November 4, 2012, TORONTO (CIS) – Brittany Seidler of Oliver, B.C., scored two goals to lead the third-seeded Guelph Gryphons to a 3-1 win over the No. 5 Western Mustangs in the bronze-medal match of the 2012 FHC-CIS women’s field hockey championship, Sunday morning at Varsity Centre.
The Gryphons, OUA finalists this season, secured their third consecutive CIS bronze medal in their fifth straight appearance in the third-place match. Guelph has competed for a national medal in each of the last six seasons since earning silver in 2007.
“It was all heart and desire and there was no way our kids were going to lose today,” said Gryphons head coach Michelle Turley, whose team was upset 2-1 by Western in round-robin action on Saturday. “I am thrilled for all of my senior players to be able to come away with another medal. Every year they have been on the team we have been at nationals.”
Seidler, who was announced as the CIS player of the year prior to the championship, posted her tournament-leading fifth goal to open the scoring in the 12 minute off a penalty corner. Early in the second half, she doubled the Gryphons’ lead with the eventual game-winner, en route to player-of-the-game honours.
“It’s always a team effort from our team. It starts with the back at our goalie, from the defence to the midfielders up to our forwards,” said Seidler. “I just finish and try to put the ball in the net. That’s my job.”
Rookie Daniela Jelec of Mississauga, Ont., added an insurance marker for Guelph in the 57th minute. Western’s lone goal came off the stick of Jessica Crawford of Oakville, Ont., when the second-year netted one in the 69th minute.
The fifth-ranked Mustangs turned heads all week long, picking up their first two wins in program history at nationals and delivering the upset of the season by downing Guelph Saturday morning. Jeff Pacheco, the CIS coach of the year, noted how proud he was of his team and their season.
“The girls fought their hardest and did huge things this year,” said Pacheco, who leads a program that had gone 0-3 in its lone previous CIS championship appearance in 2003. “I’m very happy with us going in the right direction because it is very easy to give up and stop working hard, but you need to put the iron down and want to make those creases go away.”