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McGill to host 2011 CIS women's soccer championship this week

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Published: 8 Nov 2011

 

MONTREAL -- The 25th anniversary edition of the CIS women's soccer championship gets under way Thursday at McGill University's Percival Molson Stadium in downtown Montreal and culminates at 4 p.m. on Sunday with the national final. All 11 games from the eight-team, single-elimination tourney will be webcast live by SSN Canada.

 

The Queen's University Gaels are hoping for a repeat performance this week, one year after capturing their second Gladys Bean memorial trophy in school history. Joining defending champion Queen's in the quest for the Bean trophy will be the Dalhousie Tigers (AUS champions), Montreal Carabins (RSEQ champions), Trinity Western Spartans (Canada West champions), Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (OUA finalists), Alberta Pandas (Canada West finalists), Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA bronze medallists), as well as the McGill University Martlets, who qualified for the tourney as host team.

 

McGill will be hoping to become the first Quebec club to win the elusive CIS title. This will be the first time in five years that the Martlets have reached the CIS tournament but the 18th time in the 25-year history of the championship, which was inaugurated at McGill in 1987. During that time, McGill has won five silver medals to go along with three third-place finishes.

 

The 2011 edition of the Martlets are considered underdogs to win the eight-team, single-elimination tourney as it features a lineup that is young and burdened with injuries to four starters. The 28-member roster includes five freshmen, 11 sophomores, five juniors and six seniors. The team is composed of nine players from Ontario, seven Quebecers, five from British Columbia, three from the USA, two from Alberta and one from Newfoundland-Labrador.

 

McGill, which was nationally ranked for five of the nine weeks that a Top 10 was issued, finished second in the eight-team RSEQ conference with an 8-3-8 record under guidance of Marc Mounicot, a former all-Canadian with the Redmen and recent McGill Sports Hall of Fame inductee, who is now in his 14th season as head coach of the team. The Martlets had the third-best offence and the second-best defence in the league.

 

"The quality of the CIS championship this year is excellent and features three of the best teams from last year - Montreal, Laurier and Queen's - in addition to Trinity Western who won back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009," says Mounicot. "We are for sure the underdogs but anything is possible in a single-elimination format. To upset those teams, you have to play three perfect games and have a bit of luck on your side."

 

McGill had five all-star nominations, including freshman midfielder Alexandria Hoyte of Laval, Que., who also received conference rookie-of-the-year honours, She was named as player of the game eight times in 14 contests and was second on the team in scoring with seven points, including three goals.

 

Others all-stars were Julia Bahen, a second-year defender from Vancouver, B.C., and veteran forward Alexandra Morin-Boucher of St. Gabriel de Brandon, Que., who led the team in goals with nine and finished second in the conference scoring race. Members of the Martlets selected to the second "dream team" included defender Kelsey Wilson of Pincourt, Que., and goaltender Victoria Muccilli of Mississauga, Ont.

 

After a solid regular season, the Martlets stumbled in the league semifinal, allowing three first-half goals in a 3-0 loss at Sherbrooke, which finished second in the league standings.

 

The Gaels, who claimed their first CIS banner back in 1988, finished first in the OUA East division this fall with a sparkling 13-1-2 conference record before going 3-0 in the playoffs, including a thrilling 1-0 win on penalty kicks over archrival Laurier in the OUA final.

 

The Ontario championship game was a rematch of last year's national final and the result was almost a carbon copy as Queen's edged Laurier 1-0 in double overtime 12 months ago.

 

The Gaels and Hawks could very well meet again for CIS gold on Sunday as they are on opposite sides of the bracket for this week's tourney.

 

Thursday's quarter-final schedule includes Dalhousie against Ottawa at 10:30 a.m. Eastern, Queen's vs. Alberta at 1:30 p.m., Montreal vs. Laurier at 4:30 p.m., and Trinity Western vs. McGill at 7:30 p.m.

 

"With all of the best teams in the country qualifying it will be a highly competitive and very tough road to the title," says Queen's head coach Dave McDowell, in his 24th campaign at the helm. "A lot of great games will be played but our team is prepared for the task."

 

Dalhousie (3), Trinity Western (3), Alberta (3), Laurier (2) and Ottawa (1) have also hoisted the Bean trophy in the past, while Montreal and McGill are still looking for an elusive first triumph.

 

The Golden Hawks and OUA bronze medallist Ottawa also enjoyed exceptional seasons in Ontario, posting 12-2-0 and 12-3-1 conference marks, respectively. The Gee-Gees earned the last OUA ticket for the CIS tourney with a convincing 4-0 win over McMaster last weekend.

