Marauders face big test in men’s soccer


rp_primary_msoc-windsor-editThe McMaster Marauder men’s soccer team dropped to eighth, the football team remained at nine and the women’s rugby team entered the rankings for the first time this season in the newest editions of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport top ten lists.

In last week’s national soccer rankings, the Marauders stood in a tie for sixth place. In play this past week, McMaster posted a loss and a tie leaving them with a respectable 6-2-2 record in Ontario University Athletics.

On Saturday, the Marauders meet the West Division leading York Lions, who have a 9-1 record. And that 1-0 loss can be credited to the Marauders.

Not surprisingly, York has the No. 1 spot in the CIS soccer grades.

In football, the reigning Vanier Cup champions are still undefeated in 2013 but the Laval Rouge et Or are no longer the top-ranked team in CIS football. After spending five straight weeks at No. 1, Laval was dethroned by London’s high-flying Western Mustangs in the sixth Football Reporters of Canada poll.

The Mustangs (6-0), who opened the season at No. 4 before moving up to No. 2 two weeks ago, received 17 first-place votes and 287 points in the new Top 10 to move past the Rouge et Or (5-0), who earned the remaining 13 first-place nods and 283 points from the FRC panel.

Western was last ranked first in the country in 2011, for two consecutive weeks (Oct. 11 and 18).

In women’s rugby, the Guelph Gryphons (4-0) were tested by the No. 9 McMaster Marauders (2-2) before prevailing 44-27. Guelph was bounced to No. 2 with Alberta moving into the top spot with a 3-0 mark.

The Gryphons, the 2012 CIS finalists, welcome Brock (1-3) on Saturday.

Women’s rugby rankings

(regular season record) / (previous rankings)

1. Alberta (3-0) / (2)
2. Guelph (4-0) / (1)
3. Concordia (5-0) / (4)
4. Queen’s (4-0) / (3)
5. Acadia (5-0) / (5)
6. StFX (4-1)/ (6)
7. Calgary (2-1) / (9)
8. McGill (4-1) / (7)
9. McMaster (2-2) / (NR)
10. Ottawa (4-1) / (8)

Soccer rankings

1. York (9-1-0) / (1)
2. UBC (7-1-0) / (2)
3. Ryerson (7-0-1) / (5)
4. Montreal (5-1-1) / (3)
5. Guelph (7-1-3) / (8)
6. Alberta (4-1-2) (4)
7. UNB (4-1-2) / (9)
8. McMaster (6-2-2) / (T6)
9. UQAM (5-1-1) / / (NR)
10. Saint Mary’s (5-2-1) / (NR)

Football rankings

(regular season record) / previous ranking

1. Western (6-0) 2
2. Laval (5-0) 1
3. Calgary (5-0) 5
4. Guelph (5-0) 6
5. Queen’s (4-1) 3
6. Saskatchewan (4-1) 7
7. Montreal (3-2) 4
8. Bishop’s (3-2) 8
9. McMaster (2-3) 9
10. Manitoba (3-2) 10