Weekend wrap: Women’s volleyball Lions sweep No. 8 Ottawa Gee-Gees

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The York University Lions women’s volleyball team remained undefeated Sunday, downing the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees in straight sets on home court at the Tait McKenzie Centre.

The match pitted two undefeated, nationally ranked programs, the No. 4 Lions against the No. 8 Gee-Gees, and was a rematch of last year’s Ontario University Athletics (OUA) final that was won by Ottawa in five sets. The Lions made quick work of their rivals and the game was one of their most lopsided wins of the year.

They were in total control of the game, winning 25-17, 25-18 and 25-16. The win moved them to a 5-0 on the year and the Lions are now the only team in the OUA with an unblemished record.  More details on the York Lions website.

Lee stands tall as women’s hockey Lions take No. 9 Gryphons to shootout

Third-year goaltender Megan Lee made 38 saves in regulation and another four in the shootout as the York University Lions women’s hockey team earned one point in a 1-0 loss to the No. 9 University of Guelph Gryphons on Saturday night. Lee was tremendous throughout the contest in a stellar goaltending display between the two teams. Guelph netminder Stephanie Nehring stopped all 16 shots she faced, as well as all five in the shootout, to earn the shutout.

Christine Grant scored the lone goal in the shootout for the game winner, to help her team improve to 7-2-0. The Lions moved to 3-4-1 on the year with the single point.  More details.

One day earlier, the Lions fell to the Brock University Badgers by a score of 3-1 in St. Catharines, Ont. Brock’s Laura Neu finished with two goals and one assist in the contest. The Badgers jumped out to a quick start, with the power play line of Neu, Jessica Fickel and Brianna Veale taking advantage of an early York penalty, giving Brock a one goal lead less than five minutes in. The Lions would try to regroup after the score and the two teams played to a stalemate for the rest of the frame.  More details.

Men’s volleyball Lions shake off slow start to defeat Lancers

The York University Lions men’s volleyball team added another victory to its early season success on Saturday, defeating the University Windsor Lancers 3-1 at the Tait McKenzie Centre. After dropping the first set 25-22, York would go on and claim the second 29-27, and then the next two, 25-19, and 25-7 for the victory.

For York, fourth-year outside hitter Ray Szeto was impressive, notching 27 points on 26 kills and one block, while also adding seven digs. Third-year outside hitter Marko Dakic was also dominant in the match, contributing 14 points off of 12 kills and two blocks, and he also added 12 digs.  More details.

One day later, the Lions dropped three of four sets in a defeat to the No. 10 nationally ranked Western University Mustangs. After the Mustangs claimed the first set 25-20, the Lions would battle back and take the second, 25-23. But Western ultimately closed out the final two, 25-19 and 25-20, to win the match.  More details.

Men’s basketball  Lions top Gryphons in season opener

The York University Lions men’s basketball team got its 2013-2014 season off to a good start on Friday night, defeating the University of Guelph Gryphons 100-96 in front of a raucous crowd at the Tait McKenzie Centre. The Lions jumped out to an early double-digit lead in the first quarter but the Gryphons closed it to six by the end of the frame and the Lions led 28-22 after one. The two squads traded baskets for most of the second, with the Gryphons winning it 28-22 to send the game into halftime tied 50-50.  More details.

The following night, the Lions lost a tough, defensive game by a score of 79-73 to the Lakehead University Thunderwolves.

Despite the defeat, there were four different players that reached double digits in scoring for the Lions, with Richard Iheadindu and Nathan Culbreath both having 13 points, Ryan Ejim adding 12 points and eight rebounds, and Daniel Tulloch contributed 10 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots.  More details.

Women’s basketball Lions start with a win after strong second half

The York University Lions women’s basketball team used a big second-half performance to propel the squad to a 54-45 victor over the visiting University Guelph Gryphons in the season opener for both teams on Friday night at the Tait McKenzie Centre.  The Lions trailed by one after the first quarter and by six at the half, but they narrowed the deficit back to one in the third and then exploded for a 19-9 advantage in the final frame for the nine-point victory.

York fifth-year guard Nadia Qahwash and Guelph third-year forward Katherine MacTavish had early gains as each accounted for their respective teams first points in the game. MacTavish recorded a double-double in the first half alone and finishing with game highs of 21 points and 18 rebounds. Thanks to her strong play, the Gryphons pulled ahead early and led 28-22 at the half.  More details.

The next night the Lions were defeated by the visiting Lakehead University Thunderwolves by a score of 53-39. The Lions started off strong, going on a seven-point run to open the game while holding the Thunderwolves off the scoreboard for over half of the quarter. Fifth-year guards Qahwash and Kayla Pangos led the charge in the early going.  Lakehead inched closer near the end of the first, and the teams exchanged three pointers to go into the second with York clinging to a two point lead, 10-8.  More details.

Lombardi scores twice but Rams top men’s hockey Lions

The York University Lions men’s hockey team couldn’t overcome a three-goal, second-period slide Thursday, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Ryerson University Rams on home ice at Canlan Ice Sports. 

Left winger Michael Lombardi and team captain Jesse Messier continued their scoring this season. Lombardi scored two goals, bringing his total to four and his point total to 11, while Messier contributed three points, including one goal, to bring his point total to 12.

The Lions came out firing on all cylinders, as Lombardi launched a Messier feed past Rams goaltender Adam Courchaine just 29 seconds into the opening frame to jump out to a quick 1-0 lead.  More details.

Later in the weekend, the Lions were defeated by a score of 4-1 to the University of Windsor Lancers on the road. The two teams played a tight first period, with Windsor outshooting York by just two (12-10) and each team finding the back of the net once, but the Lancers elevated their game in the second and third periods to run away with the win.  Michael Santini scored the lone goal for the Lions, while the Lancers had four different players score in the win. More details.