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Rams Latest Victims of Unbeaten Volleyball Marauders Source: Fraser Caldwell, McMaster Communications – January 13, 2013 [Hamilton Scores]

McMaster Marauders stretched their Ontario University Athletics men’s volleyball unbeaten streak to 11 matches, after taken a long, five-set battle, 3-2, from the Ryerson Rams.

Jayson McCarthy had 21.5 points for the first place Marauders, converting 17 of 30 hitting attempts. Dany Demyanenko added 17 points, including 14 kills on 19 attempts.

Robert Wojcik led the Rams putting up 18 points and 15 kills.

vball_macpink-65 McMaster celebrates a win over Ryerson. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

A close beginning to the match saw the Marauders take a 9-6 lead when a serve took a fortunate bounce, rolling limply over the tape and finding the Rams’ side of the floor. Ryerson was often its own worst enemy in the opening set, and a slew of errors helped the Marauders take a 16-12 lead into the technical timeout.

The trend continued after the break, and yet another attack gave McMaster a seven-point lead, 21-14. The deficit was too much for the visitors, and after an ace from McCarthy gave the hosts a set point, Ryerson’s Wojcik fired a jump serve into the bottom of the net to end it 25-18.

The Rams fought back late in the second set, aided in large part by their blocking efforts. Jori Mantha fell into a double block on the left and the Marauders were forced to call time trailing 23-21. McMaster used the timeout well, and sent the set into extra points where McCarthy came up with a clutch spinning ace to take it 28-26.

Ryerson’s blockers once again took the fore in the third, with Aleksa Miladinovic reeling off a string of stuffs to help his team into a 16-12 lead at the technical timeout. The advantage held as the set progressed, and a Stefan Ristic ace gave the Rams a seven-point lead at 22-15. They would polish off the set just points later, when a miscommunication between setter Austin Campion-Smith and middle Alex Elliot led the latter to whiff on an attack at net, giving Ryerson the set 25-17.

The Rams held the early edge again in the fourth, clinching a long rally to move ahead 6-4. But the home side found another level midway through the set, and a Demyanenko kill in the middle propelled McMaster into a 12-10 lead. The back-and-forth set took another turn at the technical, with a Ryerson surge bringing the visitors back into the lead after a well executed double block.

The two teams traded points as the set approached a conclusion, with the Rams gaining separation at 24-22 after a Steven Maar attack rolled wide off the tape. Ryerson levelled the match two points later, when the Marauder serve found the bottom of the net.

Momentum seemed to be entirely on the visitors’ side, but it was the hosts who took the initiative to open the deciding set. McMaster took the first three points of the shortened fifth before Ryerson called time to halt the run. Elliot took the reins as the Marauders raced ahead, bouncing a swing off of the attempted dig for 6-3. The home side’s lead only grew from there, and Campion-Smith’s well-placed dump gave McMaster match point at 14-7. Demyanenko sealed it with an ace, catching the back line in the process.

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[Click Here] to view Robin's Top Vanier Cup 2012 Football Pics!  Congratulations to The Laval Rouge et Or, Vanier Cup 2012 Champions! Final Laval (37) - McMaster (14) Laval Rouge et Or Vanier Cup 2012 Champions It was my first time shooting at The Rogers Centre and this was not  game I expected to photograph.  There is football fever going around this weekend.  Happy 100th Grey Cup and looking forward to some great football! Enjoy the pics!  The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable David C. Onley The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable David C. Onley enjoys some Canadian Football! Ben D Read Full Article by CIS [Hamilton Scores] McMaster, Ben D'Aguilar attempts to slow down Laval, Maxime Boutin I am very impressed with the McMaster Marauder Football Team who demonstrated a classy  2012 Vanier Cup defeat Friday. The supporting family, friends and teammates affectionate support was tearfully beautiful.  Class Act Kyle Quinlan I believe a true Champion is the one who demonstrates pride by character in the most difficult times... [Click Here] to view Robin's Top Vanier Cup 2012 Football Pics!   Due to popular demand prints are now available for purchase at Present it Photo.com More FOOTBALL! [Click Here]    Best Action Shots [Click Here] Please like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and comment on our photographs/design on our blog. Our number one place to post is on Google Plus  GOOGLE+ We always update on { tumbr blog | Flickr photostream | YouTube channel} too! _________________________________________________________________________________________ DOWNLOAD IMAGES* *Read AP Terms & Conditions Before Download…click here *Read AP Photographic Licensing Before Download…click here © Aerial Promotions 1997-2012  |  Photo Credit: Robin Leworthy Wilson _________________________________________________________________________________________ WHY?...Because We Care! It is part of AP mission to give back to sport & the developing athletes as a volunteer in the local community 

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Laval Dismantles Mac Machine in Record Style

Laval Dismantles Mac Machine in Record Style

Source: Canadian Interuniversity Sport – November 24, 2012 [Hamilton Scores]

McMaster Marauders string of 21 straight regular season and post season victories snapped with thunderous vibrations on Friday night.

That consecutive game snap at the Rogers Centre, a Canadian Interuniversity Sport record, broke the Marauders opportunity to repeat as Vanier Cup champions, as Laval Rouge et Or dominated McMaster, 37-14, to reign supreme in Canadian collegiate football.

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In doing so, Laval not only redeemed themselves after losing to the Marauders 41-38 in last year’s dramatic Vanier Cup game, but the Rouge et Or established a new standard in CIS football.

Laval has now claimed the Vanier seven times, most ever by a CIS team. Friday night, a dominating ground game, led by a 253-yard, two-touchdown performance by running back Maxime Boutin in the 48th Cup show, highlighted Laval’s victory over the Marauders before a Vanier record crowd of 37,098.

Boutin, from Quebec City, earned the Ted Morris Trophy as the most valuable player of the final. His rushing performance ranks him second all-time in a single-game Vanier Cup performance, and is a new personal-best for Boutin, surpassing a mark of 213 yards set a week ago in the Uteck Bowl.

“For two straight weeks, I can’t credit my O-line enough,” said Boutin. “They made it easy for me, and I almost always had a huge gap to run into.”

Arnaud Gascon-Nadon of Montreal earned the Bruce Coulter Award as the defensive MVP, with 3.5 tackles, one tackle for a loss, and half a sack.

“This is the reason I came back and didn’t go pro,” noted Gascon-Nadon, who was drafted by the Canadian Football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats last spring.

“After last year’s loss to Mac in the Vanier, we all wanted to get this payback. We really wanted this seventh banner to become the most decorated team in history.”

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The seventh banner for Laval pushes them ahead of the six championships won by the Western Mustangs. Glen Constantin has been at the helm of six of those championships, itself another Vanier Cup superlative. A year ago in Vancouver, McMaster prevented the Quebec City powerhouse from establishing the new standard when the Marauders won in overtime with a field goal.

Friday, the dominating Rouge et Or defence made seven sacks in the game, also a Vanier Cup record, and held McMaster to 75 rushing yards. All of McMaster’s points were confined to a brief outburst of activity over a 72-second period late in the first half.

On the other side of the ball, Laval pounded out 373 yards rushing, another Vanier Cup single game team mark, eclipsing the previous record of 364 yards set by the UBC Thunderbirds in 1982. Laval’s 605 yards of net offence ranked fourth all-time in Vanier Cup history, and is the highest net yardage in a non-overtime Vanier Cup game.

