Weekend wrap: Women’s rugby Lions crush Blues in regular season home finale

womens-rugbyThe York University Lions women’s rugby team dominated the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Friday night and defeated them by a score of 71-0 at the York Rugby Field.

It was the second straight win for the Lions and it was a full-on display of the team’s uncontainable potential. The Lions are now 3-1 on the season, while the Varsity Blues are still winless on the year at 0-3.

Brooke Jensen showed great will in refusing to go down as she scored her only try of the game 13 minutes in for the opening score to make it 5-0.

A streaking Tobi Owotomo plunged into the end zone for her first of four tries of the night in less than two minutes. Each try showed her unbelievable athleticism and power as a ball carrier, often making defenders look like pylons. More details on the York Lions website.

Cavallini scores two for men’s soccer Lions comeback win over Golden Hawks

The York University Lions men’s soccer team twice rallied from a goal down to defeat the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks by a score of 3-2 at University Stadium in Waterloo, Ont., on Sunday afternoon.

The Lions had their work cut out for them early on against the Golden Hawks as Laurier made its way onto the scoreboard first with a Niklas Bauer goal in the 14th minute.

It was not until late in the half that York responded with a goal by the foot of Dena Iezady in the 44th minute for a 1-1 tie at the half. More details.

Earlier in the weekend, the Lions blanked the University of Waterloo Warriors by a score of 4-0. The Lions had an offensive talent outburst starting early in the game and continuing often.

It all started with a goal from Milan Beader in the fourth minute of the match. The scoring continued in the first half with Cristian Cavallini scoring in the 18th minute on an unassisted goal. More details.

Women’s soccer Lions get back into win column with victory over Warriors

The York University Lions women’s soccer team continued its unbeaten streak on Friday night when they faced the University of Waterloo Warriors, winning by a score of 2-1. The game took place at Warrior Field in Waterloo.

The Lions held off a late rally attempt from the Warriors with their tough defence, but the victory could very much be attributed to York’s early offensive surge.

In the first half, standout fifth-year striker Nour Ghoneim found her way to the back of the net in the 34th minute. This was closely followed by a goal from Kiyani Johnson, which was assisted by Ashley Nater. This closed out the half well for the Lions and left the Warriors on their heels moving into the second half. More details.

Two days later, the Lions earned a 1-0 victory over the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks thanks to a late goal by Johnson. The first half of Sunday’s game went scoreless as the Lions and the Golden Hawks embraced in a defensive struggle. Both teams pressed offensively but could not seem to find the right touch. York had 11 shots on net throughout the contest while Laurier had seven. More details.

Field hockey Lions have big weekend against Guelph and McGill

The York University Lions field hockey team had an impressive weekend in Kingston, Ont., earning a 2-2 tie against the University of Guelph Gryphons and picking up a 5-0 victory over the McGill University Martlets.

Against the Gryphons on Saturday, the Lions came back from two goals down to earn the draw thanks to back-to-back goals by Paige Warner and Sydney McFaul just four minutes apart late in the second half.

One day later, the Lions returned to the pitch and posted the lopsided result against the winless Martlets. The game was quiet to begin as it took until the 33rd minute before Michelle Per found the back of the net, but in the second half they exploded for four goals to put the game well out of reach. More details.

Women’s tennis Lions finish regular season undefeated for third straight year

The York University Lions women’s tennis team finished the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) regular season undefeated for the third straight year with victories over the McGill University Martlets and University of Waterloo Warriors this weekend.

The Lions defeated the Martlets 6-1 at home on Friday and then knocked off the Warriors by the same score on the road in Waterloo on Saturday. They ended the regular season with seven victories and have now won 23 straight regular season contests dating back to 2013.

Former OUA rookie of the year Eugenie Lim Ah Tock was once again impressive, winning all four of her singles and doubles matches this past weekend to finish the season undefeated. More details.

Sharma finishes fifth at Don Mills Open

York University Lions cross country runner Suraj Sharma finished in fifth place to lead all Lions at the Don Mills Open in Waterloo on Saturday.

The fifth-year runner crossed the finish line of the 10-kilometre race with a time of 33:57 for the first top-five finish of his career and the first by a Lion since Esteban Clavijo finished fifth at the Queen’s Invitational meet in 2013. More details.