Packed Weekend

A primer for Gaels events on Homecoming

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For those who were unable to secure football tickets on Homecoming weekend, there are four Gaels’ teams in action at home 
on Saturday.
With some of these seasons winding down, these games have huge implications when it comes to the playoffs. For sports that are just starting, the Gaels are looking to get off on the right foot. 
Men’s Rugby
Location: Nixon Field, 5 p.m. on Saturday
With a game against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues this weekend, the second-place Gaels are riding off a five-game winning streak. The team has scored an average of almost 47 points per game during this stretch, and they will look to capitalize on the Varsity Blues’ defence, which is the worst in the league.
When these teams met last year, the Gaels dominated the match-up, winning 113-0. First-year Alex Colborne looks to build off last week’s match-up against Laurier Golden Hawks where he scored 20 points in the 60-20. On the season, Colborne leads the OUA in conversions, with 19 on the year. 
Women’s Soccer
Location: Miklas-McCarney Field, 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
The women’s soccer team will be closing their regular season on Homecoming weekend playing against Nipissing and Laurentian. Through the team’s last six games, the Gaels have gone undefeated, taking 12 out of a possible 18 points. For the duration of this streak, the team’s defence has been stellar, only conceding three goals.
As of late, the Gaels have found their shooting boots in front of goal. Fifth-year midfielder Jessie de Boer has been a major part in that success, currently tied for tenth in scoring in the OUA  with seven goals.
Currently the Gaels sit fourth in the OUA East with 24 points. Only two points behind both second and third place teams Laurentian and UOIT, the women’s soccer team has the potential to secure a home playoff game 
next Wednesday.
Men’s Soccer
Location: Miklas-McCarney Field, 2:15 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
The men’s soccer team will also be closing out their regular season play this weekend with their match-ups against both Nipissing and Laurentian.
When the Gaels met these two teams earlier this year, they struggled, only managing to take one point from a possible six. Since then, the Gaels have been dominant, taking a 3-1-0 record through their last four games.
While he’s only played in nine games this year, forward Jacob Schroeter has scored seven goals, putting him in a tie for ninth in scoring in the OUA. Currently the Gaels sit third in the OUA East with 28 points, only one point back of the Varsity Blues. If they finish in third, they will host a home game next Wednesday at home. If things then fall in their favour and they finish second, the Gaels will earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.  
Women’s Hockey
Location: Kingston Memorial Centre. 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday
The women’s hockey team looks to build off the season’s early success in their matches against Laurentian and Nipissing this weekend.
Currently the Gaels have the OUA’s top defence, only allowing three goals through their four games. Third-year forward Nadia Larocca is looking to replicate  her CIS Female Athlete of the Week performance from earlier in the season, where she scored three goals in two games.
When the Gaels matched up against these teams last year, they finished with two wins and two overtime losses — a 2-0-2 record. Despite having been through only four games this year, the Gaels are second in the OUA, only one point behind the Toronto Varsity Blue.
On the road
Women’s rugby will be in Guelph for the OUA semi-finals, men’s hockey is in Thunder Bay facing Lakehead, women’s volleyball is in  in Ottawa facing the Gee-Gees and women’s lacrosse will be in the OUA playoffs, hosted by UOIT.

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