OUA By The Numbers (Mar. 14)

Photo by Alex D'Addese
Photo by Alex D'Addese

1,517 – A sold out Seymour-Hannah Centre watched as the McGill Redmen men’s hockey team defeated the Brock Badgers 5-1, to take the 107th edition of the Queen’s Cup. 1,517 fans filled the stands, as McGill hoisted their first trophy since 2012. Both teams will represent the OUA this week to battle for the newly named U SPORTS David Johnston University Cup in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

88 – With just four points separating the two teams, the Toronto Varsity Blues figure skating team was able to edge out the Western Mustangs on the final day of competition, scoring a total of 88 points and securing their third consecutive provincial banner. Melissa Eratostene led the way for the Blues with a golden performance in the Women’s Open Solo Dance, as well as a silver medal in the Women’s Open Short Dance with partner Jessica Reid. The win marks the first time in history that the team has claimed three straight OUA titles and brings their overall total to six.

54 – The Ryerson Rams women’s volleyball team made good on their home court advantage at the Quigley Cup Final Four, claiming the newly named trophy by defeating the McMaster Marauders 3-1 in front of a packed Mattamy Athletic Centre. The win marks the first OUA women’s volleyball banner in the Rams’ 54-year program history and advances Ryerson to this week’s U SPORTS Championship as the lone OUA representative.

29 – Joining the Ryerson Rams women’s volleyball team as the only other undefeated team in OUA league play this season, the Carleton Ravens women’s basketball team ended a story book year by lifting their first Bronze Baby in program history. Thanks to a furious second half effort, outscoring their opponents by a score 45-23, the Ravens defeated the host Saskatchewan Huskies 69-48. U SPORTS and OUA Defensive Player of the Year Elizabeth Leblanc was named the Player of the Game thanks to her 12 points and nine rebounds.

28 – The Western Mustangs women’s hockey team captured their second McCaw Cup in program history last weekend, as they shut out the Queen’s Gaels 3-0. ‘Stangs goaltender Carmen Lasis never let up in net, stopping all 28 shots faced to record the goose egg and earn game MVP honours in the process. The purple and white won’t be able to celebrate for too long, as they will host the U SPORTS Championship in London, Ont. this weekend.

10 – Doubling down on their provincial success from just two weeks ago, the Guelph Gryphons men’s and women’s track & field teams continued their dominance on the national stage to place first overall at the U SPORTS Championships. With both teams finishing atop the overall standings, the Gryphons completed their first sweep since the 2007-08 season – a span of 10 years for consistently competitive Guelph squads.

6 – For the sixth straight year, the McMaster Marauders men’s volleyball team was crowned OUA champions, as they lifted the Forsyth Trophy on home court Saturday afternoon. Taking down the challenger Queen’s Gaels in straight sets in the final, the Marauders now sit alone as the longest championship dynasty in OUA men’s volleyball history. The maroon machine will now go on to host the U SPORTS Championships this weekend as the top-seeded OUA school in the field.

5 – For the fifth time in three years, the Ryerson Rams and Carleton Ravens men’s basketball teams met in the OUA or U SPORTS championship push, clashing once again in the national on Saturday. The matchup did not disappoint, as the Rams flipped the script from the OUA finale just one week ago by defeating the Ravens 84-76. Ryerson’s pesky defence tallied a total of nine steals in the match, with five of them coming from fourth-year Myles Charvis. The Mississauga, Ont. native also went on to drop 15 points in the game.

3.7 – Having met a year ago at this point at the U SPORTS Championship, the McGill Martlets women’s basketball team handed the Carleton Ravens a tough loss to swallow in the semifinals. Coming into this year’s rematch undefeated all season long, the Ravens were able to turn the tables to the tune of a nail-biting 46-44 win. With the game tied 44-apiece and just 3.7 seconds remaining on the clock, fifth-year veteran and player of the game, Catherine Traer, sunk one of the biggest shots of her career, giving her team their first lead of the game and clinching a spot in the championship finale.