Weekend wrap: Lions score two in final minutes and defeat Gryphons in shootout

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The York University men’s hockey team scored three goals in the third period, including two in the final minutes to tie up the game, to ultimately defeat the University of Guelph Gryphons 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday evening at Canlan Ice Sports.

There were many chances in the first period, but neither the Lions or the Gryphons were able to capitalize. The Gryphons had two good chances in the 17th and 18th minutes but could not get a shot past Mack Shields. The Lions went on two power plays, but were unable to beat the Gryphons goalie, Andrew Masters. More details on the York Lions website.

Earlier in the weekend on Friday, the men’s hockey team lost their first game of the season on the road against the Brock University Badgers on by a score of 5-3.

Brock forward Cosimo Fontana scored the first goal of the game at 3:37 of the first period. York’s Dexter Bricker responded with an assist by Josh Lafrance and Stefano Pezzata six minutes later to even the score.

Brock scored two more times in the first period on goals by Frank Pucci and Ryan Burton, taking the lead 3-1 against York. More details.

Offence leads the way for Lions in 5-1 victory over Warriors

The York University Lions played against the University of Waterloo Warriors in their last home game of the regular season on Sunday and picked up a big 5-1 win. Prior to the game, York recognized the Lions’ graduating athletes in a pre-game ceremony.

The first goal of the game came from midfielder Jorgo Nika, who recorded his fourth goal of the regular season. The second goal came four minutes later by graduating student Lay, which was his first of the season, with an assist by Maurizio Ragone. More details.

On Friday, the men’s soccer team beat the University of Guelph Gryphons 1-0 on the road.

The two top-seeded teams in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) West division battled it out throughout the game and proved why they are the top two teams. In the first half of the game, neither York nor Guelph were able to secure a goal against the other and York was able to fire one shot against Guelph. Guelph was able to fire two against York, however, they were unable to find the back of either net. More details.

Lions overpower Warriors in last home game of regular season

The York University women’s soccer team played the Waterloo Warriors in their last home game of the regular season on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Alumni Field and picked up a tremendous 4-0 win, their sixth shutout of the regular season.

The Lions were visibly stronger than the Warriors offensively with more than double the amount of shots throughout the game at 13 for York and six for Waterloo. In just the sixth minute of the game York’s Kiyani Johnson opened the scoring with a header off of graduating senior Muhtaj’s assist. More details.

Two days earlier, the women’s soccer team played against the University of Guelph Gryphons on Friday at the Gryphon Soccer Complex and fell by a score of 1-0 after two tremendous wins against Algoma University last weekend.

The game started off with York gaining control of the offensive action. In the second minute of the game, York’s Christina Morelli fired the first shot of the game towards the Gryphon’s net, which was saved by Guelph’s goalkeeper Libby Brenneman. The game didn’t see another try by either the Lions or the Gryphons until 20-minutes later when Guelph’s Victoria Hinchliffe shot on York’s net, however, she missed wide right. More details.

York takes down Excalibur to move to consolation final

The York University women’s rugby team hosted the Trent University Excalibur on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field in an exciting game that ended in a 36-24 win for the Lions.

The Lions were able to get on the scoreboard first, less than two minutes into the game, as Megan Pakulis faked a pass and ran by the Excalibur defence to score a try. The Excalibur responded in the ninth minute, scoring a try to tie the game at 5-5. The Lions were able to keep possession allowing Asia Hogan-Rochester to score her first try in the 17th minute, followed by Natasha Naismith with the conversion. More details.

Lions comeback bid falls short in loss to Ravens

After falling behind early, the York Lions football team made a spirited comeback effort in the second half, but it was not enough as they fell to the Carleton University Ravens by a score of 35-20. The Lions were down 18-0 after the first quarter but pulled within three points with the score at 20-17 after three quarters. The Ravens had a bit more left in the tank though and pulled away in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory.

The Ravens got on the board early with a rouge point from kicker Mike Domagala on the game’s opening kickoff, and Domagala followed that with a 48-yard field goal on the Ravens first drive to give them a 4-0 lead. After a Lions field goal attempt by kicker Dante Mastrogiuseppe missed a few drives later, Ravens returner Chris Manchulenko ran the ball back 93 yards to put Carleton deep in Lions territory. On the ensuing possession, quarterback Michael Arruda found Phil Iloki in the end zone for the game’s first touchdown, and a few minutes later Arruda completed a 36-yard touchdown pass to Khalik Johnson to make the score 18-0 before the game was 13 minutes old. More details.

Six Lions compete in Marauder Bayfront Open

Six York Lions cross country athletes competed in the annual Marauder Bayfront Open in Hamilton, Ont. over the weekend. Ali Ghadghoni led the way for the Lions in the men’s 8km race, finishing in 58th place in a time of 26:29. Ghadhoni was coming off a top-10 finish in his last race at the Don Mills Open and just missed setting a personal best time.

Also racing for the men were Christopher Pietrangelo, Austin Kpiebewieng and Justin Kpiebewieng. In his first race of the season, Pietrangelo set a personal best in a time of 29 minutes flat, while the Kpiebewieng twins finished just behind in 29:17 and 29:23 respectively. More details.