Gryphon MacMillan named tops in U Sports field hockey
VICTORIA, B.C. – Katherine MacMillan became the fourth Guelph Gryphons to win the Liz Hoffman Award as U Sports women’s field hockey player of the year.
MacMillan, the OUA’s player of the year, finished the regular season with 12 goals with four of her goals being game winners.
“Kat has been an invaluable member of our program for five years,” Gryphon coach Michelle Turley said in a news release. “She sets up twice as many goals as she scores and is an inspiration to her teammates. It was only fitting that she scored the game winner at home to clinch the OUA title with a 1-0 victory over Toronto. I am thrilled for Kat. She’s a special individual with such a passion for the game.”
A forward, MacMillan is in her fifth and final season with the Gryphs although she missed the entire 2017 season with an ACL tear.
Previous Gryphon winners of the award were Olivia Lane (a co-winner in 2016), Brittany Seidler (2012) and Brienne Stairs (2009 and 2010).
Other national award winners were goalkeeper Taylor Guy of the Calgary Dinos (Joyce Slipp rookie of the year), Larissa McLeod of the Waterloo Warriors (Gail Wilson student/athlete community service partly due to her coaching with the Guelph Cobras club), Roel Van Maastright of Calgary (Marina Van Der Merwe Fox 40 coach of year) and Canada West’s Tyler Klenk (umpire of year).
The Gryphs and Victoria Vikes are to begin their best-of-three U Sports championship series at Victoria Friday at 7 p.m. (Eastern time). Game 2 is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. and if a third game is needed, it’s to be played Sunday at 5 p.m.
The Gryphs won the OUA title last weekend with a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues in the gold-medal game at Varsity Field. Guelph had gone 10-1-1 in the regular season before winning three games at the championship tournament.
Victoria finished atop the three-team Canada West conference with a 4-0-4 record. That conference does not hold playoffs in field hockey. The UBC Thunderbirds were second at 2-1-5 and Calgary third at 0-5-3.
- Guelph Sports Journal