Rugby

Playoff stalwarts gain weekly tributes


Saffara Whiteley-Hoffelner  (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Saffara Whiteley-Hoffelner (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

After their exploits at championship tournaments, Saffara Whiteley-Hoffelner and Angelo Cavalluzzo are the McMaster Marauders Pita Pit Athletes of the Week.

Whiteley-Hoffelner, a second-year winger on the women’s rugby team, had a strong showing at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championship in Guelph, where she was twice named as McMaster’s Player of the Game and ultimately appeared as a tournament all-star.

She scored two tries over the course of the three-game event, touching down in McMaster’s 17-12 win over the Ottawa Gee-Gees and the 43-34 loss to the St. FX X-Women in the national final.

However, even when she wasn’t scoring, Whiteley-Hoffelner’s speed was a constant menace to opposing teams, and sprung several teammates on scoring runs of their own.

Angelo Cavalluzzo (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Angelo Cavalluzzo (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Fresh off his inclusion as an Ontario University Athletics West First Team All-Star for the first time, Cavalluzzo starred as the Marauders advanced to the conference final of men’s soccer this past weekend.

The fourth-year goalkeeper made two saves in regulation, before crucially turning aside a penalty in the shootout, to edge his team past the Ryerson Rams in Saturday’s semi-final.

Busier in Sunday’s final, Cavalluzzo turned aside four shots to keep the Marauders in reach of the Lions, who ultimately claimed their second-consecutive OUA championship.

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