The women’s field hockey team began their season with a pre-season tour with NCAA teams Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth and Brown. The Vikes came away with a 2-1 record, after defeating Dartmouth and Brown and having their Harvard game cancelled due to weather conditions from Hurricane Irene. Rookie forward Marisa Davidson (Kelowna, BC) scored in each of the three pre-season games.
The Vikes began their Canada West campaign opening with three loses – two to the veteran-laden Calgary Dinos and one to the Alberta Pandas. The Vikes earned their first win at home on Sept. 25 against Alberta when Kyla Kirby (Victoria, BC) netted the game winner off of a well-rehearsed penalty corner option.
The Vikes cycled three goalies in net this year with rookie Leah Farnan (West Vancouver, BC) taking four games, national team member and fifth-year Kaitlyn Williams (White Rock, BC) taking four and finally, rookie Alexandra Martinuik (Calgary, Alta.) closing out the final four games of the season. Williams moved to Vancouver to train with the national team. Her release to play four games helped the Vikes to their only two wins of the season – one against Alberta and the other against UBC, 3-0. Williams missed the rest of the season to compete with Canada at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October.
The Vikes finished fourth in the Canada West season, failing to qualify for the CIS National championship for only the second time in head coach Lynne Beecroft’s 28 seasons at the helm. The only other time the Vikes failed to qualify was in 2005 when the team was comprised of 11 rookies and five second-year athletes.
Looking forward, the Vikes look promising with rookies Emily Fisher (Unionville, ON) and Sam Purcell(West Vancouver, BC) looking to return for four more seasons. Purcell started every single game, playing almost all 70 minutes in each. Purcell closed out the season scoring the game-tying goal in the 2-2 draw with Calgary on Oct. 23. As well, midfielder Courtney Ellis (Victoria, BC) will be the strength up the middle of the park while defender and previous CIS Tournament XI member Kirby will anchor the back line. Veterans Chelsea Morton (Duncan, BC) and Carly Krestanovich (Surrey, BC) will also be heavily leaned on for leadership.
Head Coach: Lynne Beecroft (28th Season)
Assistant Coach: Krista Thompson (15th Season)
Team Captains: Jasleen Aujla, Carly Krestanovich, Whitney Siegmann
2012-13 Key returnees: D Chelsea Morton, D Carly Krestanovich, D Kyla Kirby, D Sam Purcell, M Courtney Ellis
2012-13 Key additions: D Kathleen Leahy
2012-13 Key departures: F Courtney Low, F Whitney Siegmann, F Angela Buttress, D Jasleen Aujla, GK Kaitlyn Williams
CIS CHAMPIONSHIPS (11): 1984, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2008
CANADA WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS (11): 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002
CANADA WEST COACH OF THE YEAR (3): 1990, 1994, 2002
RANKINGS / HISTORY
2011 CIS ranking: did not qualify
2011 Canada West Ranking: 4th (2-8-2)
2010 CIS ranking: 4th (lost 3-0 to Guelph, in Guelph)
2010 Canada West ranking: 2nd (6-4-2) in 2010
Last CIS title: 2008
Last Canada West title: 2002
MAJOR AWARD WINNERS
Canada West All-Star: GK Kaitlyn Williams
Canada West Goalkeeper of the Year: Kaitlyn Williams
CIS Second Team All-Canadian: Kaitlyn Williams