CIS women’s field hockey roundup: Varsity Blues reclaim OUA title


OUA Final: Toronto 3, Guelph 0

Source: Toronto Sports Info

The University of Toronto Varsity Blues field hockey team defeated the Guelph Gryphons 3-0 to win the 2014 OUA championship title on Sunday afternoon in Brampton, Ont.

The Blues earned their OUA-leading 30th provincial banner since 1971, and a third title in the past four years.

With the win, Toronto remains a perfect 14-0-0 as they host the 2014 CIS championship next week, October 30- November 2 at Back Campus Fields. U of T welcomes the UBC Thunderbirds, Victoria Vikes and Guelph Gryphons for the four-team national tournament.

Toronto opened the scoring in the final minutes of the first half when Nikki Woodcroft drove the ball done the field and Emma Stairs was there to finish it off. The Blues led 1-0 at the half.

The Blues held off the Gryphons attack, including four consecutive corner opportunities, with some great defensive efforts from Rachel Fackoury and strong goaltending from Madeleine Cho.

OUA leading scorer Alison Lee then added to Toronto’s lead off a penalty corner and minutes later Stairs added her second of the game to round out the scoring.

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OUA Bronze: Queen’s 2, York 1

Source: York Sports Info

The York University Lions field hockey team finished in fourth place at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships on Sunday (Oct. 26) with a 2-1 loss to the Queen’s Gaels in the bronze medal match.

After a scoreless first half, Queen’s got on the board first in the 49th minute when Taylor Herrington (Toronto) found the back of the net to give the Gaels the lead.

It was short-lived, however, as Lions rookie forward Madeleine Krupl (Ajax, Ont.) scored in the 57th minute to tie the game at one.

The game appeared headed to penalty strokes as time wound down, but the Gaels found the go-ahead goal in the 67th minute when Lindsay Bjornson (Surrey, B.C.) gave Queen’s a lead they would not relinquish to claim the bronze medal.

The fourth-place result was a strong one for the Lions, who missed the playoffs last year and came into the championships seeded fifth. They upset the Waterloo Warriors 2-0 in the quarter-finals to have a chance to play for a medal.

The Toronto Varsity Blues won the gold medal with a 3-0 win over the Guelph Gryphons in the championship final. Both squads will now represent the OUA at the CIS championships next week at the University of Toronto.

Scott Harrigan
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