Weekend wrap: No. 3 men’s soccer Lions reach 50-game milestone after 1-0 win over Lancers

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On Sunday, Oct. 20, the No. 3 nationally ranked York University Lions men’s soccer team defeated the University of Windsor Lancers 1-0 at Alumni Field.

The win sees the Lions reach a historic 50-game milestone after going undefeated against Ontario University Athletics (OUA) opponents since Aug. 30, 2017 – their last loss coming against the University of Guelph Gryphons, 2-1 at home.

The first half of the match was goalless, but the game was anything but dull. Forward Merci Yuma had plenty of great shots on target, but none of them reached the back of the net. Lancers goalkeeper Sebastien Lee-Daigle kept the score sheet clean, ending the half with a nil-nil tie. More details on the Lions website.

On Friday night (Oct. 18), the Lions prevailed over the Western University Mustangs by a score of 1-0.

The game started off nerve-wracking, with both teams playing stellar defence, resulting in neither landing on the scoreboard. With a rare scoreless first half, the Lions aimed to lay on the pressure to get some points on the board going into the second. More details.

Rugby Lions promoted to Shiels Division with consolation final win over Trent

On Saturday (Oct. 19), the York University Lions women’s rugby team defeated the Trent University Excalibur at Alumni Field with a final score of 45-12 in their consolation final match.

The win gives the Lions the fifth and final spot in the upper Shiels Division for next season, where they will play against the best teams in the conference.

The Lions came out strong in the first five minutes with a try and a conversion from Natasha Naismith, giving the Lions an early 7-0 lead. Seven minutes later the Lions scored another try, this time from Bernice Ediagbonya, followed by another conversion from Naismith. More details.

Women’s hockey Lions bounce back on road with 3-0 win over Lancers

On Saturday, the No. 10 nationally ranked York University Lions women’s hockey team defeated the University of Windsor Lancers away at the Atlas Tube Centre with a score of 3-0.

The Lions struck first and scored late in the first period from forward Kara Washer, assisted by her teammates Brooke Anderson and Julia McLennan. More details.

On Friday night, the Lions played the No. 9 nationally ranked Western University Mustangs in their season opener and were defeated 5-3 in London, Ont.

York’s Kelsey McHolm opened up the game with a goal in the first 26 seconds, which was assisted by Taylor Davison. The early goal gave the Lions a 1-0 lead over the Mustangs. More details.

Men’s hockey Lions shutout defending champion Gaels 3-0 at home

The York University Lions men’s hockey team beat the defending OUA champion Queen’s University Gaels by a thrilling 3-0 score on Saturday at Canlan Ice Sports.

Most of the action took place in the first period of the game, where the Lions were able to secure a 2-0 lead against the Gaels. York’s Braydon Buziak and Scott Feser were able to assist Xavier Pouliot with the opening goal at 4:52. More details.

On Friday night, the Lions fell to the No. 9 nationally ranked Ryerson University Rams by a 2-1 score during their electrifying home opener at Canlan Ice Sports.

The Rams opened up with the first goal of the game against the Lions, scored by Gregory DiTomaso. But York’s first-year forward Dylan Riley managed to answer with a goal less than two minutes later during the high-intensity first period. More details.

Women’s soccer Lions score five past Lancers in final regular season game

On Sunday, the No. 10 nationally ranked York University Lions women’s soccer team defeated the University of Windsor Lancers 5-1 in the regular season finale for both teams.

Jessica Lush had a fantastic shot but was unable to reach the back of the net. The disappointment was long forgotten as the Lions scored their first goal in the 16th minute from forward Kiayani Johnson, assisted by her teammate Farkhunda Muhtaj. More details.

Two days earlier, the Lions battled against the No. 8 Western University Mustangs and came back to tie the game with a final score of 1-1 on the road in London, Ont.

The game started pretty intensely and was action-packed from the first few minutes of the match. Mustangs midfielder Nikki Balachorek scored the opening goal in the first minutes of the game, assisted by her teammate Nicola Panaccione. More details.

Football Lions end season with loss to Gaels in Kingston

The York University Lions football team had its 2019 season come to an end on Saturday afternoon with a 23-2 loss to the Queen’s University Gaels at Richardson Stadium in Kingston, Ont.

As it has done all season, the Lions defence stood tall and gave the team a chance to win. The unit sacked Queen’s starting quarterback James Keenan three times and had nine total tackles behind the line of scrimmage, for a loss of 44 yards. They also picked Keenan off once, forced and recovered a fumble and had three pass break-ups.

Queen’s opened the scoring five minutes in, when Richard Burton caught a 17-yard pass from James Keenan for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. More details.

Field hockey Lions come away with win and tie in Waterloo

Over the weekend, the York University Lions field hockey team remained undefeated in their away games against the Queen’s University Gaels with a score of 3-1, and a tie against the University of Waterloo Warriors 1-1.

Their performance this weekend placed the Lions third in their division, where they will be seeded heading into the championship next weekend.

In the first game, the Lions faced off against the Gaels in a dominating fashion. In the first quarter, the Lions scored early, with midfielder Amira Brar scoring an unassisted goal in the first four minutes of the game. More details.