The Marauders women’s rugby team has advanced to the Ontario University Athletics semi-finals after disposing of the York Lions, 43-14, in their quarter-final win on Sunday (Oct. 14) at McMaster.
The Marauders wasted little time in setting the tone of the game, scoring just ten minutes into the match. Rina Charalampis (Hamilton) made a run down the field and deep into York’s end where veteran Claire Lockhart (Waterloo) finished the drive for the try to put the Marauders up 5-0.
Ten minutes later McMaster found itself in York’s end of the field again. It took some time working the ball down to the end line, but Emily Ricketts (Oakville), returning from injury, scored the try. Rookie Stephanie Black (Ottawa) had the convert.
With 10 minutes left in the half, Ricketts fed the ball to veteran Hannah Braithwaite (Kingston) down the sideline and she broke away for McMaster’s third and final try of the half. The Marauders went into halftime leading, 19-0, after Black’s convert.
The first 20 minutes of the second half were spent in McMaster’s end of the field with the Lions playing some great offence that led to a try from Dorrian Khouri (Markham) with Alexis Boltsis (Mississauga) kicking the convert.
Stalled in their own end, the Marauder gave up another try by Khouri with Boltsis converting. The score read 19-14 in favour of Mac.
The Marauders came to life and three minutes after the York score, rookie Lauren Walkden (Collingwood) touched down for a try. And just four minutes after that, captain Maggie Cogger-Orr (Thornhill) created some great passing plays with Lockhart to put McMaster ahead, 29-19.
McMaster added two more tries, the first from Sarah Berry (East York) and the second from Black. Black would connect on both converts for the final score of 43-14.
McMaster will meet the very strong Guelph Gryphons squad. Guelph had a perfect 6-0 record in the Shiels division to Mac’s 4-2 mark in the Russell division.