FH: Victoria takes aim at the CW four rounds; UBC and Calgary seek to reverse the script

CALGARY – A field hockey dynasty. That’s what the Victoria Vikes are aiming for this year as they chase their fourth consecutive Canada West title. The team dominated last season, going a perfect 8-0 in the regular season before winning the CW and U SPORTS Championship banners.

Led by the reigning CW and U SPORTS Player of the Year, the Vikes will again be looking to set the tone for this season as they also aim for their fourth consecutive national gold medal.


In their path stand the UBC Thunderbirds, the winningest team in Canada West history. The school will be keen to retain this title by dethroning the Vikes. The Thunderbirds have 25 conference titles to their name, while the Vikes have 22. UBC is aiming to return to its historic form led by a strong defensive core with several key midfield additions.


With two strong teams already on the field, the Calgary Dinos will be looking to fight their way into the win column this year after being victimized for several seasons by the Vikes and T-Birds.


It all starts Saturday, when Victoria travels to Calgary for the season opener at 11 a.m. The two will face off again on Sunday at the same time. UBC will enter the game the following weekend, as they travel to Calgary on September 17-18, with both games also scheduled for 11 a.m.


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2021 CW Regular Season Record: 4-2
The Head Coach: Poonam Sandhu (5)e season) / 10-4-8 Career CW reg. record of the season
Last CW Championship / Total CW Championships: 2017 / 25
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2017 / 19

2021 CW Regular Season Rankings:

  • Attack: 13 goals for, 2n/a
  • Defense: 6 goals conceded, 2n/a

2021 CW Regular Season Leaders: (list of returning players only)

  • Goals: 3 / Mikayla Stelling, Forward
  • Wins: 3 / Hannah Rumble

Key Additions (Name/Position/Eligibility/Hometown/Last Team):

Kenzie Girgis / Midfielder / 1 / Ottawa, Ont. / Outaouais Field Hockey Club
Hazel Taylor / Midfielder / 1 / Calgary, Alta. / Legacy Academy
Shyana Ringma / Midfielder 1 / Victoria, BC / Mount Douglas Secondary
Alyson Denis / Forward / 1 / Edmonton, Alta. / Cowichan Secondary

Key losses (name / function / hometown / years with program):

Thora Rae / Forward / Vancouver, BC / 5
Jordyn Faiczak / Midfielder / Waterloo, Ont. / 5
Sara Goodman / Defender / Duncan, BC / 5

Key performer:

  • Kaileigh Chow
  • Defender
  • 5e
  • Vancouver, BC

Entering his final season as a UBC Thunderbird, Kaileigh Chow continues to be a leader on and off the court for blue and gold. A star member of Canada West in 2021, the Vancouver native has been a four-time Canadian academic star.


   

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2021 CW Regular Season Record: 0-8
The Head Coach: Jenn Swagar – 7th season / Career CW reg. season record: 16-40-12
Last CW Championship / Total CW Championships: 1974/2
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: None

2021 CW Regular Season Rankings:

  • Attack: 1 goals for, 3rd in CW
  • Defense: 44 goals conceded, 3rd in CW

2021 CW Regular Season Leaders: (list of returning players only)

Key Additions (Name/Position/Eligibility/Hometown/Last Team):

Caileigh Coverdale / F / 2 / Calgary, AB / York Univ.
Maya Doman / D / 1 / Duncan, BC / VILFA
Elisa Johnson / F / 1 / Calgary, AB / Team Alberta

Key losses (name / function / hometown / years with program):

Madison MacMillan / D / West Vancouver, BC / 5
Kenzie McMillan-Harrington / M / Oliver, BC / 5
Melanie Scholz / M / Calgary, Alta. / 4
Jen Wishart / F / Calgary, AB / 5

Key performer:

  • Jadyn Campbell
  • Defender
  • 2
  • Calgary, Alta.

As Jenn Swagar enters her second term as head coach at the University of Calgary, she will look to Jadyn Campbell as the team’s “quarterback.” The big defenseman, entering her second year with the Dinos, will be appreciated for her great vision and calm defense as they try to disrupt attacks from UBC and Victoria this fall.

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2021 CW Regular Season Record: 7-0-1

The Head Coach: Lynne Beecroft / 39th season / 242-68-77

Last CW Championship / Total CW Championships: 2021 / 20

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: 2021 / 14

2021 CW Regular Season Rankings:

  • Attack: 32 goals for, 1st
  • Defense: 3 goals conceded, 1st

2021 CW Regular Season Leaders: (list of returning players only)

  • Goals: 9 / Chloé Langkammer – Forward
  • Victories: N/A (Robin Fleming, 7, will not return this season)

Key Additions (Name/Position/Eligibility/Hometown/Last Team):

Daya Titsworth / GK / First / Trail, BC / JL Crowe Hawks
Maeve Connorton / MID / Premiere / Victoria, BC / Team BC
Julia Boraston / DEF/MID /First / Victoria, BC / Field Hockey Canada NextGen
Katie Bentley / MID / Premiere / Victoria, BC / Team BC

Key losses (name / function / hometown / years with program):

Robin Fleming/GK/Duncan, BC/4
Ashton Aumen / FOR / Duncan, BC / 4

Key performer:

  • Anna Mollenhauer
  • Defender
  • Fifth
  • Victoria, BC

Anna Mollenhauer, the 2021 Canada West and U SPORTS Player of the Year, returns to the Vikes roster for her fifth season in 2022. During her 2021 All-Canadian campaign, Mollenhauer scored four goals in the Canada West, helping the Vikes go 7-0-1 en route to the conference title. In helping the Vikes win their third straight U SPORTS national title, Mollenhauer was the only player in the tournament to score in all three shootouts. Mollenhauer is also a member of Field Hockey Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team.


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