Cross-country’s Cassidy, basketball’s McLaughlin honoured by Canada West

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The Dinos goaltender set the new Canada West regular season record for longest shutout streak.

(ISN) – NEW WESTMINSTER, BC – The Calgary Dinos’ Kris Lazaruk and UBC Thunderbirds’ Kris Young were named the Canada West 1st Stars of the Week for their outstanding performances over the weekend.

Lazaruk was a wall in front of the Calgary net yet again, recording his third straight shutout while setting a new conference regular season record for longest shutout streak.

Meanwhile, Young was a force against arch-rival Victoria, totalling 38 points, 20 rebounds and 7 steals in the weekend sweep versus the previously undefeated Vikes.

Also honoured are Vikes duo Ryan Cassidy and Chris McLaughlin for the men, and Thompson Rivers’ Iuliia Pakhomenko and Trinity Western’s Sarah Inglis for the women.


1st Star: #1 Kris Lazaruk, Calgary (Hockey)

Dinos goaltender Kris Lazaruk made Canada West history on Friday night when he shutout the UBC Thunderbirds and the Dinos picked up their ninth win of the season with a 3-0 win over the UBC Thunderbirds.

The fourth-year Arts student now has shutouts in his past three starts and has set a new conference regular season record with the longest shutout streak in conference history. Lazaruk has not allowed a goal in 226:14 minutes, surpassing the previous mark held by Alberta’s Kurtis Mucha in 2011 when he went 221:04 without letting a puck in.

The Dinos continue their play on the road, heading to Manitoba to take on the Bisons, November 14-15.

2nd Star: Ryan Cassidy, Victoria (Cross Country)

The University of Victoria Vikes men’s cross-country team successfully defended their Canada West title after a second-place finish at the CIS Cross Country championship hosted by Memorial in St. John’s, N.L.

Ryan Cassidy was named Canada West Male Athlete of the Year after earning a top finish out of 50 Canada West male runners. The fourth-year standout was also the only Vike to be named a CIS First Team All-Canadian after he finished seventh in the CIS in 34:10.0.

The University of Victoria men finished with 103 points good for a silver team finish in the CIS and first place in the Canada West.

3rd Star: #12 Chris McLaughlin, Victoria (Basketball)

The CIS-ranked No. 10 University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team improved to 4-0 after the recent weekend sweep of the No. 7 UBC Thunderbirds, November 7-8, at War Memorial Gym in Vancouver, B.C.

Six-foot-10 forward Chris McLaughlin was critical in the 68-58 win totalling 11 points and 8 rebounds in the Friday win and playing 38 minutes on the floor. McLaughlin was one of four Vikes to hit double digits as the Vikes ousted their mainland rivals.

On Saturday night the fifth year logged 37 minutes and an impressive 31 points in the 85-79 win over the T-Birds. It was the start the Vikes needed in their Canada West campaign if they hope to return to the CIS Final 8 for the third straight season. McLaughlin is the only true fifth-year player on the team and his early, strong performances are sure to be key moving through the season.

The Vikes will have a bye this weekend, November 15-16, but will return to the floor on November 21 and 22 when they visit Saskatchewan for a doubleheader. Both games will be live at CanadaWest.TV.


1st Star: #13 Kris Young, UBC (Basketball)

Two-time CIS All-Canadian Kris Young tipped off the 2014-15 Canada West regular season in style leading the No. 2-ranked UBC Thunderbirds to a pair of wins over their arch-rivals from Victoria.

On Friday night, Young scored 23 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in UBC’s come-from-behind 63-60 win over the Vikes. Down 60-55 with three minutes remaining, Young scored the Thunderbirds’ final eight points to propel her team to victory.

The fifth-year guard didn’t need the same heroics on Saturday night, however she did score 15 points and added six steals, four rebounds, and three assists in UBC’s 71-48 win over Victoria.

Through two games, the former Canada West Player of the Year leads the conference in scoring with 19.0 points per game and is tied for fourth in rebounds with 10 boards per game.

UBC will hit the road this weekend to take on the Alberta Pandas for a pair of games in Edmonton.

2nd Star: #12 Iuliia Pakhomenko, Thompson Rivers (Volleyball)

The Canada West First Star of the Week from last week continued her fine play as she led the upstart Thompson Rivers WolfPack to a split over the No.3 Brandon Bobcats on their home court.

Pakohomenko began the weekend with 12 kills in 28 chances, five service aces, eight digs, one solo block and one block assist on the three-set loss to Brandon.

On the following day, Iuliia notched 26 kills in 44 chances in a three-set win over the previously unbeaten Bobcats.

“Iuliia was outstanding again this weekend. She was solid on Friday night, racking up 12 kills and 5 aces, another efficient outing by her. On Saturday, however, she took the responsibility on her shoulders and put together one of the most dominating performances I have witnessed in CIS women’s volleyball. Hitting at the efficiency she did and getting the volume of sets that she had made it a truly great performance, and fittingly it took place on her 23rd birthday,” WolfPack Head Coach Chad Grimm said.

Pokamenko and her TRU mates will be home to Winnipeg on November 14-15.

3rd Star: Sarah Inglis, Trinity Western (Cross Country)

Led by Sarah Inglis, who finished fifth overall and first amongst Canada West athletes, the Trinity Western women’s cross country team made Spartans history by finishing second overall at the CIS national championships for the first time ever, while also capturing their second straight Canada West championship Saturday at St. John’s Pippy Park Golf Course.

Running in winds that peaked near 110 km per hour, accompanied by rain at sometimes hail-like conditions, the Spartans bettered their fourth place finish from last year’s national championships as the second place finish marks TWU’s best ever result. It’s also the first time in the cross country program’s history that TWU has won back-to-back conference titles.

After finishing 29th overall at last year’s CIS championships, Inglis came back this year on a mission and finished the six kilometre race in 22:58.3 to finish fifth in the CIS and first in the conference. The first place finish amongst Canada West athletes earns Inglis the Canada West Female Athlete of the Year award for cross country as well as being named first team All-Canadian.

Inglis’ result earns her CIS First Team All-Canadian honours and Canada West First Team All-Star honours.

This is the third year in a row that a Spartans women’s runner has won the Canada West cross country title.