won their fifth Turner Trophy in the last six years. Including playoffs, the team amassed 522 total points through nine games — which was 202 more than the year before. Their defense limited teams to a meager 10 points per game and conceded just 91 points on the season. The Gaels also saw six of their players receive OUA All-Star nods for their play in the regular season.
Cross Country: A
Key results: Women’s cross country — U Sports silver, OUA gold
Women’s Soccer: A-
Key Results: OUA bronze medal
Women’s Rugby: A-
Key results: OUA silver, fifth at U Sports championships
Dan Valley’s first season as head coach of the rugby team went as well as he could have asked for. After finishing fourth in the OUA last season, the Gaels had some room to grow — and they did. Following their upset against McMaster in the conference semifinals, Queen’s finished with an OUA silver medal and booked their ticket to Lethbridge, Alberta for the U Sports championships. With a fifth-place finish at nationals, the Gaels proved they are set to be a contender next year. A bright point this season for Queen’s was two-sport athlete Sophie de Goede. She was named Rookie of the Year in her first season as a Gael.
Key Results: 6th in OUA; five OUA All-Stars
At the outset of their season, the Gaels looked as if they were headed for a rebuilding year when they opened up 0-4. But their subsequent four-game win streak secured them the OUA’s final playoff spot and salvaged their otherwise lost season. The Gaels finished the regular season at 4-4, with quarterback Nate Hobbs placing first in total passing yards with 2655, 21 passing touchdowns and passing yards per game at 331.9. Third-year wide out Chris Osei-Kusi finished with an OUA-high seven receiving touchdowns and third in yards per game with 90.4. In the quarter finals, the Gaels loss to 12-9 to the McMaster Marauders.
Key Results: Women’s rowing — OUA Silver, Men’s rowing — fifth in OUA
Men’s Soccer: C-
Key Results: First-round loss in OUA playoffs
After finishing with their worst record since 2008-09 — at 6-7-3 — the men’s soccer team took a step back this year in terms of progression. Sneaking into the OUA’s last playoff spot, Queen’s lost 2-0 in the first round to Ryerson. Jacob Schroeter’s 12 goals on the year served as a silver lining to the team’s underwhelming season, as he finished third among leading OUA goal scorers.
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