Weekend wrap: Football Lions claim Argo Cup with dominant win over rival Blues

The York University Lions football team claimed its first Argo Cup since 2012 on Saturday afternoon with a dominant 41-16 victory over the rival University of Toronto Varsity Blues in the 48th annual Red & Blue Bowl at Alumni Field.

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The York U Lions defeated the University of Toronto Varsity Blues at the 48th Red & Blue Bowl

The game did not begin the way the Lions would have hoped. On the first drive, a long return was negated by penalty and they started on their own six-yard line, going 2-and-out and ultimately conceding a safety. But it was all York after that.

The Lions stuffed the Blues on a third-down attempt on Toronto’s first drive and then rookie kicker Dante Mastrogiuseppe nailed a 34-yard field goal for York’s first points of the game. Toronto’s next drive ended with a 43-yard interception return by rookie defensive back Talik Ehouman, and two drives later the Lions scored their first touchdown of the afternoon, an eight-yard catch by Alex Daley to make it 10-2, the score after the first quarter. More details on the York Lions website.

Men’s soccer Lions upset No. 5 Guelph on Cavallini’s sixth goal

The York University Lions men’s soccer team avenged its loss to the No. 5 University of Guelph Gryphons from earlier this season on Wednesday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over their division rivals in Guelph, Ont.

The lone goal in the game came in the 35th minute off the foot of Cristian Cavallini, who netted his team-leading sixth tally and is now tied for fourth in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) goals. Steve Kloutsouniotis earned the assist on the play, his third assist and seventh point on the season. More details.

Cavallini continued his big week with another three goals against the University of Waterloo Warriors two days later, giving the Lions a 4-0 victory and extending their winning streak to six games.

In their usual fashion, the Lions began scoring shortly after the game started. Second-year midfielder Dylan Carreiro scored in the eighth minute of play for an early 1-0 lead they would not relinquish. More details.

Field hockey Lions stay perfect with three big weekend wins

The York University Lions field hockey team is a perfect 5-0 to start the season after a trio of wins over the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, McGill University Martlets and University of Guelph Gryphons in Kingston, Ont., this past weekend.

The squad can thank rookie forward Jaslan Stirling for the success as the Mississauga, Ont., native scored six goals, including two game winners, to lead her team to the three wins.

The Lions opened the action with a huge 3-0 victory over the three-time reigning OUA champion Varsity Blues, their first win over their city rivals since 1999. Stirling opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a goal that stood as the game winner. More details.

Women’s soccer Lions draw with Warriors in second consecutive road game

The York University Lions women’s soccer team paid a visit to the University of Waterloo Warriors at Warrior Field on Friday. Both teams settled for a 1-1 draw.

After a scoreless first half, fourth-year midfielder Christina Morelli scored the Lions’ only goal of the game in the 48th minute. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Warriors evened the game again in the 56th minute with a goal by Ainsleigh Sedore.

York goalkeeper Tamara Orlando was tremendous to keep her team in the game, making nine saves and allowing just the one goal. Her Waterloo counterpart, Madison McDonald, only faced three shots and made two saves. More details.

Earlier in the week, the Lions suffered a 2-0 defeat to the University of Guelph Gryphons. The Gryphons opened the scoring in the 18th minute on a goal by Sydney Johnson for an early 1-0 lead. Later in the first half the Lions had a chance to equal the score but Michaela Krampert’s shot was saved by Guelph goalkeeper Libby Brenneman. More details.

Tennis Lions pick up three wins in weekend action

The York University Lions women’s tennis team extended its OUA regular-season winning streak to 24 matches this weekend with a 5-2 victory over the McGill University Martlets and a 7-0 default win over the McMaster University Marauders.

The Lions men’s team also picked up its first victory of the season with a narrow 4-3 triumph over McMaster. They were also defeated by the same score by the Redmen. More details.