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MEn's rugby shuts out Guelph, women's hockey even on road trip

OUA top scorer Liam Underwood breaks a tackle during the men's rugby team's 34-0 win over the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday.
OUA top scorer Liam Underwood breaks a tackle during the men's rugby team's 34-0 win over the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday.
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Men’s rugby shuts out Guelph

The men’s rugby team closed out the regular season with a 34-0 win over the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday afternoon at Tindall Field.

The game was the Gryphons’ first appearance since Guelph Athletics imposed a two-game suspension for an alcohol-related rookie party.

Gryphons head coach Dale Devine said the long trip to Kingston and the suspension break contributed to a sloppy performance.

“We were rusty,” he said. “But we’re still in the playoffs and we’ll move forward.”

Fly half Liam Underwood scored 14 points to end the season with an OUA-best 66 points.

Queen’s head coach Peter Huigenbos said although the Gryphons troubled his team with their speed, the Gaels played a smart, defensive game.

With the win, the Gaels finish 7-1, earning a first-round playoff bye. They’ll host an OUA semifinal next Saturday at Tindall Field.

— Labiba Haque

Women’s hockey even on road trip

The women’s hockey team had mixed results in Waterloo this weekend.

On Saturday, goaltender Karissa Savage made 18 saves to lead the Gaels to a 3-0 win over the Waterloo Warriors. Forwards Alex Cieslowski, Kelly Eustache and Morgan McHaffie all scored in the win.

On Sunday, the Gaels blew a 2-0 lead in a 6-3 loss to the undefeated Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.

Cieslowski had two goals and one assist, while goaltender Mel Dodd-Moher made 28 saves for the Gaels.

The Gaels now sit at 5-2, putting them at third place in the OUA. They host the 1-6 Ryerson Rams and the 3-3-1 University of Toronto Varsity Blues next weekend.

— Gilbert Coyle

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