Vikes travel to Ontario for House Laughton Tournament

VICTORIA—The Vikes men’s basketball team will get their first road tests of the pre-season when they head to Ottawa to play three games in the House Laughton Tournament.

Their first game will be October 14 at 5 p.m. against the hosts Carleton University. The Vikes will also play October 15 and 16 against the University of Western Ontario and Laval University respectively.

The last time the Vikes travelled to the nations capital for the House Laughton tournament was the 2013-14 pre-season. UVic won their first two games in that tournament before losing to the perennial powerhouse that is the Carleton Ravens.

Last Time Out

The Vikes dropped their final game of the Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament 76-65 to McMaster University. Jake NewmanGrant Sitton and Wayne Tucker Jr. led the way offensively for UVic.

Carleton is looking like a team poised to continue their dominance of years past into this season. The Ravens are 9-0 in the pre-season, including wins over NCAA programs like Wichita State and Arkansas – Pine Bluff.

Western is 2-2 in their pre-season so far. The Mustangs have won their last two games in a row, over Humber and Lambton respectively.

Laval has picked up two wins and three losses as they prepare for the 2016-17 season. Laval won their first ever game against American opposition when they beat the Florida A & M Rattlers  in the middle of August.

“It’s all trial by fire right now, it doesn’t matter if it’s Carleton or any of the other teams. We are a young team and we are having some growing pains and it is going to take us a while,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp. “It’s a lot of get experience and get experience quick and we are learning on the fly.”

By the Numbers

6: The number of consecutive CIS championship titles Carleton has won.
45: The number of points newcomer Wayne Tucker Jr. has scored for the Vikes in the pre-season.

Coach’s Take
Craig Beaucamp, Vikes head coach
“We don’t have a whole bunch of road opportunities in the pre-season, yet half of our season schedule is on the road. So being able to spend more time together and play in adverse conditions will help. There is a lot more to the Canada West season than just playing in the comfort of your home gym and sleeping in your own bed. This gives us an opportunity to experience it first hand.”On who has impressed in the pre-season so far”Scott Kellum has been a bright light, he’s still a freshman and has a long way to go, but I think he has shown that he has the tools to be a good CIS player as we move ahead.

Jake Newman has had some flashes too. He is starting to come into his own, and by our third game he was one of our solid contributors.”Wayne Tucker Jr. is going to be a good player for us, he is just learning the CIS game and how he fits into that. Learning how to guard and play offence at this level.”

Game Info

Friday, Oct. 145:00 p.m. vs Carleton University,  @ Ottawa ON
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Saturday, Oct. 153:00 p.m. vs University of Western Ontario, @ Ottawa ON
Sunday, Oct. 169:00 a.m. vs Laval University, @ Ottawa ON

Vikes hope to get back on track against Westshore

Tale of the Weekend

VICTORIA—The Vikes men’s rugby team will be back in action this weekend in a match against the Westshore Valhallians, it will be an away game in Langford, B.C.

Kick off will be on Saturday, October 15 at 2:45 p.m.

The Vikes were victorious over Westshore with a score of 46-29 the last time they played them in late September, so they will be looking for a repeat performance.

Last Time Out

The Vikes are coming off of a bye weekend due to Thanksgiving, but experienced a rough day the weekend prior when they fell to the Castaway Wanderers 31-18. The game was close until the very last moments.

“The key is to keep the gas on. We have stuck with every team until half time and then have seem to fallen off, so now we need to focus on playing consistently. We just need to put some pressure on in the upcoming games and not let our opponents dictate the game,” said head coach Doug Tate.

By the Numbers

7.5: Weeks counting down until the Barnard Cup Final

3: Number of times that the Vikes will face Westshore this season

Coach’s Take
Doug Tate, Vikes head coach
“This week is supposed to see some crazy weather so it’ll be interesting to see how the game plays out with that. This game and week of training will be good to get the guys refocused after the Thanksgiving weekend. We’re waiting on some guys to see if they’ll be able to play due to injury, but our depth is good and this match will give some more guys the opportunity to play.”

Game Info
Saturday, Oct. 15 – 2:45 p.m. – @ Westshore Valhallians (Langford, B.C.)
Vikes to do battle with two of the top teams in Canada

Tale of the Weekend

VICTORIA— The Vikes will play host to two of the top teams in their conference when they take on the Fraser Valley Cascades on October 14, and the Trinity Western Spartans on October 15.

Both games will begin at 5:00 p.m.

The game aginst Trinity Western on Saturday will also be the last regular season home game for Meaghan StorieSamantha LeeLindsay MachinSarah Douglas and Mia Gunter, the five graduating players from the Vikes roster.

