Hamilton, ON -- On a night that otherwise went to form, the McMaster Marauders women's team provided the early shock of the OUA Water Polo Championships on Friday, edging the no. 2 seed Ottawa 13-11 to guarantee the hosts at least silver.
After staking themselves to a 6-1 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Marauders saw their opponents steadily eat away at their advantage, and had only a two-goal cushion after three quarters at 11-9. But stout defence and timely goaltending ensured that McMaster will battle for their first OUA title since 2001 in their home pool.
The fourth-seeded Carleton Ravens will also have a shot at the women's title, although they will need to go through the top-ranked Toronto Varsity Blues to get it, after winning the opening game of the tournament 6-3 over the Queen's Gaels.
Seeding prevailed on the men's side of the draw Friday, where the no. 3 Gee Gees defeated the no. 6 Western Mustangs 18-12, and the no. 4 Marauders thumped the no. 5 Gaels 16-3 to each book their respective places in Saturday's semifinals.
Those results set up a Saturday schedule that will open with the first women's bronze-medal pool game between the Queen's Gaels and Ottawa Gee Gees at 11:00 a.m. The women's semifinal between the top-seeded Toronto Varsity Blues and the no. 4 Carleton Ravens follows at 12:10 p.m., with the men's semifinal between no. 2 Carleton and no. 3 Ottawa at 1:20 p.m.
The hometown Marauder men launch the second semifinal against the top-seeded Blues at 2:30 p.m., before the Ottawa women bring the marathon day to a close with the second bronze-medal pool game against the loser of the morning game at 5:45 p.m.
Day 1: Friday November 27th, 2015
Women's Game 1: (4) Carleton 6-3 (5) Queen's
Women's Game 2: (2) Ottawa 11-13 (3) McMaster
Men's Game 1: (3) Ottawa 18-12 (6) Western
Men's Game 2: (4) McMaster 16-3 (5) Queen's
Day 2: Saturday November 28th, 2015
11:00 am - Women's Game 3: (5) Queen's vs. (2) Ottawa
12:10 pm - Women's Game 4: (1) Toronto vs. (4) Carleton
1:20 pm - Men's Semifinal 1: (2) Carleton vs. (3) Ottawa
2:30 pm - Men's Semifinal 2: (1) Toronto vs. (4) McMaster
5:45 pm Women's Game 5: (2) Ottawa vs. Loser of Game 4
Day 3: Sunday November 29th, 2015
10:40 am - Women's Game 6 (5) Queen's vs. Loser of Game 4
11:50 am - Men's Bronze Medal Game: Loser of Semi 1 vs. Loser of Semi 2
1:15 pm - Women's Final: (3) McMaster vs. Winner of Game 4
2:40 pm - Men's Final: Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. Winner of Semifinal 2