Sports in Brief

The Journal's assistant sports editor breaks down the latest athletics news on campus 

The women's rugby team placed third at the national collegiate 7s tournament.
The women's rugby team placed third at the national collegiate 7s tournament.
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Queen’s motionball exceeds fundraising goal of $20,000
 
Hitting a $20,000 fundraising goal seemed a sure bet for the Queen’s motionball chairs after last year’s campaign raised $20,700—but they’ve recently blown that figure out of the water. 
 
While donations are still being accepted, Queen’s motionball—a not-for-profit organization raising awareness and funds for the Canadian Special Olympic movement—has already raised over $24,560 after its marquee event, which took place last weekend. Since its inception in 2002, the organization has donated $1.5 million annually to Special Olympics.  
 
The motionball Marathon of Sport partners varsity athletes and volunteer with Special Olympians from their respective community for a day of soccer, basketball, floor hockey, and more. Currently, 16 universities across Canada are affiliated with the program.
 
On Sunday, 145 Queen’s varsity athletes and 33 Special Olympians came out to compete in a day full of soccer, basketball, and more. Around 70 percent of the funds raised will be donated to Special Olympics Ontario, with 25 percent staying in the foundation, and 5 percent to the #NoGoodWay campaign. 
 
Slater Doggett signs with Florida Everblades
 
After a historic season for the men’s hockey team, fourth-year Slater Doggett signed a contract with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades last week.
 
The team, affiliated with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, currently tops of the ECHL’s South Division with a 45-16 record. 
 
Hailing from Oakville, Ont., Doggett has some experience in the ECHL, having suited up for six games during his short stay with the Alaska Aces. He was traded to the Aces near the end of the 2014-15 season, cutting short his stay with the OHL Windsor Spitfires, where he had a career best of 25 goals and 51 points. 
 
This year, Doggett tied for fourth in the country for goals scored with 21, totalling 34 points. He was selected for the 2018 U Sports All-Stars in their annual series against Canada’s World Junior Prospects from Dec. 12 to 14.
 
Men’s, women’s rugby finish third at national collegiate 7s tournament
 
The RMC Paladins hosted the National Collegiate Rugby 7s tournament this past weekend, where both the men’s and women’s teams finished third. 
 
Saturday saw men’s rugby qualify for the quarterfinal with a 2-1 record, losing their first match to the Bishop’s University Gaiters 12-0. After that, Queen’s managed to keep their remaining opponents off the scoresheet, beating the Trent Excalibur 38-0 and the Regina Cougars 36-0.
 
Sunday was similar, with the Gaels managing a narrow 29-24 victory over the Guelph Gryphons in the quarterfinal. They faced Bishop’s again in the semi-final, where they lost 24-17 after conceding a late-game try.
 
Queen’s played for third place, beating the Waterloo Warriors with a close 24-19 win.
 
Meanwhile, the women’s rugby team finished the tournament with a 5-1 record.
 
During the first day of play, Queen’s dominated their round robin group, winning all three of their matches. The team had no trouble defeating the Regina Cougars 33-7, Montreal Carabins 47-12, and the St. Lawrence College Vikings 50-0. 
 
In Sunday’s quarterfinal, the Gaels took down the Concordia Stingers 22-10 before a crushing 24-14 semi-final loss to the University of Victoria Vikes. In the bronze medal game, Queen’s was tied with the Guelph Gryphons 15-15 at halftime, securing a late try to hold on to win 20-15. 

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