Gold-medal Game: T-Birds earn first three-peat, capture record 15th McCrae Cup


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VICTORIA (CIS) – The University of British ColumbiaThunderbirds became the first team in history to claim threestraight McCrae Cups and added to their own record with a 15thnational banner overall, Sunday afternoon, thanks to a convincing4-1 win over the tournament host Victoria Vikes in the final of the2013 Field Hockey Canada-CIS women’s championship.

UBC is now 15-6 all-time in the CIS title match, while Victoria,which is tied with Toronto for second place with 11 McCrae Cuptriumphs, drops to 11-10 in national finals. It was the 10thmeeting between the Canada West archrivals in the gold-medal game,with the T-Birds now holding a 7-3 advantage.

Going into the tournament, UBC hadn’t won a game in fourtries this fall against UVic, going 0-1-3 during the Canada Westschedule. The champs redeemed themselves this weekend with a 4-2round-robin win on Saturday and today’s victory.

In a high-paced, exciting gold-medal matchup, the Thunderbirdscame away with the win thanks to two goals from former CIS rookieof the year Hannah Haughn, giving her six for the tourney. RachelDonohoe and Sara McManus also capitalized.

Midfielder Abigail Raye was named championship MVP following thewin, while McManus earned UBC player-of-the-game honours.

Fifth-year senior Kyla Kirby led the Vikes to an admirableperformance that saw them break the T-Birds’ shutout bid witha late goal in the 64th minute from Amanda Kurinaowicz. Victoriakeeper Sheriden Goodmanson posted several saves and was rewarded asthe only goalie named to the tournament eleven.

The Vikes came out of the gate early earning their lonefirst-half penalty corner in the sixth minute of play. Unable tocapitalize, the T-Birds were back the other way in continualwaves.

UBC continued the strength of their corner executioncapitalizing on their first chance in the 12th minute. A set playthat faked through the legs of Miranda Mann left Sophie Huijskens afree sweep shot. Haughn got a stick on it at the far post to givethe visiting ‘Birds the 1-0 lead.

In the 18th minute, the T-Birds were again with a penalty corneropportunity and Rachel Donohoe made no mistake with a deceptivesweep that went straight in to the bottom left corner.

The Vikes did well to disrupt midfield play but were unable tohandle the speed and craftiness that the T-Birds brought frominternationally experienced Kate Gillis, Haughn, Raye andSourisseau.

In the second half, there was a lot of back-and-forth action,emotion and competitiveness on the pitch. Yellow card cautions wereshown as both teams continued to compete until the final horn.

After UBC made it 3-0 on Haughn’s second goal f the day inthe 42nd minute, the Vikes cut the deficit to two in the 60thminute on a well-executed back-hand shot by leading Vikes scorerKurianowicz.

In the 64th minute however, McManus, also named a tournamentall-star, lifted the Thunderbirds back up by three converting on apenalty stroke. The call came after Alanna Macdonald made a divingtackle on Gillis inside the circle.

Moments later, the Vikes celebrated what they thought was anown-goal off a hard hit from outside the 23-meter area. SeveralVikes including the bench celebrated thinking the ball went in offa T-Birds foot but it remained a UBC 15-meter hit.

Just as time was about to expire, the Vikes mustered up threeback-to-back corners and despite having their whole team on thecircle were unable to capitalize.

The Thunderbirds had five players named to the tournamentall-star list including Caitlin Evans, Mann, McManus, Raye andSourisseau. For the Vikes, keeper Goodmanson, Kirby and grittymidfielder Kathleen Leahy earned the honour.

Also named to the list were Guelph’s Erin Houle and AmyWise, as well as Waterloo’s Ally Kocukov. Waterloo washonoured with the R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award.

UBC: 2-2: 4
VIC: 0-1: 1

First half
UBC: Hannah Haughn (5), 12th minute
UBC: Rachel Donohoe (1), 18th minute

Second Half
UBC: Hannah Haughn (6), 42nd minute
VIC: Amanda Kurianowicz (4), 60th minute
UBC: Sara McManus (3), 64th minute

UBC: Bea Francisco (W, 70:00, 1 GA, 4-0)
VIC: Sheriden Goodmanson (L, 70:00, 4 GA, 2-2)

Players of the game
UBC: Sara McManus (Delta, B.C.)
VIC: Kyla Kirby (Victoria, B.C.)


Championship MVP: Abigail Raye, UBC
R.W. Pugh Fair Play Award: Waterloo Warriors

Tournament All-Stars:

Caitlin Evans, UBC
Miranda Mann, UBC
Sara McManus, UBC
Abigail Raye, UBC
Natalie Sourisseau, UBC
Sheridan Goodmanson, Victoria
Kyla Kirby, Victoria
Kathleen Leahy, Victoria
Erin Houle, Guelph
Amy Wise, Guelph
Ally Kocukov, Waterloo


Round-robin standings (FINAL)

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: UBC 4, Victoria 1

Note: All games will be played at UVIC Field 1.

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