Alicia Frisch named as Canada West Player of the Year

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UBC’S Lauren Logush wins Rookie of the Year, Calgary’s Janelle Rice honoured for Community Service

(ISN) – NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – Goalkeeper Alicia Frisch of the Calgary Dinos was named as Canada West Player of the Year for the 2014 field hockey season, the conference announced today.

Frisch was the most impactful presence for the young Dinos team this year, finishing with a 4.00 goals-allowed average while playing all 560 minutes. Powerhouse rivals Victoria Vikes and UBC Thunderbirds kept the scoreless and winless Dinos in their end the majority of the season, but both teams struggled to beat Frisch. On Calgary’s road swing to Victoria, Frisch commanded her team to ward off over 40 penalty corners in two games. Besides earning the league’s top individual honour, Frisch also took home the Canada West Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Frisch returned to Calgary after completing her undergrad in Economics at Maine to pursue graduate studies in urban design and planning.

“Alicia was a phenomenal addition to a squad that is undergoing a rebuilding process. With only five returning players this year, most entering their third year of eligibility, Frisch offered experience and maturity to a young team while providing resistance between the pipes. The inexperience of the team resulted in gritty defending with Frisch leading the way, often making a staggering amount of saves – some that were absolutely exceptional at any level,” Dinos head coach Henré Meyer said.

Frisch is the third Calgary Dino to receive the Player of the Year award (Marla Richardson, 1997 and Teresa McLachlan, 2000) and the second to be named the Goalkeeper of the Year after Sydney Hamm in 2012. She will be the conference’s nominee for the CIS Liz Hoffman Award for the best player in the country.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. UBC Thunderbirds goalkeeper Lauren Logush was honoured Sunday as well, as she was selected as the Canada West Rookie of the Year. 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. 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,” said UBC head coach Robin D’Abreo.

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.

STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD. Joining Frisch from the Dinos on the awards stage was midfielder Janelle Rice, given the Canada West Student-Athlete Community Service Award for her contributions on and off the field, exemplifying a dedicated pursuit for all-around excellence.

Rice is on her third year of study, majoring in science and math.

“Janelle leads by example – working hard at practice as well as in the conditioning and athletic conditioning sessions. She is often the first to arrive and the last to leave practices – discussing ways she can improve, the team can improve or what needs to be undertaken from a team-building point of view. Janelle understands the importance of how to manage people and different personalities, and this stands her in good stead as co-captain of this young squad. She also enjoys coaching youngsters in various sports,” Dinos head coach Henré Meyer said.

Rice is the fifth Calgary Dino to be given the Student-Athlete Community Service Award, following Carolina Romeo in 2012. Rice will represent the Canada West on the ballot for the CIS Gail Wilson Award.

COACH OF THE YEAR. Victoria Vikes head coach Lynne Beecroft was named the Canada West Coach of the Year for the fourth time in her 31-year career. This season Beecroft’s squad lost out on a second-straight conference title due to goal difference but boasted a 5-1-2 record with only six goals against. Beecroft has garnered 11 CIS national championships for the Victoria program but has won the Canada West Coach of the Year award only three previous times (1990, 1994 and 2002).

The Vikes had an undefeated pre-season tour against Yale, Harvard and Brown and with four Canada West All-Stars this season, the Vikes know they will have stiff competition at nationals against three-time defending champions, UBC, and hosts, Toronto. This fall the Vikes found success against their mainland rivals, UBC, with two 1-1 ties, a 3-1 loss and, most recently, a 4-1 victory. The Vikes’ last two national championships won were in 2008 and 2002 and following Victoria’s 2013 Canada West championship win and CIS silver medal, Beecroft is hoping this year is her year to get the Vikes back in golden form.

“Coach Beecroft has done a fine job this year with our team having many new players and it is nice to see her recognized by her coaching colleagues with this important Canada West distinction,” said Victoria Athletic Director Clint Hamilton.

UMPIRE OF THE YEAR. Victoria umpire Gillian Horgan was honoured as the Canada West Umpire of the Year. Horgan entered the Canada West season fresh off international umpire duties at the FIH World League Round 1 in Guadalajara, Mexico from Sept. 11-14. Horgan umpires three matches, including two tight affairs between UBC and UVic, and has brought a consistent performance to each game. Horgan is known for her strong communication with the players and ability to anticipate advantage to encourage play. As a director of the island’s umpire organization, Horgan is constantly involved in umpire mentorship and education, while she simultaneously continues her personal pursuit in international-level officiating.


Four Thunderbirds, all current Canadian national team players were honoured as conference all-stars including last year’s conference MVP Rachel Donohoe, conference leading goals scorer Hannah Haughn, fifth year Poonam Sandhu and Logush. Stand-out defender Rosie Beale, Vikes leading scorer Amanda Kurianowicz, national team member Kathleen Leahy and rookie Kristina Walters-Shumka received the nod for UVic. Calgary’s all-stars included speedy midfielder Janelle Rice, defender Jess Britton and Frisch.

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