York’s Easty named CIS women’s field hockey player of the year


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VICTORIA (CIS) – Anna Easty, a fifth-year midfielder fromYork University, was named CIS player of the year in women’sfield hockey, Wednesday night.

The Toronto native became only the second member of the Lions toclaim the Liz Hoffman Award. Rachel Carpenter was honoured back in1994.

Other winners announced at the All-Canadian Awards Banquet heldat the Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites in Victoria were Dalhousiedefender Samantha Spooner, who captured the Joyce Slipp Award asrookie of the year; UBC’s Miranda Mann, who merited the GailWilson Award as outstanding contributor; Queen’s Mary-AnneReid, who received the Marina van der Merwe Award as coach of theyear; and Keely Dunn, who referees in the Canada West conferenceand was named umpire of the year.

The 2013 Field Hockey Canada – CIS championship gets under wayThursday at the University of Victoria and culminates Sunday at 3p.m. Pacific Time with the gold-medal final. All eight matches fromthe four-team tournament will be webcast live on CIS-SIC.tv.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/fh/index

LIZ HOFFMANAWARD (player of the year): Anna Easty, York

In her second season with the Lions after transferring from theUniversity of Connecticut, where she played for three years, Eastyscored a team-leading three goals in 12 games from her centremidfield position, accounting for a third of York’s offensiveproduction in league play.

The law student and team captain, who was named an OUA all-starfor the second straight campaign, was the heart and soul of theLions and was widely recognized as the best all-around player inthe conference.

“Anna has been the foundation of our field hockey team forthe past two seasons,” said York head coach Zeeshan Minhas.“Her skill and control on the ball make her a threat toopponents and a go-to player for the Lions. Her experience andleadership on and off the field has been vital this season as sheled a young team. She is consistent and versatile, and her stickskills rate among the best.”

Defenders Rachel Donohoe of UBC and Katherine Koughan of UPEIwere the other nominees for CIS MVP honours.

JOYCE SLIPPAWARD (rookie of the year): Samantha Spooner,Dalhousie

Spooner, an arts student from Vancouver, became the firstDalhousie player to claim the Joyce Slipp Award.

The 17-year-old defender was exceptional at both ends of thefield in her university debut and chipped in offensively with threegoals in 10 regular season games, a performance that earned her aspot on the Atlantic conference (AUFHL) all-star team.

Spooner moved to the East Coast and joined the Tigers afterplaying for her high school team, the West Vancouver Field HockeyClub, in the Vancouver Women’s Field Hockey League and withthe BC Provincial Field Hockey Program, with whom she attendedseveral national championships.

“Sam came to our team assuming key positions of sweep,striker on our offensive corner and post on the defensive cornerwith a mature composure, control and confidence,” saidDalhousie coach Linda Bonin. “Her patience, excellent stickwork, ability to beat players one-on-one, as well as drive the ballout of the backfield to create an attack is bookwork. She is a veryreliable player, rock solid.”

Defenders Shanella Fernando of York and Sophie Jones of UBC werealso in the running for the top freshman award.

GAIL WILSONAWARD (outstanding contributor): Miranda Mann,UBC

The epitome of the CIS student-athlete, Mann is only the secondUBC player to put her hands on the Gail Wilson Award, after TylaFlexman in 2008.

On the field, the fifth-year defender is a two-time Canada Westall-star and two-time second-team all-Canadian. She has already wonthree CIS titles and is aiming for another this week inVictoria.

Off the field, the kinesiology student works with two autisticchildren in Vancouver, giving their families a break from therigors of a challenging environment. Her passion for the sport offield hockey also brings her back to her hometown of Duncan, B.C.,every summer, where she runs summer coaching sessions for juniorplayers in the area.

“Miranda is an exceptional human being who is kind,considerate and someone who always puts the needs of her teammatesfirst. Both on and off the field, she treats everyone she meetswith respect,” said UBC head coach Hash Kanjee.“Miranda has a bright personality, a very positive attitudeand her leadership skills which all go towards providing the gluethat holds our team together. She leads by example and is dedicatedand committed to the Thunderbird team philosophy of hard work andconstant improvement. She will leave the Thunderbird tradition in abetter place than when she arrived.”

UPEI’s Eliza MacLauchlan and Queen’s Kara Pogue werealso nominated for the Gail Wilson Award.

