Woodcroft, Wilkie named OUA Athletes of the Week

Woodcroft, Wilkie named OUA Athletes of the Week

BURLINGTON, Ont. - The following athletes have been named Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Athletes of the Week for the period ending November 2nd, 2015.

FEMALE: Amanda Woodcroft (Waterloo, Ont.) – 5th yr. – Toronto Varsity Blues – Field Hockey

The University of Toronto Varsity Blues pulled off one of the biggest comeback victories in program history, as they scored four unanswered goals to claim their second straight OUA field hockey championship.

Fifth-year midfielder and OUA all-star Amanda Woodcroft scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals as the Blues knocked off the top-seeded Guelph Gryphons 4-3 on the Back Campus Fields on Saturday afternoon.

After being held off the scoresheet in their semfinal game against York, the KPE Concurrent Education major bounced back on Saturday in a big way. 

After falling behind 3-0 early in the gold-medal match, Toronto narrowed the gap to 3-2 at halftime.  Woodcroft would take the game over in the second half, scoring twice in a four minute span as the Blues eventually held on to win their fourth OUA banner in the past five seasons and an OUA-leading 31st since 1971.

Woodcroft and the Blues now head to Victoria, B.C. for the 2015 CIS championship, Nov. 5-8.

MALE: Alex Wilkie (Almonte, Ont.) – 3rd yr – Queen's Gaels – Cross Country

Queen’s Gaels runner Alex Wilkie set the pace this past weekend and finished atop the podium at the OUA Cross Country championship.

Wilkie, a third-year health studies student-athlete, captured individual gold, finishing in a time of 30:45:3 in the 10km race at the Columbia Icefield course in Waterloo, Ont.  The 5-foot-10 runner narrowly defeated the second place finisher, Windsor’s Paul Janikowski by a single second.

As a team, the Gaels narrowly missed the podium, finishing in fourth overall place.

Gold wasn’t the only hardware that Wilkie took home this weekend as he was also recognized for his strong season with the OUA Men's MVP award and was also named an OUA first-team all-star.  This is the second OUA Athlete of the Week award for the Almonte, Ont. native.

Wilkie and the Gaels will now have their sights set on the upcoming CIS championship which will be held at the University of Guelph Arboretum on Nov. 14.