Rouge et Or quarterback Tristan Grenon (Quebec City) amassed 234 passing yards, connecting on 11 of 25 attempts, tossing one touchdown, and throwing no interceptions. His most prolific target, Seydou Junior Haidara (Quebec City), contributed 106 yards on three receptions.

In the losing effort, this year’s Hec Crighton Trophy winning quarterback Kyle Quinlan completed 25 of 40 passes for 355 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions.

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After a scoreless first quarter, Laval opened the scoring with a 28-yard pass from Grenon to Matthew Norzil (Montreal) at the 4:02 mark of the second frame. McMaster soon after conceded a safety rather than kick from its own end zone, and a 22-yard field goal from Boris Bede (Toulon, France) gave Laval a 12-0 lead with just over three minutes to play in the first half.

McMaster’s ensuing possession saw the Marauders drive 75 yards on six plays, culminating in a one-yard rushing major by Quinlan. A Laval two-and-out returned the ball to McMaster. A couple of long passes by Quinlan, climaxing with a 59-yard pass-and-run touchdown connection with Dahlin Brooks (St. Catharines), gave the Marauders a 14-12 lead with 29 seconds remaining in the half.

A spirited drive by Laval took the ball to the McMaster two-yard line, but time expired before the Rouge et Or could score.

Maxime Boutin provided a much-needed spark for the Laval offence in the third quarter, adding a pair of rushing touchdowns to the Rouge et Or’s tally. Boutin ran the ball in from 11 yards and 84 yards, the latter play being the third-longest run from scrimmage in Vanier Cup history. A trio of field goals by Bede rounded out Laval’s scoring.

SCORING SUMMARY

LAV 0-12-19-6: 37 McM 0-14-0-0: 14

FIRST QUARTER No scoring

SECOND QUARTER LAV – TD Norzil 28 pass from Grenon (Bede kick) 4:02 LAV – Safety Touch (Crapigna concedes) 9:37 LAV – FG Bede 22 11:57 McM – TD Quinlan 1 run (Crapigna kick) 13:19 McM – TD Brooks 59 pass from Quinlan (Crapigna kick) 14:31

THIRD QUARTER LAV – TD Boutin 11 run (Bede kick) 3:15 LAV – Safety Touch (Crapigna concedes) 7:45 LAV – TD Boutin 84 run (Bede kick) 10:34 LAV – FG Bede 37 13:39

FOURTH QUARTER LAV – FG Bede 20 6:48 LAV – FG Bede 31 10:35

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Stefan Ptaszek Best Football Coach in Canada

Marauders’ field boss judged best in Canada

Source: Canadian Interuniversity Sport – November 22, 2012 [Hamilton Scores]
Toronto – McMaster’s Stefan Ptaszek was named coach of the year in Canadian Interuniversity Sport football on Wednesday (Nov. 21) while Zach Androschuk from the University of Guelph received the Russ Jackson Award recognizing excellence in football, academics and citizenship. Ptaszek and Androschuk were honoured in front of a sold-out crowd of over 400 guests during the AMJ Campbell All-Canadian Awards Banquet at Ontario Place. More CIS hardware will be handed out on Thursday night during the Gibson’s Finest CFL Player Awards at Koerner Hall, including the Hec Crighton Trophy (outstanding player of the year), Presidents’ Trophy (defensive MVP), J.P. Metras Trophy (outstanding down lineman) and Peter Gorman Trophy (rookie of the year). The 48th Vanier Cup final between the Laval Rouge et Or and McMaster Marauders is set for Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Rogers Centre, live on TSN and RDS. Pre-game coverage on TSN starts at 7 p.m. Stefan Ptaszek McMaster Football Head Coach Ptaszek joins Greg Marshall (2000) and Bernie Custis (1982) as the only McMaster head coaches to merit the Frank Tindall Trophy. In his seventh campaign at the helm, the 41-year-old guided his troops to the program’s first 8-0 regular season since 2003. A year after claiming their first-ever national title, the Marauders resumed their domination in conference play as they led Ontario University Athletics in six of eight major statistical categories, including points scored (45.6 per game), total yards (582.5), passing offence (370.0), fewest points against (15.6), fewest total yards allowed (340.2) and best rush defence (104.6). Going into Friday’s Vanier Cup final, the Hamilton powerhouse has won a CIS-record 21 consecutive league and playoff games dating back to Week 3 of the 2011 schedule. Ptaszek has led the Marauders to the post-season in each of his seven years as bench boss, including back-to-back Yates Cup banners and the 2011 Vanier Cup triumph. He heads into Friday’s contest with a 51-19 (.729) overall record since taking over the program, including a 42-14 (.750) mark in league play and 9-5 (.643) in the playoffs. A native of Burlington, Ptaszek began his CIS journey as a star receiver at Wilfrid Laurier University (1990-94), where he was a three-time all-Canadian and earned his first of three Vanier Cup rings in 1991. Following a four-year CFL career with BC, Hamilton and Toronto, he embarked on his coaching career at the high school level and then returned to CIS as UBC’s special teams coordinator. He returned to his alma mater and helped guide the Golden Hawks to the 2005 Vanier Cup title in his third and final season as offensive coordinator. “There is no doubt that the heart and soul of McMaster Marauder football is Stefan Ptaszek,” said Jeff Giles, director of athletics and recreation at McMaster. “His energy, passion, and most importantly his commitment to the success of each and every student-athlete have securely positioned this program among the elite in this country. For Stefan to be recognized as the CIS coach of the year is a tremendous accomplishment and a true honour that everyone at McMaster is very proud of.” Other nominees for the award were Jeff Cummins, Acadia, Glen Constantin, Laval, and Blake Nill, Calgary. Androschuk is the first member of the Gryphons to receive the Russ Jackson Award since the inception of the trophy in 1986. On the field, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive back is a two-year captain of the special teams unit and a four-year starter who won the team’s Kyle Walters Trophy in 2011 for being the best-prepared player on the Guelph roster. This fall, in his fifth and final CIS season, he ranked sixth on the team with 30.5 tackles in eight league games and also had one interception and a fumble recovery as the Gryphons took second place in OUA with a program-best 7-1 record. In the classroom, the Sarnia, Ont., native has been named to the Dean’s Honour Roll and has achieved Academic All-Canadian status each of his first four years on the Guelph campus. In 2011, he held an 84.6 per cent academic average while majoring in biomedical sciences and won the University’s President’s Award for excellence in the classroom and on the field. He graduated with distinction in April of 2012 and is currently completing a minor in neuroscience. He has already been accepted to Western University’s medical school. In addition, Androschuk plays an important role in many community circles. His life was forever changed six years ago when one of his closest friends was severely hurt when wrestling with him and unfortunately became a quadriplegic. They have remained very close while working together on an organization called It Happens. They have managed to take an unfortunate event and turn it into a positive contribution to touch the lives of others. Androschuk has also been instrumental in organizing the first “Guelph Wheels in Action”, a spinal cord injury fundraiser held at the University of Guelph. He has volunteered as a Brain Day Director, a nationwide outreach initiative where university students present to Grades 4-6 on brain and spinal cord anatomy. His other efforts include volunteering in the St. Joseph’s Hospital spinal rehabilitation unit, participating in the “Big Brothers Bowl for Kids’ Sake” fundraiser, and serving as a “Believe to Achieve” motivational speaker to high school students. “Zach has a commitment to excellence both on the field and in the classroom that embodies the spirit and dedication of a student-athlete destined for great things,” said Guelph head coach Stu Lang. “He has shown tremendous leadership skills as well as an incredible maturity and self-awareness in recognizing the impact he can have not only as an athlete and teammate but also as an ambassador and champion within the community.” Other nominees for the award were Matt Albright, Saint Mary’s (offensive tackle / science); David Haddrall, Bishop’s (receiver / natural sciences); and Brett Jones, Regina (guard / engineering & applied science) Stefan Ptaszek Interview ALL-TIME FRANK TINDALL TROPHY WINNERS (coach of the year) 2012 Stefan Ptaszek, McMaster 2011 Jeff Cummins, Acadia 2010 Glen Constantin, Laval 2009 Steve Sumarah, Saint Mary’s 2008 Pat Sheahan, Queen’s 2007 Frank McCrystal, Regina 2006 Denis Piché, Ottawa 2005 Glen Constantin, Laval 2004 Jerry Friesen, Alberta 2003 Gary Jeffries, Wilfrid Laurier 2002 Chuck McMann, McGill 2001 Brian Dobie, Manitoba 2000 Greg Marshall, McMaster 1999 Blake Nill, Saint Mary’s 1998 Larry Haylor, Western 1997 John Stevens, StFX 1996 Dan McNally, Guelph 1995 Rick Zmich, Wilfrid Laurier 1994 Brian Towriss, Saskatchewan 1993 Larry Uteck, Saint Mary’s 1992 Ian Breck, Bishop’s 1991 Rich Newbrough, Wilfrid Laurier 1990 Larry Haylor, Western 1989 Dave Knight, Waterloo 1988 Larry Uteck, Saint Mary’s 1987 Frank Smith, UBC 1986 Bruce Coulter, Bishop’s 1985 Peter Connellan, Calgary 1984 Steve Bruno, Mount Allison 1983 Doug Hargreaves, Queen’s 1982 Bernie Custis, McMaster 1981 John Huard, Acadia 1980 Cam Innes, Ottawa 1979 Dave “Tuffy” Knight, Wilfrid Laurier 1978 Frank Smith, UBC 1977 Peter Connellan, Calgary 1976 Darwin Semotiuk, Western 1975 Don Gilbert, Ottawa 1974 Ron Murphy, Toronto 1973 Ed Hilton, UPEI 1972 Dave “Tuffy” Knight, Wilfrid Laurier 1971 Jim Donlevy, Alberta 1970 Frank Cosentino, Western 1969 Henry Janzen, Manitoba ALL-TIME RUSS JACKSON AWARD WINNERS (outstanding student-athlete & citizenship) 2012 Zach Androschuk, Guelph 2011 Dillon Heap, Wilfrid Laurier 2010 Thomas Hall, Manitoba 2009 Thomas Hall, Manitoba 2008 David Hamilton, Toronto 2007 Clovis Langlois-Boucher, Sherbrooke 2006 Naim El-Far, Ottawa 2005 Dan Parker, Mount Allison 2004 Nathan Beveridge, UBC 2003 Curt McLellan, Queen’s 2002 Lincoln Blumell, Calgary 2001 Josh Alexander, Wilfrid Laurier 2000 Carlo Panaro, Alberta 1999 Carlo Panaro, Alberta 1998 Jean-Philippe Darche, McGill 1997 Sam Stetsko, Alberta 1996 Sean O’Neill, Carleton 1995 Ted MacLean, Saint Mary’s 1994 Steve Papp, McGill 1993 David Sykes, Saint Mary’s 1992 David Sykes, Saint Mary’s 1991 J.P. Veri, McGill 1990 J.P. Veri, McGill 1989 Jock Climie, Queen’s 1988 Andrew Allison, Mount Allison 1987 Elio Geremia, Calgary 1986 Charlie Galunic, Queen’s More Football [Click Here]

