Marauders find bronze in water polo pool

The final Ontario University Athletics (OUA) banners of the decade were awarded on Sunday at the Ivor Wynne Centre Pool at McMaster University, as the Carleton Ravens and Toronto Varsity Blues won the women’s and men’s water polo championships, respectively.

The Ravens edged defending champion Toronto 6-5 in the gold medal game to capture their third OUA title in four years.

The Ravens had plenty of reasons to be confident heading into the match. They had five OUA first and second team all-stars on their side following an undefeated regular season. Although Carleton had swept the season series between the two teams this year, the second ranked Varsity Blues weren’t going to let the Ravens walk away with an easy victory.

As expected, Toronto’s top scorers stepped up their game. Nicole Brown (Burlington), Laura Shaw (Vancouver) Casey Pottier (Kitchener), who finished 1-2-3 in OUA scoring, led the way Sunday. Rookie Pottier scored two goals, while Shaw and Brown each contributed a goal.

But, Carleton had great offensive power of its own. Sarah McIlveen (Scarborough) and Rachel Baxter (Ottawa) scored two goals each. Elizabeth and Rachelle Aldrich (Ottawa) each added a goal to regain the title.

Carleton finishes the season with a perfect 10-0 record, as did the Varsity Blues men’s water polo team with a convincing 14-4 win over the Ravens. The win marks Toronto’s sixth OUA title since 2002 and their fifth in the last six years.

First-year arts and science student Graeme Myers (Toronto), named a 2009 first-team OUA all-star last week, led the Blues with four goals in the gold-medal game. Second-year player Milos Radojcic from Belgrade, Serbia tallied three key goals as well.

In what was a truly outstanding team effort, the Varsity Blues had six other players get into the action and hit the back of the net: OUA second-team all-star Alan Chung (Ajax) notched two, while Cagri Ilhan (Istanbul), Calum Kendrick (Ottawa), Paulo Ruiz (Kitchener), Luke Spooner (Auckland) and Tuna Tali (Istanbul) each score one apiece. Toronto had a 12-0 record against OUA competition in 2009.

The McMaster Marauders earned bronze medals in their home pool, as the women defeated the Queen’s Gaels 5-1 while the men edged the York Lions 7-6 in overtime. Danielle McCallum (Ancaster) scored a pair of goals to lead the McMaster women.

Brothers Graham and Jack Park (Waterdown) and Roland White (Vancouver) all scored three goals for McMaster on the men’s side.