The Golden Gaels’ fall report card

The Journal evaluates the performances of Queen’s fall sports in 2006

Fall term athletes are, from left to right, Faye Pang, Simon Gowdy, Eilish McConville, Brad Smith, Emily Newton, Robert Kitz and Nicole Ross.
Fall term athletes are, from left to right, Faye Pang, Simon Gowdy, Eilish McConville, Brad Smith, Emily Newton, Robert Kitz and Nicole Ross.

A+: Women’s Soccer

The women took the Ontario East division title with a nearly flawless 12-1-3 record. In the Ontario playoffs, the team made it through to the finals but lost the gold medal game by a single goal to the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Their semifinal win secured them a berth at the national championships in Victoria, B.C., where they beat the Cape Breton Capers and the York Lions to advance to the final. They fell 3-1 to the University of British Columbia, bringing home the national silver medal. Striker Eilish McConville led the country in goals scored with 22, earning her the Player of the Year award.

A: Women's lacrosse

Women’s lacrosse had another standout year, going 9-1-0 in the regular season, losing only to top-ranked Laurier Golden Hawks. In a rematch of last year’s Ontario final, the Gaels once again came up short against the Golden Hawks, losing 7-5 in the championship game. The Gaels also garnered several major awards: Laura Chambers was named rookie of the year, and Faye Pang was named outstanding offensive player as well as outstanding graduating player.

A: Men’s Rowing

The men’s rowing team capped off another successful season with their second provincial silver medal in as many years. The Gaels continued their success with a second overall finish at the Canadian University Rowing Championships, which is their best finish yet. Simon Gowdy led all individual performers with an undefeated season in the lightweight single, and the heavyweight eight brought home the first provincial gold medal in 13 years.

A: Women’s Rowing

The women’s crews were as successful as the men in the OUA, finishing second overall. but came short of defending their title win from last season. They also just missed the podium at nationals, finishing in fourth place. Connie Dayboll was the recipient of the Female Sculler of the Year award, and was also she was co-recipient of the Oarswoman of the Year award. Jenny Hogsden was also recognized by the province as an outstanding student-athlete as part of the Women of Influence series.

A: Men’s Cross-Country

This season the men’s cross-country team had an impressive campaign, finishing third in the province and chalking up three race titles. Robert Kitz posted two wins early in the season and Braden Novakowski finished his season off winning the individual title at the provincial championships. Unfortunately, the Gaels came up short at the national championships, finishing a disappointing 10th place.

A-: Women’s Cross-Country

The women’s cross-country team had a strong season, but didn’t win a title. They were consistently placing runners in the top 10 and 20, with team captain Amy Schneeberg posting the team’s best finishes. But, like their male counterparts, the women couldn’t deliver at the national championships. They finished in 13th place.

B+: Football

The football team took another step toward a return to the glory days of Queen’s football with their first trip to the playoffs since 2003. After a strong start to the season, the Gaels dropped four straight games before squeaking out a win against York and dominating Western to secure the last playoff spot. Queen’s beat McMaster for the first time in seven years in the quarter-finals before losing a heartbreaker to the eventual OUA champion University of Ottawa Gee-Gees in the semis.

B+: Women’s Water Polo

The women’s water polo team had a strong start to their season, opening with a 3-1-0 record. The Gaels slipped to 4-3-1 by the end of the season, but it was still good enough for third place in their division. They lost to eventual champion Carleton in the semifinals of the provincial championships. However, the Gaels redeemed themselves with a 10-8 victory over York to take the bronze medal. Susan Armstrong and Erin Bickerton were named first-team all stars, while Holly Tawse and Sarah Kalwarowsky were named to the second team.

B: Men’s Soccer

The men’s soccer team had a solid regular season, finishing at the top of their division. Unfortunately, the Gaels wilted in the playoffs, dropping their semifinal match to Western 4-1, and coming up short in their bronze medal match 1-0. Goalkeeper Tyler Lewis was named as one of the ’s Athlete of the Term.

B-: Baseball

The men’s baseball team had a strong start to the season, building a 5-2 record in their first seven games played. But they couldn’t keep it up and ended the regular season at 6-5. In the playoffs, the Gaels came up short against the York Lions, dropping both games in a double-header to end their post-season just as it was getting started.

C+: Men’s Golf

The men’s golf team had an up-and-down regular season, showing glimpses of brilliance, but falling short of their potential on as many occasions. While they didn’t win a tournament in the regular season, they were often in contention for the victory. The Gaels finished sixth overall at the provincial championships, on the strength of Patrick Forbes’ team stellar round. Forbes, along with Ryan Colton and Mike Hossak, were named as OUA second-team all-stars.

C: Men’s water polo

The men’s team had less success than the women, going a dreadful 2-8 in the regular season. Even worse, both of their two wins came against lowly Western, who went the entire season without a single win. While they failed to qualify for the playoffs, Gael Eric Jones was named as a first-team all-star and Rob Prentice was named to the second team.

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