Mac vs Laval: History in the Making

Mac vs. Laval: History in the making

Source: Canadian Interuniversity Sport– November 19, 2012 [Hamilton Scores]

TORONTO – It is the rematch that many collegiate football fans had hoped would happen. Three hundred and sixty four days after what was arguably the best game ever, the Laval Rouge et Or and McMaster Marauders will meet again in the Vanier Cup.

The top two teams in the country, second-ranked Laval (11-1) and No. 1 McMaster (11-0), will square off in the 48th Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship on Friday (Nov. 23) at 7:30 p.m. at Rogers Centre in Toronto. The game, which is almost sold out, will be broadcast live on TSN and RDS. Pre-game coverage on TSN starts at 7 p.m.

As a prelude to the big showdown, on Thursday evening at 7:30, TSN will also air a documentary entitled “Best Game… Ever: The 47th Vanier Cup”, which takes a look back at the memorable 2011 CIS final.

A year ago, the Marauders captured their first national football title, a thrilling 41-38 overtime win against Laval at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. After building what seemed to be an insurmountable 23-0 halftime lead, McMaster watched in horror as the Rouge et Or stormed back for a 24-23 advantage early in the fourth quarter.

With the game tied at 31-31, Mac had a chance to win it on the last play in regulation time but a missed field-goal attempt by all-Canadian kicker Tyler Crapigna sent the affair to a rare fifth period. After both teams exchanged touchdowns on their first possessions of the shootout session, Crapigna earned a second shot at history and this time made good on a 20-yard FG attempt.

The Marauders and Rouge et Or both secured their tickets for Friday’s much-anticipated rematch in convincing fashion. The Ontario University Athletic champions rolled over Calgary, 45-6, at the Mitchell Bowl in Hamilton, while the RSEQ titlists dominated Acadia, 42-7, in the Uteck Bowl at Quebec City.

“To go 44 years without one and then to make it in back-to-back years is kind of a strange feeling, but we are very excited,” said McMaster head coach Stefan Ptaszek, referring to the four-plus decades between the Marauders’ first Vanier Cup appearance in 1967 and last year’s historic run.

“We don’t want to talk about revenge. The 2011 game is behind us,” said Laval’s Glen Constantin, the only coach in history to claim five Vanier Cups as a bench boss. “It will be an emotional game, no doubt, but we need to focus on the objective, which is to win the Vanier Cup.”

More history will be written on Friday, no matter the outcome.

The Rouge et Or are looking for a record-breaking seventh title in their eighth Vanier Cup appearance. They are currently tied with Western, which needed 12 tries to claim six banners. Laval will also become only the third team to play in three straight national finals after Saint Mary’s (2001-2003) and Saskatchewan (2004-2006).

The Marauders enter the contest riding a CIS-record 21-game overall winning streak dating back to Week 3 of the 2011 schedule. They are looking to become only the fifth club to repeat as Vanier Cup champions after Manitoba (1969-1970), Western (1976-1977), Saint Mary’s (2001-2002) and Laval (2003-2004). They also hope to become the 14th team to finish the season with an unblemished mark, and the first since Laval (13-0) in 2010.

