A day before she and her teammates embark on the Marauders most important match since the 1990s, striker Steph Roberts ended a decade-long drought by being named a U SPORTS All-Canadian Wednesday.
The fourth-year from Ottawa was included in the All-Canadian Second Team, becoming the first Marauder to break into that group since McMaster boasted a pair of All-Canadians in First Team goalkeeper Amy Holt and Second Team midfielder Cheryl Druchok in 2008.
Roberts’ latest recognition comes on the heels of being named the U SPORTS Female Athlete of the Month for October a week earlier, as her torrid scoring pace to conclude the conference season has continued into the playoffs.
Leading the nation with 14 goals in 16 conference games in the OUA’s regular season, Roberts has since added five goals in the playoffs, including the winners in each of McMaster’s three postseason wins to date.
She accounted for both goals in the Marauders 2-0 first round victory over the Brock Badgers, and struck in injury time in Guelph to sink the Gryphons in the teams’ OUA quarterfinal. Most recently, her opening tally in the first half of the Marauders OUA bronze medal victory over the Queen’s Gaels proved to be the winner, before she doubled her tally in the second half.
Roberts’ breakout offensive performance comes as she has assumed the captain’s armband in 2018, leading by example as the Marauders advanced to their first appearance at the national championship since 1997.
That journey gets underway Thursday, as McMaster takes on the top-seeded defending champions, the Montreal Carabins, in a national quarterfinal at 3:00 p.m.
Source: Fraser Caldwell