VICTORIA (CIS) – Led by a Ciara Condon hat-trick, theGuelph Gryphons captured the bronze medal for the fourthconsecutive year at the Field Hockey Canada – CIS women’schampionship thanks to a dominating 6-0 win over the WaterlooWarriors, Sunday afternoon at the University of Victoria.
It marked the fifth victory over Waterloo in as manyhead-to-head meetings this fall for the Gryphons, who beat theWarriors twice in the regular season, 4-1 in last weekend’sOUA final and 5-0 in CIS round-robin action on Saturday.
Waterloo ends the national championship with an 0-4 record afterfailing to score a single goal while allowing 24.
Condon, a native of London, Ont., opened the scoring with a pair30 seconds apart in the fifth minute and made it 4-0 at the22-minute mark. Crysta Stubbs and Laura Strauss also found the backof the net before the halftime break.
Austyn Baumeister had the lone second-half marker, while KayeMcLagan posted the shutout.
Despite the lopsided final score, Waterloo never stoppedcompeting as defenders Alexandra Kocukov and Katrina Schigas heldtheir OUA rivals to only four penalty corners in the game.Stephanie Snyder spent the better part of the contest up front andcaused a lot of havoc for the Gryphons back line.
The Gryphons made good on three free-play attempts beginning inthe fifth minute when third-year captain Erin Houle made a slicingpass to an open Elizabeth Pritchard on the right side of thecircle. Pritchard found Condon at the stroke, and the Guelph gameMVP curled strong and slotted the ball in for the game-winner.
Condon picked up her second goal 30 seconds later picking up along pass and making a 25-yard run into the circle. She blasted ashot far post that took a fortunate deflection off a Waterloodefender to lift the Gryphons up by two.
In the 18th minute Guelph showed their experience slicing passesfrom right to left. Nicole Paola made a nice deflection out to AmyWise who deflected it in low to Stubbs. Stubbs pulled off a niftyback-hand deflection that caught Waterloo keeper Nickole LeVear outof position to give the Gryphons a 3-0 advantage.
Moments later, Allison Chute was taken out by LeVear after shewas sprung on a breakaway. The resulting stroke was put away byCondon for her third or the game giving the Gryphons a 5-0 leadentering halftime.
Waterloo held off the Warriors for much of the second half,generating some promising attack and their third penalty corner ofthe tournament. Despite being able to capitalize the Gryphons wereheld to only one goal that was credited to Baumeister in the 54thminute.
GUE: 5-1: 6
WAT: 0-0: 0
GUE: Ciara Condon (1), 5th minute
GUE: Ciara Condon (2), 5th minute
GUE: Crysta Stubbs (3), 18th minute
GUE: Ciara Condon (3), 22nd minute
GUE: Laura Straus (1), 31st minute
GUE: Austyn Baumeister (1), 54th minute
GUE: Kaye McLagan (W, 70:00, 0 GA, 2-2)
WAT: Nickole LeVear (L, 70:00, 6 GA, 0-4)
Players of the game
GUE: Ciara Condon (London, Ont.)
WAT: Lauren Aitchison (Oxshott, UK)
STANDINGS,SCHEDULE & RESULTS (PACIFIC TIME)
Round-robin standings (FINAL)
GP W L T GF GA PTS
1. UBC 3 3 0 0 21 3 9
2. Victoria 3 2 1 0 8 4 6
3. Guelph 3 1 2 0 6 10 3
4. Waterloo 3 0 3 0 0 18 0
NOTE: 3 points for a win and 1 point for a tie.
Thursday, Oct. 31
16:30 Game 1: UBC 10, Waterloo 0
18:30 Game 2: Victoria 3, Guelph 0
Friday, Nov. 1
16:30 Game 3: UBC 7, Guelph 1
18:30 Game 4: Victoria 3, Waterloo 0
Saturday, Nov. 2
13:00 Game 5: Guelph 5, Waterloo 0
15:00 Game 6: UBC 4, Victoria 2
Sunday, Nov. 3
13:00 Bronze medal: Guelph 6, Waterloo 0
15:00 Championship final: Victoria vs. UBC (CIS-SIC.tv)
Note: All games will be played at UVIC Field 1.
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