Finally, the duel will mark only the second rematch in the 48-year history of the classic. Western defeated Acadia in the 1976 and 1977 title games.

To say both sides are on a roll heading into the championship match would be a major understatement.

After crushing Laurier 43-0 in its regular season finale back on Oct. 20, McMaster outscored Western 42-28 in the OUA semis and Guelph 30-13 in the Yates Cup before taking care of the Dinos in the Mitchell Bowl.

Following a spectacular season that earned him the OUA nomination for the Hec Crighton Trophy, fifth-year quarterback Kyle Quinlan is averaging 334 passing yards per game in the playoffs and was at his best last Saturday when he passed for 412 yards and three touchdowns to go along with another three TDs on the ground en route to Mitchell Bowl player-of-the-game honours. Of course, post-season accolades are nothing new to the South Woodslee, Ont., native, who a year ago hit the trifecta when he was named MVP of the Yates Cup, Uteck Bowl and Vanier Cup games.

For their part, Laval has scored 40 points or more in each of their three playoff contests, including 46-9 over McGill in the RSEQ semis, 40-17 against Sherbrooke in the Dunsmore Cup and the 42-7 Uteck Bowl victory over Acadia.

While McMaster has relied heavily on their passing attack, the reigning 10-time Quebec champions have been pounding the ball down their opponents’ throats in the post-season, averaging 297 yards on the ground per contest. With their top two running backs – Pascal Lochard and Guillaume Bourassa – both out with injuries against Acadia, sophomore Maxime Boutin earned the start and ran with it, racking up a career-high 213 yards on 25 carries on his way to game MVP honours.

“Maxime is a very good running back; he could start for a lot of teams. But you have to give credit to our offensive line. Even I could have run for 10 yards today,” Constantin joked after the Uteck Bowl.

While their offensive units clicked on all cylinders last Saturday, both teams can also win with defence on any given night.

Led by linebacker Aram Eisho, the OUA nominee for the Presidents’ Trophy, and defensive end Ben D’Aguilar, the conference finalist for the J.P. Metras Trophy as outstanding down lineman, the Marauders completely shut down Calgary’s nationally top-ranked offence in the Mitchell Bowl. During the regular season, McMaster led the OUA in fewest points (15.6), total yards (340.2) and rushing yards (104.6) allowed per game.

The Rouge et Or held Atlantic University Sport player of the year Kyle Graves to just nine completions and 130 yards passing on Saturday while running back Thomas Troop, the MVP of the AUS final, was limited to 15 yards on 13 carries. Led by linebacker Frédéric Plesius, the RSEQ finalist for the Presidents’ Trophy, and defensive end Arnaud Gascon-Nadon, the only two-time J.P. Metras Trophy winner in CIS history, Laval had the top rushing defence in the country in league play (57.8) and finished second in the nation in points against (12.7).

As was the case a year ago, McMaster and Laval kicked off their 2012 schedule with a head-to-head pre-season tilt in Quebec City. After winning 24-10 in 2011, the Rouge et Or prevailed once again this fall, winning 28-22 on Aug. 26.

“Given that we have played them twice in pre-season and in last year’s Vanier Cup, we have faced Laval more often than most of our OUA opponents,” said Ptaszek. “Having three films of facing each other head-to-head, it’s an opponent we know because we’ve competed against each other so often. Both coaching staffs will have their teams well prepared and I think the game will come down to players making plays.

“You need your seniors to play their best game to get to the Vanier Cup. The Calgary game was the best game so far for players like Quinlan, Medeiros, Babic, Ferreira, Beaton, Bhangoo, and Fochesato. Those fifth-year seniors will lead the way for us,” added the OUA coach of the year.

“We have the utmost respect for the whole Laval organization and it should be a classic football game.”

Constantin also has nothing but respect for his upcoming opponent.

“They’re obviously a very good football team, very well coached. They have mature student-athletes and their team is pretty much the same as last year’s,” said the RSEQ nominee for the Frank Tindall Trophy. “They excel in all three aspects of the game and there’s no doubt they represent our greatest challenge of the season, especially in the context of a championship match. I expect a great game Friday night.”

48th VANIER CUP

When: Friday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. EST Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto Who: No. 2 Laval Rouge et Or (visitor) vs. No. 1 McMaster Marauders (local) TV: TSN & RDS

McMASTER UNIVERSITY MARAUDERS (OUA & Mitchell Bowl champions)

2012 season summary Overall record: 11-0 Regular season record: 8-0 Regular season standing: 1st Playoff record: 3-0 Top 10 final ranking (Oct. 30): No. 1 Top 10 best ranking: No. 1 (all 10 polls) Top 10 lowest ranking: - Top 10 number of weeks ranked (10 polls): 10 Regular season offence points (45.6 ppg): 1st OUA / 2nd CIS Regular season offence total yards (582.5 ypg): 1st OUA / 2nd CIS Regular season offence passing (370.0 ypg): 1st OUA / 2nd CIS Regular season offence rushing (212.5 ypg): 2nd OUA / 4th CIS Regular season defence points (15.6 ppg): 1st OUA / 4th CIS Regular season defence total yards (340.2 ypg): 1st OUA / 6th CIS Regular season defence passing (235.6 ypg): 4th OUA / 11th CIS Regular season defence rushing (104.6 ypg): 1st OUA / 5th CIS

2012 results Sept. 3 (home): McMaster 50, Guelph 9 Sept. 8 (away): McMaster 68, Waterloo 21 Sept. 15 (away): McMaster 45, Ottawa 16 Sept. 22 (home): McMaster 33, Queen’s 20 Sept. 29 (away): McMaster 33, Western 27 Oct. 4 (away): McMaster 54, York 14 Oct. 13 (home): McMaster 39, Windsor 18 Oct. 20 (home): McMaster 43, Laurier 0 Nov. 3 (home): McMaster 42, Western 28 (OUA semifinal) Nov. 10 (home): McMaster 30, Guelph 13 (OUA final) Nov. 17 (home): McMaster 45, Calgary 6 (Mitchell Bowl)

2012 OUA individual honours Major awards: Kyle Quinlan (MVP), Aram Eisho (defensive MVP), Ben D’Aguilar (down lineman), Stefan Ptaszek (coach) All-stars offence (First Team): Kyle Quinlan (QB), Robert Babic (IR), Elliott Montag (C), Jason Medeiros (G), Matt Sewell (T) All-stars defence (First team): Ben D’Aguilar (DE), Aram Eisho (LB), Joey Cupido (CB), Mike Daly (S) All-stars special teams (First Team): Tyler Crapigna (K) All-stars offence (Second Team): None All-stars defence (Second Team): Tanvir Bhangoo (T), Nick Shortill (LB) All-stars special teams (Second Team): Spencer Moore (cover)

All-time head-to-head vs. Laval Overall record: 1-2 2011 (neutral): 41-38 OT win (Vanier Cup) 2003 (home): 36-32 loss (Mitchell Bowl) 1999 (home): 49-6 loss (regular season – interlock)

Not included in official head-to-head record: 2012 (away): 28-22 loss (pre-season) 2011 (away): 24-10 loss (pre-season)

Vanier Cup history All-time record: 1-1

2011 (BC Place Stadium, Vancouver): 41-38 OT win vs. Laval 1967 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto): 10-9 loss vs. Alberta

