Making the grade

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Men’s basketball: B-

Roy Rana is Ryerson’s new kid on the block, learning the ways of university basketball despite winning five OFSAA championships with Eastern Commerce Collegiate and coaching Canada in the U-17 championships. Rana may be the biggest influence on whether allstar Boris Bakovic, who is 24 points shy of becoming the most prolific scorer in OUA history, will stay with the Rams next season. The Rams lost games they should have secured as wins this season, lost early in the playoffs and blew a lead — like it was tradition — against Queen’s in the quarters.

Badminton: B

Third-year player Cara Cheung was named to the OUA all-star team after she finished the season with a record of seven wins and one loss. The best part? She only played half the season.

Rowing: A

With Matt Buie and Phillippe Roy at the helm, the rowing team is no longer considered to be an underdog. The pair won the program’s first OUA gold medal this season in the men’s heavy double. They were also named OUA all-stars

Women’s hockey: D

The women’s hockey team has only won two games of 20 this season, dropping games like buckets in March Madness, and face a crucial decision over whether they deserved to attain varsity status this year. The women have been playing as a probationary squad since 2007, trying to break the OUA barrier

Women’s soccer: B-

Coach Peyvand Mossvat has burned some bridges with former players, but is still held in high regard by leaders Andrea Raso and Jassie Hayer. Five players were either dropped from or left the team this season, including star forwarde Tessa Dimitrakopolous. And they finished with a 4-8-4 record — worse than last year.

Men’s soccer: A

The men’s team recorded a programbest 5-4-5 record this year. But the way coach Ivan Joseph sees it, that record will only be trampled on next season. But Joseph has invested time in recruiting and eyes a championship in the future. Their first year of off-season training will do them good.

Women’s basketball: A

The women’s basketball team compiled a season-best record of 14-8, which was the best of all Ryerson teams this year. And this was accomplished with no more than four roster changes, perhaps a reason why this team gelled so well. Coach Sandy Pothier was spotted touring with possible recruits across campus, but she holds a belief in her maturing rookies and may very well keep the roster intact.

Women’s volleyball: C+

At one point, they may have been the most popular team at Ryerson — but for all the wrong reasons. While members of women’s volleyball were given a one-week suspension for drinking in the school locker room, they redeemed themselves with an 8-11 record, their largest win total in the history of the program.

Men’s volleyball: D+

Maybe the men’s volleyball team has passed their prime. That is, for a team that once ventured to the OUA championship not half a decade ago. They won five of 15 games this season, and coach Mirek Porosa will have to work hard to recruit players in order to rebuild.

Men’s hockey: A

This team calls for a double take. Is it the same squad that, just this year, started with one victory in their first six games? This resilient team recorded the most wins since 1988-89. The Rams conquered the Varsity Blues in the quarterfinals — yes, they made the playoffs too for the first time in eight years. Oh yeah, did we mention Maple Leaf Gardens?

Figure skating: A

The figure skating team earned their first gold medal at the provincial championships this year — and then added two more to the collection. Now the question isn’t when they will win, but how many medals they can take home.

Fencing: B

Horia Puscas was the fencing team’s saving grace this year. He finished fourth at the OUA championships but his top five performance helped the Rams finish in sixth place overall at the competition in Ottawa.


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