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Rams take on Kingston teams for playoff push

By Christian Ryan

TORONTO - Hot off of a dominating performance over the Carleton Ravens, the Rams hit the road this weekend with the intention of climbing the OUA East points ladder. Victoria Watson’s two-goal effort in the win increased the Rams’ record to 4-4-2 and helped place them within striking distance of the conference’s top spots, now sitting four points out of third.

This weekend, they face the current third place team, the Queen’s Gaels. With a record of 5-2-1, the Gaels also enter the weekend off of a victory, 2-1 over the Trent Excalibur. They last met the Rams in 2016, sweeping two shutout games. Facing off on Queen’s home turf, the Rams will look to capitalize on the buffer space the victory over Carleton gave them in the standings and keep Queen’s from running away in points in their first of two meetings.

A Sunday match against the RMC Paladins caps off the Rams’ Kingston road trip. The Paladins currently hold an 0-8 record and sit at the bottom of the OUA East. In 2016, the teams met twice with the Rams coming out on top in both occasions. This season, the second meeting between the two teams comes in the last game of the year. This weekend’s meeting could dictate how the Rams cap off 2017.

After an injury to starting goalkeeper Brittney Clendenan, Elisa Lapadula took over control of the net in this past weekend’s successes. With this issue strongly covered and the Rams burst of goal scoring prowess, the team has found their stride at a crucial time to make their push towards a playoff run. All eyes will be on Kingston this weekend as these games will have major implications for the OUA playoff picture.

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