Head coach: Stefan Ptaszek Season: 7th Career regular season record: 42-14 (.750) Career playoff record: 9-5 (.643) Career overall record (season and playoffs): 51-19 (.729) Career overall record vs. Laval: 1-0 Vanier Cup record: 1-0 Vanier Cup wins: 2011 Vanier Cup losses: None

LAVAL UNIVERSITY ROUGE ET OR (RSEQ & Uteck Bowl champions)

2012 season summary Overall record: 11-1 Regular season record: 8-1 Regular season standing: 1st Playoff record: 3-0 Top 10 final ranking (Oct. 30): No. 2 Top 10 best ranking: No. 2 (polls 1-2-9-10) Top 10 lowest ranking: No. 4 (polls 4-5-6) Top 10 number of weeks ranked (10 polls): 10 Regular season offence points (38.7 ppg): 1st RSEQ / 4th CIS Regular season offence total yards (415.2 ypg): 2nd RSEQ / 12th CIS Regular season offence passing (213.1 ypg): 6th RSEQ / 20th CIS Regular season offence rushing (202.1 ypg): 1st RSEQ / 6th CIS Regular season defence points (12.7 ppg): 2nd RSEQ / 2nd CIS Regular season defence total yards (298.2 ypg): 2nd RSEQ / 3rd CIS Regular season defence passing (240.4 ypg): 3rd RSEQ / 13th CIS Regular season defence rushing (57.8 ypg): 1st RSEQ / 1st CIS

2012 results Sept. 2 (home): Laval 33, McGill 15 Sept. 8 (away): Laval 28, Bishop’s 22 Sept. 15 (home): Laval 31, Acadia 7 Sept. 21 (away): Laval 69, McGill 0 Sept. 29 (away): Laval 48, Sherbrooke 10 Oct. 7 (home): Laval 30, Montreal 11 Oct. 13 (away): Montreal 23, Laval 20 Oct. 21 (home): Laval 57, Bishop’s 7 Oct. 27 (away): Laval 32, Concordia 19 Nov. 3 (home): Laval 46, McGill 9 (RSEQ semifinal) Nov. 10 (home): Laval 40, Sherbrooke 17 (RSEQ final) Nov. 17 (home): Laval 42, Acadia 7 (Uteck Bowl)

2012 RSEQ individual honours Major awards: Frédéric Plesius (defensive MVP), Glen Constantin (coach) All-stars offence: Pascal Lochard (RB), Guillaume Rioux (IR), Matthew Norzil (WR), Pierre Lavertu (C), Charles Vaillancourt (G) All-stars defence: Arnaud Gascon-Nadon (DE), Frédéric Plesius (LB), Mathieu Masseau (LB), Dominique Noël (DB) All-stars special teams: Boris Bede (K)

All-time head-to-head vs. McMaster Overall record: 2-1 2011 (neutral): 41-38 OT loss (Vanier Cup) 2003 (away): 36-32 win (Mitchell Bowl) 1999 (away): 49-6 win (regular season – interlock)

Not included in official head-to-head record: 2012 (home): 28-22 win (pre-season) 2011 (home): 24-10 win (pre-season)

Vanier Cup history All-time record: 6-1

2011 (BC Place Stadium, Vancouver): 41-38 OT loss vs. McMaster 2010 (PEPS Stadium, Quebec City): 29-2 win vs. Calgary 2008 (Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton): 44-21 win vs. Western 2006 (Griffiths Stadium, Saskatoon): 13-8 win vs. Saskatchewan 2004 (Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton): 7-1 win vs. Saskatchewan 2003 (SkyDome, Toronto): 14-7 win vs. Saint Mary’s 1999 (SkyDome, Toronto): 14-10 win vs. Saint Mary’s

Head coach: Glen Constantin Season: 12th Career regular season record: 83-16 (.838) Career playoff record: 32-8 (.800) Career overall record (season and playoffs): 115-24 (.827) Career overall record vs. McMaster: 1-1 Vanier Cup record: 5-1 Vanier Cup wins: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2003 Vanier Cup losses: 2011

ALL-TIME VANIER CUP RESULTS 2011 McMaster 41, Laval 38 OT (BC Place Stadium, Vancouver) 2010 Laval 29, Calgary 2 (TELUS-UL Stadium, Quebec City) 2009 Queen’s 33, Calgary 31 (TELUS-UL Stadium, Quebec City) 2008 Laval 44, Western 21 (Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton) 2007 Manitoba 28, Saint Mary’s14 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 2006 Laval 13, Saskatchewan 8 (Griffiths Stadium, Saskatoon) 2005 Wilfrid Laurier 24, Saskatchewan 23 (Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton) 2004 Laval 7, Saskatchewan 1 (Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton) 2003 Laval 14, Saint Mary’s 7 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 2002 Saint Mary’s 33, Saskatchewan 21 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 2001 Saint Mary’s 42, Manitoba 16 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 2000 Ottawa 42, Regina 39 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1999 Laval 14, Saint Mary’s 10 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1998 Saskatchewan 24, Concordia 17 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1997 UBC 39, Ottawa 23 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1996 Saskatchewan 31, StFX 12 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1995 Calgary 54, Western 24 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1994 Western 50, Saskatchewan 40 OT (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1993 Toronto 37, Calgary 34 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1992 Queen’s 31, Saint Mary’s 0 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1991 Wilfrid Laurier 25, Mount Allison 18 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1990 Saskatchewan 24, Saint Mary’s 21 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1989 Western 35, Saskatchewan 10 (Rogers Centre, Toronto) 1988 Calgary 52, Saint Mary’s 23 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1987 McGill 47, UBC 11 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1986 UBC 25, Western 23 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1985 Calgary 25, Western 6 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1984 Guelph 22, Mount Allison 13 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1983 Calgary 31, Queen’s 21 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1982 UBC 39, Western 14 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1981 Acadia 18, Alberta 12 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1980 Alberta 40, Ottawa 21 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1979 Acadia 34, Western 12 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1978 Queen’s 16, UBC 3 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1977 Western 48, Acadia 15 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1976 Western 29, Acadia 13 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1975 Ottawa 14, Calgary 9 (CNE Stadium, Toronto) 1974 Western 19, Toronto 15 (CNE Stadium, Toronto) 1973 Saint Mary’s 14, McGill 6 (CNE Stadium, Toronto) 1972 Alberta 20, Waterloo Lutheran 7 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1971 Western 15, Alberta 14 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1970 Manitoba 38, Ottawa 11 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1969 Manitoba 24, McGill 15 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1968 Queen’s 42, Waterloo Lutheran 14 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1967 Alberta 10, McMaster 9 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1966 StFX 40, Waterloo Lutheran 14 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto) 1965 Toronto 14, Alberta 7 (Varsity Stadium, Toronto)

NOTE 1: Rogers Centre formerly known as SkyDome NOTE 2: Waterloo Lutheran now Wilfrid Laurier

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Mac Dominates OUA Weekly Awards

 Mac dominates OUA weekly awards

 Source: Ontario University Athletics– November 19, 2012 [Hamilton Scores]

McMaster quarterback Kyle Quinlan had a sensational game as he led the Marauders to a 45-6 victory over the Calgary Dinos in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s Mitchell Bowl on Saturday (Nov. 17).

