Gryphons Take Fourth Straight CIS Bronze in Women’s Field Hockey

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With Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

November 3, 2013, VICTORIA (CIS) – The University of Guelph Gryphons triumphed in their final game of the Field Hockey Canada-CIS national championship earning a 6-0 bronze-medal win over the Waterloo Warriors in Victoria Sunday afternoon.

Ciara Condon notched the hat trick that gave the Gryphons their fourth-straight CIS bronze medal and a clean 5-0 record against the Warriors this season.

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Guelph’s Ciara Condon would notch a hat-trick to lead the Gryphons to Bronze (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Gryphons previously blanked the Warriors 5-0 in round-robin play Saturday and 4-1 in last weekend’s OUA final.

Guelph opened the scoring in the 5th minute and went on to tally four more before the half thanks to the additional efforts of Crysta Stubbs and Laura Strauss. Waterloo held the Guelph to one second-half goal that was credited to Austyn Baumeister, while Kaye McLagan posted the shutout.

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Guelph’s Coara Condin (right) tries to stay ahead of the check from Waterloo’s Stephanie Hyde (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Waterloo never stopped competing as defenders Alexandra Kocukov and Katrina Schigas held their OUA rivals to only four penalty corners in the game. Stephanie Snyder spent the better part of the game up front and caused a lot of havoc for the Gryphons back line.

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Waterloo’s Melissa Lewis (left) and Guelph’s Laura Straus (right) battle for the ball Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Gryphons made good on three free-play attempts beginning in the fifth minute when third-year captain Erin Houle made a slicing pass to an open Elizabeth Pritchard on the right side of the circle. Pritchard found Condon at the stroke who curled strong and slotted the ball in for the game-winner.

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Waterloo’s Elisabeth Smith (white) and Guelph’s Daniela Jelec clash while fighting for a loose ball Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Condon picked up her second goal 30 seconds later picking up a long pass and making a 25-yard run into the circle. The London, Ont. Native blasted a shot far post that took a fortunate deflection off a Waterloo defender to lift the Gryphons up by two.

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Guelph’s Elizabeth Pritchard drives hard past the check of Waterloo’s Alexandra Kocukov (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

In the 18th minute Guelph showed their experience slicing passes from right to left. Nicole Paola made a nice deflection out to Amy Wise who deflected it in low to Stubbs. Stubbs pulled off a nifty back-hand deflection that caught Waterloo keeper Nickole LeVear out of position to give the Gryphons a 3-0 advantage.

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Waterloo’s Stephanie Hyde winds up for a long shot against Guelph on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Moments laeer Allison Chute was taken out by LeVear after she was sprung on a breakaway. The resulting stroke was put away by Condon for her third or the game giving the Gryphons a 5-0 lead entering half time.

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Waterloo’s Alana Raymond pushes past Guelph defenders Erin Houle (foreground) and Ciara Condon (background)(Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Waterloo held off the Warriors for much of the second half, generating some promising attack and their third penalty corner of the tournament. Despite being able to capitalize the Gryphons were held to only one goal that was credited to Baumeister in the 54th minute.

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Waterloo’s Lauren Atchison pushes a pass up to teammate Vanessa Guido while Guelph’s Elizabeth Pritchard tries to catch up (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The game ended with a 6-0 tilt for the Gryphons who now take their fifth-straight win in as many games over the Warriors. Senior Wise goes out a bronze-medal champion in her final game as the Gryphons are awarded their fourth-straight CIS bronze medal.

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Guelph goaltender Kaye McLagan celebrates the Gryphons bronze medal win with teammate Jessica Donaldson (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

SCORING SUMMARY
GUE: 5-1: 6
WAT: 0-0: 0
 
First half
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
 
Second Half
GUE: Austyn Baumeister (1), 54th minute

Goaltenders
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, ON)
WAT: Lauren Aitchison (Oxshott, UK)

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