Vikes set to host CIS women’s field hockey championship, final Canada West schedules announced

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

June 14, Victoria, BC (ISN)  – The Canada West concluded its week of 2013-14 schedule announcements with the publishing of the women’s field hockey, women’s rugby and conference championship dates.

The season will have 13 different conference championships, with 16 titles at stake. Three other championships will be determined by standings, including women’s field hockey, and CIS finals (men’s and women’s cross-country).

WOMEN’S FIELD HOCKEY  /  SCHEDULE

For the second year in a row, only three schools will compete in the Canada West conference title in women’s field hockey. With the elimination of the Alberta Pandas field hockey program in 2012, the UVic Vikes women will contest for their XX conference title and against defending CIS champions, the UBC Thunderbirds, as well as the Calgary Dinos. The Vikes will open their season with a pair of road games, on Sept. 21-22, before turning around for their home openers against the T-Birds on Sept. 28-29. Each school will have two games at home and two on the road, tallying eight games per team. UBC will host Victoria on Oct. 19-20 to close out the regular season, where the conference banner will be awarded. The CIS national championship will return to Victoria’s world-class, water-based pitch , Oct. 31-Nov. 3, where the Vikes won their last national title back in 2008. The Vikes will earn an automatic hosting berth to the four-team tournament and will be joined by two OUA representatives as well as the higher-ranked of UBC and Calgary.

WOMEN’S RUGBY  /  SCHEDULE

The Vikes women’s rugby team will open the Canada West season hosting powerhouses, the Lethbridge Pronghorns on Sept. 20 at Wallace Field. In 14 seasons, only two schools have every won the Canada West women’s rugby title. Alberta claimed the first seven, while the Horns have captured the last seven. The Vikes will then host a double header, Sept. 27-28, as both Calgary and Alberta will pay a visit to the island for a game each. Following regular season play the top four teams will head to Lethbridge for the conference semifinals and finals, Oct. 18 and 20. The CIS national championship will be hosted out east in Quebec City by Laval University on Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

The first conference championships will take place on Oct. 20, when women’s rugby awarded. Following rugby ail lbw the men’s Final 6 soccer tournament and the women’s Final 4, with the finals for each taking place on Nov. 3.

The field hockey title will be decided on Oct. 20, the final day of the conference season, unless a tie-breaker is required on Oct. 27, while cross-country gold medalists, team and individual, will be awarded on Nov. 9 in Saskatchewan.

The new year will kick off with the Canada West swimming championship. hosted Jan. 24-26 at the University of Calgary. Also in the new year will be the Canada West track and field championship, Feb. 21-22, at the University of Alberta. In basketball, the conference Final 4 for the men will take place Feb. 21-23, while the women will compete on Mar. 7-8. The CIS championships are in Ottawa on Mar. 7-9 for the men, while the women’s Final 8 will be hosted by the Windsor Lancers Mar. 14-16.

For more information on the Canada West visit www.canadawest.org

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