The win sent the Marauders to the 48th Vanier Cup game this coming weekend. Quinlan’s performance earned him Ontario University Athletics Pioneer Energy Men’s Athlete of the Week.

Quinlan, a fifth-year pivot completed 25 of 35 passes (71% completion rate) for 412 yards. Three of those tosses were for touchdown. When he wasn’t displaying his arm, Quinlan put his legs to use, rushing 11 times for 50 yards (4.5 yard average) and three touchdowns.

Kyle Quinlan (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

His six all-purpose touchdown performance set a CIS playoff record, earning him, not surprisingly, player of the game honours. On top of those two tributes, Quinlan was named OUA offensive football player of the week.

The female athlete award goes to fifth-year guard Sasha Polishchuk (Richmond, B.C.), who was a force for the Laurentian Lady Vees against Windsor and Western this past weekend.

In a losing effort against the top-ranked Windsor Lancers, Polishchuk led the game with 26 points, nine assists and three steals. On Saturday night against the Western Mustangs, Polishchuk found herself dominating the box score once again as she recorded a double-double with 38 points and 11 rebounds. She also added a game-high six assists and two steals as the Lady Vees rolled over the Mustangs 74-64.

Polishchuk currently leads the OUA in scoring with 25 points per game.

Besides Quinlan, two other Marauders were singled out for their efforts Saturday against Calgary. The OUA’s defensive player of the week award goes to cornerback Steve Ventresca.

On a defensive unit that had several stars in the Mitchell Bowl victory, Ventresca (Hamilton) may have shone the brightest. The third-year veteran had nine solo tackles and two pass break-ups, while supplying blanket coverage on the Calgary receiving corps. Coach Stefan Ptaszek said it seemed like Ventresca was all over the field making plays.

On special teams, Trevor Gary was noted for his downfield coverage.

Playing with wild abandon, Gary (Mississauga) led the Marauder kick coverage team. Gary had two solo tackles and was the key player disrupting the Dino return team and not allowing Calgary to gain field position on change of possession.

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McMaster Defends Yates Cup Champion Title!

Big Mac Machine keeps rolling along with Yates Cup win

Source: Ian Speers for OUA– November 11, 2012 [Hamilton Scores]

The No. 1 nationally ranked Marauders captured their second consecutive Yates Cup title with a 30-13 victory over the Guelph Gryphons Saturday before an overflow crowd of 5,427 at McMaster’s Ron Joyce Stadium.

The win extends the reigning Vanier Cup champions’ winning streak to a Canadian Interuniversity Sport record of 20 consecutive conference and playoff contests, breaking the previous mark of 19 set by the Laval Rouge et Or in the 2004 and 2005 campaigns.

McMaster linebacker Shane Beaton (Brampton) took the Dalt White Trophy as most valuable player of the Yates Cup game, delivering 10 solo tackles, including three tackles for a loss, and one pass breakup. He was also named Port Airlines player of the game.

McMaster scored 21 unanswered points over the course of 10 minutes in the first and second quarters, capitalizing on a pair of Guelph miscues to score 10 of those points off turnovers. The Marauder defence repeatedly succeeded in pinning the Gryphons, rated No. 5 in the country going into the Ontario University Athletics showdown, deep in their end in the first half, forcing the Gryphons to concede three safety touches rather than punt from the shadow of their own goalposts.

“I thought our defence played tremendously well when they were backed up,” said McMaster head coach Stefan Ptaszek. “They did a great job forcing field goals and creating turnovers, so our 21-3 lead (in the second quarter) was a product of finishing on defence, but not finishing in the score zone.”

Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson (Aerial Promotions)

This season’s league MVP and McMaster quarterback Kyle Quinlan (South Woodslee) posted a stunning 80% completion percentage, connecting on 16 of 20 passes, while amassing 265 yards and two touchdowns. Quinlan added 70 yards on 11 rushes. His favourite target, Mike DiCroce (Hamilton), accounted for 144 yards on seven receptions.

For the Gryphons, quarterback Jazz Lindsey (Markham) threw for 319 yards, completing 29 of 47 attempts and throwing three interceptions.

In their only previous meeting this year, McMaster downed Guelph 50-9 in the first week of the regular season, accounting for Guelph’s only other defeat of the 2012 campaign.

The win gives McMaster its sixth Yates Cup title in club history, all from 2000 to date.

The Gryphons opened the scoring at the 4:38 mark of the first quarter, capping their first possession of the game with a 12-yard field goal from Julian Tropea (Niagara Falls). Guelph spotted McMaster its first two points on its next possession, Tropea conceding his first of three safety touches.

McMaster’s offence found the end zone on the ensuing possession with a Quinlan-to-Robert Babic (Oakville) play for a two-yard passing major. Two plays later, Lindsey threw an interception into the waiting arms of Marauder defensive back Scott Martin (London), which McMaster soon converted into three points via a 20-yard Tyler Crapigna (Nepean) field goal.

A Guelph fumble on the next play from scrimmage promptly gave McMaster the ball on the Guelph 39 yard-line and Quinlan wasted little time in connecting with Tyler Loveday (Kitchener) on a 21-yard pass-and-run touchdown to give McMaster a 19-3 lead in the opening minute of the second quarter.

Guelph struggled on its ensuing possessions, in turn conceding a second safety touch and throwing an interception. The Gryphons offence finally gelled on a 13-play, 71-yard drive culminating in a one-yard rushing major by Lindsey. One further safety touch conceded by Guelph sent the teams to the intermission with a 23-10 McMaster lead.

McMaster added to its lead margin in the third quarter, off a two-yard rushing major by Kasean Davis-Reynolds (Mississauga). Guelph responded on the ensuing possession with a 16-yard field goal by Tropea. A scoreless fourth quarter was highlighted by a McMaster pass rush tallying three sacks in the final five minutes of play, stifling Guelph’s sputtering offence.

McMaster will host the CIS semi-final Mitchell Bowl on Saturday (Nov. 17) against the Hardy Cup champions, the Calgary Dinos, who defeated the Regina Rams. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. and the game will be televised on TSN.

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YATES! McMaster Marauders vs Guelph Gryphons

105th Yates Cup is Astronomical

Source: Ontario University Athletics – November 7, 2012 [Hamilton Scores]

HAMILTON, Ont. – The No. 5 nationally ranked Guelph Gryphons travel to Hamilton on Saturday to take on the No. 1 McMaster Marauders in the 105th Yates Cup. Here is a look at Yates Cup stats and figures from around Ontario University Athletics.

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4,058 – The number of regular season passing yards collected by the starting quarterbacks in the 105th Yates Cup. McMaster pivot Kyle Quinlan (South Woodslee) threw for 2,457 yards to finish second in the OUA, while Jazz Lindsey (Markham) finished sixth after throwing for 1,601.

3 – The number of times the Guelph Gryphons have been Yates Cup champions. Guelph’s first title came in 1984 and was followed by championship wins in 1992 and 1996.

48.6 – The weight in pounds of the Yates Cup. The trophy is 28 1/4 inches tall and features a wood base with seven levels, with name plates recognizing the champions of the 104 previous Yates Cups, with a bowl on top commemorating the donation of cup in 1898 by H.B. Yates.