MARINA VAN DERMERWE AWARD (coach of the year): Mary-Anne Reid,Queen’s

Reid, a high school teacher and current graduate student ineducation, is the first Queen’s coach to merit the Marina vander Merwe Award.

In her fourth season at the helm, Reid led the Gaels to theirfirst playoff berth in six years thanks to a 3-4-5 record, asignificant improvement from a 2-9-1 mark in 2012. This fall, hertroops scored 16 goals and allowed 19 in conference action,compared to a 6-44 differential a year ago. Their 1.58 goalsagainst average ranked third in the seven-team OUA conference.

As part of restructuring the entire Gaels program, Reid hasplaced a significant emphasis on field hockey communitydevelopment. In particular, she has actively reconnected withQueen’s Field Hockey alumni, including the development of theAnnual Alumni Homecoming event (now in its fourth year).

Reid is also highly committed to professional development as acoach, both NCCP and beyond. She makes an on-going effort to workand engage with other high-performance coaches. She was anassistant coach with the Ontario Senior Women’s team thispast summer and also took her Queen’s squad to NorthernIreland and Scotland.

“We are delighted and proud that Mary-Anne Reid has beenrecognized as the OUA and CIS field hockey coach of theyear,” said Leslie Dal Cin, director of athletics andrecreation at Queen’s. “It is a tremendous honour to beacknowledged by one’s coaching peers. This is especiallyfitting given Mary-Anne’s commitment to her sport and herevolution from the playing to coaching ranks. She is a dedicatedindividual who has committed herself to professional development,mentorship and the development of her team.”

UBC’s Hash Kanjee and Saint Mary’s Sharon Rajaramanwere the other nominees for the Marina van der Merwe Award.

UMPIRE OF THEYEAR: Keely Dunn, Canada West

A former University of Calgary player (1991-96), Dunn retiredfrom competitive field hockey in 2000 and quickly turned toumpiring. She earned her FIH badge in 2003, was promoted to thePromising List in 2006 and Grade 1 in 2010. She now has over 100international umpiring caps to her credit and has also hit thecentury mark in Canada West matches.

Originally from Calgary, Dunn’s career highlights includeJunior World Cups in 2005 (Chile) and 2009 (USA), World CupQualifier in 2010 (Russia), African Olympic Qualifier in 2011(Zimbabwe) and Olympic Qualifier in 2012 (Belgium). Her goal is toumpire the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.

Denise Pelletier (OUA) was also in the running for theaward.


The all-Canadian team was also announced on Wednesday, withreigning two-time national champion UBC leading the way with threeselections.

Joining CIS MVP Anna Easty on the 11-member all-star squad weregoalkeeper Kathryn Williams of Toronto, defenders Rachel Donohoe ofUBC and Katherine Koughan of UPEI, midfielder/defender KathleenLeahy of Victoria, midfielders Nikki Burge of Dalhousie, Erin Houleof Guelph and Tegan Stairs of Toronto, as well as forwards KateGillis and Hannah Haughn of UBC and Katelynn Roganowicz ofWestern.

Stairs, Gillis, Haughn and Roganowicz earned all-Canadian statusfor the second straight season. Stairs was also honoured back in2010.


Liz Hoffman Award (player of the year): AnnaEasty, York
Joyce Slipp Award (rookie of the year): SamanthaSpooner, Dalhousie
Gail Wilson Award (outstanding contributor):Miranda Mann, UBC
Marina van der Merwe Award (coach of the year):Mary-Anne Reid, Queen’s
Umpire of the year: Keely Dunn, Canada West


Pos. – Athlete – University – Year – Hometown- Academics

GK KathrynWilliams Toronto 5 Burlington, Ont. Arts& Science
D Rachel Donohoe UBC 2 Vancouver,B.C. Kinesiology
D Katherine Koughan UPEI 2 Stratford,P.E.I. Business Admin.
M/D Kathleen Leahy Victoria 2 Victoria,B.C. Education
M Nikki Burge Dalhousie 3 Vancouver,B.C. Arts
M Anna Easty York 5 Toronto,Ont. Law
M Erin Houle Guelph 3 Burlington,Ont. Architecture
F Tegan Stairs Toronto 4 Kitchener,Ont. Criminology
F Kate Gillis UBC 4 Toronto,Ont. Arts
F Hannah Haughn UBC 2 WestVancouver, B.C. Kinesiology
F Katelynn Roganowicz Western 4 Burlington,Ont. Health Sciences

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