Donohoe and Haughn lead T-Birds closer to league title

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Rachel Donohoe

VANCOUVER – Reigning Canada West Player of the Year Rachel Donohoe scored four times while teammate Hannah Haughn added a hat trick to lead the UBC Thunderbirds to a 9-0 shutout of the visiting Calgary Dinos in Canada West women’s field hockey action on Saturday afternoon at Wright Field.
 
Gabby Jayme and Molly Driscoll added the other T-Birds markers as UBC improved to 4-1-2 on the season. Calgary is now 0-7.
 
“I’m very proud of the way the girls handled themselves today,” said UBC head coach Robin D’Abreo. “It was exercise in discipline and belief both in themselves and in the game plan. We still however have a long way to go and some work to be done to address various parts of our game that need attention.
 
“We have a big game ahead of us tomorrow and our attention, as it did today, will need to remain on process not outcome.”
 
Haughn opened the scoring with a field goal in the seventh minute. In the 23rd, Driscoll recorded her first of the season on a penalty corner to put the Thunderbirds up by a pair. Donohoe then closed out the scoring in the first half with a penalty corner goal in the 28th minute.
 
UBC sealed the victory with a late second-half onslaught, scoring six goals in the final 13 minutes of play.
 
Donohoe tallied three more times in the second half, including twice on penalty corners. The North Vancouver native found the net in the 57th, 66th and 67th minutes, with her last marker coming as a field goal.
 
Haughn scored field goals in the 64th and 70th to move to the top of the league scoring race with eight.

Jayme converted on a penalty corner in the 58th.

Despite the scoreline, the Dinos defended well and did a good job of stepping up into passing lanes to force the T-Birds to either retreat or turn the ball over.

“Alicia Frisch was absolutely exceptional,” said D’Abreo of Calgary’s goalkeeper. “It was only in the last 15 minutes of the game that we started to consistently get the better of them. They’re a team that takes a lot of pride in their performance and do not give up easily. We’re expecting a tough fight tomorrow.”
 
With the triumph on Saturday, the Thunderbirds move to within three points of the Canada West-leading Victoria Vikes. They can win the league title by beating Calgary tomorrow in a game that begins at 1 p.m. at Wright Field.
 
If UBC wins its finale on Sunday, the team would be tied with Victoria with 17 points in the standings.
 
The first tiebreaker of head-to-head results between the two squads would solve nothing as they each won a game and tied the other two during the season series.
 
The next tiebreaker is goal differential during league play. UBC is even with Victoria in that statistic as of right now, so a win by any margin on Sunday would give the T-Birds the title.

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