20 – The number of OUA all-stars competing in the 2012 Yates Cup. The impressive all-star class is headlined by Marauders Quinlan and offensive linemen Matt Sewell (Milton) and Jason Medeiros (Hamilton), plus Gryphons running back Rob Farquharson and linebacker John Rush (both Niagara Falls).

5 – The number of times McMaster has hoisted the Yates Cup. The Marauders are defending champions looking to win consecutive titles for the first time since the Western Mustangs won back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008. The Marauders also won four consecutive titles from 2000-2003.

19 – The number of consecutive wins posted by the Marauders, dating back to Sept. 10, 2011. The last team to defeat the Marauders was the Western Mustangs who triumphed 48-21 last season in week two. The number ties the Canadian Interuniversity Sport record for consecutive games won.

16 – The number of interceptions collected by the Guelph Gryphons defence in the 2012 regular season. The Gryphons had 10 different players who collected an interception, led by Bryan Dunjko (Aurora) who had three.

2 – The number of Yates Cup games won by the 2012 Yates Cup head coaches during their playing careers. Stefan Ptaszek hoisted the trophy as a member of the Laurier Golden Hawks in 1991. Stu Lang tasted victory as a receiver for the Queen’s Golden Gaels in 1970.

12447 – The number of the asteroid named after the Yates Cup. 12447 was discovered in 1996 and named Yatescup by brothers Robert and Peter Jedicke. Robert was a member of the Western Mustangs football team that won the Yates Cup in 1981 and 1982.

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OUA Football Press Conference

Marauders headline OUA football awards

Source: Ontario University Athletics– November 8, 2012 [Hamilton Scores]
Canada’s most efficient quarterback, Kyle Quinlan, is Ontario University Athletics’ Most Valuable Player for 2012. And that honour makes the McMaster Marauders’ ball tosser the OUA nominee for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s Hec Crighton trophy, awarded to the country’s top collegiate footballer.

Marauder Award Winners

Hailing from South Woodslee, near Windsor, Quinlan spent this season re-writing the McMaster record book as he led the Marauders to an undefeated league record. In his final year of eligibility, he set an OUA record by completing 162 of 235 pass attempts for a completion percentage of 69%. He passed for 2,457 yards for a league leading 10.46 yards per completion average and also led the OUA with 19 touchdown tosses, against only two interceptions. 

Quinlan also displayed impressive rushing ability, and was McMaster’s leading rusher with 550 yards on 55 carries for a 10-yard per carry average, while scoring seven touchdowns on the ground.

He now holds McMaster single season records for most completions, most yards passing and most touchdown passes, as well as the Marauder career record for touchdown passes and was named a first team all-star. He is only the third Marauder to take home the prestigious award.

Quinlan was one of four Marauders who carted off silverware on Thursday (Nov. 8) when the OUA announced its major award winners.

For the second year in a row, a Marauder takes home the OUA standup defensive player of the year award. Aram Eisho (Hamilton) enjoyed a sensational year, leading the McMaster defence from his middle linebacker position.

He registered 52.5 tackles in eight league games and led the OUA in solo tackles with 50. He also had three quarterback sacks. Eisho’s award shouldn’t surprise too many. Prior to joining the Marauders he was named Canada’s top defensive player while playing junior football with the Hamilton Hurricanes.

Behind Eisho’s strong play, McMaster allowed the fewest yards rushing in the OUA in 2012, and had the top-ranked defence in overall yardage allowed and the fewest points scored against.

A second-year social science student, Eisho has been stellar this season after being named the Outstanding Defensive Player in the 2011 Vanier Cup game. Eisho is the fourth Marauder of all time to take home the President’s Award and he is also a first team all-star.

The J.P. Metras Award for OUA lineman of the year went to McMaster defensive end Ben D’Aguilar (Hamilton). D’Aguilar terrorized OUA quarterbacks this season as the top pass rusher on the league-leading McMaster defence.

From his dominating week one performance when he had three sacks against Guelph – McMaster plays the Gryphons this weekend in the Yates Cup – and was named the OUA Defensive Player of the Week, D’Aguilar seemed destined to have a special season.

D’Aguilar set a single season CIS record for sacks with 12.5 over eight league games. He also registered 28 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, and one pass break-up.

In the first prospect list posted by the CFL scouting combine in September, D’Aguilar was ranked as the 10th best prospect for the 2013 CFL Draft. At the 2012 CIS East-West Bowl, he was the top defensive performer for the West team, with six solo tackles and one sack.

Stefan Ptaszek-Coach

It wasn’t only Marauder players who took home hardware on Thursday. Head coach Stefan Ptaszek was presented with the Dave “Tuffy” Knight coach of the year award.. Ptaszek, in his seventh season with the team, guided the Marauders to a perfect 8-0 mark in regular season play. 

In 2011, Coach Ptaszek completed the rare Vanier Cup trifecta of winning the big prize as a player in 1991 while at Wilfrid Laurier, an assistant coach in 2005 when he served as offensive coordinator for the Golden Hawks, and last season as a head coach, guiding McMaster to its first national championship.

A three-time All-Canadian as a player at Laurier University, Ptaszek spent four years in the Canadian Football League, playing for the B.C. Lions, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Toronto Argonauts. After his CFL playing days, Ptaszek moved into the coaching ranks, serving as Special Team Coordinator at the University of British Columbia, before joining the staff at Laurier, and eventually taking over the McMaster program as Head Coach.

A native of Burlington and graduate of Nelson high school, he holds an Honours Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from U.B.C.

The Western Mustangs continued their outstanding recruiting at the running back position, as Yannick Harou, following in Tyler Varga’s footsteps, took home the Normal Marshall rookie of the year award.

A native of Gatineau, Quebec, Harou had an impressive freshman season with Western, finishing in the top ten for rushing yards and scoring four touchdowns.

Harou was called upon late in the season to fill in for injured CIS-leading rusher Garret Sanvido. He proved to be a more than adequate replacement, rushing for 133 yards and scoring two touchdowns in Western’s quarter-final victory over the Windsor Lancers.

A product of the same St. Andrew’s College Saints program that produced Mustang legend Michael Faulds, Harou was one of the top offensive recruits in the nation after two record-breaking seasons where he earned team MVP honours in both 2010 and 2011.

The Russ Jackson Nominee is a name put forward by the OUA for the award presented annually by the CIS to the player who best exemplifies the attributes of academic achievement, football skill, and citizenship. This year the award goes to Guelph Gryphon captain Zach Androschuk. Androschuk, a fifth-year senior, has always excelled both on the football field as well as in the classroom.

On the field, the 6-foot-1, 195lb defensive back is a two-year captain of the special teams unit and a four-year starter who won the ‘Kyle Walters Trophy’ last year for being the ‘best-prepared’ player. This year during the Gryphons magical 2012 turn-around season, the veteran helped lead his team to a 7-1 regular season record. He was a crucial member of the special teams unit and finished the season with 30.5 total tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.

During his five years with the team, the Sarnia native has consistently been one of the Gryphons top performers in the classroom. He was named to the Dean’s Honour Roll every year and is a four-time Academic All-Canadian. In 2011 he held an 84.6% GPA while majoring in Biomedical Studies and was named the University of Guelph’s President’s Award winner for excellence in the classroom and on the field. He graduated with distinction from Biomedical Sciences in April of 2012 and was accepted to the University of Western Ontario Medical School for September 2012. After much consideration, the talented student-athlete decided to defer his Medical School acceptance for one year and return for his last season on the Gryphons football team. He is currently completing a Neuroscience Minor at Guelph that will be completed this December.

