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Consecutive shutouts lead UVic field hockey to fifth-straight national title

Vikes beat University of Toronto in best-of-three series
The UVic field hockey team captured its fifth-straight national championship as it bested the University of Toronto in a three-game series from Nov. 3 to 5. (Courtesy of Seyran Mammadov/UVic)

The University of Victoria’s field hockey team captured its fifth-straight national title on Sunday (Nov. 5) after shutting out the University of Toronto 3-0.

The U SPORTS championship in Toronto saw Amanda Adams give UVic the lead just over a minute into the deciding third game between the Vikes and Varsity Blues. The University of Toronto opened the best-of-three series with a shootout win before the Vikes responded with a 1-0 win in game two.

The Vikes added another before three minutes had come off the clock on Sunday as Julia Boraston scored off on a corner opportunity. It was a clutch time for her first goal of the year as the Mount Douglas Secondary alumnus was also named player of the game.

The UVic women scored one more before halftime as Josie Dunham netted the third and final goal of the final.

Keeping Toronto off the scoreboard in the final meant goalkeeper Anais Chance and the Vikes’ defence capped the national championships with two shutouts in a row after UVic dropped the first game. Former Oak Bay High student Libby Hobb was named the national championship’s MVP.

UVic’s head coach said taking care of the little things was key to getting the victory.

“I think our players went out there and they did that quite early. We never really talked about winning,” said Krista Thompson.

“I would say they saved their best game for this last game and I am incredibly proud of this young group of athletes.”

The win marks the 16th field hockey national title for the Vikes program.

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Jake Romphf

About the Author: Jake Romphf

In early 2021, I made the move from the Great Lakes to Greater Victoria with the aim of experiencing more of the country I report on.
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