Weekend wrap: Lions win second straight game with victory over Lakers

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The York University women’s basketball team defeated the Nipissing University Lakers 78-69 on Saturday evening at the Tait Mackenzie Centre.

With the win, the Lions are still sitting in fifth place in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) East standings with five games remaining in the regular season. Despite a comeback attempt by Nipissing in the fourth quarter, the Lions held off the Lakers to win the game 78-69.

Megan Macleod and Katrina Collins-Samuels opened up the first quarter with successful jump shots for the Lions. After a basket by the Lakers, the Lions made three consecutive three-pointers, one by Collins-Samuels and two by Emma Jonas. The Lions had a large lead midway through the quarter, leading the Lakers 21-6. A final free throw by Megan Stewart ended the quarter with the Lions leading 24-13. More details on the York Lions website.

On Friday afternoon, the Lions faced the Laurentian University Voyageurs in front of a packed home crowd and picked up a huge 89-67 victory at the Tait Mackenzie Centre.

With only six games left in the regular season, the Lions picked up a must-needed victory against their division rival. The Lions and the Voyageurs both entered the game with a 6-10 record on the season; however, with the win, the Lions have moved to fifth place ahead of the Voyageurs.

The Lions had a strong start on the Voyageurs, eventually picking up a five-point lead of 16-11 after Chante Clarke and Haley Bowie nailed consecutive three-pointers. The Lions had the momentum of the crowd as they led the Voyageurs 20-13 midway through the quarter. More details.

York wrestlers reach podium at Ontario Junior Championships

Members of the York Lions wrestling team competed in the 2019 Ontario Junior Wrestling Championships over the weekend in London, Ont., and brought home one gold medal and three silver medals.

Lions rookie Bailey Agard led the way with a gold medal in the women’s 53kg division. Agard defeated Brooke Fletcher of the Windsor Lancers by a dominating score of 10-0 in the final round to reach the top step of the podium. Agard has now medalled in all six tournaments she’s competed in for the Lions this season in what has been an outstanding rookie campaign for the Cognitive Science major. More details.

Shields makes 46 saves in Lions 5-4 victory over Warriors

The York University Lions men’s hockey team beat the University of Waterloo Warriors 5-4 on Friday, Jan. 25 at Canlan Ice Sports to snap out of a three-game losing streak.

The Lions began the game with a goal just under four minutes in the first period. At 3:52, York’s Reid Jackman scored the first goal of the game with an assist from linemate Scott Feser and defenceman Sal Filice.

Soon after, at 8:24, the Warriors were able to also get a goal in to tie the game 1-1 against the Lions. At 13:09, York’s Justin Maiolino scored his fifth goal of the season, which was assisted by Nik Coric. To finish the first period, Feser, who started the game off with an assist, scored a goal of his own at 14:22 with the aid of teammates Justin Bean and Jackman. More details.

Lions post big win at home over Lakers

The York University men’s basketball team posted a dominant 77-57 win over the Nipissing University Lakers on Saturday evening at Tait Mackenzie Centre.

The Lions started the first quarter strong defensively to lead the Lakers 6-3 after five minutes of play. The Lions held the Lakers to a total of eight points in the opening quarter. With two minutes remaining, Gianmarco Luciani sunk a three-pointer to increase the Lions’ lead to 15-5 over the Lakers. With 15 seconds left, Chevon Brown made a huge steal and impressive dunk to end the quarter with the Lions leading 17-8.

At the start of the second quarter, the Lakers added five consecutive points, bringing the score to 17-13 for the Lions. By the midway mark, the Lions led the Lakers 25-17. Prince Kamunga and Luciani consecutively sunk three-pointers, causing the Lakers to take a time out with less than two minutes remaining. The Lions ended the half leading 36-24. More details.

A day earlier, the Lions lost a close 79-77 game against the Laurentian University Voyageurs in an action-packed game on Friday afternoon at the Tait Mackenzie Centre.

The Lions, who are now 5-12 on the season, competed against the Voyageurs, who improved to 9-8 with the win. The Lions got out to an early lead, which they held for the majority of the game, until the Voyageurs clawed back in the fourth quarter and won in a controversial way – with the shot clock buzzer going off with three seconds left, leading to confusion on the court between both teams. More details.

Lions medal 11 times in three meets over weekend

The York Lions track and field team continued their road to the U SPORTS championships with some great performances this weekend at three meets across Canada and the U.S. The squad achieved a total of 11 podium finishes, coming home with three gold, five silver and three bronze medals.

At the Robert J. Cane Invitational at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., Emmanuel Nketiah earned the gold in the long jump with a huge personal best of 7.10m and followed that up with another personal best in the triple jump of 14.24m and a fifth-place finish. These performances moved him to No. 3 and No. 4 respectively in the U SPORTS rankings. Pierce Lepage opened up his season with a bronze in the high jump with a mark of 2.04m that places him fourth in the U SPORTS rankings. Teammate Jackson West also came in fourth place in the high jump with a new season’s best jump of 1.95m. Leading the women’s jumpers was Leah Jones, who won the long jump with a new personal best of 5.70m. This performance puts her 7th in the U SPORTS rankings. More details.

Lions falls 4-1 to Ridgebacks on Sunday at Canlan

The York University Lions women’s hockey team lost 4-1 against the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Ridgebacks on Sunday, Jan. 27 at Canlan Ice Sports.

The Ridgebacks, who picked up their seventh win of the season, scored the opening goal against the Lions at 6:16. Kassidy Ford’s shot found the back of York’s net, giving them an early 1-0 lead over the Lions, who had eight shot-on-goals in the first period compared to UOIT’s seven.

In the second period of the game, the Lions answered the Ridgebacks’ first period goal at 15:47. With the assist of Erin Locke and Tayler Murphy, Taylor Davison scored the first goal for York while netting her second goal of the season. More details.

Lions drop close 3-2 game to Warriors

The York University men’s volleyball team competed against the University of Waterloo Warriors and after five sets were defeated 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Physical Activities Complex.

The Lions entered the match with a 4-5 record on the season, while the Warriors had a 3-6 record. With the loss, the Lions are still in fourth place, two points ahead of the Nipissing Lakers, in the OUA East standings.

A tough battle, and back-and-forth momentum throughout the match, led the Lions and Warriors to take the game to five sets. In the first set, the score was tied a total of 20 times. With the score tied 23-23, it was Tyler Covach serving for the Lions that led to two attack errors by the Warriors, allowing the Lions to win a tough set 25-23. More details.

Lions fall in three sets to Warriors

The York University women’s volleyball team was defeated 3-0 by the University of Waterloo Warriors on Saturday afternoon at the Physical Activities Complex in Waterloo, Ont.

The Lions competed against the Waterloo Warriors, who are undefeated and sitting in first place in the OUA West standings. The Lions now have a 6-5 record on the season and are just two points shy of third place with eight games remaining in the regular season.

The Warriors had a strong start in the first set, leading the Lions 7-1 before the Lions earned their second point on a service error. The Warriors picked up an eight-point lead midway through the quarter, which led them to win the set 25-18. More details.