The University of Victoria Vikes varsity programs are wrapping up the majority of their seasons as the annual Celebration of Champions and UVic Sports Hall of Fame event draws closer. The Apr. 4 evening dedicated to celebrating current and past Vikes athletes, coaches and staff will culminate the 2017-18 season and major award winners for the President’s Cup, Athletes of the Year, Rookies of the Year, Provost Award, Chancellor’s Award and Publisher’s Award will be announced along with the induction of the 2018 UVic Sports Hall of Fame Class.
The Female Rookies of the Year nominees for 2017-18 include soccer defender and Canada West All-Rookie team Brea Christie, basketball Canada West All-rookie team Ashlyn Day and Canada West women’s field hockey Rookie of the Year Anna Mollenhauer.
Nominee: Brea Christie, Women’s Soccer – Victoria, B.C. (Social Sciences)
With the Vikes season riding on her shoulders, Brea Christie stepped up to the penalty spot at the U SPORTS National consolation semifinal and calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net, sending her team into exultation and on to the National consolation finals… not bad for a rookie.
In her first year of university play the right back from Victoria not only started all 20 regular season and playoff games, but was also an integral component of one of the stingiest defenses in the conference history. Christie and the Vikes defence allowed just six goals against in their 14 game regular season schedule while also compiling 10 shutouts, tied for the most in Canada West history. Christie and the Vikes finished fifth at nationals, went 9-1-4 in the conference regular season to tie for first in the Pacific Division and second overall, and finished second in the Canada West Final Four.
Not just a defender, the Social Sciences major was always a threat moving forward, whipping in crosses to register nine shots on goal and two assists. At the conclusion of the season Christie was selected to the Canada West All-Rookie team.
Nominee: Ashlyn Day, Women’s Basketball – Kelowna, B.C. (Business)
In her first year with the Vikes women’s basketball team Ashlyn Day was a standout performer on a young squad. The rookie from Kelowna, B.C. earned a spot on the Canada West All-Rookie team thanks to averaging 24.4 minutes per game and scoring 9.3 points per game. The Business major was a key contributor on the defensive side of the floor, recording three or more steals in nine games during the regular season and leading the team with 1.6 steals per game.
A quiet leader on the team, Day bookended her rookie campaign with two of her most impressive performances of the season. In just her second weekend of Canada West action, Day led the Vikes to a weekend sweep over the Brandon Bobcats with a team-high 45 points. In the Canada West quarter-finals, Day stepped up to the plate and a great showing in the first playoff action of her university career, playing 26 and 31 minutes while scoring a team-high 19 points. The team had a dream 13-0 run in their regular season that ended in a Canada West quarter-final loss to Calgary but the spirited Vikes boast a strong future with no graduating players. At the conclusion of the season, Day was named a member of the Canada West All-Rookie team.
Nominee: Anna Mollenhauer, Women’s Field Hockey – Victoria, B.C. (Education)
The 2017 Canada West Women’s Field Hockey Rookie of the Year, Anna Mollenhauer had an outstanding first season with a young Vikes contingent. The education major started every game of the season for the Vikes and was the team’s leading scorer with four goals on the year, a feat made even more impressive by the fact that Mollenhauer is a defender. Mollenhauer was integral on set pieces, playing a key role in both offensive and defensive penalty corners. Her skill set is far-and-beyond that of a typical first year player launching over-head aerial skills, back-hand shots and passes or eliminating opponents without any hesitation.
A recipient of the inaugural Carmen Kirkness Award which is given to the women’s field hockey player that best exemplifies courage, heart, hard work, humility and loyalty, Mollenhauer was also named the Canada West Second Star of the Week for her three goals in a weekend sweep of the Calgary Dinos.
In the indoor season, Mollenhauer was also a key contributor on the Vikes team that won the UVic Indoor Tournament and finished second at the BC Senior Indoor Championship. In February, she was selected to a junior national development side that went on a training tour in San Diego, Calif.
Male Rookies of the Year will be announced in the afternoon of Mar. 19. The Robert T. Wallace Shield for Rookies of the Year will be presented on Apr. 4.