Track and field sixth in Ontario

The men’s and women’s track and field teams came up with some big performances at last week’s OUA
Championships, with both teams finishing sixth overall. Queen’s came away with three silver medals,
and 12 athletes qualified for the national championships next week.Continue...

Volleyball proud of playoff push

For the first time in three years, the women’s volleyball team ended its season in the playoffs. The Gaels lost 3-1 to the University of Toronto’s Varsity Blues in Toronto on Feb. 16 in the first round ofplayoffs. Despite the loss, the consensus within the team was that the season was a success. This was the first time in more than two years that the women won a set against the Blues.Continue...

Men’s hockey swept by Gee-Gees

The men’s hockey team’s season came to a heartbreaking end two weeks ago with a 1-0 loss at home to the Ottawa Gee-Gees in game two of the best-of-three quarter-final playoff series.

The winning goal came on a bad-angle shot off the stick of Gee-Gees top scorer Ben McLeod less than four minutes into the first period. McLeod is second in the country in points scored in the regular season. The Gee-Gees completed a sweep of the series, winning game one on Feb. 14 on a goal scored with four seconds remaining in regulation time.Continue...

Men’s basketball makes early exit

The men’s basketball team closed out the 2006-07 season with a disappointing and lopsided playoff
loss to the York Lions last week, going down 95-73, and dashing any hopes for a long playoff run.

“I want to say the game was closer than the score showed,” fourth-year forward Cameron Eby said. “It wasn’t a blowout. We were competitive.”

Though obviously disappointed with their playoff exit, the Gaels took many positives from their season.Continue...

Women lose division final to York

In a season where no one expected much, the women’s basketball team showed they had a few tricks up their sleeves.

“Most people didn’t have us finishing above .500,” head coach Dave Wilson said. “I think to finish second in the division shocked everybody. And especially to make it to the division final shocked everybody.” The women ended their successful season last week with loss in the East Division final
to York University, ranked sixth in the country.Continue...

Athletes of the Week

According to track and field head coach Melody Torcolacci, middle-distance runner Calla Humphries has had a slow and steady season.

“She rebounded nicely from an injury in the summer, and she’s come a long way. She’s been slow and steady in terms of getting back into shape.”

But at last weekend’s meet at Cornell, nothing could slow the veteran athlete down. Leading medal production for the weekend, Humphries brought home gold medals in both the 500- metre race and in the 4x400-metre relay with Jan Stirling, Angela King and Joanna Stanisz.Continue...

Sports in Brief

Last weekend, the Queen’s men’s and women’s swimming teams competed in the Ontario championships at the University of Guelph.

The Gaels entered the tournament as underdogs, with neither Queen’s squad ranked in the national top 10 going into the weekend. The men’s squad finished with 201 points, good enough for seventh place out of the 13 teams, and the women earned 168 points, putting them seventh out of 12 teams.Continue...

Stellar swim for synchro

Queen’s competitive synchronized swimmers won the gold medal at the Canadian University.

Championships last weekend at Laurier University. In addition to the gold medal in the competitive team event, the Gaels won silver medals in the novice and competitive duets and bronze medals in the novice team and novice solo events.Continue...

Volleyball clinches top spot

After two wins last weekend against the University of Toronto and the Royal Military College, the men’s volleyball team clinched first place in the province, guaranteeing them home court advantage and a bye into the semifinals. With a hard fought game against Toronto, the team earned the points
they needed to edge out rivals, the Ryerson Rams, for the top spot in Ontario.Continue...

Track and field team eyes provincials

Queen’s track and field team won 11 medals at a meet at Cornell University last weekend. The 11 medals are two short of last year’s total, but several athletes improved on their individual rankings. The Gaels are now preparing for the provincial championships, which will take place on Feb. 23 and 24 at McGill University. At Cornell, the team brought home four gold, three silver and four bronze medals along with seven all-time top 10 performances and 25 personal bests. Gold medal performances
came from Calla Humphries in the 500-metre, Chris Hartman in the 1,000-metre, the women’s 4x400-metre relay team, and the men’s 4x400-metre relay team. Despite the strong performances, Queen’s still hasn’t qualified for the national championships.Continue...

Men’s hockey faces elimination

With only four seconds left in the game, Ottawa’s Kevin Glode scored the game-winning goal in game one of the best-of-three opening round of the men’s hockey playoffs.

Queen’s, who hadn’t lost to Ottawa all year prior to Wednesday, now faces elimination at home tonight.
Queen’s was outshot 35-17 in the game, but was kept in the game by the solid play of goalie Ryan Gibb. Gibb, in his first career OUA playoff game, kept the door shut including a highlight-reel glove have with six minutes to go in the second to keep it a one-goal game.Continue...

Powderpuff football is no picnic

Every winter for the last nine years, about 40 women from all years and faculties spend two months practicing in the snow to represent Queen’s at Wilfred Laurier University’s annual Powderpuff Football Tournament.Continue...

Rowers raise money, awareness for autism

Last weekend, the Queen’s rowing team raised $2,600 at their third annual Row-A-Thon. The money
will go towards funding therapy for Jack, the three-year-old autistic son of an alumnus of Queen’s
rowing program.

Team members brought five rowing machines into the JDUC Thursday afternoon and rowed in
hour-long shifts. The team rowed continuously from 6:30 p.m. Thursday until 6:30 p.m. Friday.Continue...

FebFest honours first hockey game

Think back to a time before the plans for the Queen’s Centre, before the Jock Harty Arena, even before the Golden Gaels were the Golden Gaels. Think all the way back to March 10, 1886 when, with only a cut down rubber lacrosse ball and a frozen lake, seven Queen’s students and seven Royal Military College cadets met on Lake Ontario for the first hockey game ever played in Kingston.Continue...

Squash teams finish fourth

The men’s and women’s squash teams returned from the provincial championships at McMaster with two fourth-place finishes. The men were up against the Western Mustangs in their semifinal match.

Western has won the provincial championship for 23 straight years. “Western is always a strong team; they get the very best players coming in,” head coach Eugene Zaremba said. “Realistically, we were looking to go into the bronze medal match reasonably fresh.”Continue...

Basketball drops to third place

The Queen’s women’s basketball team put their fate in someone else’s hands after they split their
home games on the weekend. The Gaels beat the Carleton Ravens 58-54 on Friday but lost 56-53 to Ottawa on Saturday. The loss to Ottawa puts Queen’s two points out of second place.Continue...

Hockey surges late in the season

The men’s hockey team clinched a playoff spot with two huge wins at Jock Harty Arena last weekend.
The Gaels posted a sound 3-1 win over Ryerson on Friday night and the team mounted a thrilling 3-2 comeback victory over the University of Toronto on Saturday. The wins mean the Gaels will face Ottawa in a best-of-three series starting Wednesday in Ottawa.Continue...

Athletes of the Week

Thanks in large part to the stellar play of Elizabeth Kench, the Queen’s women’s hockey team rebounded from a tough loss to defeat the Toronto Varsity Blues, ranked third in the province, last weekend ...Continue...

Nordic skiers head to provincial championships

The men’s and women’s Nordic ski teams concluded their regular season last weekend in Gatineau
with some outstanding results and a clear idea of what to expect at tomorrow’s provincial championships, hosted by the Nakkertok Cross-Country Ski Club in Ottawa.Continue...

Curling qualifies for championships

The Queen’s men’s and women’s curling teams hosted the Ontario University Athletics Crossover
tournament at the Royal Kingston Curling Club last weekend, and the men’s squad grabbed third place
in the regular season standings and a spot in the upcoming provincial championships.Continue...