The last month and a day The end of May and June brought lots of news and changes related to McMaster’s programs
Jul06

The last month and a day The end of May and June brought lots of news and changes related to McMaster’s programs

May 31 – Women’s lacrosse Brandan Sweeney, who served as an assistant coach with the McMaster men’s lacrosse team since 2011, was named the head coach of the women’s lacrosse team. He formerly served as the head coach of Queen’s team starting in 2004 while completing his master’s degree. Winning the OUA Coach of the Year award in 2005, the first Gaels coach to win the honour, his success continued for multiple years there and for a...

Tatham time for men’s basketball The 2016 Coach of the Year brings his talents to Mac
Jun01

Tatham time for men’s basketball The 2016 Coach of the Year brings his talents to Mac

The results speak for themselves. After being added as an assistant coach in 2010 to the Ryerson Rams, the team achieved consistent Ontario University Athletics Final Four and Quarter-Finals appearances. The Rams continued to surpass high expectations when he served as interim head coach in 2015-16 to win the Rams’ first Wilson Cup title as OUA champions. U SPORTS, known as Canadian Interuniversity Sport at the time, awarded him the...

Proud to be a Marauder A look back at the collegiate career of veteran guard Vanessa Pickard, who stands as the model of perserverance and courage
Mar31

Proud to be a Marauder A look back at the collegiate career of veteran guard Vanessa Pickard, who stands as the model of perserverance and courage

If you have ever watched an award ceremony at the end of the season, you know it is not the champions that stir up the most emotion of the night. The Most Valuable Player might get the most applause, but it’s always another title that bring fans to their feet. The Tracey Macleod Award was established to recognize a university athlete displaying ‘courage overcoming adversity.’ For the first time since 2008, and the second time in the...

Varsity vitality The story behind the stats  of Danielle Boiago career
Mar23

Varsity vitality The story behind the stats of Danielle Boiago career

She is McMaster’s all-time leader in points and steals. Third on the Ontario University Athletics’ all-time scoring list. A two-time U Sports All-Canadian first team member. OUA player of the year, OUA Defensive Player of the Year and, as of last week, the first Marauder ever to win the Nan Coop U Sports National Player of the Year. You would be hard-pressed to find a better resumé in all of McMaster history, or have a conversation...

Individual Growth In a season falling short of expectations, Connor Gilmore’s All-Star campaign is something that Marauder fans can cheer for
Mar17

Individual Growth In a season falling short of expectations, Connor Gilmore’s All-Star campaign is something that Marauder fans can cheer for

By: Justin Parker It is amazing how much one year of hard work can pay off. Third-year forward Connor Gilmore was named as an Ontario University Athletics First-Team All-Star this year, his first major individual award since joining the Marauders. Gilmore has solidified himself as a strong leader on and off the court. “It’s a big honour for me. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates,” Gilmore said. “I’ve been put in a good...

Fixing the Final 8 problem Could an expansion of the national championship tournament make basketball relevant again?
Mar17

Fixing the Final 8 problem Could an expansion of the national championship tournament make basketball relevant again?

As Canadian university sports undergo a continued facelift, there is one area that fans who follow the league have questions about: the basketball Final 8 tournament. The format of the men’s basketball tournament has largely stayed the same since 1987. The men’s Final 8 was hosted in Halifax, N.S. for 24 years while the women’s has moved around. The tournament field is made up of two teams from Ontario University Athletics, two from...