Men’s soccer Lions secure season’s first win

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The annual Frosh Frenzy game at Alumni Field did not disappoint on Thursday night as the York University Lions men’s soccer team earned a 1-0 victory over the McMaster University Marauders in front of thousands of fans in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Marquee Match-up.

Lucas Puntillo during the York Lions – McMaster Marauders game. Image: Jojo Qian

The Lions broke the deadlock in the 65th minute when Lucas Puntillo rang a shot off the inside of the far post and in following a nice pass into the box from Michael Thornton. It was the first career goal and assist, respectively, for the two Lions newcomers. More details on the York Lions website.

On Sunday, the men’s soccer team hit the road for the first time this season as they defeated the University of Waterloo Warriors 4-0 at Warrior Field.

Christopher Jacovou opened the scoring and then some for the Lions, breaking the deadlock in the 30th minute, and doubling the lead just after halftime in the 46th minute to give York a 2-0 lead. The game would eventually be secured after Merci Yuma and Michael Thornton notched their first career goals as Lions. More details.

Defending champion field hockey Lions start season with win

The OUA defending champion York University Lions women’s field hockey team opened the regular season at home with a convincing 4-0 win over the McGill University Martlets at Alumni Field on Sunday afternoon.

In a game that featured five rookies for the Lions, York found themselves jostling for position early on in the match. It wasn’t until the second quarter that rookie Michelle Lee would break the deadlock, firing her shot off a penalty corner past the keeper in the second minute.

The goals kept coming for the red and white. Third-year midfielder Frankie St. Louis would score her first goal of the campaign, putting the Lions up by two. Less than a minute later, first-year forward Marella Greco sniped a shot past the Martlet defence with 8:53 on the clock, making the score 3-0. More details.

Rugby Lions win home opener over Trent

The York University Lions women’s rugby team won its second game of the season on Friday night in front of a home crowd, defeating the Trent University Excalibur 17-7 at Alumni Field.

The scoring started early for the Lions, as third-year full back Chanelle Lindegaard made a breakaway in the seventh minute of the game gaining 20 yards in the process, leading to a try by Rayann D’Aguiar putting the Lions up 5-0.  More details.

No. 8 nationally ranked Gryphons use big fourth quarter to take down Football Lions

The York University Lions football team was defeated by a score of 53-19 by the No. 8 nationally ranked University of Guelph Gryphons at Alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Lions played three strong quarters despite missing key players at many positions and trailed by only seven at 26-19 heading into the fourth. But the Gryphons exploded for 27 points in the final frame to win with ease.

Third-year receiver Luther Hakunavanhu had a career game with eight receptions for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns, just six minutes apart in the third quarter. His first was a 20-yard strike four minutes in and the second a monstrous 75-yard bomb six minutes later. More details.

Women’s soccer Lions score big upset win over No. 8 nationally ranked Marauders

The York University Lions women’s soccer team scored a big upset victory on Thursday night with a 1-0 win over the No. 8 nationally ranked McMaster University Marauders at Alumni Field.

Rookie Vanessa Santoriello continued her hot start to the season with the lone goal of the game in the 67th minute, finishing off a pass from Kiyani Johnson. It was Santoriello’s second goal of the season as she has scored both of her team’s goals this year.  More details.

Three days later, the women’s soccer team played to a draw against the University of Waterloo Warriors at their first road game of the season on Sunday afternoon in Waterloo.

The Lions would strike first early in the opening half when Johnson’s cross found Kendra Saxton in the 18 yard box for her first goal of the season. The fourth-year striker would not fail to bury the ball into the net. More details.