The men’s cross-country team is the highest ranked team for the Marauders, sitting in fourth place after taking the title at the inaugural running of the Marauder Bayfront Open last week.

The women’s cross-country team also made the top 10, remaining in tenth after finishing third on the podium at the Marauder Bayfront Open.

Both teams used that meet as their final tune up for the OUA Championships that will be held in Windsor on October 28th.

On the gridiron, the McMaster football squad defeated the Windsor Lancers 29-13 on October 14 which helped them to move up a spot to fifth. The Marauders jumped past Laurier both in the OUA standings and national ranking after the Golden Hawks lost to the Guelph Gryphons. McMaster holds second place in the conference headed into their final regular season game against Laurier.

Last Friday night, the home crowd saw the Queen’s Gaels beat the Marauders 20-15 in the OUA women’s rugby semi-finals. This is the first time in four season the team will not be in the conference finals but will host OUA bronze medal game on October 20 against the York Lions. With the loss, the women’s rugby team fell to eighth in the rankings on Tuesday.

For the first time since early September, the men’s soccer team returned to the U SPORTS national rankings, jumping to ninth place following victories over the Gryphons, who is ranked eighth, and the Brock Badgers.

Last week’s wins gave the Marauders season sweeps of both teams, bringing their record to 10-3-1 which keeps them on pace to finish second in the OUA West and clinch a bye through the first round of the playoffs. But before they get to the playoffs they will host the Algoma Thunderbirds for games on October 21 and 22 starting at 3:15 PM at Ron Joyce Stadium.