CIS athletes of the week (#10): UBC’s Raye, Cousens honoured


Photo credit Rich Lam

OTTAWA (CIS) – Field hockey player Abigail Raye and soccerplayer Niall Cousens, both from the University of British Columbia,are the Canadian Interuniversity Sport female and male athletes ofthe week for the period ending Nov. 3, 2013.

Raye, a fourth-year kinesiology student from Kelowna, B.C., wasnamed tournament MVP after she guided the Thunderbirds to theirthird straight McCrae Cup triumph and the 15th in program historyat the national championship in Victoria, both CIS records.

Amember of Canada’s senior national team, the 5-foot-6 seniorled the way on defence and in the midfield as UBC outscored itsopponents by 25-4 over four matches, including a 4-1 victory overarchrival UVic in Sunday’s gold-medal final. Raye alsochipped in offensively with two goals in the tourney opener againstWaterloo, meriting player-of-the-game honours for herperformance.

Soccer players Allison Bell-Davies of Cape Breton, VirginieLévesque of Montreal and Katrina Ward of Wilfrid Laurierwere also nominated for the women’s award.

Cousens, a third-year kinesiology student from Vancouver, scoredfour times in a span of 22 minutes in the first half ofSunday’s Canada West final to lead the nationally top-rankedT-Birds to a convincing 6-1 win over Saskatchewan and their secondstraight conference title. The 6-foot-4 striker set league recordsfor most goals in a half and fastest four goals by a single player.UBC, crowned CIS champion for the record 12th time a year ago,opens its title defence against Montreal on Thursday, inFredericton.

Soccer players Yassin Shehab El Din of UNB, Fabrice Lassonde ofLaval and Casey D’Mello of York were the other malenominees.

Female nominees:
AUS: Allison Bell-Davies, soccer, Cape Breton
RSEQ: Virginie Lévesque, soccer, Montreal
OUA: Katrina Ward, soccer, Wilfrid Laurier
CWUAA: Abigail Raye, field hockey, UBC(recipient)

Male nominees:
AUS: Yassin Shehab El Din, soccer, UNB
RSEQ: Fabrice Lassonde, soccer, Laval
OUA: Casey D’Mello, soccer, York
CWUAA: Niall Cousens, soccer, UBC (recipient)

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