McMaster pulled one of the country’s best teams into unfamiliar territory on Saturday (Oct. 19) with a defensive battle in Ontario University Athletics. The Marauder women’s rugby team held the Canadian Interuniversity Sport No. 2 ranked Guelph Gryphons to a season-low of 20 points, but could not get on the board themselves in losing their OUA semi-final match 20-0.
The Gryphons have averaged almost 60 points per game this season.
Gryphon Shannon Spurrell led the match with 15 points, as Guelph moved into the OUA final where the defending champions will take on the Queen’s Gaels. McMaster, meanwhile, was relegated to the bronze-medal match, which the Marauders will host against the Western Mustangs on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Guelph built a 12-point lead in the opening half, on the strength on a try from Daria Keane and five points from Spurrell on two converts and a penalty goal. The Marauders largely held the Gryphons in check in the second half, conceding only eight more points on the afternoon.