Three Highlanders named CIS All-Canadian

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By: Ryan McQuillan

November 15, 2013, Victoria  BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes’ campaign for the CIS Men’s National Soccer Championship came to a halt this weekend in Fredricton, New Brunswick, in a match against Fraser Valley. During the quest for the championship, two Vikes players who also played for the Highlanders this past season were given All-Canadian accolades.

Keeper Elliot Mitrou was named CIS first team and defenseman Andrew Ravenhill was named to CIS second team. Both players are in their fifth year of university. Mitrou played all 14 regular season games for the VIkes this season and all three playoff matches. The Vikes won 1o of the

14 regular season bouts with Mitrou posting five shut-outs and a .719 save percentage, good for a 1.29 goals against average. Ravenhill played

1,125 minutes, second only to Mitrou, this season while starting all 13 games he took part in and tallying two assists.

Other players who dressed for both the Vikes and Highlanders this season include Craig Gorman, Adam Ravenhill, Sam Prette, Cam Stokes and Gavin Barrett. Stokes was the top point scorer this season for the Vikes, finishing with 11 goals and five assists. Gorman, who starred in the Highlanders’ web series “Gorman the Intern,” finished third on the team, scoring four goals and leading the team with seven assists.

Prette tallied three goals and four assists, Barrett notched three goals and Ravenhill was able to add an assist. Each Highlander player was able to contribute to the Vikes this season.

Highlanders who dressed for other CIS squads included star striker/midfielder Brett Levis who’s Saskatchewan Huskies finished fourth in the tournament and was able to post a goal in the three games.

Levis led his team in minutes during the regular season and tied for first in points with seven goals and two assists on his way to being named CIS second team. Midfielder Andy Phillips and defenseman Kalem Scott returned to Trinity Western University where Phillips had a goal and three assists and Scott had a goal and an assist. They started in four and 12 games respectively. Jermele Campbell, for the University of Alberta Golden Bears started 12 of the 14 games he played; racking up

961 minutes, an assist and three goals.

These players, who dressed for university squads and the Highlanders this year, each contributed on the stat sheet and were often amongst the leaders in terms of points and minutes played for their respective teams. Three Highlanders were named to All-Canadian teams. Each of these players are talented, young individuals that show a lot of promise and will hopefully build on their successes for years to come.

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