Androschuk also believes in being active in his community and has been instrumental in organizing the first Guelph Wheels in Action, a spinal cord injury fundraiser held at the University of Guelph. He’s also volunteered as a Brain Day Director, which is an outreach initiative where university students present to grades 4-6 on brain and spinal cord anatomy. This was a nationwide event that Androschuk helped bring to Guelph in 2011. Other volunteer work includes volunteering with St. Joseph’s Hospital spinal rehabilitation, acting as the Gryphon captain for the Big Brothers Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser and working as a Believe to Achieve Motivational speaker traveling to local high schools to discuss the life and challenges of a varsity athlete.

This year’s volunteer coach of the year award winner is a long serving member of the Waterloo Warriors coaching staff. Dr. Tony Chris has been involved with the Warriors for 24 years. He began his foray into coaching under Tuffy Knight in 1988, when he started serving as team doctor. Over the next 15 years with the program, his role with the team expanded to include coaching, recruiting, fundraising and taking care of the medical needs of Waterloo’s varsity programs.

The Officials Award of Merit went to Jim Lindsay. The Referee in Chief for the Northern Football Conference, Lindsay dedicates his time to OUA football each season. He watches game tape in order to improve from game to game and for a number of years has stood out as one of the most elite officials in the league.

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2012 OUA FOOTBALL MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

Most Valuable Player – Kyle Quinlan (McMaster) President’s Trophy (Stand-up Defensive Player) – Aram Eisho (McMaster) J.P. Metras Trophy (Lineman of the Year) – Ben D’Aguilar (McMaster) Norm Marshall Trophy (Rookie of the Year) – Yannick Harou (Western) Russ Jackson Nominee – Zach Androschuk (Guelph) Dave “Tuffy” Knight Award (Coach of the Year) – Stefan Ptaszek (McMaster) Volunteer Coach of the Year – Dr. Tony Chris (Waterloo) Officials Award of Merit – Jim Lindsay

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Football energizes me as a photographer and I am always looking forward to the next game. Congratulations to my home town McMaster Marauders for their awesome season accolades. I feel that there may be more celebrations to come. I hope to be there and capture those moments. [nggallery id=64] Please like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and comment on our photographs/design on our blog. Our number one place to post is on Google Plus  GOOGLE+ We always update on { tumbr blog | Flickr photostream | YouTube channel} too! _________________________________________________________________________________________ DOWNLOAD IMAGES* *Read AP Terms & Conditions Before Download…click here *Read AP Photographic Licensing Before Download…click here © Aerial Promotions 1997-2012  |  Photo Credit: Robin Leworthy Wilson _________________________________________________________________________________________ WHY?...Because We Care! It is part of AP mission to give back to sport & the developing athletes as a volunteer in the local community 

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Marauders Advance to Yates Cup

Welcome Back Dicroce; Marauders Advance to Yates Cup

Source: McMaster Athletics Communications – November 4, 2012  [Hamilton Scores]

Wide receiver Michael Dicroce of Hamilton returned to the McMaster lineup, scoring two touchdowns to lead the No. 1 ranked McMaster Marauders to a 42-28 win over the No. 8 Western Mustangs in Ontario University Athletics football semifinal play. 

McMaster advances to the 105th Yates Cup OUA championship next week against the No. 5 Guelph Gryphons, who knocked off the No. 6 Queen`s Gaels, 42-39, in overtime in the other semifinal.

The victory also puts McMaster in elite company having equaled the Canadian Interuniversity Sport record of 19 consecutive wins set by the Laval Rouge et Or. Laval accomplished the feat in the 2004-2005 seasons while McMaster hasn`t lost since last September.

Dicroce, who was the league MVP last season, was named the ‘Big Mac McDonald’s’ player of the game catching two key touchdowns and tallying five receptions for 139 yards. He was playing in his first game of the year after suffering an ankle injury in training camp.

Michael Dicroce McMaster_Football_Semi-Final Kyle Quinlan (South Woodslee) finished 22 of 43 for 324 yards and three touchdown strikes including a 103-yard momentum changing touchdown to Dicroce which handed the Marauders a 23-18 lead in the third quarter – a lead they would not relinquish.

Western’s Will Finch (Burlington) finished the game 24 of 37 tossing two touchdowns but also throwing four interceptions which cost the Mustangs several critical scoring opportunities.

London’s Matt Uren and Brian Marshall had the two receiving touchdowns for the Mustangs while Garret Sanvido of Vancouver punched in the other on the ground.

For McMaster, Tanner Forsyth (Mt. Albert) ran in two touchdowns on 17 carries for 97 yards while Spencer Moore (Hamilton) caught the other touchdown from Quinlan.

Spencer Moore

McMaster’s Joey Cupido (Hamilton) picked off Finch twice and made two tackles to crush the Mustangs hopes of an upset.

The crushing blow for the Marauders was the 103-yard touchdown pass by Quinlan to Dicroce. Down 18-17 in the third quarter and pinned in their own end zone, Quinlan connected with Dicroce on a bomb to midfield. Dicroce would beat three more defenders for the rest of the 103-yard touchdown and a slim 23-18 lead.

McMaster would then pile on 19 more points to take a 42-21 lead before Western added a meaningless touchdown with just 16 seconds to play and a 42-28 final. Western Football 

Western held a 17-7 lead in the second quarter after scoring twice within two minutes on a Sanvido one-yard run and a 37-yard Finch touchdown to Marshall.

McMaster would equal the score by halftime with Forsyth scoring his first TD with 4:34 remaining and then Tyler Crapigna (Nepean), hitting a 19-yard field goal as time expired in the half to bring the score to 17-17.

Crapigna would actually miss the game-tying kick at the half in his first attempt from the 40-yard line, but Western’s Malcolm Brown (London), ran the ball out of the end zone and fumbled, with the Marauders Jeremy Kyei (Hamilton) recovering the ball. On the play, there was a Western penalty and the half cannot end on a penalty giving the Marauders a second chance at the kick.

NOTES: McMaster’s last loss came against the Western Mustangs back on Sept. 10, 2011. Yates Cup OUA Championship tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on Sunday and can be purchased online at www.marauders.ca or by calling 905-525-9140 x20353.

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Football energizes me as a photographer and I am always looking forward to the next game. Congratulations to my home town McMaster Marauders for their awesome season accolades. I feel that there may be more celebrations to come. I hope to be there and capture those moments. [nggallery id=64] Please like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and comment on our photographs/design on our blog. Our number one place to post is on Google Plus  GOOGLE+ We always update on { tumbr blog | Flickr photostream | YouTube channel} too! _________________________________________________________________________________________ DOWNLOAD IMAGES* *Read AP Terms & Conditions Before Download…click here *Read AP Photographic Licensing Before Download…click here © Aerial Promotions 1997-2012  |  Photo Credit: Robin Leworthy Wilson _________________________________________________________________________________________ WHY?...Because We Care! It is part of AP mission to give back to sport & the developing athletes as a volunteer in the local community 

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