Gaels weekend roundup: Women’s squash team remain OUA Champions

The Queen’s women’s squash team earned their sixth consecutive OUA Championship banner on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Photo by Stephen Leithwood via Queen’s Athletics.

It was another weekend with a lot to celebrate for the Queen’s Gaels, but one team might have a little more reason to celebrate than the others.

The Gaels women’s squash team captured the OUA Championship title for the sixth year running on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. The Championship, which took place at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, saw Queen’s first-year student Marlow Benson overtake the second-place Waterloo Warriors, defeating Waterloo’s Harriet Ho 3-0, to push Queen’s into the gold medal position.

“Over the course of six years we’ve developed a reputation of success,” Queen’s head coach Lisa Coates said in a statement. “Marlow is very creative when she plays, but also extremely aggressive. When I go to coach her between games a lot of it is her coaching herself, because she has incredible mental toughness.”

It was for that same fighting spirit that Benson was named both the OUA Women’s Rookie of the Year, and the MVP, as well.

The OUA Squash Championships saw Waterloo and Western dominate, coming in second and third in the women’s overall standings, and second and first (respectively) in the men’s overall standings. The Gaels men’s team finished with a 2-3 record for fourth place overall.

On the same weekend (Friday, Feb. 7, to Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020), the Queen’s men’s basketball team beat out the Nipissing Lakers 85-60, the women’s basketball team nearly double their opponent’s score, winning over Nipissing 105-53, and the women’s hockey team defeated the Windsor Lancers 2-0 at home at the Memorial Centre on Friday, Feb. 7. On top of that, the Queen’s women’s fencing team finished fifth at the OUA Women’s Finals, and took the Sabre Team Rally bronze.

For more information on all of those teams and more, see below for details from Queen’s Athletics.

WOMEN’S SQUASH – Women’s Squash captures sixth consecutive OUA Championship

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. – The Queen’s Gaels women extended their banner streak to six consecutive championship titles at White Oaks Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Sunday.

Full story here.

MEN’S HOCKEY – Carr-Harris Cup record crowd of 4,121 watch Gaels take down RMC 4-2, Queen’s opens playoffs vs UQTR this week

KINGSTON, Ont. (February 6, 2020) – The Queen’s Gaels (12-12-3) scored two in the third to defeat the RMC Paladins (9-18-1) 4-2 in the 34th Carr-Harris Cup at the Leon’s Centre in Kingston.

Full story here. 

MEN’S BASKETBALL – Range drops 24 on Lakers in victory and is recognized as Gaels lone graduating senior

KINGSTON, Ont. (February 8, 2020) – The Queen’s Men’s Basketball team (13-7) defeated the Nipissing Lakers (7-13) with a score of 85-60 on Friday night.

Full story here.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – Gaels score 105 points in win over Nipissing, honour graduating seniors Conti and Fontaine
KINGSTON, Ont. (February 8, 2020) – The No.10 nationally-ranked Queen’s Women’s Basketball team (13-7) defeated the Nipissing Lakers (4-16) with a score of 105-53 on Friday night.  

Full story here.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY – Dennis scores game winner on Senior Night as Gaels continue battle for playoff spot

KINGSTON, Ont. (February 8th, 2020) – The Queen’s Gaels (10-9-3-1) earned a crucial three points against the visiting Windsor Lancers (1-16-2-3) defeating them 2-0 on Friday night at the Memorial Centre. 

Full story here.

WOMEN’S FENCING – Host Gaels finish fifth at OUA Women’s Fencing Championship, take Sabre Team Relay Bronze

KINGSTON, ONT. – The host Queen’s Gaels picked up one medal and finished just off the podium in fifth place.

Full story here.


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