After leading her team to a semi-final victory on Saturday (Oct. 18), Cindy Nelles has been recognized as the Ontario University Athletics Female Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.
Nelles captained the No. 2 nationally ranked Marauders to a 24-10 playoff win over the Western Mustangs, clinching a home date in the OUA championship and a berth in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship tournament in the process. The eight-man was her team’s leading scorer with 10 points from two tries, and coordinated a suffocating Marauders defence that held Western to just a single try and matched the Mustangs lowest point total of the season.
Nelles also won the award for the period ending Sept. 15. She and the Marauders will take on the Guelph Gryphons Saturday (Oct. 25) in conference women’s rugby championship.
In addition to the OUA recognition for last week’s efforts, Nelles was named a McMaster Marauders Pita Pit Athlete of the week along with Tyler Crapigna.
Crapigna, the kicker on the Marauders football team, was a perfect 4-4 on field goal attempts, splitting the uprights from 29, 20, 18, and 41 yards to help McMaster defeat Laurier 27-10. Crapigna’s final kick from 41 yards out with 7:54 to go in the fourth quarter was the 83rd field-goal of his career, breaking the previous CIS record of 82. It also gave him 23 for the 2014 season – an OUA single-season record.
Like Nelles, he, too, was a double award winner. The OUA recognized him as a co-winner of the Special Teams Player of the Week in its football honours.
He shares that honour with fellow history-maker, Daniel Ferraro of the Guelph Gryphons, who matched Crapigna with his 23rd field goal of the season on Saturday.
When Crapigna kicked his 23rd field goal of the season on Saturday, it broke Lirim Hajrullahu’s single season record of 22, and put Crapigna alone at the top of the OUA record book.
That lasted for about an hour.
Ferraro also entered the weekend with 19 field goals, and tied Crapigna in dramatic fashion. With the game tied late in the fourth quarter, Ferraro nailed a 41-yard game-winning field goal with 1.7 seconds on the clock, as the No. 6 Guelph Gryphons upset the No. 4 Western Mustangs, 49-46. Ferraro was good on 4/5 field goals, two from 41 yards, along with two others from 19 and 36 yards.
Also receiving OUA plaudits as the Pioneer Male Athlete of the Week, was Brock Badgers baseball player Justin Gideon (Pickering, Ont.).
The second year player, who was the OUA’s top hitter, played a crucial role in the Badgers capturing the school’s fourth ever OUA baseball championship this past weekend in Hamilton.
In three championship tournament games, Gideon went 5-for-11 at the plate, hitting a three-run home run in each of Brock’s first two games. He finished the weekend with seven runs batted in, a .455 batting average, and added an outfield assist on the defensive side.
It capped an amazing season for both Gideon and the Badgers. Brock went 17-1 in OUA regular season play, thanks in large part to Gideon who led the league in runs, hits, and total bases.