The Vikes played both of these teams on the road, almost exactly one month ago.

UVic played to a scoreless draw against Trinity Western in Langley. Fraser Valley meanwhile, handed the Vikes their first loss of the season by a score of 3-0.

“I think we are going to have to have all cylinders firing at the same time this weekend for sure. This is an opportunity for us to move up in the standings,” said Vikes head coach Tracy David. “We have to be in the top three places in the Pacific division to host a playoff so that’s what we are gunning for, it would be great to play at home. The results this weekend are going to tell a big story.”

Last Time Out

There was only one game on the schedule for the Vikes last week, they fell 2-0 to the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver. The loss dropped the Vikes to fifth place in a very close Pacific Division.

Fraser Valley and Trinity Western also played just one game last week, it was a battle between first and second in the Pacific Division when the Cascades travelled to Langley to play the Spartans.

Trinity won the game 3-2 to boost their national ranking to second in the country.

By the Numbers

4: The number of goals Trinity has allowed through ten games this season.
9: The national ranking of the Cascades, behind only Trinity and Calgary of the Canada West teams.
2: The number of points that separate the second place Cascades and the fifth place Vikes in the Pacific Division standings.

Coach’s Take
Tracy David, Vikes head coach
On the teams five graduating players.”They bring a wealth of experience, of knowing how the program works. They know the inner dealings of the inner circle in the program. They’ve worked long and hard, committed and dedicated many hours in order to get to the spot that they are in. At university you always hope they graduate so of course we are pleased that they are graduating, but in terms of the athletic realm it is tough because they are such an integral cog in our wheel. You lose a lot of heart and soul when those players graduate, that’s the part that we will miss the most is their inner soul.”On being one of just two teams to earn a point against Trinity Western this season

“That for sure gives us a little confidence. We have to play well against Trinity Western, they have all kinds of weapons at their disposal. They are sitting pretty comfortable in first place right now and we would like nothing better than to take three points away from them this weekend.”

Game Info
Friday, Oct. 145:00 p.m. – vs. Fraser Valley Cascades –
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Fraser Valley Cascades (6-2-2)
CIS National Ranking: 9
Canada West Standings: t-3 (Pacific: t-2)
Last Week: 0-1-0
Streak: L 1
Last Canada West Title: 2010
Last CIS Title: N/A
Windsor next up for Vikes in busy pre-season schedule

Tale of the Weekend

VICTORIA— The Vikes women’s basketball team will be looking to keep their pre-season hot streak going when they take on the Windsor Lancers in Victoria on October 14.

The game will get underway at 7:00 p.m. in the CARSA Performance Gym.

While the Vikes haven’t played the Lancers recently, they know that Windsor will bring a strong team to Victoria.

“This game will be a good test for us, Windsor has won five championships in a row in their history. Last year they had some injuries but were still very strong and I expect them to have loaded up again this year,” said Vikes head coach Dani Sinclair. “They are one of the teams touted to come out of Ontario and make it back here for nationals, so any time you have an opportunity to play a team like that it’s great.

Last Time Out

It was a big win last weekend for the Vikes against George Fox University. The Vikes took the game 74-48. With that victoria the Vikes have now won two of the three games they have played in a busy pre-season schedule.

“I think that winning helps build confidence but we are still focussing on trying to build individual confidence. If we keep doing that eventually that will build into a larger team confidence,” said Sinclair. “You are going to do everything you can to win, but we also have to remind ourselves of the process.

By the Numbers

38: The number of points in the paint scored by the Vikes in their game against George Fox.
6: The number of games the Lancers lost between 2012 and 2015.

Coach’s Take

Dani Sinclair, Vikes head coach

“We’ve put a lot of onus on our ability to defend, that was our Achilles heel last year. I think we have brought in some younger players that can defend and also some of our returning players have done a really good job of making that a point of emphasis for their game.”

On who has stood out to her so far in the pre-season.

Aleah Ashlee plays with a lot of confidence. She’s been able to come in and contribute right away because not only does she have good instincts but she also works really hard.”

Krysten Mullen is a player for us that has looked good. She’s very quiet and unassuming as a player but she’s solid. She has sometimes had to be the best player on her team and other times she’s been a facilitator so she’s comfortable with both those roles.”

Game Info
Friday, Oct. 147:00 p.m. – vs Windsor @ CARSA Performance Gym
Spot at nationals up for grabs in Vikes vs. Calgary clash

Tale of the Weekend

VICTORIA— The Vikes women’s field hockey team will have a chance to book their ticket to Toronto for the CIS national championships when they host the University of Calgary Dinos this weekend.

