Hamilton, ON — The first medals of the OUA Water Polo Championships were handed out on Saturday, while the Toronto juggernaut rolled into both of Sunday's finals at the Ivor Wynne Centre.
Recovering from their upset loss to the host McMaster Marauders on Friday, the Ottawa Gee-Gees women reeled off a pair of wins on Saturday to clinch the bronze in advance of championship Sunday.
They opened the day with a narrow, 13-11 victory over the Queen's Gaels, led by a three-goal performance from Tara Hristov. Having held off a fourth-quarter comeback attempt from the Gaels, the Gee-Gees put themselves in the position to win bronze with a victory nearly seven hours later in the day's final game.
Their opponents for that eliminator were cross-town rivals Carleton, fresh from a semifinal loss to the top-ranked Toronto Varsity Blues.
After the Ravens leveled the game at 2-2 by the end of the first half, the Gee-Gees responded with a four-goal third quarter to retake the lead at 6-4. A strong defensive stand and a lone goal from Elise Martin in the fourth sealed the win and medal for the second-ranked Ottawa women.
While the Gee-Gees secured bronze, the pair of top-ranked Varsity Blues teams both put themselves in position to win gold with victories on Saturday.
The Toronto women handily defeated Carleton in the day's second game, riding a three-goal performance from Alexandra Kraft to an 11-4 victory. With the win, the Blues will now play the host Marauders in the OUA final on Sunday.
Much like their female counterparts, the Blues men rolled through their semifinal competition to book a spot in the gold medal game. Toronto put a tournament-high 17 goals past McMaster en route to a 17-6 win, buoyed by a four-goal game from Abdelrahman Said, who scored in each quarter.
The Blues opponents in Sunday's final will be the Carleton Ravens, who withstood a late rally from the Ottawa Gee-Gees to seal a 9-7 semifinal win. Trailing 9-3 after three quarters, the Gee-Gees scored four times in the final period, including a pair of goals from Giulio Vampa, but were unable to overcome the deficit. A balanced offensive showing from Carleton saw three Ravens, Rodrigo Rojas, Mohamed Galal and Dusan Boskovic score a pair of goals.
Championship Sunday opens with the men's fifth-place game between the Western Mustangs and Queen's Gaels at 9:30 a.m., followed by the final women's pool game between Queen's and Carleton at 10:40.
The procession of hardware begins at 11:50, with the men's bronze medal game between the host Marauders and the Ottawa Gee-Gees. Following their male counterparts, the Marauder women go for gold against the top-ranked Blues at 1:15 p.m., before Toronto and Carleton wrap up the weekend with the men's final at 2:40.
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 11-13 (2) Ottawa
12:10 pm - Women's Game 4: (1) Toronto 11-4 (4) Carleton
1:20 pm - Men's Semifinal 1: (2) Carleton 9-7 (3) Ottawa
2:30 pm - Men's Semifinal 2: (1) Toronto 17-6 (4) McMaster
5:45 pm Women's Game 5: (2) Ottawa 7-4 (4) Carleton — OTTAWA WINS BRONZE
Day 3: Sunday November 29th, 2015
9:30 am - Men's Fifth-Place Game: (6) Western vs. (5) Queen's
10:40 am - Women's Game 6 (5) Queen's vs. (4) Carleton
11:50 am - Men's Bronze Medal Game: (3) Ottawa vs. (4) McMaster
1:15 pm - Women's Final: (3) McMaster vs. (1) Toronto
2:40 pm - Men's Final: (2) Carleton vs. (1) Toronto