Marauders had strong start to year


As the fall season comes to an end, the McMaster Department of Athletics and Recreation can look back on another great run of success through the first three months of the 2012-13 season.

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Two McMaster teams brought home Ontario University Athletics championship banners with football and men’s soccer repeating title-winning ways from 2011.

Marauder football had a history making season, breaking the Canadian Interuniversity Sport record for consecutive wins (21), and capturing the Mitchell Bowl en route to a second straight appearance in the Vanier Cup. That the ultimate goal was denied by a talented team from Laval does not detract from the accomplishments of the Maroon gridiron gang. Nine Marauders were named CIS All-Canadians, while major awards went to Kyle Quinlan (best Canadian collegian), Ben D’Aguilar (the nation’s most outstanding down lineman), and coach Stefan Ptaszek (CIS coach of the year).

Men’s soccer firmly established itself as one of the most consistently successful programs in CIS, winning a third OUA title in four years. The Marauders lost a tough 1-0 opening round game at the nationals against the hosts from Laval, but rebounded to win their last two games to finish fifth in Canada.

The McMaster cross country teams continued to perform at an elite level in 2012. The women earned the silver medal in team results at both OUA and CIS championships, behind only the dynastic program from Guelph. McMaster women have finished on the medal podium at the nationals four straight seasons.

Individually, McMaster had two first-team All-Canadians in Victoria Coates and Lindsay Carson, while outstanding rookie Maddy McDonald was a second-team All-Canadian.

The men’s team continued to impress and moved up to sixth in the team standings at the 2012 CIS championships, with Lionel Sanders earning a berth on the All-Canadian second-team. With most of both teams eligible to return, McMaster looks well positioned to be a contender in cross country for several years to come.

Mac’s women’s soccer team advanced to the OUA final four in Ottawa and competed hard, losing a narrow 1-0 decision to the top-ranked and undefeated Ottawa Gee Gees, and then missing out on the OUA bronze medal in a shootout loss to the defending national champions from Queen’s. The Marauders were three minutes from advancing to the CIS finals, before losing in a heart-breaker.

The women’s rugby team remained one of the best in Canada, spending the season periodically ranked in the CIS top ten and capturing the OUA bronze medal. With the entire roster eligible to return, McMaster looks primed to contend for future championships.

The McMaster women’s water polo team brought home the OUA bronze medal, while placing two players on the OUA all-star team.

With the fall sports done for the year, attention shifts to the winter calendar that will see OUA competition resume in January.