After a slow start to the season, the Rams have hit a hot-streak over the past couple of weeks, winning three of their last four matches to pull themselves into a temporary playoff position. Ryerson is currently holding sixth-place in the OUA East division with a 4-5-1 record, and are four points back of both Carleton and Laurentian with a game in-hand on both squads.
Veterans Kendra Welham (Oakville, Ont.) and Andrea Raso (Etobicoke, Ont.) currently top the team's scoring list with three markers a-piece. All of Welham's goals came in Ryerson's 7-3 romp of the Trent Excalibur last Wednesday, where her fellow teammate Raso also picked up a pair.
The women have been able to find the net much more in the last two weeks after scoring just twice in their first six games. After tallying seven against the Excalibur, the Rams scored twice in a victory against Nipissing last weekend before Laurentian shut them out on Sunday.
A victory over the Paladins this weekend would bring the Rams one step closer to securing a playoff spot for the first time since 2007, and also help them stay within striking distance of fourth and fifth place in the East division.
The Rams defeated RMC 1-0 on a goal by Christina Lovatsis (Markham, Ont.) on September 25.
Before Saturday's match, Welham and Raso will be recognized in their final year of competition for the Rams on Senior Day.
The Rams will be put to the test against the defending national champion Queen's Gaels on Sunday. The CIS No.3-ranked Gaels share the top of the OUA East with Ottawa, but has two games in-hand on the Gee Gees, and have gone undefeated so far this year with an 8-0-1 record. Striker Jackie Tessier currently has six goals and is amongst the conference's most dangerous forwards.
The women dropped a hard-fought 2-0 decision to Queen's on September 24 in the teams' first meeting.
Saturday's game will take place at Lamport Stadium in the city's west end, while Sunday's match will move east to Birchmount Stadium in Scarborough. Both contests get underway at 1:00 p.m.