Vikes win three-straight indoor field hockey tournaments


by Ali Lee, Vikes Communications


(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The colder weather may keep University of Victoria’s women’s field hockey team off the world-class artificial pitch but the hockey doesn’t stop as the Vikes women recently completed the indoor field hockey three-tournament sweep after winning the B.C. Senior Championship hosted Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in Duncan. The Vikes split into two teams and have competed all of January, previously wining the UVic Invitational event, Jan. 9-11, and the Hawks Invitational, Jan. 17-18.

Most recently, the Vikes faced their steepest competition in the six-team senior provincial championship at the Island Savings Centre up island. The UVic White team dominated play going undefeated in the event with a 3-2-0 record, including a 4-4 tie against their counter parts, UVic Blue. The UVic White team were led by Alberta native and leading goal scorer Amanda Kurianowicz, whileLarissa Piva provided the stability between the pipes.

“This was definitely a first for a Vikes indoor team,” exclaimed Vikes women’s field hockey head coachLynne Beecroft, whose two teams managed to sweep all of the available indoor championships to compete for in B.C. “Larissa Piva made several key saves in the tournament while Alexis Veljacic,Andrea Jones and Kristina Walters-Shumka were steller on defence. Amanda was the leading scorer in the Hawks tournament and continued her excellence this past weekend, leading in scoring again.”

Rounding out the versatile UVic White roster was rookie Delaney Booker, Mei Lin Cheung and Emily Bennett. The UVic Blue team finished with a 1-2-2 record.

The Vikes will return to the pitch for their outdoor training and resume their Vancouver women’s premier league games to continue their tune up for next season.

Islanders (2-2-1)
UBC (2-0-3)
UVic Blue (1-2-2)
UVic White (3-2-0) *Tournament Champions
Wildcats Black (0-1-4)
Wildcats White (3-1-1)