Sports in brief: Reading Week

Men’s Ultimate are national champions
A big weekend in sports as students return to classes after reading week.

The weekend following Fall Break, the Gaels have already been getting active.

Men’s Ultimate

The Gaels are National Champions following the Men’s Ultimate team’s first place victory at the Canadian University Ultimate Championship (CUUC) that took place in Brampton on Oct. 14 and 15.

In the final game for the Open Division on Oct. 15, Queen’s took on the University of Victoria. There the Gaels came out on top with a score of 10-7.

This is the team’s sixth CUUC Open championship since 2002. The last time Queen’s made an appearance in the CUUC finals was in 2021, where the Gaels fell 10-8 against the University of Montreal. Saturday’s final game was livestreamed by CBC.

Men’s Football

The Men’s Football team found victory in Guelph on Saturday where the Gaels defeated the Gryphons 24-17. Kicker Tyler Mullan, ArtSci ’26, scored two field goals, and running back Anthony Soles, ArtSci ’25, scored two runs. The Gaels scored on two safeties.

The Gaels are now 10-6 against the Gryphons and are currently rated ninth according to U SPORTS.

The Gaels will play against the uOttawa Gee-Gees on Oct. 21 for their homecoming game.

Men’s Hockey

The Gaels competed in their home opener this past weekend when they faced off against the uOttawa Gee-Gees on Oct. 13 and returned to home ice again on Oct. 14 to play the Carleton Ravens.

The Gaels beat the Gee-Gees 5-3. Forward Dalton Durhart, ArtSci ’26, scored three goals, forward Alex Robert, ArtSci ’24, scored one goal, and defensive player Owen Lalonde, ArtSci ’25,  scored another.

Durhart’s hat trick is the first of his career at Queen’s.

The Gaels won 4-2 when they faced off against the Ravens on Saturday. Durhart scored two goals, and Robert and forward Nolan Hutcheson, ArtSci ’25 scored one goal each.

Currently, the Gaels are second in the OUA Eastern Division behind Concordia. Both teams are 4-0, but the Gaels have one more goal against, putting them behind.

Women’s Hockey

The Women’s Hockey team started their regular season on Oct. 14 in Oshawa against the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks. The game was finalized in overtime with a score of 4-3. Rookie forward Mikayla Cranney, fourth-year forward Sam Wood, and defensive rookie Taylor Eastwood all scored throughout the three periods.

In overtime, the game-winner was scored by Scout Watkins-Southward, ArtSci ’24, with assists from Emma McKnight, Sci ’24, and Rebecca Thompson, ArtSci ’24.

This was Morgan McHaffie’s first official game as Head Coach of the team.

Queen’s is now second in the OUA Eastern Division behind Nipissing who, at the time of publication, is one game ahead.

Men’s Rugby

Queen’s travelled to Western on Oct. 14, where the Gaels beat their rivals 31-26. Offensive contributors included fullback Trekker James, ArtSci ’26, hooker Cameron Bubyn, ComSci ’26, prop Aidan Emmens, ArtSci ’24, Lock Dennis Gianacopoulos, ArtSci ’24, and fly half James Webb, Comm ’25.

The Gaels are now 3-2 this season and are ranked sixth in the OUA behind Trent, Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier, Brock, and Guelph.

The team’s regular season comes to an end on Oct. 21 as they take on the McMaster Marauders on Nixon Field at 4 p.m.

Men’s Soccer

Extending their win streak to five games, the Gaels beat Trent Excalibur 3-2. Though they were behind 2-1 late in the game, the Gaels scored two goals to complete their comeback and capture victory at Richardson Stadium on Oct. 14.

Forward Pablo Hempelmann-Perez, Comm ’26, registered two goals, with a third goal coming from midfielder Lucas Booth, Comm ’24.

As it stands, Queen’s is fifth in the OUA East Division behind University of Toronto (U of T), Toronto Metropolitan, Ontario Tech, and Carleton.

The Gaels have two more away games to close out the regular season taking place next weekend at Laurentian and Nipissing.

Women’s Soccer

The Gaels beat Trent 6-0 on Oct. 14 to continue their undefeated season. Mattson Strickler, ConEd ’26, lit up Richardson stadium with three goals, while rookies Vita Naihin and Leda Naihin, and Sophie Miranda, HealthSci ’25, secured goals.

Throughout the game, Trent only took one shot on net, compared to Queen’s, who took 27.

To continue their regular season, the Gaels have two more games at Laurentian and Nipissing, both of which take place next weekend.

The Gaels are tied for first in the OUA with uOttawa, with both teams undefeated with one tie against each other on Sept. 24. The Gaels are rated second in the country by U SPORTS and are just one point behind the University of British Columbia, who have a record of 12-1-0.

Women’s Fastpitch

The women’s fastpitch team played two double-headers this weekend to kick off their regular season with two games against uOttawa on Oct. 14 and two games against Carleton on Oct. 15. All four games took place in Kingston.

The Gaels lost both games against uOttawa with scores of 4-1 and 6-1; however, they turned around the following day with two wins against Carleton 10-0 and 15-4.

The Gaels are third in the Ontario University Softball (OUS) East Division behind uOttawa and U of T.

Women’s Field Hockey

The women’s field hockey team concluded their season with two losses against the York University Lions this past weekend.

On Oct. 14, the teams faced off on Nixon field, where the Gaels fell 3-1. They then travelled to North York on Oct. 15, where they lost again to the Lions 2-1.

The Gaels finished the season third in the OUA East Division, ahead of McGill and behind U of T in second place, and York in first place. The Queen’s team had a season record of 3-6-1.

Men’s Lacrosse

The Men’s Lacrosse team played two games this weekend, with two different outcomes.

On Oct. 14 the Gaels travelled to Ottawa where they beat the Gee-Gees 10-3. On Oct. 15 they played at home on Miklas-McCarney field where they lost 9-8 against the Bishop’s University Gaiters.

The Gaels are set to play one more game on Oct. 20 at home against Trent before the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association playoffs happen Nov. 3-5 in Peterborough.

Women’s Lacrosse

The Women’s Lacrosse team builds their undefeated season with a 10-2 win against the Laurier Golden Hawks and a 21-2 win against McMaster on Oct. 14. The games took place in Hamilton.

The team has one more weekend of the regular season with away games against Western, Guelph, and Brock.

The OUA Championship will take place on Tindall field Oct. 27-29.

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