Kingston, Ont. – For the first time since the 2003 season the McMaster Marauders went into Richardson Stadium in Kingston and defeated the Queen’s Gaels 26-2. The Marauders handed the Gaels their first home opening loss since 2005.
Tyler Crapigna of Nepean, Ont., scored 14 points, converting four field goals and two extra points which paced the Marauders to the 26-2 lead in the fourth quarter.
Joey Nemet (Burlington, Ont.) rushed the ball 13 times for 66 yards to move into fourth spot on the McMaster all-time career rushing list. His current career total of 2391 moves him past Kojo Aidoo’s career total of 2389.
Ben D’Aguilar of Hamilton, Ont. opened the scoring for the Marauders with a 57 yard interception return nine minutes into the first quarter when he broke up a Gaels’ screen pass and took it the length of the field. Crapigna hit his first field goal of the game, a 16 yard effort, three minutes after D’Aguilar’s touchdown to give the Marauders a 10 point lead heading into the second quarter.
Crapigna added two more field goals during the second quarter from 29 and 35 yards away to increase the McMaster lead to 16 points.
The Marauders converted a late touchdown strike as Kyle Quinlan of South Woodslee, Ont. connected with Jared Jones of Scarborough for a 60-yard touchdown with 8 seconds remaining in the half. Quinlan finished the game throwing for 349 yards on 20 of 31 passing for one touchdown. Quinlan’s 31 passing attempts him moved him into seventh spot all-time in school history for career passing attempts with 397; he moved past Ryan Fantham who has a career total of 396.
Crapigna hit a 20 yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring for the Marauders.
The Gaels registered their two points after a defensive stop forced the Marauders to concede a safety with 6:02 remaining in the third quarter.
McMaster wider receiver Michael DiCroce (Hamilton, Ont.) finished the game with 114 yards on 4 receptions including a 76 yard reception that setup a McMaster field goal. Ryan Chmielewski (St. Catharines, Ont.) was the top tackler with five solo tackles and two assists.
Gaels quarterback Billy McPhee of Burlington, Ont. threw for 132 yards on 13-32 passing and two interceptions while Justin Chapdelaine of Abbotsford, B.C. led all Gaels receivers with 64 yards on five catches. Fellow Abbotsford, B.C. native Dan Village was the Gaels’ top special teams player averaging 41 yards per punt, while pinning McMaster inside their 20 yard line twice.
The Marauders will now host the number two ranked and defending Yates Cup Champion Western Mustangs on Saturday, September 10th at Ron Joyce Stadium with a 1:00 pm kick off. General admission tickets are currently sold out, but reserved tickets are still available. Tickets can be purchased online at www.marauders.ca or by phone at (905) 525-9140 ext. 2035.