Aug 14,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey program said good-bye to several members of last year’s team that was Canada West conference champions and CIS silver medalists.
The typical anticipated preparation by head coach Lynne Beecroft has paid off though as five new recruits will put on the Vikes uniform this fall, three of whom just helped Team B.C. win gold, 2-1 over Ontario, at the Under 18 Canadian national championship.
The 2014 recruit class is highlighted by Team B.C. Blue members Jenna Dhillon, Kristina Walters-Shumka and Lindsay Cole. The trio are all local to the island, loyal to the Victoria-based women’s league club, the Lynx, and all were members of the Island Wildcats premier team, who played the Vikes for the past two seasons in weekly exhibition.
“Kristina will join her sister Annie, a third-year defender on the team, and they will become the fifth set of sisters to play, concurrently, for us,” says Beecroft. “Kristina is a talented defender who reads the game exceptionally well. Jenna is very versatile and works hard on both sides of the ball and we are happy she decided to stay at home and play with the Vikes rather than heading out East.”
Joining this outstanding group of recruits is Cowichan High School’s Stefanie Langkammer who competed for this year’s national championship bronze medalists, Team B.C. Yellow. Langkammer, a product from up island, brings two-way talent up front and was also a member of the Island Wildcats for the past two years.
“I’m really looking forward to moving to Victoria and playing for the Vikes field hockey team,” said Langkammer. “I feel as though I can learn many skills from the senior players and coaches moving up to a University level of field hockey.”
Delaney Booker, a forward from R. A. McMath Secondary in Richmond, B.C., played along side Langkammer for Team B.C. Yellow this summer and, alongside Dhillon, was selected to the tournament XI. Booker is the only mainland recruit expected to join the Vikes program this year.
“I am really excited to start the next chapter of my life,” said Booker about the relocation to UVic and suiting up for the Vikes. “I am so grateful to have this opportunity to play at such a high level with many talented field hockey players and such knowledgeable coaches.”
In addition to all five recruit’s recent successes at the Under 18 National Championship, Walters-Shumka, Dhillon and Langkammer are all currently participating in an Under 21 Canadian Junior National Team identification camp in Vancouver.
The Vikes women’s field hockey team begin their trial process this weekend and following final team selections will travel East for their pre-season tour of New York and Boston. The Vikes will play Yale (Aug. 23), Harvard (Aug. 25) and Brown (Aug. 26), while their Canada West regular season begins on Sept. 13-14 with a double header on the road against the Calgary Dinos.
2014 WOMEN’S FIELD HOCKEY RECRUIT PROFILES:
Intended Major: Social Sciences
High School: R.A. McMath Secondary
Home town: Richmond B.C
Past Team(s): Richmond Herons Div 1 Women, B.C Yellow team, R.A McMath senior team, BC Summer Games team
Past Coach(es): Alisa Carey, Bubli Chohan, MarieAnn Longmore, Sean Bremner
Team Accomplishments: Team BC yellow; bronze medal (2014), BC Summer Games Gold medal (2010)
Individual Athletic Honours: Named to Tournament XI at 2014 U18 National Championship
Intended Major: Biochemistry
High School: Mount Douglas Secondary
Home town: Victoria, B.C.
Past Team(s): Mount Doug, U18 BC Blue, Wildcats, Lynx I and II
Past Coach(es): Andrea Rushton, Krista Thompson, Ali Lee, Mark Baggott
Team Accomplishments: BC Blue 1st place nationals 2013 & 2014, Lynx I 1st in league, Mount Doug 12th at Provincials
Individual Athletic Honours: Ken Dobson Athletic Scholarship, Stephanie Johnston (Doney) Memorial Scholarship, 25th Olympiad Scholarship, Mount Douglas Allan MacDonald Premier Athletic Award, MVP of Girls Track and Field and Field Hockey (all 2014). MVP of Girls Gold Provincial Soccer tournament, MVP of Senior Girls Basketball, MVP Track and Field (2013). Grade 11, 10, and 9 Mount Doug Athlete of the Year awards
Intended Major: Bachelor of Science
High School: St. Michaels University School
Home town: Victoria, B.C.
Past Team(s): Team BC Blue, Vancouver Island Regional Team, Island Wildcats, Lynx 1 & 2, St Michaels University School Jags
Past Coach(es): Bubli Chohan, Jen Chohan, Krista Thompson, Lelia Sacre, John Sacre, Carey Trumpy, Andrea Rushton, Nancy Mollenhauer, David Kerr
Team Accomplishments: Team BC Blue National Gold Medal Champions 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, Lynx 1, Division 1 Champions 2014, Vancouver Island Regional Team Champions, 2014, St Michaels University School Vancouver Island AA High School Champions 2012, 2013, placed 4th at AA High School Provincials 2012, 2013, U17 National Team 2011, 2012
Individual Athletic Honours: SMUS Awards – Outstanding Junior Female Athlete of the Year 2011 and 2012, Outstanding Senior Female Athlete of the Year 2014
Intended Major: Social Sciences (Unknown)
High School: Cowichan Secondary School
Home town: Duncan BC
Past Team(s): Cowichan Secondary School, Island Wildcats (Outdoor/Indoor), Team B.C. 2010-2014, Cowichan Flickers, U17 Canadian Junior National Squad, Cowichan Crusaders (Cal Cup) X2, U18 Regionals
Past Coach(es): Krista Thompson, Ali Lee, Gill Braun, Jen Budding, Bubli and Jen Chohan, Lelia Sacre, Perri Espeseth
Team Accomplishments: Placed 2nd at School Provincials 2012, Placed 4th at School Provincials 2013, Placed 1st at Bridgeman Cup 2013, Placed 1st at Regional Tournament 2011 and 2013, Won Nationals (Team BC) 2011-2013, Placed 3rd at Nationals 2014, Placed 1st at Cal Cup 2011
Individual Athletic Honours (with year): Jr Athlete of the Year 2011, Placed 18th in the top 100 Cowichan Vally Athletes of the Year in 2012, Placed 4th in the top 100 Cowichan Valley Athletes of the Year, Senior Athlete of the Year 2014
Intended Major: Bachelor of Commerce
High School: Claremont Secondary
Home town: Victoria, B.C.
Past Team(s): U-17 Canadian Junior National Team, Team B.C. 2008-2014, Regional Team, Polar Bears team, Island Wildcats, Claremont Secondary team, Lynx Div. 1, Peninsula Gold Women’s Soccer Team
Past Coach(es): Krista Thompson, Ali Lee, John Sacre, Leila Sacre, Bubli Chohan, Jen Chohan, Perri Espeseth
Team Accomplishments: 2011-2014 National Champions (Team BC), 2014 Provincial Champions (Regionals), Women’s League Winners 2014 (Lynx 1), 2012 Peninsula Women’s Soccer Island Champions
Individual Athletic Honours (with year): 2013, 2014 Women’s League All Star Team, 2012 Women’s Soccer Island Championship Final MVP