UBC’s Raye, Cousens honoured

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November 6, 2013, OTTAWA (ISN) – Field hockey player Abigail Raye and soccer player Niall Cousens, both from the University of British Columbia, are the Canadian Interuniversity Sport female and male athletes of the week for the period ending Nov. 3, 2013.

Raye, a fourth-year kinesiology student from Kelowna, B.C., was named tournament MVP after she guided the Thunderbirds to their third straight McCrae Cup triumph and the 15th in program history at the national championship in Victoria, both CIS records. A member of Canada’s senior national team, the 5-foot-6 senior led the way on defence and in the midfield as UBC outscored its opponents by 25-4 over four matches, including a 4-1 victory over archrival UVic in Sunday’s gold-medal final. Raye also chipped in offensively with two goals in the tourney opener against Waterloo, meriting player-of-the-game honours for her performance.

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

Cousens, a third-year kinesiology student from Vancouver, scored four times in a span of 22 minutes in the first half of Sunday’s Canada West final to lead the nationally top-ranked T-Birds to a convincing 6-1 win over Saskatchewan and their second straight conference title. The 6-foot-4 striker set league records for 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, in Fredericton.

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

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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