Weekend wrap: Gibbon throws five touchdowns in Lions win over Ravens

IMG_8153Quarterback Myles Gibbon amassed 443 yards and threw five touchdown passes to lead the York University Lions football team to a 50-34 victory over the host Carleton University Ravens on Saturday at Keith Harris Stadium in Ottawa.

Myles Gibbon (centre) shows off his winning form as he prepares to throw a touchdown pass on Saturday 

The fifth-year pivot from Montreal completed 23-of-29 passes for 381 yards and the five major scores, and also picked up 62 yards on the ground on 13 carries. He did not throw an interception on the afternoon and completed passes to seven different receivers.

Fifth-year wideout William Austin was the top pass-catcher on the day, completing six receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns.

Also grabbing a pair of touchdowns was rookie Jason Charland, part of his seven-catch, 53-yard day.  More details on the York Lions website.

 Cicchillo’s hat trick lifts men’s soccer Lions over Golden Hawks

Striker Joseph Cicchillo threw his name in the hat for the York University Lions men’s soccer team goal race on Sunday, recording a hat-trick against the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks in Waterloo, Ont., lifting the Lion’s to a 7-0 victory.

With the win the Lions continue to roll, improving to a remarkable 7-1-0 record so far on the year sitting atop the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) West standings.

Cicchillo’s three goal performance bumps him up to a total of six on the season, tying him with teammate Mark-Anthony Kaye for second on the team. The two only trail current leader Jonathan Lao by one score, who added a notch of his own in the 49th minute.  More details.

One day earlier, Lao and Kaye each notched a goal in a 4-0 rout of the University of Waterloo Warriors.

Lao would strike first, receiving a beautiful pass from Dylan Sacramento off of a free kick opportunity and rifling the ball past Warriors goaltender Thomas Modjesch in the 35th minute to take an early 1-0 lead.

Not wanting to lose ground, Kaye would follow suit. Taking matters into his own hands, Kaye launched a perfect 25-yard strike on goal. Modjesch would get a hand on the ball, but Kaye’s shot overpowered the save attempt, extending the lead 2-0 right before half.  More details.

Adeskusibe’s late goal earns draw against No. 9 Golden Hawks

Adeife Adekusibe‘s late game heroics ripped the York University Lions women’s soccer team from the jaws of defeat on Sunday as she won a mad scramble in front of the No. 9 Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks goal and rifled in her second score of the season.

The goal could not have come any sooner, as it restored a draw at 1-1 just moments before the end of play. With the tie, the Lions move to 2-2-4 on the season, good enough for sixth in the OUA West division.

Laurier’s leading scorer Emily Brown would draw first blood, capping an evenly contested first half with a goal in the 45th minute of play. Brown would finish the game with three shots. But the Lions showed excellent determination and continued to grind it out against a talented Golden Hawks squad. Goaltender Sarah Fiorini made four saves on the game.  More details.

One day earlier, second-year striker Nour Ghoneim made a triumphant return to the line-up as she put up a two-goal performance in her first game of the season to lift the York University Lions women’s soccer team to a 5-0 victory over the University of Waterloo Warriors.

Ghoneim, the reigning Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) rookie of the year, made sure she wasted no time shaking off the cobwebs early, scoring her first goal in just the sixth minute of play on Waterloo goaltender Lesia Bandura.

From then on, the fast pace of the Lions would continue as the team exploded for two more first half goals.  More details.

Mustangs use strong second half to top women’s rugby Lions

The York University Lions women’s rugby team lost a physical battle Saturday against the Western University Mustangs, falling by a score of 37-17 in London, Ont.

The Lions led by seven at the half but were shut out in the second and fell to 1-2 on the year. They currently sit third in the OUA Russell Division standings with five points, five back of the McMaster University Marauders.

Danielle Spice proved to be the dominant force for the Mustangs, as her 25-point performance led a second half come-from-behind surge.

The York squad came out firing on all cylinders early in the contest, as Aisan Fazeli converted her first try 16 minutes in, triggering an early offensive push. Teammates Marty Alaimo and promising first-year player Sasha Seymour would follow Fazeli’s lead, combining for two successful tries of their own before the break.  More details.

Cross-country Lions finish 14th at Western International

The York University Lions men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished in 14th place in the team standings at the 39th annual Western International at Thames Valley Golf Club in London, Ont., on Saturday.

The top finisher for the Lions was Suraj Sharma, who finished in 40th place in a field of 156 runners. He crossed the line in the 8km race in a time of 26:35.

The rest of the team included Harishan Karunenthiran, who was 102nd in a time of 27:49, Jamie Tarling in 111th place (28:01), Sam Neal in 124th place (28:37) and rookie Brandon Belan in 131st place (29:28).

In the 5km women’s race, the leading York runner was rookie Maria Markovac for the second straight week. She finished in 84th place in a time of 19:59.  More details.

Hard-fought weekend for field hockey Lions at Toronto

The York University Lions field hockey team lost three hard-fought matches over the weekend, squaring off in another action-packed weekend of games Saturday and Sunday at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium.

On Saturday morning the Lions took on the University of Waterloo Warriors. The opening half was highly contested, with no team wanting to give the first goal. The game would enter halftime scoreless.

Caitlin Huber was the story of the second half, as she would end the tie just two minutes back into play. She would also add an insurance goal later in the 65th minute extending the lead to 2-0, securing the win.  More details.

Ushanova upsets Polisois in weekend tennis action

York University Lions women’s tennis player Valerie Ushanova posted the biggest individual result of the weekend with a three-set victory over Kim Polisois of the Universite de Montreal Carabins in a 5-2 team win.

Overall, the Lions women’s team went 2-1 over the weekend, with a 5-2 triumph over the University of Waterloo Warriors to go with the one over Montreal, as well as a narrow 4-3 loss to the Western University Mustangs. The men, meanwhile, were 0-3 with losses to the same three teams.

Ushanova, the defending OUA singles champion and a two-time OUA all-star, upset Montreal’s top-ranked player 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, handing Polisois the first singles loss in her four-year varsity career.  More details.