Weekend wrap: Women’s soccer Lions stay undefeated with win over Gryphons

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The No. 4 nationally ranked York University Lions women’s soccer team added another win to its unbeaten record this season with a 2-0 win over the University of Guelph Gryphons on Sunday afternoon.

York Lions LogoWith the win, the Lions hold an Ontario University Athletics (OUA)-best 9-0-1 record and are now the only team in the OUA West Division with an undefeated record on the season.

Opening the game with clinical possessive play that kept the Gryphons chasing, the Lions were dominant in every area of the pitch. The creativity paid off in the 20th minute when Nour Ghoneim released Sarah Wong into the technical area to give the Lions an early 1-0 lead. Ghoneim flicked the ball into the path of Wong’s darting run past the Gryphons’ back four, which gave Wong enough time to tuck the ball into the near post. More details on York Lions website.

Earlier in the week, the Lions won the battle of nationally ranked teams by taking down the No. 3 Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks by a score of 2-0. The win was the team’s first over their division rivals since Oct. 14, 2009, and it also handed the Golden Hawks their first loss of the season. More details.

Men’s soccer Lions grab 20 win over Gryphons

The No. 3 nationally ranked York University Lions men’s soccer team defeated the University of Guelph Gryphons by a score of 2-0 at the Gryphon Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.

The Lions started strong off the whistle, scoring their first goal of the game in the first four minutes. Launching the ball down the field, the Lions rushed the field but it was striker Jarek Whiteman who pounced off of Guelph keeper Taylor Braden’s fumble of the ball and placed the ball in the back of the net. More details.

On Thursday night, the Lions ended their match against the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks in a 1-1 draw, despite a dominant showing of ball possession by the Lions. The tempo of the game by both sides was full of offence, as the match had a total of 19 shots combined between the two teams. Fourteen of those shots came from the Lions and were turned away by Golden Hawk goalkeeper Stephan Brudiu. More details.

Varsity Blues claim Argo Cup with victory over football Lions

The University of Toronto Varsity Blues claimed their third straight Argo Cup with a 40-3 victory over the York University Lions in the 46th Red & Blue Bowl under the lights at York Stadium on Friday night.

The Varsity Blues now lead the head-to-head series 29-17 after opening up a 10-0 lead after the first quarter and adding another 11 points in the second to hold a 21-0 advantage at the half.

Early in the third quarter, the Lions put together a solid drive that appeared to end with a touchdown by Adam Adeboboye, but a holding call erased the points and the Lions were forced to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Nick Naylor that finally put them on the board. More details.

Field hockey Lions blank Mustangs and Warriors to move above .500

The York University Lions field hockey team went undefeated on Saturday as it took down the Western University Mustangs and the University of Waterloo Warriors by the same 1-0 score in London, Ont.

With the back-to-back wins, the Lions now have a winning streak of three games and sport a season record of 4-3-0, which places them third in the OUA standings. Their win total has already surpassed the three they put up all of last year, with five games still remaining on the schedule.

The Lions did not allow a single goal against on Saturday as they shut out both the Mustangs and Warriors. Solid goalkeeping from both Shanelle Fernando and Alycia Gray proved to be too much for their OUA rivals. More details.

Tennis Lions go 3-1 on final weekend of regular season

The York University Lions tennis teams went a combined 3-1 against the McMaster University Marauders and University of Montreal Carabins on the final weekend of the regular season at the Tennis Canada Courts.

The women’s team ended the season undefeated for the second year in a row, finishing with a dominant 7-0 win over the Marauders and a narrow 4-3 victory over the Carabins, who finished behind the Lions as OUA silver medallists last year. The men’s team, meanwhile, had a strong weekend with a 6-1 win over McMaster and a tight 4-3 loss to Montreal to finish the year 2-4.  More details.

Cross country Lions finish fourth, fifth at Don Mills Open

The York University Lions men’s and women’s cross country teams finished fourth and fifth overall, respectively, at the Don Mills Open meet at the University of Waterloo on Saturday.

The men’s team had a solid day on Saturday in taking home fourth place with Suraj Sharma placing 11th with a time of 34:09 in the 10km race, which boosted the Lions ranking. Following close behind Sharma was Sam Agnew, who crossed the finish line in 34:40 to place 21st.

The Lions women’s team was led by Nina Sieh, who crossed the finish line for a time of 23:36, placing 20th in the 6km race. Twenty-one seconds after Sieh ended her day, Giulia Ferrante (Maple, Ont.) sprinted across the line to take home 26th overall. More details.

Women’s rugby Lions fall to No. 3 Gaels

The York University Lions women’s rugby team finished their last home game of the regular season with a 41-7 defeat to the No. 3 nationally ranked Queen’s University Gaels on Friday night at the York Rugby Field.

The first half saw a determined and energetic Lions’ squad defending strong off of the kickoff. However, the defence couldn’t hold the Gaels, as they were able to grab two tries and two conversions in first 18 minutes.

A few minutes later, however, the Lions were quick to respond with their first try of the game thanks to third-year 8-man Cheyenne Legerton powering her way through the heart of Queen’s defensive line and landing five points for the team in the 21st minute. More details.