By Fraser Caldwell
After two sobering outings against the top two teams in the OUA, the Marauders returned to Ron Joyce Stadium Saturday and delivered a convincing performance on their Alumni Day.
McMaster scored the game’s first five tries to easily outpace Brock, and treated a crowd full of its former players to a 29-5 victory to improve to 1-2 on the season.
Senior centre Britni French had a pair of tries to lead the Marauders on the afternoon, while Stacey Warner, Tia Svoboda and Maddi Coathup also crossed the try line in the win.
Finding some consolation for her squad in the final moments, Hope Blackmore scored the Badgers lone try.
Quick out of the gates on Saturday, the Marauders heaped on the pressure in the opening minutes of the match, and were rewarded when Warner capped a long, grinding possession by battering her way through the Brock defence in the seventh minute.
Her try went unconverted, but it gave the hosts a 5-0 lead and the initiative that they would not relinquish on the afternoon.
Just three minutes later, the Marauders doubled their advantage when French showcased her speed in the middle of the park, accelerating through a gap in the Badgers defence to touch down under the posts for 10-0.
With momentum firmly on the hosts’ side, Coathup added her name to the scoresheet in the 22nd minute, round the edge of the Brock formation to break the corner of the in-goal area.
Play slowed as substitutes entered the match in the second half, but Svoboda provided an eye-catching highlight by crafting a try from a seemingly innocuous position in the 56th minute, overpowering a pair of Brock defenders from 40 yards out and charging under the posts.
Taking over kicking duties in the second half, Katie McLeod was spotless on two attempts, easily splitting the uprights after Svoboda’s try to push Mac ahead 22-0.
Remaining in the match as it ticked toward its conclusion, French found the in-goal area yet again in the 69th minute when she provided an athletic finish to a long-building Marauders move. With McLeod’s second convert attempt a good one, McMaster’s lead grew to 29-0.
Blackmore prevented the shutout just a minute from full time, punching in from short range to put the Badgers on the board.
NEXT UP: McMaster concludes the regular season on Sunday, September 29, when the Marauders travel to London to take on the Western Mustangs.