Gryphon Katherine MacMillan named OUA field hockey’s MVP
GUELPH – Fifth-year Guelph Gryphon forward Katherine MacMillan has been named OUA field hockey’s most valuable player on the eve of the league’s championship tournament that starts Friday at Varsity Field.
MacMillan finished the regular season with 12 goals, four of them game-winners, as she helped the Gryphs to a first-place finish.
MacMillan has been with the Gryphs since the 2015 season, although she missed the 2017 campaign due to an ACL tear. In 45 regular-season games with the Gryphs, MacMillan scored 43 goals including nine game-winners.
Other major award winners are Abigail Janssen of the Queen’s Gaels as the rookie of the year, Marley Dowling of the Waterloo Warriors as the goalkeeper of the year, Maria Leahy of Waterloo as the coach of the year, Larissa McLeod of Waterloo as the Gail Wilson Outstanding Contributor and Denise Pelletier as the umpire of the year.
MacMillan was named to the league’s all-star team along with fellow Gryphs midfielder Mackenzie Janzen and forward Kayla Magarelli.
The Toronto Varsity Blues placed four on the all-star team – midfielders Rachel Spouge and Emily Ziraldo, forward Hilary Ziraldo and defender Katie Lynes.
Waterloo defender McLeod and goaltender Dowling were also named all-stars as were York Lions midfielder Frankie St. Louis and forward Isabelle Mastantuono of Queen’s.
The Gryphs are seeded first for the championship tournament and are to play eighth-seed McMaster Marauders to open the tournament Friday at 9 a.m. Third-seed and defending champion York is to play sixth-seed Western Mustangs at 11 a.m. while fourth-seed Queen’s and fifth-seed Waterloo are to clash at 1 p.m. The first day is to wrap up with second-seed Toronto against seventh-seed McGill Martlets at 3 p.m.
Friday’s winners are to play in Saturday’s championship semifinals at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. while Friday’s losers move on to the consolation semifinals at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Medal-games and placing games are set for Sunday. The seventh-place game is to go at 9 a.m. followed by the fifth-place game at 11 a.m., bronze-medal game at 1 p.m. and gold-medal game at 3 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal