Mac athletes find themselves sitting on top


McMaster men’s soccer head to the Final Four this weekend in hopes of defending their OUA title from last season.. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Being No. 1 is becoming a habit for McMaster Marauders athletes.

Final rankings for both football and men’s soccer are out and the Marauders are in both of them. McMaster’s swim teams are also included in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Top Ten’s in their first rankings of the season.

The football Marauders are No. 1 in the final rankings of the season, a spot they have held since Ontario University Athletics playing schedules began in September. As they host the OUA semifinals on Saturday (Nov. 3), McMaster will look to defeat their nemesis, the Western Mustangs, for a second time this season. The No. 1 Marauders defeated the No. 8 Mustangs, 33-27, on Sept. 29 and hope to move on to the league’s Yates Cup on Nov. 10.

Over the weekend, the women’s cross country team won an OUA Silver medal for the fourth year in a row. Victoria Coates (Newmarket) won a silver of her own and the women hold their No. 2 ranking. The men’s team also had a successful meet at the championships, taking fourth place overall. They drop down to the No. 7 spot, from No. 6 last week and both teams will compete at the CIS championships on Nov. 10.

Winning two games over the weekend, the Marauders move from No. 4 to No. 3 in this week’s men’s volleyball rankings. Sweeping the Queen’s Gaels and the RMC Paladins, McMaster is the only OUA team to make it in the national rankings this week.

The McMaster men’s soccer team jumps to the No. 3 spot as well. After earning a bye in the first round of the OUA playoffs, the Marauders faced the Guelph Gryphons and defeated them on home turf, 2-0. They head to the OUA Final Four this weekend in hopes of defending their OUA title from last season. They will take on the Queen’s Gaels in the OUA semifinals on Friday at 2pm.

Lastly, but not least, the first swimming rankings have Marauders holding No. 5 (women’s) No. 9 (men).

McMaster women’s soccer also received a Top Ten vote as they head into the OUA Final Four over the weekend.

FOOTBALL
1. McMaster
2. Laval
3. Calgary
4. Montreal
5. Guelph
6. Queen’s
7. Regina
8. Western
9. Acadia
10. Sherbrooke

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
1. Guelph
2. McMaster
3. Victoria
4. Western
5. McGill
6. Calgary
7. Toronto
8. Windsor
9. StFX
10. Queen’s

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
1. Guelph
2. Victoria
3. Windsor
4. Queen’s
5. Regina
6. Laval
7. McMaster
8. StFX
9. Calgary
10. Lakehead

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
1. Alberta
2. Trinity Western
3. McMaster
4. Manitoba
5. Laval
6. Brandon
7. UBC
8. Saskatchewan
9. Calgary
10. Thompson River

MEN’S SOCCER
1. York
2. UBC
3. McMaster
4. Alberta
5. Queen’s
6. Trinity Western
7. Saint Mary’s
8. Montreal
9. Laval
T10. Carleton
T10. UNB

WOMEN’S SWIMMING
1. Montreal
2. McGill
3. Calgary
4. Toronto
5. McMaster
6. UQTR
7. Guelph
8. Laval
9. Alberta
10. Ottawa

MEN’S SWIMMING
1. Toronto
2. Calgary
3. Laval
4. Montreal
5. McGill
6. Regina
7. Ottawa
8. Alberta
9. McMaster
10. Dalhousie