 

The Carabins and Martlets, the two representatives from Quebec, are not only looking for a first CIS banner, they also hope to make RSEQ history as no team from the conference has ever claimed the national title.

 

Montreal was the only team in the country to go undefeated in the regular season and the playoffs and enters the championship with a 14-0-2 overall record, including a 3-1 decision over Sherbrooke in the RSEQ final.

 

"We had a nice win in the conference final but I still think our team has yet to play to its full potential," says Montreal sideline boss Kevin McConnell. "To win at the national championship we'll have to play at our highest level.

 

"No matter who we play in the first round, we still have three big games ahead of us to claim the title," added McConnell in reference to the first-round matchup against the Hawks, who beat the Carabins in overtime in last year's CIS semis.

 

In the Atlantic conference, Dalhousie was somewhat of a surprise winner of the AUS banner. After taking third place in the regular season, the Tigers went on a three-game win streak at the conference championship, including upsets of Saint Mary's and top-seeded UPEI.

 

"I'm very excited to bring such a young team to the national championship," says head coach Jack Hutchison, whose squad returns to the dance after a two-year absence. "We have worked really well as a cohesive unit all year to get the job done and we will need to continue to do so to have further success. This will be a fantastic learning experience for all of our young players."

 

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Trinity Western was anything but a surprise champion in Canada West. The Spartans, who have won a remarkable three national titles since joining CIS a dozen years ago, cruised through the season with a 12-1-1 record. They had to work overtime in the Canada West final however, as they needed penalty kicks to edge Alberta.

 

The Pandas, third in the league standings with a solid 9-4-1 mark, upset UBC (11-1-2) on PKs in the conference semis to earn a trip to Montreal.

 

"We are obviously delighted to be heading back to CIS Nationals," says TWU head coach Graham Roxburgh, whose team has an exceptional 10-1-1 lifetime record at the championship and has won its last eight duels at the tourney. "It is nice to be in the mix of some quality programs with great players and some fierce competition. Competing in the tournament is a special opportunity for our players that you can never take for granted because we all know how hard it is for each team to make it there."

 

Official championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/wsoc/index

 

 

2011 TEAM PROFILES

 

Dalhousie Tigers (AUS champions)

 

Head Coach: Jack Hutchison (5th season)

Regular season record: 9-3-1

Regular season standing: 3rd AUS

Playoff record: 3-0

Playoff finish: AUS champions

Final Top 10 ranking (Nov. 1): Unranked

Best Top 10 ranking (9 weeks): No. 10 (2 weeks)

Number of weeks in Top 10 (9 weeks): 2

Conference award winners: None

Conference 1st team all-stars: Rieka Santilli (M)

Conference 2nd team all-stars: Taryn McKenna (G), Kristy McGregor-Bales (D), Joanna Blodgett (M)

CIS championship appearances (including 2011): 12

CIS championship all-time record: 11-10-8 (.379)

CIS championship all-time medals: 6 (3 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze)

CIS championship best result: 3-time champions (1994, 1999, 2000)

CIS championship last appearance: 2008 (tied 7th)

CIS championship sequence: 1st appearance since 2008 (3rd in 5 years)

 

Montreal Carabins (RSEQ champions)

 

Head Coach: Kevin McConnell (7th season)

Regular season record: 12-0-2

Regular season standing: 1st RSEQ

Playoff record: 2-0

Playoff finish: RSEQ champions

Final Top 10 ranking (Nov. 1): No. 1

Best Top 10 ranking (9 weeks): No. 1 (last 3 polls)

Number of weeks in Top 10 (9 weeks): 9

Conference award winners: Éva Thouvenot-Hébert (MVP)

Conference 1st team all-stars: Martine Julien (G), Valérie Labelle (D), Virginie Lévesque (D), Véronique Maranda (M), Éva Thouvenot-Hébert (F)

Conference 2nd team all-stars: Claudiane Tremblay (D), Claire Robbins (M), Catherine Delmas-Frenette (M)

CIS championship appearances (including 2011): 6

CIS championship all-time record: 7-8-0 (.467)

CIS championship all-time medals: 2 (1 silver, 1 bronze)

CIS championship best result: Finalists (2009)

CIS championship last appearance: 2010 (4th)

CIS championship sequence: 5th straight appearance

 

Queen's Gaels (OUA champions)

 

Head Coach: Dave McDowell (24th season)

