CIS women’s field hockey Saturday roundup: Vikes crowned Canada West champions

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Queen’s 2 Saint Mary’s 1 Final
OUA 5th place

Source: York Sports Info

The Queen’s Gaels defeated the Saint Mary’s Huskies 2-1 tofinish in fifth place at the championship.

The Gaels opened the scoring just five minutes into the contest ona goal by Amber Halcovitch (Apsley, Ont.), but the Huskies cameback to tie it just before the break when Paige Johnson(Burlington, Ont.


) found the back of the net in the 30thminute.

However, Queen’s took the lead again in the 49th minuteon a goal by Lindsay Bjornson (Surrey, B.C.) that stood as the gamewinner.

Waterloo 2 Toronto 0 Final
OUA semi-final 1

Source: York Sports Info

The University of Waterloo Warriors and University of GuelphGryphons will battle for the Ontario University Athletics (OUA)banner on Sunday after winning their respective semifinals onSaturday at York Stadium.

The fourth-seeded Warriors produced the upset of the season in thefirst semifinal, knocking off the previously undefeated TorontoVarsity Blues by a score of 2-0. The Gryphons posted their victoryover the Western Mustangs by the same score in the secondsemifinal.

Waterloo will play in the final for the first time since 2004– the Warriors lost that game 5-1 to the Varsity Blues– while the Gryphons will go for their first title since2010. They have played in each of the last two finals as well,settling for the silver each time. The championship game will beginat 12pm at York Stadium and will be preceded by the bronze medalcontest between Toronto and Western.

In the first semifinal, Waterloo forward Stephanie Snyder(Waterloo, Ont.) scored both goals for the Warriors, the first inthe 22nd minute off a corner and the second just fiveminutes later on a penalty stroke for the only goals of thegame.

The Varsity Blues, who were the two-time defending OUA championsand went 11-0-1 in the regular season, controlled play for most ofthe second half while they tried to get back into the game. Torontohad numerous scoring opportunities, including one goal that waswaved off, but could not capitalize on its chances before timeexpired.

The win is Waterloo’s first over Toronto since 2003 and avenges apair of regular-season losses in which they were outscored 12-0 bythe Blues.

Western 0 Guelph 2 Final
OUA semi-final 2

Source: York Sports Info

The second semifinal remained scoreless for the entire firsthalf and well into the second, until Guelph’s Daniela Jelec(Mississauga, Ont.) broke the deadlock with a goal in the45th minute.

From that point on the Gryphons dominated play and had numerousscoring chances, finally getting the insurance marker just beforethe end of the game, in the 69th minute, by AllisonChute (Greenfield Park, Que.).

With their wins, Waterloo and Guelph also qualified for next week’sCIS championships, which will be hosted by the University ofVictoria Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.

UBC 0 Victoria 2 Final

Source: Ali Lee, Victoria Sports Info

VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s fieldhockey team claimed their first Canada West title since 2002 afterdefeating the UBC Thunderbirds 2-0 on Oct. 26 at UVic’s fieldhockey pitch. The Vikes ended a 10-year championship reign that theT-Birds held to now claim the No. 1 seed entering the 2013 CIS/FHCnational championship hosted in Victoria Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

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Recently named Canada West All-Star AmandaKurianowicz scored her third goal of the season and theeventual game-winner, while freshman KiraStarr tallied her first of the season. The hero of thematch was with out a doubt goalkeeper SheridenGoodmanson who posted eight quality saves to earn theshutout.

The Thunderbirds’ Canada West reign came to an end despite superbperformances from fifth years Miranda Mann and Caitlin Evans. Theboost of Natalie Sourisseau in the midfield generated severalchances including eight penalty corners to UVic’s two but themainland rivals were unable to beat Goodmanson.

The opening minutes heavily favoured the Thunderbirds but againstthe grain Kathleen Leahy took a quickself-start at the hash marks to gain the right-side baseline.Leahy’s composure drew several T-Birds to the near post and awell-timed pass set up Kurianowicz for the wide open shot at thestroke mark for the early 1-0 lead.

From there possession continued to favour the T-Birds but thenorth-south style of attack was guarded well by the Vikes defenceline. Cassandra Tayler and Sourisseau each had qualityopportunities throughout the opening frame as shots favoured thevisitors 3-2 after 35 minutes played.

In the second half the Vikes weathered off six UBC penalty cornersthanks to several saves from Goodmanson.

In the 39th minute of play the Vikes were thebeneficiaries of another Leahy free hit as the midfielder smashedthe ball into the circle from outside the 23m area. UBC’s KatieJameson’s first touch deflected the ball into Bea Francisco’s padsbut Starr was waiting for the rebound and lifted it up and into thenet for the 2-0 lead.

Momentum took a heavy shift in favour of the home team who forceseight saves out of Francisco in the second frame. The Vikesgenerated only two penalty corners coming in the second half butFrancisco did well to keep the goal margin at two.

The T-Birds struggled to generate any form of attack throughout theremainder of the game and the Vikes showed composure to maintainpossession until the final whistle.

Win the 2-0 victory the Vikes claim their first Canada West bannersince 2002 and end gain the top seed entering the Victoria-hostedCIS/FHC national championship. The Thunderbirds will be forced totake the fourth seed, the host berth, while both western teams willbe joined at the championship by OUA contenders Waterloo andGuelph.

Following the Canada West finale Leahy, Kurianowicz and captainKyla Kirby were named CanadaWest All-Stars, while it was a UBC sweep for the major awards andthe remainder of the All-Star list.

The CIS/FHC championship will begin with the CIS All-Canadian andmajor awards banquet on Oct. 30 with games set to start on Oct. 31at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

For a full schedule visit http://govikesgo.com/ciswfh

SCORING SUMMARY
UVIC: 1 – 1 : 2
UBC: 0 – 0 : 0

GOAL SCORERS
UVIC: Amanda Kurianowicz (4′),Kira Starr (39′)
UBC: none

GOALKEEPERS
UVIC: Sheriden Goodmanson 70 MP, 8saves
UBC: Bea Francisco 70 MP, 9 saves

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