The seeding and schedule were announced on Sunday for the 42nd Canadian Interuniversity Sport – Field Hockey Canada women’s championship, which gets under way later this week in Toronto.
The four-team tournament, hosted by the University of Toronto for the third time in five years and for the 10th time overall, kicks off on Thursday and concludes Sunday with the gold-medal final at 3 p.m.
Competing for this season’s McCrae Cup will be the top-seeded UBC Thunderbirds (Canada West champions), No. 2 Toronto Varsity Blues (OUA champions/host), No. 3 Victoria Vikes (Canada West runners-up) and No. 4 Guelph Gryphons (OUA silver medallists).
UBC hopes to add to a pair of impressive national marks next weekend as the Thunderbirds have captured a record 17 McCrae Cup titles in their storied history, including the last five in a row, also an all-time standard.
UBC went undefeated against Victoria this season with a 2-0-2 record, while Toronto narrowly defeated Guelph 3-2 in the OUA championship final on a goal in the 67th minute. The two sides split a pair of regular season matchups.
Victoria and Toronto boast 11 McCrae Cup titles apiece, while Guelph’s best finish at the CIS tournament is a silver medal in 2007.
All contenders will play each other once in the preliminary round this week, with the top two finishers advancing to the final and the bottom two teams battling for bronze. Thursday’s opening day will see Victoria take on Guelph at 4 p.m. and UBC face Toronto at 6:30 p.m.
1. UBC Thunderbirds (Canada West champions: 6-0-2 regular season / no playoffs in CW)
2. Toronto Varsity Blues (OUA champions/host: 11-1 regular season / 3-0 playoffs)
3. Victoria Vikes (Canada West runners-up: 4-2-2 regular season / no playoffs in CW)
4. Guelph Gryphons (OUA silver medallists: 9-1-2 regular season / 2-1 playoffs)
Wednesday, Nov. 2
9:30 All-Canadian Awards Brunch (Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel)
16:00 Game 1: Victoria vs. Guelph
18:30 Game 2: UBC vs. Toronto
Friday, Nov. 4
16:00 Game 3: UBC vs. Victoria
18:30 Game 4: Toronto vs. Guelph
Saturday, Nov. 5
12:30 Game 5: UBC vs. Guelph
15:00 Game 6: Toronto vs. Victoria
Sunday, Nov. 6
12:30 Bronze medal
15:00 Championship final