BURLINGTON, Ont. - The following athletes have been named Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Athletes of the Week for the period ending November 9th, 2015.
FEMALE: Cindy Nelles (Belleville, Ont.) – 4th yr. – McMaster Marauders – Women's Rugby
The McMaster Marauders women's rugby team hoisted the Monilex Trophy for the first time in program history thanks in part to the phenomenal performance of number eight Cindy Nelles (Belleville, Ont).
Prior to the tournament, Nelles a fourth-year civil engineering student-athlete, was named CIS player of the year and a CIS All-Canadian.
In their opening game of the CIS championship against Lethbridge, Nelles scored back-to-back tries for the Marauders in the 21st and 24th minutes to help McMaster stretch their to 31-0. They would go on to win the contest 62-14 and the Belleville, Ont. native was named player of the game for the Marauders.
After being held off the scoresheet in McMaster’s 14-8 semifinal victory over the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees, Nelles crossed the try line twice in the 5th and 21st minutes as McMaster defeated the host and OUA rival Queen’s Gaels 27-3 to win the championship.
"It's absolutely been an incredible journey," said Nelles postgame. "This team has come so far from when I first came to McMaster and it's been absolutely amazing to be a part of that journey."
Nelles capped off an outstanding week, month and season as she was named Championship MVP.
MALE: Michael Cox (Calgary, Alta.) – 4th yr – York Lions – Men's Soccer
Michael Cox (Calgary, Alta.) and the York Lions men’s soccer team sure like to cut it close.
Cox, fourth-year finance and business economics student-athlete, scored two clutch game-winning goals to lead help the Lions to their third straight OUA banner this past weekend.
In his first year with the program, the 6-foot-2, 190 lbs striker scored the lone goal in the 111th minute of Saturday's semifinal against the Toronto Varsity Blues to send the Lions to the OUA final. The following day, the Calgary, Alta. native was the hero once again, heading a cross into the net in the 89th minute to defeat rival McMaster 2-1 and claim the championship.
The pair of goals capped off a week in which he was named an OUA West first-team all-star after leading the conference in scoring with 16 goals in as many games.
Cox and the Lions will now turn their focus to defending their CIS title on home turf this weekend as they host the national championship at York Stadium.