McMaster Marauders suffered a disappointing 33-21 loss to Queen’s Gaels as two traditional women’s rugby powerhouses in Ontario University Athletics’ Russell Division met Saturday (Sept. 6) in Kingston.
Head Coach Cam Mitchell was very pleased with the team’s performance despite the loss. He commended the players on their aggressive, organized rucking and well spread defense. Mitchell also recognized the two first-year students who made OUA debuts for the Marauders – Saffara Whiteley-Hoffelner and Colleen Irowa.
McMaster had trouble organizing its offensive effort due to a formidable Queen’s scrum. But thanks to a cohesive team effort under the direction of captain Cindy Nelles, McMaster was able to draw within seven points near the end of the game before the Gaels orchestrated a final push.
The Marauders recorded four tries in the game, including two scores late in the second half that served as a late comeback attempt. Nelles, Sarah Farquharson and Stephanie Black each scored a try on the afternoon. Black also successfully kicked all three converts for her 11 points.
McMaster’s next game is Sept. 15, when they are hosts to the Trent Excalibur at McMaster’s Field F at noon.