The University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey program picked up some recognition following the end of the Canada West regular season on Sunday afternoon at the UVic Field Hockey Turf.
Anna Mollenhauer, Emily Wong and goalkeeper Robin Fleming were named Canada West All-Stars.
Fleming has been the top keeper in the conference but didn’t win the Goalkeeper of the Year Award. She finished the season with a 0.63 goals against average thanks in large part to her five shutouts. She started every game between the pipes for the Vikes. Fleming was also a conference All-Star last season.
Mollenhauer earns the All-Star recognition for the third consecutive season. An anchor on defence, she played a big role in the Vikes allowing the fewest goals in the conference (5) this season. Last year, along with being named the Canada West Player of the Year and All-Star, she also won the Liz Hoffman Award as the U SPORTS Player of the Year.
Wong earns the Canada West honour for the third consecutive season. Playing both midfield and defence, Wong kept the Vikes running smoothly and shut down opposing attacks. The Vancouver product played her best field hockey during the U SPORTS national championship series last year and was Championship MVP during the two-game sweep over the York University Lions. She is one of two graduating players on the Vikes this season.
All three Vikes were key contributors last season when the program won its first national championship since 2008. This season, the Vikes won their 21st Canada West title with a 5-0-3 record.
The University of Victoria Vikes finished off their Canada West regular season with a 2-2 tie against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds on Sunday afternoon at the UVic Field Hockey Turf.
Yesterday’s win clinched the Vikes 21st Canada West title and the right to host the U SPORTS national championship next weekend.
The Thunderbirds dominated the first quarter with four consecutive corners, five in total.
Once again, Sara Goodman was blasting shots from the top of the zone, but the Vikes kept knocking them out of bounds. Goodman, who was named the Canada West Player of the Year, finally got one through, but Robin Fleming was there to kick it out of play.
The Thunderbirds finally converted a penalty corner in the second quarter when after another Goodman blast, Niki Best chipped it in by the left goal post in the 18th minute.
The only offence the Vikes saw in the first half came from the three-time Canada West All-Star Anna Mollenhauer, who drove deep into the T-birds zone, but couldn’t get a threatening shot on net.
In the second half off another Thunderbirds corner, Izzy Fraser wound up on her back but was still able to redirect her first of the season off a shot from Goodman in the 37th minute.
Less than one minute later, the Vikes capitalized on a corner of their own.
Mollenhauer teed up a shot at the top of the zone and Judy Cristante buried the rebound for her first of the season.
The Vikes forced the tie in the final frame when Leina Dueck tipped in a shot from the outside with five minutes remaining in regulation.
With the draw, the Vikes navigated the season without a loss, at 5-0-3, while the Thunderbirds crossed the finish line at 2-1-5.
The Vikes will look to defend their national championship on home turf next weekend. The best-of-three U SPORTS championship begins Friday, Nov. 1 (4 p.m.) as they take on the winner of the Ontario University Athletics conference.