OUA By the Numbers (Nov. 29)

OUA By the Numbers (Nov. 29)

302 – Much was made about the matchup between Laval’s nation-leading defence and the seemingly unstoppable ground game of the Western Mustangs, but the purple and white earned the edge all game long. The combination of Alex Taylor - who returned to the field after missing both the Yates Cup and Uteck Bowl – Chris Merchant, and Cedric Joseph ran for 302 yards on the ground to go along with four rushing touchdowns.

157 – This past weekend, Warriors women’s hockey coach, Shaun Reagan, became the all-time leader in games coached for women’s hockey at Waterloo. By coaching in his 157th game, Reagan passes the legendary Geraldine Heaney in games behind the bench, beginning his career with the program in 2011.

88 – York goaltender Alex Fotinos made 88 saves over two games this week to help the Lions men’s hockey team claim three of a possible four points. The second-year goalie stopped 33 shots and made a pair of saves in the shootout against Carleton, and stopped 55 of 58 shots (plus two more shootout saves) the following night against Ottawa.

12 – With their Vanier Cup win against Laval, the Western Mustangs capped off an undefeated season of 12 wins and zero losses. En route to their 12 wins, the Mustangs scored a U SPORTS leading 647 points, while surrendering just 169 against.

10.5 – Western’s Fraser Sopik has been a leader on the defensive side of the ball all season, but the linebacker may very well have saved his best for last. To go along with a sack and a pass break-up, the Vanier Cup’s defensive player of the game also tallied 10.5 tackles on the day, including 10 of the solo variety to lead all players.

14 – By adding another Hershon Trophy to their collection this past weekend, the Toronto Varsity Blues men’s water polo team continued a streak of 14 consecutive years that either themselves or the Carleton Ravens earned the OUA title. These two teams once again faced off in the gold medal match at the 2017 championships, with resulted in the Blues earning their 10th banner in that span.

9 – After another two stat-stuffing performances this past week, Lakehead’s Leashja Grant has now posted nine consecutive double-doubles on the year. Her most recent two came in the form of a 28 point, 15 rebound effort and a 25 point, 15 rebound performance against Carleton and Ottawa, respectively. The fourth-year player sits atop the OUA in PPG and RPG this season.

7 – By topping the Rouge et Or in the 53rd Vanier Cup, the Western Mustangs were able to end their 23-year drought and earn their seventh national championship in school history. Their last appearance came in 2008 (vs. Laval), while their most recent title was in 1994.

5 – With a goal and four assists in the team’s 5-4 win over Ryerson, fourth year winger Kassidy Nauboris added her name to the UOIT women’s hockey record books. Her five point output ties the school record for most points in a game, and her six point week catapults her into a tie for seventh in OUA scoring.

0.37 – For the fourth straight year, the Waterloo Warriors men’s swim team brought home the banner at the DeBray Divisional Championships. While the overall scoring went back and forth all weekend long, a deciding factor was the day’s final race – Men’s 4x100 Freestyle Relay – which saw the Warriors edge out the Laurentian A Team by 0.37 seconds.