Weekend wrap: Women’s basketball Lions defeat No. 5 Rams to gain three-game win streak

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On Saturday, Nov. 16, the York University Lions women’s basketball team defeated the No. 5 nationally ranked Ryerson University Rams at the Tait McKenzie Centre 67-52, giving them a three-game win streak.

The first quarter was off to a good start, but the game didn’t pick up until the second with the Lions up 12-10. The Lions defence began to falter with the Rams gaining the lead for the first time in the game by just a basket. More details on the York Lions website.

One day earlier, and after a hard-fought battle in downtown Toronto, the Lions came away with a 52-47 win over the University of Toronto Varsity Blues at the Goldring Centre in their Friday matinee.

With minutes left in the fourth quarter, the score remained tied 47-47 but that would be the limit of the Blues scoring as the Lions went on a five-point run to close out the match. Driving past her defender at the top of the key, Katrina Collins-Samuels drew two Blues defenders on to her dribble and found a wide open Cyanna King in the paint who put her side up by two. More details.

Wrestlers Nguyen, Agard win silver medals at York Open

York University Lions wrestlers Paul Nguyen and Bailey Agard won silver medals in their weight classes at the annual York Open at the Tait McKenzie Centre on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Agard’s podium finish in the 51kg division helped the Lions finish in third place among OUA schools in the team standings, while the men finished in fourth place thanks in large part to the strong showing by Nguyen in the 57kg weight class. More details.

Second straight sweep gives women’s volleyball Lions third win of the season

The York University Lions women’s volleyball team picked up their third win of the season as they beat the Trent University Excalibur 3-0 Saturday evening.

The Lions swept all three sets. They took the first set with a score of 25-7 and a total of 10 kills. The Excalibur were able to add a little bit more pressure to their game in the second set as they added eight more points than their first set; however, the Lions were still able to take the 25-15 win. In the third and final set of the game the Lions once again finished ahead of the home team, beating them 25-14. More details.

On Friday, the Lions got back into the win column with a 3-0 sweep over the McMaster University Marauders at the Tait McKenzie Centre.

In the first set, the Lions came out strong and took control early gaining five points in a row. Two kills from Sarah Williams, a kill from Olivia Kim, followed by a Marauders service error and an attack error helped the Lions pull away with the lead. More details.

Men’s volleyball Lions drop Excalibur 3-1 on the road

The York University Lions men’s volleyball team beat the Trent University Excalibur 3-1 on Saturday evening.

The game started off with the Lions taking the first set to a close 25-21 win. The Excalibur redeemed themselves in the second as they beat York by two points, taking the 25-23 win and tying the series 1-1. However, York was able to pick up where they started and took the final sets; the third with a 25-17 score and the fourth and final with a 25-19 win. More details.

The day before, the Lions suffered a loss to the No. 4 nationally ranked McMaster University Marauders in straight sets. In the first set the Marauders opened the scoring with a series of eight points and continued by matching the Lions point-for-point thereafter, taking the first set 25-12. More details.

Comeback falls short for men’s hockey Lions after 3-2 loss to No. 6 Blues

The comeback fell short for the York University Lions men’s hockey team as they fell to the No. 6 nationally ranked University of Toronto Varsity Blues 3-2 during their Thursday matinee on the road.

Scoring came early for the Blues after forward Joey Manchurek capitalized on a power play only 7:44 into the first period to put the home side up 1-0. Manchurek would double his scoring and Toronto’s lead seven minutes later, tipping teammate Riley Bruce’s point shot past Lions goaltender Mack Shields to head into the first intermission up 2-0. More details.

On Saturday, Jeremy Lucchini netted a hat trick but it was not enough in a 6-3 defeat to the University of Guelph Gryphons. The Gryphons opened up the first period scoring two back-to-back goals just under the first three minutes of the game. Lucchini scored an unassisted goal on a power play to give the Lions their first goal of the game. The Lions finished the period one goal behind the Gryphons, who led 2-1. More details.

Women’s hockey Lions suffer loss to Warriors, snapping seven-game win streak

The No. 6 nationally ranked York University Lions women’s hockey team fell to the University of Waterloo Warriors 4-1 at home on Friday night, snapping their seven-game win streak.

The Warriors got on the board early in the second period after a quiet first. Selena Dirven broke the deadlock off an assist from Warriors forward Brooklyn Cole. The Lions, however, had plenty of chances of their own on shot attempts from fourth-year Taylor Davison and forward Courtney Gardiner, but the Warriors managed to keep their lead. More details.

The Lions dropped both of their weekend games, also falling to the University of Windsor Lancers by a 5-1 score on Sunday. The Lancers started off attacking the Lions’ net as soon as the puck dropped, which resulted in them getting their first goal 10 seconds into the game. The Lions then attempted to answer their opponent’s opening goal throughout the period firing a total of 11 shots on goal. More details.

Men’s basketball Lions fall to Rams at home

On Saturday, the York University Lions men’s basketball team suffered a 93-63 defeat against the Ryerson University Rams at the Tait McKenzie Centre.

The Lions came out hard in the first two periods as they kept the score neck and neck with the Rams for the majority until Lions Liam Rietschin scored two free throws to give his side the lead at the end of the first quarter 17-16. More details.

As part of their weekend schedule, the Lions also fell to the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Friday afternoon 95-81 at the Goldring Centre.

The Lions started off hot, leading 10-5 four minutes into the first quarter. Centre Dusan Prelo got his side going, followed by a pair of Prince Kamunga free-throws and back-to-back layups from DeAndrae Pierre. The two sides exchanged baskets for much of the first, but the Blues would take an early lead off of four made three-pointers, to end the quarter 32-21. More details.