Gryphs come home from final series as silver medalists
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Guelph Gryphons are national silver medalists in university field hockey.
The U Sports field hockey championship series came to an end Saturday when the Gryphs were defeated 3-1 by the Victoria Vikes. That win gave the hosts a 2-0 victory in the best-of-three final.
The win allowed Victoria to keep the national title, their 13th in its program’s history.
For the Gryphs, it was their first taste of a best-of-three series since the national championship was changed from a tournament format in 2017. None of the three best-of-three championship series held have gone to the three-game limit.
Victoria’s title win also extended Canada West’s grip on the Judy McCrae Trophy to nine years. The UBC Thunderbirds had won national honours every year from 2011 to 2017.
The last time an OUA team won was when the Toronto Varsity Blues took the title when the national tournament was held at the University of Guelph’s Varsity Field in 2010.
The Gryphs have never won the national championship.
Saturday, all three of Victoria’s goals came in the first quarter. Anna Mollenhauer, MVP of the series, scored twice in the first nine minutes and Ashton Aumen added the game’s final goal with two minutes to go in the quarter.
Katherine MacMillan, the U Sports player of the year, prevented Victoria goalkeeper Robin Fleming from recording a shutout when she scored on a penalty stroke early in the third quarter.
However, that goal was to be the final goal of the year in Canadian university field hockey.
“As long as our players left it all on the field, we won’t have any regrets and I thought we played our hearts out today,” Gryphons coach Michelle Turley said in a new release. “Even though we were down 3-0, it didn’t feel like a 3-0 game. It was a very competitive game and there was no quit in us.”
Vikes 3 Gryphons 0
- Guelph Sports Journal