McMaster Marauders

A Black day was very good for Mac

The dominant run of form continued for the Marauders in their final regular season game Friday (Oct. 9) as eight different players crossed the try line in a lopsided 75-14 victory over the York Lions in Ontario University Athletics women’s rugby.

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

Veteran fly half Steph Black led all players with 25 points, scoring a try and converting 10. Three Marauders — Ashley Gordon, Colleen Irowa and Cindy Nelles — had a pair of tries, while Abi Moody, Emily Ricketts, Meagan Wilson and Rina Charalampis added singles.

Stephanie Black (Photo: Cameron Dunlop/McMaster Athletics)

Stephanie Black (Photo: Cameron Dunlop/McMaster Athletics)

Mac struck early with a try in just the sixth minute to set the tone, with Black converting to give the Marauders a 7-0 lead. Strength was on full display from the home side a few minutes later, when McMaster worked a series of pick-and-gos to Irowa, who shouldered her way across the line for the team’s second try.

Gordon’s first score of the day was a thing of beauty, as she gathered a pinpoint, cross-field kick on the run and beat her defender into the corner of the end zone to swell Mac’s lead to 21-0. Tries followed one after another, as the Marauders found increasingly little resistance, and Nelles notched both of her scores in a matter of five minutes as the first half drew to a close.

McMaster led 42-0 at the break and very little changed as play resumed, with Irowa, Ricketts, Charalampis and Wilson all scoring within a 10-minute window to give the hosts a 70-0 lead in the 64th minute. York would add a pair of tries as a measure of consolation before the night was done — and Gordon sandwiched her second score of the game between them.

Having completed their five-game regular season schedule with a 4-1 record, McMaster will now await the naming of a quarter-final opponent at the conclusion of play this weekend. The defending OUA champions will host that game at Ron Joyce Stadium Saturday, Oct. 17.

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