Gryphon field hockey women advance to league final
GUELPH – Does this sound familiar?
The Guelph Gryphons got off to a fast start in OUA women’s field hockey play, getting a pair of goals from Bailey Mitchell in the first quarter on the way to a 3-1 win at Varsity Field. And Darci Moher scored the other goal.
Guelph Gryphons 3 Western 1
It should. It happened for the second consecutive game for the Gryphons Friday night, this time in the league’s West Division final which also served as a league semifinal.
Mitchell’s first-quarter goals started the Gryphs on their way to a 3-1 victory over the Western Mustangs and a berth in the OUA final for the 14th consecutive season.
Moher added her goal in the second quarter to give the Gryphs a 3-0 lead at halftime on a cool, damp night.
Payten Lang scored for Western early in the fourth quarter.
The Gryphs outshot the Mustangs 8-4 and scored on each of their three shots on target. Western had two shots on net.
Amanda Hodgert started in net for the Gryphs while Nicola Leech played the fourth quarter.
Western used Alyssa Evans in goal the entire game.
Mitchell had scored two goals and Moher one last weekend when the Gryphs defeated the Waterloo Warriors to claim a first-place finish in the West Division and the right to host the division final, a league semifinal.
The Gryphs will learn the identity of their championship-match opponent and the location of that game after the Toronto Blues and York Lions clash in the East Division final Saturday afternoon on the University of Toronto campus.
If Toronto wins Saturday, they’ll host the final. If York wins, the Gryphs will host the championship match.
Guelph finished atop the West Division with a 6-1-2 record while Western was second at 5-3-1, Waterloo third at 3-3-2 and McMaster Marauders fourth at 0-7-1.
Toronto was first in the East Division at 6-0-2 with York second at 4-2-2- and Queen’s Gaels third at 0-8-0.
The Gryphs are the defending league champions as they won the title in 2019. The 2020 season was cancelled due to the pandemic.
- Guelph Sports Journal