Regular season record: 13-1-2

Regular season standing: 1st OUA East

Playoff record: 3-0

Playoff finish: OUA champions

Final Top 10 ranking (Nov. 1): No. 4

Best Top 10 ranking (9 weeks): No. 1 (1st poll)

Number of weeks in Top 10 (9 weeks): 9

Conference award winners (OUA East): Riley Filion (MVP), Jessie DeBoer (rookie)

Conference 1st team all-stars (OUA East): Brienna Shaw (D), Riley Filion (M), Jacqueline Tessier (F)

Conference 2nd team all-stars (OUA East): Jessie DeBoer (D), Melissa Jung (D), Kelli Chamberlain (F)

CIS championship appearances (including 2011): 12

CIS championship all-time record: 11-12-4 (.481)

CIS championship all-time medals: 4 (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)

CIS championship best result: 2-time champions (1988, 2010)

CIS championship last appearance: 2010 (champions)

CIS championship sequence: 3rd straight appearance (9th in 12 years)

 

Trinity Western Spartans (Canada West champions)

 

Head Coach: Graham Roxburgh (13th season)

Regular season record: 12-1-1

Regular season standing: 1st Canada West

Playoff record: 2-0

Playoff finish: Canada West champions

Final Top 10 ranking (Nov. 1): No. 2

Best Top 10 ranking (9 weeks): No. 2 (last 3 polls)

Number of weeks in Top 10 (9 weeks): 9

Conference award winners: Graham Roxburgh (coach)

Conference 1st team all-stars: Kristen Funk (G), Jennifer Castillo (D), Colleen Webber (D), Melissa Mobilio (M), Natalie Boyd (M)

Conference 2nd team all-stars: Jilian Dietrich (D), Daniela Gerig (F)

CIS championship appearances (including 2011): 5

CIS championship all-time record: 10-1-1 (.875)

CIS championship all-time medals: 3 (3 gold)

CIS championship best result: 3-time champions (2004, 2008, 2009)

CIS championship last appearance: 2009 (champions)

CIS championship sequence: 3rd appearance in 4 years

 

Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (OUA finalists)

 

Head Coach: Barry MacLean (16th season)

Regular season record: 12-2-0

Regular season standing: 1st OUA West

Playoff record: 2-1

Playoff finish: OUA finalists

Final Top 10 ranking (Nov. 1): No. 5

Best Top 10 ranking (9 weeks): No. 1 (5 weeks)

Number of weeks in Top 10 (9 weeks): 9

Conference award winners (OUA West): Alyssa Lagonia (MVP), Emily Brown (rookie)

Conference 1st team all-stars (OUA West): Alyssa Lagonia (M), Tania Pedron (M), Kelsey Tikka (D), Sadie Anderson (D), Krista Cellucci (F)

Conference 2nd team all-stars (OUA West): Heather Malizia (M)

CIS championship appearances (including 2011): 10

CIS championship all-time record: 14-9-0 (.609)

CIS championship all-time medals: 5 (2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)

CIS championship best result: 2-time champions (1992, 1995)

CIS championship last appearance: 2010 (finalists)

CIS championship sequence: 3rd appearance in 4 years

 

Alberta Pandas (Canada West finalists)

 

Head Coach: Liz Jepsen (7th season)

Regular season record: 9-4-1

Regular season standing: 3rd Canada West

Playoff record: 1-1

Playoff finish: Canada West finalists

Final Top 10 ranking (Nov. 1): No. 9

Best Top 10 ranking (9 weeks): No. 3 (2 weeks)

Number of weeks in Top 10 (9 weeks): 9

Conference award winners: Carleigh Miller (student-athlete & community service)

Conference 1st team all-stars: Shalla Kadima (D), Heather Lund (F)

Conference 2nd team all-stars: Elise Emmott (M)

CIS championship appearances (including 2011): 11

CIS championship all-time record: 18-6-4 (.714)

CIS championship all-time medals: 9 (3 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze)

CIS championship best result: 3-time champions (1989, 1997, 2001)

CIS championship last appearance: 2005 (5th)

CIS championship sequence: 1st appearance since 2005

 

Ottawa Gee-Gees (OUA bronze medallists)

 

Head Coach: Steve Johnson (18th season)

Regular season record: 12-3-1

Regular season standing: 2nd OUA East

Playoff record: 2-1

Playoff finish: OUA bronze medallists

Final Top 10 ranking (Nov. 1): No. 6

Best Top 10 ranking (9 weeks): No. 6 (final poll)

Number of weeks in Top 10 (9 weeks): 7

Conference award winners (OUA East): None

Conference 1st team all-stars (OUA East): Gillian Baggot (D), Kate Landry (M)

