OUA West Men’s Basketball Preview: Crowded at the Top 

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 

OUA West Women’s Basketball Preview: The Race to 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 

Elgersma the difference maker as Laurier take down Waterloo

Waterloo, ON – Taylor Elgersma had six total touchdowns in the Laurier Golden Hawks’ dominant 69-0 win over Waterloo in the OUA quarterfinals. The third-year quarterback was nearly perfect in the air, completing 20 of his 22 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns. Elgersma also punched in three rushing touchdowns on the afternoon. The 69-point performance was one of the most dominant in recent … Continue reading Elgersma the difference maker as Laurier take down Waterloo

“That timing was perfect”: McMaster’s focus and adjustments pay off in playoff win over Laurier 

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 

“The game rewards you in certain ways”: McMaster executes and edges Laurier to go atop OUA West 

Hamilton, ON- The night before their home game against the Laurier Golden Hawks, McMaster Marauders defender Damiani Refosco was already thinking about penalty kicks. “Where am I going,” Refosco thought to himself.  Refosco was named the designated penalty taker for McMaster’s men’s soccer game on Sept. 24 after forward Amir Shirazi was suspended. The team practised penalty kicks the previous night. Refosco went four for four, … Continue reading “The game rewards you in certain ways”: McMaster executes and edges Laurier to go atop OUA West 

“A professional win”: McMaster captures second balls and continues winning ways

Hamilton, ON- While the McMaster Marauders women’s soccer team has scored plenty of goals this season, their most recent win marked something different.  McMaster head coach Garrett Peters called their 2-0 victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks on Sept. 24. a “professional win.”  “They just didn’t make mistakes and took care of business where we could and it was just an all-around good performance,” Peters noted.  … Continue reading “A professional win”: McMaster captures second balls and continues winning ways

How accountability and details have built the McMaster Marauders this season 

Hamilton, ON- When McMaster Marauders first-year guard Jocelyn Newby is in a game, she works on keeping her focus. It’s a theme throughout the season for the McMaster Marauders women’s basketball team.  Head coach Theresa Burns talks to them about “Gold Medal Details” and the mental focus required throughout all 40 minutes for them to improve and reach their potential. For them to become – as … Continue reading How accountability and details have built the McMaster Marauders this season