Gryphon field hockey women to shoot for gold Sunday
GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons will be going for OUA women’s field hockey gold on their own field Sunday.
The Gryphs advanced to the gold-medal game in the OUA field hockey championship tournament at Varsity Field by dropping the Waterloo Warriors 7-2 Saturday.
Guelph will face the Toronto Varsity Blues in the gold-medal match after the Blues edged the defending champion York Lions in Saturday’s other championship semifinal.
The Gryphs surrendered the opening goal of Saturday’s game before coming back for the win, three goals in a span of four minutes and 20 seconds in the second quarter putting the hosts well in control.
The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of the first quarter and the Gryphs led 4-1 at halftime and 5-2 after the third quarter.
The KMs (Kayla Magarelli and Katherine MacMillan) scored twice each for the Gryphs while single goals were netted by Alexa Corrado, Bailey Mitchell and Aidan Pattison.
Miranda Hunter and Hannah Cook had the goals for Waterloo.
Amanda Hodgert had two saves to get the win in the Guelph net while Waterloo’s Marley Dowling had five saves.
Toronto scored single goals in each of the first two quarters for the win in the other semifinal after York had opened the scoring six and a half minutes into the game.
The Ziraldos – Hilary and Emily – scored for Toronto while Lexi Hannah had the goal for York.
The Gryphs defeated Toronto 1-0 last weekend at Waterloo to complete the regular season and earn the top seed in this weekend’s championship tournament. The teams also fought to a 2-2 standoff at Western Sept. 21.
The gold-medal game is to wrap up the championship tournament Sunday. It’s set for 3 p.m.
Waterloo and York are to clash in the bronze-medal match at 1 p.m.
The McGill Martlets and Queen’s Gaels are to meet in the fifth-place game at 11 a.m.
The seventh-place game between the Western Mustangs and McMaster Marauders is to start the day’s games at 9 a.m.
The Gryphs will be looking for their first OUA field hockey title since 2013 and their fifth overall.
Toronto will be looking for its first since 2016 and its 33rd overall in the 49-year history of the league.
This will be Guelph’s 13th consecutive appearance in the league’s championship match as they’ve played in every OUA field hockey final since they won their first league title in 2007. Each of the last four finals have resulted in heart-breaking one-goal losses for the Gryphs.
Gryphons 7 Warriors 2
- Guelph Sports Journal