Logush named Canada West Rookie of the Year

Lauren Logush

VANCOUVER – UBC Thunderbirds goalkeeper Lauren Logush was honoured Sunday as the Canada West Rookie of the Year as the league announced its major awards winners and all-stars.

Logush, a current Canadian national team member, has been a game changer all season, anchoring a young T-Birds back that allowed only seven goals. The first-year netminder finished her rookie season with a 4-1-2 record, two shutouts and a 1.00 goals-allowed average.

Logush is a 19-year-old Arts student from Richmond Hill, Ont. A graduate of Villanova College, she represented UBC and Canada at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Most recently, Logush played for Canada at the World League 1 tournament in Mexico.

“Lauren’s talent as a goalkeeper has been recognized for some time now,” said UBC head coach Robin D’Abreo. “In the last year, however, she has worked extremely hard, both on and off the field, to professionalize her approach to her craft. Her disciplined approach to both her physiological, and technical preparation is translating to consistently excellent performances. Her varsity hockey career is off to a great start and I’m excited to see what her continued investment will bring both on the CIS and international stage

This is the 11th overall and second-straight season a UBC player has been awarded the conference Rookie of the Year following Sophie Jones‘ nod in 2013. Logush moves forward as the Canada West candidate for the Joyce Slipp Award, given to the top rookie in the CIS.

The other major awards winners are: Canada West Player and Goalkeeper of the Year Alicia Frisch of the Calgary Dinos, the winner of the Canada West Student-Athlete Community Service Award Janelle Rice of Calgary, Coach of the Year Lynne Beecroft and Umpire of the Year Gillian Horgan.

Four Thunderbirds, Hannah Haughn, Rachel Donohoe, Poonam Sandhu and Logush, all current Canadian national team players, were honoured as conference all-stars.

Haughn scored a conference-leading 11 goals to earn her third straight all-star nod.

Last year’s conference MVP Donohoe, a defender, found the net four times to place third in the Canada West goals race.

Fifth-year senior Sandhu was an influential member of a relatively young UBC team that regained the Canada West banner from rivals, Victoria.

Following is a list of the 2014 Canada West Field Hockey All-Stars (in alphabetical order of their last names).
Rosie Beale, Victoria
Jess Britton, Calgary
Rachel Donohoe, UBC
Alicia Frisch, Calgary
Hannah Haughn, UBC
Amanda Kurianowicz, Victoria
Kathleen Leahy, Victoria
Lauren Logush, UBC
Janelle Rice, Calgary
Poonam Sandhu, UBC
Kristina Walters-Shumka, Victoria

The UBC Thunderbirds and Victoria Vikes now move on to the CIS Championship on October 30 to November 2 at the University of Toronto in Ontario.

Complete list of 2014 Canada West Field Hockey Awards winners:
Player of the Year: Alicia Frisch, Calgary
Goalkeeper of the Year: Alicia Frisch, Calgary
Rookie of the Year: Lauren Logush, UBC
Student-Athlete Community Service: Janelle Rice, Calgary
Coach of the Year: Lynne Beecroft, Victoria
Umpire of the Year: Gillian Horgan