By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
August 25, 2013, Victoria BC (ISN)- Following a few days of team bonding in New York City, the University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team took to the field for their opening match of the 2013-14 season. The Vikes defeated the Ivy League’s Yale Bulldogs 3-2 on Aug. 24 in Boston in the first of three pre-season match ups.
The Vikes set the tempo early as second-year forward Amanda Kurianowicz took a quick free hit to spring defender Kathleen Leahy. Leahy’s powerful shot was deflected past the Yale keeper by second year Marin Davidson to get the Vikes on the board.
Momentum tilted for the visitors as captain and senior Kyla Kirby took a straight shot off a penalty corner that deflected off Amanda Kurianowicz’s stick to give the Vikes the 2-0 edge. The offensive pressure proved too much for Yale as Kurianowicz notched her second goal off of a Yale turnover to push the Vikes up by three.
Under the American playing rules, Yale was able to take a time out to regroup and it paid off, as the Vikes defence allowed a goal shortly after and just before half time.
In the second half the Bulldogs cut the lead to one, keeping the Vikes on edge for the remaining minutes of play. Defender Rosie Beale was a key player for the Vikes’ ability to hang on for the win as the Claremont grad was pivotal in intercepting and outletting.
The Vikes were kept off the board in the second half but take away a 3-2 victory in their first pre-season tour match. Up next the Vikes will face Harvard on Aug. 26 and Dartmouth College on Aug. 27 before returning home to continue preparations for the Canada West season.
The Vikes will first face Calgary, Sept. 21-22, on the road before turning around to host UBC Sept. 28-29. The Vikes will also gain an automatic berth to the post-season as Victoria is the home of the 2013 CIS women’s field hockey national championships on Oct. 31-Nov. 2.