Guelph’s Olivia Lane co-MVP of U Sports field hockey
GUELPH — Olivia Lane of the Guelph Gryphons and Rachel Donohoe of the UBC Thunderbirds have been named co-winners of the U Sports field hockey’s MVP award for the 2016 season.
It’s the first time players have shared the award.
Lane led the OUA with 17 goals in 12 games during the regular season and she added four goals in three games during last weekend’s OUA championship tournament.
She’s the third Gryphon to win the national award and the first since Brittany Seidler won it in 2012. Brienne Stairs was the back-to-back winner of the award in 2009 and 2010.
Donohoe scored twice in eight games for UBC during Canada West play this season. She returned to UBC this season after playing professionally in Germany last year. Her defensive play helped the Thunderbirds to a 6-0-2 record and also helped keep their opponents to three goals this season.
Third-year Gryphon Lane, a Guelph native, was also named an All Canadian as was Gryphon defender Ciara Condon. A fifth-year Gryphon, Condon had two goals during the regular season and once in the playoff tournament.
The national championship tournament at Toronto’s Back Campus Fields is to start Thursday.
The Gryphs are to play Canada West finalist Victoria Vikes Thursday at 4 p.m., OUA champion Toronto Varsity Blues Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Canada West champion UBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
UBC is seeded first, Toronto second, Victoria third and Guelph fourth.
The bronze-medal game is set for Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and the McCrae Cup gold-medal game is to follow at 3 p.m.
The Gryphs, who have never won the national title, have won silver once (2007) and bronze five times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015).
U Sports Major Awards
Liz Hoffman Award (player of the year): Olivia Lane, Guelph and Rachel Donohoe, UBC
Joyce Slipp Award (rookie of the year): Rachel Spouge, Toronto
Gail Wilson Award (outstanding contributor): Annie Walters Shumka, Victoria
Marina van der Merwe Award (coach of the year): Zeeshan Minhas, York
Official of the year: Tyler Kenk, Canada West
Hannah Haughn, UBC
Kathleen Leahy, Victoria
Ciara Condon, Guelph
Rachel Donohoe, UBC
Amanda Kurianowicz, Victoria
Olivia Lane, Guelph
Alison Lee, Toronto
Cassidy Nicholls, York
Stephanie Norlander, UBC
Emma Wingrave, Toronto
Lizzie Yates, Victoria
- Guelph Sports Journal