Conference 2nd team all-stars (OUA East): Cynthia Leblanc (G), Chiari Quadri (D), Krista Daycroft (M), Elisabeth Wong (F)

CIS championship appearances (including 2011): 11

CIS championship all-time record: 13-11-4 (.536)

CIS championship all-time medals: 7 (1 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze)

CIS championship best result: 1-time champions (1996)

CIS championship last appearance: 2008 (6th)

CIS championship sequence: 1st appearance since 2008 (5th in 7 years)

 

McGill Martlets (championship hosts)

 

Head Coach: Marc Mounicot (14th season)

Regular season record: 8-3-3

Regular season standing: 2nd RSEQ

Playoff record: 0-1

Playoff finish: RSEQ semi-finalists

Final Top 10 ranking (Nov. 1): No. 10 (tied)

Best Top 10 ranking (9 weeks): No. 6 (1 week)

Number of weeks in Top 10 (9 weeks): 5

Conference award winners: Alexandria Hoyte (rookie)

Conference 1st team all-stars: Julia Bahen (D), Alexandria Hoyte (M), Alexandra Morin-Boucher (F)

Conference 2nd team all-stars: Victoria Muccilli (G), Kelsey Wilson (D)

CIS championship appearances (including 2011): 17

CIS championship all-time record: 15-23-5 (.407)

CIS championship all-time medals: 7 (5 silver, 2 bronze)

CIS championship best result: 5-time finalists (1989, 1991, 1992, 2001, 2004)

CIS championship last appearance: 2006 (6th)

CIS championship sequence: 1st appearance since 2006

 

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE


Wednesday, Nov. 9

18:00 All-Canadian Awards Banquet


Thursday, Nov. 10
10:30 Quarter-final 1: Dalhousie vs. Ottawa (SSN Canada webcast)
13:30 Quarter-final 2: Queen's vs. Alberta (SSN Canada webcast)

16:30 Quarter-final 3: Montreal vs. Laurier (SSN Canada webcast)
19:30 Quarter-final 4: Trinity Western vs. McGill (SSN Canada webcast)

Friday, Nov. 11

16:30 Consolation 1: Loser QF 1 vs. Loser QF 2 (SSN Canada webcast)
19:30 Consolation 2: Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4 (SSN Canada webcast)

Saturday, Nov. 12
13:30 Semifinal 1: Winner QF 1 vs. Winner QF 2 (SSN Canada webcast)
16:30 Semifinal 2: Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 4 (SSN Canada webcast)
19:30 5th-place game (SSN Canada webcast)

Sunday, Nov. 13
13:30 Bronze medal (SSN Canada webcast)
16:00 Championship final (SSN Canada webcast)

 

GLADYS BEAN MEMORIAL TROPHY CHAMPIONS

 

2010 Queen's (at UPEI)

2009 Trinity Western (at Toronto)

2008 Trinity Western (at Trinity Western)

2007 Cape Breton (at Cape Breton)

2006 UBC (at Victoria)

2005 Victoria (at Alberta)

2004 Trinity Western (at Montreal / McGill)

2003 UBC (at Montreal / McGill)

2002 UBC (at Alberta)

2001 Alberta (at Carleton)

2000 Dalhousie (at Acadia)

1999 Dalhousie (at Laurier)

1998 Calgary (at Victoria)

1997 Alberta (at Laval)

1996 Ottawa (at Dalhousie)

1995 Laurier (at Carleton)

1994 Dalhousie (at Alberta)

1993 UBC (at McGill)

1992 Laurier (at McMaster)

1991 McMaster (at Guelph)

1990 Acadia (at UBC)

1989 Alberta (at Acadia)

1988 Queen's (at UBC)

1987 UBC (at McGill)

 

 

Ticket Info for CIS w.Soccer Championship Tournament at Molson Stadium, Nov. 10-13

 

Day pass
Adults: $10
Students: $5
Children 12 and under: FREE

 

Tournament Pass (all 11 games)
Adult: $25
Student: $10

 

Tickets will be available at the Redbird Sports Shop in the McGill Sports Complex, and at the door on game day.

 

-CIS-

 

For more information:

 

Earl Zukerman

Communications Officer

McGill University Athletics & Recreation

Off/Cell: (514) 398-7012

earl [dot] zukerman [at] mcgill [dot] ca

 

Michel Bélanger

Manager, Communications & Media Relations

Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Off: (613) 562-5670 ext. 25

Cell: (613) 447-6334

belanger [at] universitysport [dot] ca

www.cis-sic.ca

 

 

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