The games on October 15 and 16 are both scheduled to start at 11:00 a.m.

With the top two teams from Canada West guaranteed a spot in the national championships, the Vikes are just one win away from clinching second place and giving themselves a chance go one better than their second place in the nation finish last year.

The Vikes and Dinos have already done battle twice this season. The Vikes won both of those games in Calgary by scores of 5-0 and 2-1.

Last Time Out

It was two close contests for UVic last weekend, but unfortunately for their hopes of defending their Canada West title, both games ended in a Vikes loss.

UBC travelled to Victoria and beat UVic 1-0 and 2-1. Amanda Kurianowicz scored the lone Vikes goal in a weekend that was heavily affected by the weather.

“We could have had a rowing regatta on our field for the game last Saturday against UBC,” said Vikes head coach Lynne Beecroft.

Calgary will be well rested for the games, they had a bye last weekend. The last time the Dinos took to the field they too lost two games to UBC.

The Thunderbirds swept the Dinos by scores of  5-0 and 7-0.

By the Numbers

1: The Dinos have scored just one goal in their four games this season.

11: The number of years in a row that the Vikes have qualified for the CIS national tournament.

Coach’s Take
Lynne Beecroft, Vikes head coach
“I think that if you play hard and to the best of your abilities, the chips will fall where they may. We’ll just do what we can and do our best to deal with the weather and different conditions.””We still have a bit to go as far as team tactics. I think we are technically fairly sound but we don’t always make the best decision tactically, either on offence or defence. Over the next three weeks we need to work a lot on our decision making and recognizing that you never have to force something in our game.”

Player Perspective
Jenna Dhillon, Third-year Vike
On the teams play against UBC last weekend.”The weekend could have gone either way, it was just a few breakdowns on our part that made the difference. For the most part we went head to head with UBC and the score at the end of the day didn’t really reflect how the games went.””It’s good that we dealt with the rain last weekend so we already have some experience with poor field conditions. I think we all coped really well so next weekend we should know what to expect which should make things easier on us.”

“When we played Calgary it was still their first games of the season so since then they have had some time to work on some things. I think they will definitely come out strong and be good competition for us.”

Game Info
Saturday, Oct. 1511:00 a.m. – vs. Calgary Dinos
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Sunday, Oct. 1611:00 a.m. – vs. Calgary Dinos
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University of Calgary record: (0-4-0)
Canada West: 3
Last Canada West Title: 1974
Last CIS Title: N/A
Vikes travel to Prince George looking to keep their playoff hopes alive

Tale of the Weekend

VICTORIA— It’s crunch time for the Vikes men’s soccer team. With only four games left in the regular season the Vikes will head to Prince George to play back-to-back games against the UNBC Timberwolves October 15 and 16.

Both contests are scheduled for a 2:15 p.m. start.

This will be the first time that the Vikes play the Timberwolves this season and with both teams currently sitting on the outside looking in at the Pacific Division playoffs, the two games are sure to close contests.

UNBC came to Victoria for a pair of games last year. The Vikes took both contests by scores of 3-0 and 5-3.

Last Time Out

Both teams saw limited success last weekend.

The Vikes played a pair of games against the always strong UBC Thunderbirds and were able to pick up one point from the two games.

UVic lost to UBC in Vancouver in a close 3-2 game and were then able to rebound and scrape out a 0-0 draw against UBC in Victoria.

The Timberwolves played two games at home against UBC Okanagan. The team from Prince George lost the first game 2-0 but were able to shutout UBCO 3-0 in the second game.

By the Numbers

11: The two teams are tied for 11th place out of the 14 teams in Canada West.
6: The number of points that both teams need to make-up on the teams ahead of them to move into the playoffs.
22: The number of different Vikes that have played in a regular season game so far this year.

Coach’s Take
Bruce Wilson, Vikes head coach
“We’ve gotten better and better as the season goes on. With four games left to play we are looking at hopefully coming away with at least 12 points which would put us right in the mix. My concern on this trip north is that we put out the strongest team possible and that we come away with two wins.””Throughout our whole season, starting in the pre-season I give the players full credit, they have all given us a full effort.

Game Info

Saturday, Oct. 152:15 p.m. – at UNBC Timberwolves
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Sunday, Oct. 162:15 p.m. – at UNBC Timberwolves
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UNBC Timberwolves (3-8-1)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
Canada West Standings: t-11 (Pacific t-6)
Last Week: 1-1-0
Streak: W 1
Last Canada West Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A