Varsity sports week in review

Hockey, soccer and women's rugby re-caps from the past week's action

Men's hockey certainly had a lot to celebrate with a seven-goal outburst against RMC.
Men's hockey certainly had a lot to celebrate with a seven-goal outburst against RMC.
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Abraham’s triple leads to hockey victory
Men’s hockey got off on the right foot this past weekend with an emphatic 7-1 road victory over the RMC Paladins.
Defenceman Spencer Abraham led the way for the Gaels, scoring three goals in his first career OUA hat trick. Abraham began the scoring early, potting the game’s first goal just 1:26 into the contest.
After forward Patrick McGillis doubled the Queen’s lead just two minutes later, RMC’s John Livingston cut the lead in half heading into the first intermission. Abraham broke the game apart, however, with two more goals in the first 3:07 of the second period. Darcy Greenaway, Andrew Wiebe and Eric Ming all added goals to solidify the final score. Forward Taylor Clements registered a pair of assists for the Gaels. 

Queen’s goaltender Kevin Bailie picked up the victory, making 25 saves. Meanwhile, Paladins goaltender Matthew Beirnes picked up 36 saves in the losing effort.
The Gaels begin their regular season at home this weekend with a pair of matches against the York Lions and Brock Badgers, respectively.
— Adam Laskaris 
Larocca carries Gaels to pair of wins
Women’s hockey squeaked out four points on the weekend to start the year, due in no small part to the efforts of forward Nadia Larocca.

In Friday’s match-up against Brock, Larocca potted the only two goals of the game, both with under two minutes remaining in the third period. After scoring the intial goal, Larocca added a empty net goal to finalize the score at 2-0. In Saturday’s contest against York, Larocca broke a 1-1 second period tie with her third goal of the season. The score stood for the remainder of the game, as Queen’s held on for their second victory of the season. 

Larocca was recognized as both the OUA and the CIS female athlete of the week for her efforts.
Megan Farrell was the only other Gael to score on the weekend, potting the initial goal against York.
Goaltender Caitlyn Lahonen started both games for the Gaels, with a 21-save shutout on Friday followed up with a 23-save effort on Saturday.
The Gaels travel to Toronto this weekend  to play against the University of Toronto and Ryerson for their first road trip of the season. 
— Adam Laskaris 
de Boer’s hat trick topples Paladins
Women’s soccer put on their scoring boots last weekend, winning 6-0 against the RMC Paladins. Midfielder Rachel Radu was the first Gael to hit the score sheet, putting the team up 1-0 less than one minute into the game. Radu added her second tally of the game at the brek of haltime, putting the home-side up 2-0.

The Gaels would continue to dominate in the second half, keeping control of the ball in the RMC half. Fifth-year Jessie de Boer would score three goals in the 61st, 84th and 89th minute. The hat trick would leave senior at six 
goals on the year.

First-year foward Jenny Woelever would add another goal in the second half, completing the route of the RMC squad. The offence was electric in the second half, putting nine shots on net, winning five corners.
Queen’s goaltender Michaila Frawley would preserve the shutout. The Gaels defense would continue to be strong in the second half, not allowing a single shot on goal. The Gaels travel to Oshawa this weekend to face-off against the UOIT Ridgebacks as well as a game in Peterborough against Trent.
— Joseph Cattana
Soccer steady through split results
Men’s soccer picked up a crucial four points over the past week to continue their strong campaign.
After registering a 2-0 victory over the RMC Paladins on Friday night, they continued their strong form against the Carleton Ravens, which resulted in a 1-1 draw on Wednesday at home.
Chris Wellsman scored the opening goal against RMC, while William Twardek added the second. Oliver Coren scored the equalizing goal against the Ravens after the Gaels fell down 1-0 due to an early second half goal. Taylor Reynolds was in net for both contests, picking up six saves on the weekend for Queen’s.
The Gaels sit just two points back of the third-place Ravens, but have played two fewer games. 
With four games remaining in the season, the Gaels control their own fate with the possibility of overtaking the Ravens still within reach. Queen’s is back in action this weekend with a road trip against UOIT and Trent. The Gaels then finish of the regular season the following weekend, with a series of key fixtures against Nipissing and Laurentian.
— Adam Laskaris 
Women’s rugby falls short of perfection
Women’s rugby travelled to Guelph last weekend with hopes of completing a perfect season. 
In a match-up that pinned two of the top teams in Canada against each other, the Gaels would unfortunately lose 48-7. From the start of the game, defense was key. Both teams made sure they weren’t going to let the other score, but the dead lock would be broken mid-way through the first-half.

After the first 20 minutes, the Gaels were in a hole down 14-0. To break the deadlock, third-year winger Emma Chown scored her only try of the day. With a Lauren McEwen conversion, the Gaels were only down 14-7.
Unfortunately this would be as close as the Gaels would get. The Gryphons offence would became too much to handle, scoring 34 unanswered points, winning 48-7.

With the loss, the Gaels would fall from first in the Russell Divison behind McMaster. In the CIS rankings, the Gaels would be bumped down to 5th in the country. The Gaels will host a playoff game against the York Lions this weekend, who they defeated earlier this season by a 43-7 score.
 — Joseph Cattana

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