Sept 13, 2014 (ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team got off
to a good start for their 2014 CIS campaign with a convincing 6-0 win over the
Calgary Dinos on Sept. 13. Six goals from six different contributors was the
difference at Hawkings Field in Calgary, Alta.
The Vikes capitalized on three penalty corners and earned just as many from the
field, showing their variety in ability to score. Rookie Lindsay
Cole started her Canada West season on
a high scoring in her first game, while Mei Lin
Bennett, Amanda Kurinaowicz, Annie
Walters-Shumka and Marin
Davidson each tallied in the match.
Second-year Kamloops native Larissa
Piva was credited the shutout.
For Calgary, it was tough start for a young squad that turned over 11 players
including Canada West all-stars and former CIS All-Canadians Keara Chicquen and
Courtney Duggan. With only five players returning, head coach Henre Meyer is also
new to the team, only in his second season. Despite the score, Dinos goalkeeper
Alicia Frisch has made a major impact on the squad in her first game with them,
making major saves and showing her leadership skills. The Calgary native is a
transfer from the University of Maine in her fourth year of eligibility.
“It was really exciting for me to watch today,” said Lynne
Beecroft, who entered her 31st season as
head coach of the Vikes. “We really played as a team. It was just magical. We scored
some very good goals – on corners, deflections, from all angles. I told this quote
to the girls before the game and it really is true: ‘It’s amazing how well you can
do when you don’t care who gets the recognition.'”
The Vikes opened the scoring in the fifth minute of play after a nice give and go
sparked by Kurianowicz, who sprung Cheung to score the eventual game winner. Just 10
minutes later and second year Bennett had a well-executed reverse stick deflection
on a penalty corner strike to make it 2-0.
In the 27th minute of play third-year central defender Walters-Shumka had a solo
effort up the middle of the pitch. The Claremont grad wasted no time unleashing a
quick back-hand shot from the top of the pitch that ricocheted off a Dinos defender
to make it 4-0. The scoreline remained unchanged entering the break.
In the second half, the Vikes continued to be in the driving seat with some solid
captaining by third-year defender Andrea
Jones. The Vancouver native was pivotal
in distribution throughout the entire match and helped keep the team organized.
Cole put in a deflection on a penalty corner in the 52nd minute to up the visitors’
lead by five, while Davidson rounded out the scoring in the 61st minute. Davidson’s
goal was scored on a well-timed reverse stick deflection that originated from a
cross by Walters-Shumka.
“We really just need to stay patient and play composed,” added Beecroft on her
thoughts about tomorrow’s rematch. “We have to continue to go back to the basics and
do those well and consistently.”
The final score remained 6-0 for the Vikes, who now boast a 1-0-0 record, while
Calgary fall to 0-1-0 in the Canada West. Both teams will meet again tomorrow, Sept.
14, on Hawkings Field at 12 p.m. Pacific Time.
CGY: 0 – 0 : 0
UVIC: 4 – 2 : 6
UVIC: Mei Lin Cheung (5′), Emily
Bennett (16′), Amanda
Kurianowicz (25′), Annie
Walters-Shumka (27′), Lindsay
Cole (52′), Marin
UVIC: Larissa Piva: 70mins played, 0 goals against
CGY: Alicia Frisch: 70 mins played, 6 goals against