Tale of the Weekend
The Vikes women’s field hockey team gets their season underway on the road this coming weekend with a pair of games against the defending national champion University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, in Vancouver.
It will be the opening games of the Canada West schedule for both teams.
The games will take place September 17 and September 18, with both contests scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m.
Last Time Out
Last season was a story of what could have been for the Vikes.
A year that went so well ended in heartbreak when the Vikes lost the national championship game in a penalty shootout at home to UBC.
The regular season went as close to perfect as it could for the Vikes. Seven wins and one tie from eight games led the Vikes to their 19th Canada West title.
The Vikes had all the momentum heading into the national championship tournament that was being hosted in Victoria. Everything looked like it was going to plan, they had a one goal lead late into the championship game against their biggest rivals UBC.
The fairy tale ending wasn’t meant to be however, a last second goal by UBC sent the game into the fateful shootout that ended the Vikes season in misery.
By the Numbers
1: The Vikes allowed only one goal during their eight game Canada West season schedule.
5: UBC has won five straight national titles.
33: This season marks the 33rd year that Lynne Beecroft will lead the Vikes as their head coach.
Lynne Beecroft, Vikes head coach
“UBC is going to be that much stronger than they were last year. Overall they’re probably 50-60 per cent better than what they were last year. They’re going to be incredibly tough to beat and we are just going to go in there and give it our best shot and continue to grow each and every week.”
On being named the CIS coach of the year last season
“My assistant coach Krista Thompson has done a lot of the work for this team and I received the accolades because I am the head coach but I think she should get a lot of credit. I think we do a fairly good job of helping one another trying to get the best out of the athlete’s. I’m very honoured to have won it but I think it was as much Krista’s award as mine.”
Saturday, Sep. 17 – 11:00 a.m. – vs University of British Columbia Thunderbirds
Sunday, Sep. 18 – 11:00 a.m. – vs University of British Columbia Thunderbirds
University of British Columbia (0-0-0)
Canada West Pre-Season Ranking: 1
Last Canada West Title: 2014
Last CIS Title: 2015