Hamilton, ON- When it came time for the Final 8 in Halifax, the OUA East was at the forefront of it all. There were three teams at the tournament and two in the semi-finals. It ended with the Ottawa Gee-Gees winning bronze and the Carleton Ravens winning gold. Is this the best division in the nation? It very well could be as all three teams look … Continue reading OUA East Men’s Basketball Preview: The Best Division in U SPORTS?
Hamilton, ON- From top to bottom, the OUA Central division might be the most balanced of them all. The first-place Brock Badgers had 16 wins while the fifth-place McMaster Marauders had 12. Even the last place York Lions had six wins. Can any team run away with the division title this year or will it be a tight race to the end once again? Brock Badgers … Continue reading OUA Central Men’s Basketball Preview: The Balance of Power
Hamilton, ON- When it came time for the finals of the OUA and nationals, two teams from the OUA East were at that stage. The Carleton Ravens and Queen’s Gaels dominated the regular season and playoffs before meeting in the OUA and U SPORTS championship games. Carleton came away both times. With both sides appear equally strong this season, could we get a repeat of 2023? It’s … Continue reading OUA East Women’s Basketball Preview: Clash of the Titans
Hamilton, ON- The teams in the OUA Central division have had a strong showing in recent years at the provincial and national stage. McMaster and TMU have won national titles while Brock and Lakehead have made deep playoff runs. The Badgers also captured the Critelli Cup in 2020. The Marauders won the division last season but without program legend Sarah Gates, that could open the door … Continue reading OUA Central Women’s Basketball Preview: Who’s the next national contender?
Hamilton, ON- Several different teams have taken turns winning the OUA West or making deep playoff runs. Last season, it was the Windsor Lancers with U SPORTS MOP Thomas Kennedy. Now, with Kennedy gone, is the conference race wide open again? Algoma Thunderbirds 2022-23 Record: 4-26 (3-19 in OUA regular season) Preseason Record: 2-5 After Etienne Jacquet and Ryan Vetrie shared coaching duties last season, Vetrie … Continue reading OUA West Men’s Basketball Preview: Crowded at the Top
Hamilton, ON- With a new OUA basketball season upon us, it starts in the OUA West with the Windsor Lancers visiting the Western Mustangs on Halloween night. After a tight division race in 2022-23 – with the Waterloo Warriors winning it – the chase is on to see who can capture the division crown this season. Algoma Thunderbirds 2022-23 Record: 0-29 (0-22 in OUA regular season) … Continue reading OUA West Women’s Basketball Preview: The Race to the Top
Hamilton, ON- On Emilie Calabrese’s wrists are the initials N.R. The McMaster Marauders fourth-year midfielder writes it on there every game this season. “No Regrets” is what it stands for. It’s something Calabrese’s taken to heart in her final year at McMaster – the end of a five-year journey for Ancaster midfielder. For the team’s group of seniors, it’s also their final season together. It’s arguably … Continue reading No Regrets: Emilie Calabrese and the Marauders’ special journey continues with playoff moment
Hamilton, ON- With all their depth and lineups they’ve already used, one question looms large for the McMaster women’s volleyball team: What will their starting lineup be? That was one thing to consider as the Marauders wrapped up their preseason slate with a three-set loss to the Queen’s Gaels at home on Oct. 22. It followed a thrilling five-set comeback victory the previous night. Like they … Continue reading “It’s a long push”: What’s McMaster’s starting lineup as regular season looms?
Hamilton, ON- Even before the first ball was kicked in the OUA playoff game against the Laurier Golden Hawks, the McMaster Marauders men’s soccer team had the focus. It was something their head coach Tristan Joyce talked to the team about before their game against Laurier. Joyce and his coaching had been there before. They had played in those playoff games. He said their focus in … Continue reading “That timing was perfect”: McMaster’s focus and adjustments pay off in playoff win over Laurier
Hamilton, ON- When the McMaster Marauders were on the cusp of completing their comeback, second-year outside hitter Abby Delamere tried to stay in the moment. When her moment came, she took it. The Marauders women’s volleyball team had fought their way back against the Queen’s Gaels after falling behind the first two sets on Oct. 21. It was their second last preseason game. By the time … Continue reading “There’s no hesitation”: Abby Delamere seizes the moment in her second season