Weekend wrap: Field hockey Lions pull off a sweep

The York University Lions field hockey team has much to be happy about after a stunning effort last weekend to earn two victories over Western and McGill.

The Lions handed the University of Western Ontario Mustangs (4-4) a 3-2 loss on Saturday in a game that was important for determining third place in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) standings.

The Lions came out firing again the following day and were led by fifth-year midfielder Effie Petrou who had a great game against the Martlets on Sunday to guide the Lions to a 2-1 victory. See more details at the York Lions site.

Mixed results for soccer Lions in weekend doubleheader

The York University Lions soccer teams were in Hamilton this Sunday for a doubleheader against the McMaster University Marauders. The men’s team was victorious in a 3-0 rout of the defending OUA champions, while the women’s team suffered a 2-0 loss.

In the men’s match, the Lions scored all three of their goals in the first half and played shutdown defence for the remainder of the match. Goalkeeper Sotiri Varlokostas was unbeatable, stopping all five shots against for his sixth shutout of the season.

Rookie forward Alon Badat and third-year striker Adrian Pena continued their impressive seasons, scoring one and two goals, respectively. Their combined three goals were all the Lions needed as they cruised to the win. More details.

Marauders top football Lions

The York University Lions football team fell to the visiting McMaster Marauders 64-6 in Saturday afternoon action at York Stadium.

The Lions’ lone score came in the third quarter on a 10-yard pass from quarterback D.J. Frank to running back Chidi Small. The touchdown capped off an impressive four-play, 82-yard drive by the Lions.

Frank played most of the game under centre after coming in for starter Nick Coutu. He completed 10 of 17 passes for 131 yards, with the touchdown and one interception.

Jonelle Tolbert, the Lions top receiver all season, once again held that title in this game with seven receptions for 95 yards. Fifty-seven of those yards came on three plays on the Lions’ scoring drive. More details

Men’s hockey Lions downed by Badgers in season opener

The York University Lions men’s hockey team opened the 2010-11 season on Friday with a 3-2 loss to the Brock University Badgers in St. Catharines.

The Lions showed heart and pugnacity in the game, fighting back from an early two-goal deficit, but they could not find a winner as the Badgers iced the game with their third goal late in the second period. More details.

Cross Country Lions impress at Waterloo Open

The York Lions men’s and women’s cross country teams found themselves in the thick of the action during this weekend’s Waterloo Open on Saturday.

On the men’s side, the Lions placed sixth overall in the team standings with a sum total of 129 points. Running valiantly through the course, Kevin Montgomery was the first Lion to cross the finish line in 11th place, finishing in an impressive time of 26:38.

On the women’s side, the host University of Waterloo Warriors were once again a force to be reckoned with as they placed second behind the winning Laurentian Lady Vees. Kathryn Pistor, the Lions’ top runner all season, had an excellent run to finish in fifth place with a time of 15:20. More details.

By Alyson Fisher, sport & recreation information officer for Sport York