UBC Thunderbirds

With Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

November 3, 2013, VICTORIA (CIS) – The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds became the first team in history to claim three straight McCrae Cups and added to their own record with a 15th national banner overall Sunday afternoon, thanks to a convincing 4-1 win over the tournament host Victoria Vikes in the final of the 2013 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 Cup triumphs, drops to 11-10 in national finals. It was the 10th meeting between the Canada West archrivals in the gold-medal game, with the T-Birds now holding a 7-3 advantage.

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UBC’s Hannah Haughn winds up for a shot agaist UVic Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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

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UBC’s Hanna Haughan (far right) makes a perfect deflection to score the first goal of the game Sunday against UVic (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

In a high-paced, exciting gold-medal matchup, the Thunderbirds came away with the win thanks to two goals from former CIS rookie of the year Hannah Haughn, giving her six for the tourney. Rachel Donohoe and Sara McManus also capitalized.

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UBC’s Sara McManus sprints the ball upfield against UVic on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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

Fifth-year senior Kyla Kirby led the Vikes to an admirable performance that saw them break the T-Birds’ shutout bid with a late goal in the 64th minute from Amanda Kurinaowicz. Victoria keeper Sheriden Goodmanson posted several saves and was rewarded as the only goalie named to the tournament eleven.

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Abigail Raye looks for a rout upfield during the Thunderbirds 4-1 win Sunday. Raye was named tournament MVP (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Vikes came out of the gate early earning their lone first-half penalty corner in the sixth minute of play. Unable to capitalize, the T-Birds were back the other way in continual waves.

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

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UBC’s Kate Gillis looks to move around UVic goaltender Sheridan Goodmanson during Sunday’s gold medal game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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

The Vikes did well to disrupt midfield play but were unable to handle the speed and craftiness that the T-Birds brought from internationally experienced Kate Gillis, Haughn, Raye and Sourisseau. UBC sat on a 3-0 lead entering the break.

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Abigail Raye reaches for a loose ball during Sunday’s game with UVic (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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

The Vikes silenced the T-birds in the 64th minute on a well-executed back-hand shot by leading Vikes scorer Kurianowicz to keep the game within two.

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Natalie Sourisseau looks to move by UVic defender Alanna Macdonald during Sunday’s gold medal game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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

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

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UBC’s Hannah Haughn (13) would score two goals in the Thunderbird’s 4-1 win Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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

The Thunderbirds had five players named to the tournament all-star list including Caitlin Evans, Mann, McManus, Raye and Sourisseau. For the Vikes, keeper Goodmanson, Kirby and gritty midfielder Kathleen Leahy earned the honour.

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UBC’s Poonam Sandhu battles with UVic’s Annie Walters-Shumka on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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

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


  • 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