With two tough matchups looming against top-10 squads, the York Lions needed players to step up, and step up they did. Perhaps no one shone brighter than Mack Shields; however, who stood tall between the pipes against two of the nation’s best this weekend.
There was plenty for the Nipissing Lakers women’s soccer team to be thankful for this Sunday, but when it comes to their latest result on the pitch, they might owe an extra bit of thanks to Ashley Mlinaric.
For a second straight week, Kyle Laborde-Ayres made his mark on the pitch, now capturing Ryerson’s Male Athlete of the Week honours two straight times. But his latest efforts helped the Rams men’s soccer team do something no other group had done this season.
The Ontario Tech Ridgebacks picked up an important pair of wins this season in their postseason pursuit, with Fadi Salback finding himself at the centre of the team’s electrifying six-point performance.
The Marauders burst through in a big way a year ago on the trails, with the McMaster men’s cross country squad turning plenty of heads en route to their provincial banner, and Max Turek is off to a strong start in maintaining his team’s championship status.
The York Lions may have only taken the field once this weekend, but Kiyani Johnson made the most of every minute, buoying her squad to a convincing victory over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in the process.
The Brock Badgers earned their first victory of the women’s soccer season on Saturday, followed by a draw the next day, but both results would have been tough to secure without the stellar play from their keeper Marilena Spagnolo.
Carleton welcomed a pair of northern schools to the nation’s capital this weekend, and backed by a strong offensive showing from Dario Conte, the Ravens managed to defend their home turf in back-to-back wins.
The week didn’t get off on the best foot for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks, but thanks in large part to Glorious Okpali, it ended with a massive win for the men’s soccer program against a nationally-ranked rival.
The Laurentian Voyageurs split their opening weekend on the pitch, picking up three combined goals in their up and down weekend. But while the results may have been different from one day to the next, the key producer remained the same, with Augustus Oku accounting for all three of the team’s tallies.
Theanna Vernon, in her fifth and final season with the Rams women’s volleyball team, maintained her status as one of the most dominant middles across the country. After anchoring her team to a national title a year ago Vernon came back swinging to help her team continue to reach new heights on the court.
Jace Kotsopoulos has been one of the most dynamic and potent players to ever step onto the pitch for the Gryphons men’s soccer program, and after adding to his already impressive university resume this season, finds himself receiving the conference’s top honour.
A championship-calibre team needs great leadership to make it to the top, and Laurentian’s skip Kira Brunton provided just that to help her Voyageurs women’s curling team capture their second national title in the last three years.
The Carleton Ravens claimed their first national title in men’s curling this past week, with skip Cameron Goodkey chief among those helping the black birds soar to new heights against the rest of the country’s best rinks.
If a collegiate hockey player could write the script for the end of their career, it would read exactly like Lamenta’s last four days. The fifth-year Montréal native has achieved many honours as a Gryphon, including being named the U SPORTS Player of the Year back in 2016, as well as OUA Goaltender of the year honours earlier this month, but her legacy between the pipes has now grown even greater.
The Queen’s Gaels turned their Forsyth Cup win into a sixth seed at the U SPORTS Championship last weekend and put up a strong performance against the rest of the nation’s best, backed by another solid stretch from their All-Canadian setter, Zane Grossinger.
Linnaea Harper has been a focal point of the McMaster Marauders women’s basketball team for five seasons, and in her final stretch with the maroon machine, the senior left everything she had on the court to help her team reach historic results on the national stage.
There was plenty to celebrate in the city of Kingston this weekend, as two Gaels’ squads played their way to provincial titles on home turf. The first coming at the Kingston Memorial Centre courtesy of the Queen’s men’s hockey team, but without the heroic efforts of sophomore Jaden Lindo, this streak-stopping triumph might have gone very differently.
If there is ever a way for a senior player to put a feather in the cap of their provincial career, it is with a championship under their belt, and for Hilary Hanaka, she was able to do just that in the Critelli Cup this past weekend. The fifth-year senior played a leading role in helping her McMaster Marauders claim provincial glory and advance to the U SPORTS Final 8 Championship.
Aagaard is a relative newcomer to Guelph, but he has already had a massive impact on the Gryphons men’s hockey team in a short time; a tenure that includes a playoff performance for the ages in the team’s three-game battle with the Western Mustangs in the quest for the Queen’s Cup division finals.
Kylie Masse earned national swimmer of the year honours for the fourth straight season as she wrapped up her Varsity Blues career by leading the University of Toronto to a silver-medal finish at the 2019 Odlum Brown U SPORTS championships this past weekend in Vancouver.
Competing in his first banner season event as part of the York Lions, Pierce Lepage put on a show in front of the hometown crowd, coming away as one of the true standouts across multiple events at the OUA Track and Field Championships in Toronto.
By his high standards, Guelph’s Todd Winder had a relatively quiet regular season. But the reigning OUA West Rookie of the Year has a penchant for producing when the stakes are highest, which he proved once again in the Gryphons opening round games against rival Windsor.