With many Ontario University Athletics seasons coming to an end, all-star teams and awards are being announced.

This week has seen numerous members of McMaster being recognized by the OUA.

BASEBALL
After already being honoured by the OUA baseball coaches in their all-star and major awards voting, Marauders’ catcher Jeremie Veilleux was named by the OUA as the Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-Star.

Veilleux appeared in all 18 of the Marauders games in 2018 and led his team in every offensive category in the process. He posted 22 hits, a .349 batting average and a slugging percentage of .476, while providing one of McMaster's three home runs on the season.

Joining Veilleux in the All-Star Team honours were relief pitcher Quinn Finch (1st Team) and outfielder Mark Zanette (2nd Team).

You can read about their season by clicking here.

SOCCER
On the pitch, McMaster’s soccer teams were well represented in the OUA West All-Star teams.

For the women, Stephanie Roberts was named an OUA West First Team All-Star after leading the OUA and the entire country in scoring with 14 goals in 16 games. Roberts started 14 of the 16 games this season while wearing the captain’s armband. She would capture the U Sports scoring title on the last weekend of the regular season with five goals in two games against the Algoma Thunderbirds. It was her second time being named to an OUA All-Star with her first being in 2016 to the Second Team.

Joining her in gaining All-Star nods were midfielder Grace Grafham and defender Mary Craig who were both named to the Second Team.

This is the second consecutive year for Craig to be named to the OUA Second Team as she picked up the honours last year as well after a breakout performance. Craig, a fourth-year senior, started 15 of 16 games, leading a very stingy defense that allowed just 13 goals in the regular season.

After being named a First Team All-Star in 2017 while with the Western Mustangs, Grafham returned to the all-star ranks with her new team in 2018. She would start 15 games this season for McMaster and was a mainstay in the midfield.

The women’s team is in action on November 2, taking on the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the OUA Final Four semi-finals starting at 3pm.

On the men’s side of the ball, they are still trying to digest a shocking defeat that eliminated them in the round of 16, however, they were rightfully rewarded with several honours for their season.

For the third time in the last four seasons, a Marauder player took home the OUA West Community Service Award while six McMaster players were named to the all-star teams.

Yordan Stoyanov was recognized with the Community Service Award in the OUA West. While balancing the life of a student-athlete he also took on multiple opportunities to be involved in community initiatives. That includes the McMaster Athletes Care program, the annual Think Pink events, mentoring first-year students and assisting in organizing fundraisers in support of the Humanity First McMaster group.

Capturing OUA First Team All-Star nods are graduating captain Yunus Mollayev and midfielder Anand Sergeant.

Mollayev appears on the First Team All-Star list for a third consecutive year after playing 12 games in his final season with McMaster. He was instrumental in the creativity the team had on the field while netting eight goals and three assists as the team’s centrepiece.

Sergeant made his first appearance on the all-star list. In 2018 he was a huge piece to the Marauders’ puzzle in the midfield, starting and playing in a total of 14 matches as he becomes the likely person to take over from Mollayev.

Grabbing Second Team All-Star honours for McMaster was keeper Tristan Joyce, defenders Cheikh Tchouambou and Anton Buretic and Dusan Kovacevic.

Joyce became a mainstay in the Marauders goal for 2018, winning seven of the ten matches he started. He would collect three clean sheets while allowing just seven goals over the 2018 campaign.

Making 12 appearances, 11 of them as a starter, first-year Marauder Tchouambou made himself a huge presence in the three-man back line. He established with a no-nonsense defender during the season. The Brampton, Ontario native will be a huge component of the team for years to come.

Buretic, another member of the three-man back line, started 12 matches for McMaster, the Hamilton native -locked down a fullback spot, lending his strength to a defence that conceded just 14 goals.

With eight goals in 14 appearances, Kovacevic was one of the top goal scorers on the team for a second straight year.

For five of the men’s soccer all-stars it was their first recognition while Kovacevic was named to the First Team in 2017.

WOMEN’S RUGBY
Fourth year Marauder, Britni French was announced as a U Sports All-Canadian All-Star with the Second Team.

This marks the second consecutive year that the centre has been named to the Second team after cracking the team last year as well.

French captained the McMaster team in 2018 and led on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. She collected five tries over the course of this year’s campaign and helped the Marauders capture their second consecutive OUA bronze medal last month by defeating the Brock Badgers 59-5 on home turf.

Congratulations to all the award winners and All-Star team members of Marauder Nation.