Young Vikes set eyes on 12th national championship title

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

October 28, 2012, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team will travel to Toronto for the 2012 Field Hockey Canada – CIS women’s field hockey championship, Nov. 1-4. The Vikes women will be looking to return home with the women’s field hockey program’s 12th championship banner.

This is the Vikes’ 29th appearance at the national championships, with 26 of those being led by current head coach Lynne Beecroft. The Vikes currently have 11 national titles to their name, the most of any sport at UVic. The most recent title came on home soil in 2008, in Beecroft’s 25th year of coaching.

This year, the Vikes will be led by 2012 Canada West All-Stars Kyla Kirby (Victoria, BC), Carly Krestanovich (Surrey, BC) and Annie Walters-Shumka (Victoria, BC). Co-captains Kirby and Krestanovich have been anchors on the back line, while rookie and Claremont grad Walters-Shumka has filled in the central midfield spot.

The Vikes women have 12 players in either their first or second year of play and went 3-4-1 in regular season play. Rookie keeper Sheriden Goodmanson (Victoria, BC) has played every game between the pipes for the Vikes, earning a 2.14 goals against average. First-year Vike Amanda Kurianowicz (Calgary, AB) currently leads the team in scoring with three goals.

The national championship, hosted at the University of Toronto, will begin with round-robin play from Thursday to Saturday at Varsity Centre. The top two teams following pool play will advance to gold-medal final on Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. All 12 matches from the competition will be webcast live on http://CIS-SIC.tv.

Joining the Vikes will be tournament favourites, the UBC Thunderbirds, who went 8-0 in the Canada West, along with host the Varsity Blues, the No. 3 Guelph Gryphons and the No. 5 Western Mustangs.

SEEDING

1. UBC Thunderbirds (Canada West champions: 8-0-0 regular season / no playoffs in CW)

2. Toronto Varsity Blues (OUA champions: 12-0-0 regular season / 2-0 playoffs)

3. Guelph Gryphons (OUA finalists: 8-3-1 regular season / 1-1 playoffs)

4. Victoria Vikes (Canada West second place: 3-4-1 regular season / no playoffs in CW)

5. Western Mustangs (OUA bronze medallists: 7-4-1 regular season / 2-1 playoffs)

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, Oct. 31

18:30 All-Canadian Awards Banquet (Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel)

Thursday, Nov. 1

9:30 Game 1: UBC vs. Toronto

11:50 Game 2: Guelph vs. Victoria

15:30 Game 3: Toronto vs. Western

17:50 Game 4: UBC vs. Victoria

Friday, Nov. 2

10:00 Game 5: Guelph vs. Toronto

12:20 Game 6: Victoria vs. Western

16:00 Game 7: UBC vs. Guelph

Saturday, Nov. 3

10:00 Game 8: Guelph vs. Western

12:20 Game 9: Toronto vs. Victoria

16:00 Game 10: UBC vs. Western

17:30 Tie-Breaking Strokes (if necessary)

Sunday, Nov. 4

10:00 Bronze medal

13:00 Championship final

 

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