Weekend wrap: Men’s soccer Lions crowned division champs for seventh straight year




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Mark-Anthony Kaye‘s stellar two-goal performance helped the York University Lions men’s soccer team end its regular season on a high note Sunday, defeating the University of Waterloo Warriors at York Stadium by a score of 4-1. The victory clinched first place in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) West Division for the seventh straight year with 40 points and a 13-2-1 record. The Lions had already secured a first-round bye in the playoffs and will host the lowest remaining seed in the quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon.

Kaye’s two goals give him a total of 11 on the season, tying him with teammate Jonathan Lao for the team lead and second overall in the OUA. The two players chased each other all year for the scoring title, providing a large majority of the Lions’ offence.  More details on the York Lions website.

One day earlier, the Lions nearly let a three-goal lead slip away but held on to defeat the University of Windsor Lancers by a score of 3-2.

The game was defined by aggressive play and penalties as the two teams clashed from the first touch. The Lions would jump off to a quick start despite the wet conditions. Tyrone Downes broke through the defence for a solo rush just seconds in but a hard sliding tackle from goaltender Kyle Vizirakis thwarted his attack. More details.

Football Lions close season with loss to No. 1 Mustangs

The York University Lions football team was defeated 50-10 by the No. 1 nationally ranked Western University Mustangs in its season finale on Saturday afternoon at TD Stadium in London, Ont.  With the win, the Mustangs finish first in the OUA standings and secure their first undefeated season since 1998. The loss drops the Lions to 2-6 on the year.

football_croppedConnor Pritty during Saturday’s game with the Western University Mustangs

The Mustangs reached the 50-point plateau for the seventh time in eight games this season, as the Lions came within one late fourth-quarter touchdown of holding the high-octane Western offence to its lowest output of the season. The home squad also tied or broke eight different Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) or OUA records on the day, including a new conference mark of 458 points on the season.

The Lions defence forced Western sophomore quarterback Will Finch into three interceptions on the day, the most since his first career start against the Guelph Gryphons last October. Two of those picks were courtesy of first-year safety Connor Pritty, while the third was thanks to second-year defensive back Josh Small.  More details.

Ghoneim scores twice to lead women’s soccer Lions over Warriors

Nour Ghoneim scored two goals to lift the York University Lions women’s soccer team to a 4-0 victory Sunday over the University of Waterloo Warriors in the final game of the regular season at York Stadium.  Ghoneim finished with eight goals in just nine games to lead all Lions and rank fifth in the OUA despite playing less games than any other player in the top 30. She also came into the game late in place of goalkeeper Sarah Fiorini and made one save to preserve the shutout.

The win would be bittersweet for the Lions because they were eliminated from the playoffs after Saturday’s loss to the University of Windsor Lancers. The Lions finish the season with a record of 4-5-7 and in seventh place in the OUA West.  More details.

Men’s hockey Lions beat Gaels in shootout to remain undefeated

Michael Lombardi and Jesse Messier both buried beautiful shootout goals Friday to secure a 2-1 win for the York University Lions men’s hockey team over the University of Queen’s Gaels in Kingston, Ont.  The No. 9 nationally ranked Lions improve to a stellar 4-0 on the year and sit atop the OUA West standings. Both Lombardi and Messier have been impressive to start the season. They are currently tied for fourth in the OUA with seven points each.

The first period would remain scoreless for the majority of play, as York was unable to convert on four different power play opportunities. Frustrations would be short-lived as York’s attack finally paid off when Mark Cross beat Queen’s goaltender Kevin Bailie with just under 30 seconds remaining in the period to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.  More details.

Barbara’s two goals lift women’s hockey Lions over Warriors

Kristen Barbara scored two goals to lead the York University Lions women’s hockey team to a 4-2 come-from-behind victory over the University of Waterloo Warriors on Saturday night at Canlan Ice Sports. The third-year defender scored the tying goal at 4:02 of the third period on the power play, her first of the season, and added her second at 16:40 of the final frame for the insurance marker in the win.

As they had one night earlier, the Lions allowed their opponents to jump out to an early lead in the first period. The Warriors found the back of the net just 2:24 into the opening period on a goal by Amy Barnard, and less than three minutes later increased their lead to two when Kelly Toms scored at 4:45.  More details.

Women’s volleyball Lions come back to defeat Warriors

The York University Lions women’s volleyball team remained a perfect 2-0 on the season with a 3-1 victory over the University of Waterloo Warriors on Saturday at the Tait McKenzie Centre. The Lions dropped the first set 25-20 but rebounded to win the next three by scores of 25-18, 25-19, and 25-16 to secure the victory. The Warriors fell to 1-1 with the loss.

It would be a team effort for the Lions, with five different players scoring 13 points or more during the match. Brandie Wilkerson had another stellar game from the outside, earning 16 points on 13 kills, two service aces and one block, and she also added nine digs. Melissa Humana-Paredes was equally effective, scoring 17 points on 15 kills, one block and one service ace, and also added a game-high 21 digs.  More details.

One night earlier the Lions opened the season with a straight-sets victory over the University of Guelph Gryphons. The Lions dominated the match from the opening serve to win 25-19, 25-16, 25-15.

Wilkerson was impressive in the match with 15.5 points, on 11 kills, one service ace and 3.5 blocks, and she also added six digs, while Humana-Paredes finished with 13.5 points, on 11 kills, one service ace and 1.5 blocks, and also had 18 digs.  More details.

Men’s volleyball Lions topple Gryphons for season-opening win

The York University Lions men’s volleyball team began the 2013-2014 season with a 3-1 victory over the University of Guelph Gryphons at the Tait McKenzie Centre on Friday night. The two squads battled for the duration of the first set, with the Gryphons eventually winning the necessary second straight point to take it 27-25. But the Lions stepped up their game in the second to win 25-22 and were even more impressive in the third, winning 25-17 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

The fourth set was a much tighter affair. The Gryphons took an early lead but the Lions battled back and held a slim 16-14 advantage at the technical timeout. The home squad carried that momentum to the end of the set, winning 25-20 for the season-opening victory.  More details.

One day later, the Lions dropped a 3-1 decision to the University of Waterloo Warriors for their first loss of the season. The Warriors’ Tyler Motherwell and Jordan Dyck proved too much for the Lions to handle. Motherwell had 16.5 points on 12 kills, 3.5 blocks and one service ace, while Dyck finished with 16 points on 12 kills and four blocks.

For the Lions, Ray Szeto was the standout, scoring 16 points on 16 kills and also adding seven digs. Paul Jakubiak would add 38 assists in the game.  More details.

Field hockey Lions cap season with victory over Martlets

The York University Lions field hockey team posted a 2-0 victory over the McGill University Martlets in London, Ont., on Sunday morning in its final game of the regular season. The win was the team’s first of the season and improves their record to 1-9-2 on the year. The Lions finished in sixth place in the OUA standings with five points.

York’s rookies were the standouts in the victory, setting the team up for future success in the coming years. First-year forward Ravneet Kalkat scored just before the half, in the 32nd minute, to give the Lions a 1-0 lead heading into the break. The Lions stretched their lead to two early in the second half on a goal by defender Shanella Fernando, the first of her career.  More details.

Cross-country Lions finish second at Brock Open

The York University Lions men’s cross-country team finished in second place at the Brock Open in St. Catharines, Ont., on Saturday morning in its final race before the OUA championships next weekend. Two members of the team finished in the top 10, led by Muad Issa‘s sixth-place showing in the 8.1km race. Issa completed the course in a time of 27:49.

Just behind him was fellow second-year runner Suraj Sharma, who finished the race in seventh place in a time of 27:53.  More details