Ali Baggott, University of Victoria
Calgary’s Lauren Houghton and UBC’s Caleb Clarke are the Canada West first stars for the period ending September 18 after helping their teams to a pair of victories over the weekend. University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey defender Anna Mollenhauer was named Canada West Third Star of the Week.
Houghton was unbeatable Friday and Saturday, as the Dinos earned 1-0 road victories over the Victoria Vikes, and UBC Thunderbirds. With the wins, Calgary moved to 3-1-0 on the season and currently sits second in the CW Prairie Division.
On the men’s side, Clarke continued his torrid scoring pace, as the former Vancouver Whitecap scored a goal Saturday against Saskatchewan, before adding a trio the following day versus Calgary. The Richmond, B.C. product is tied for the CW lead CW in both goals (6) and points (8).
Houghton and Clarke now move forward as the conference nominees for the U SPORTS athletes of the week.
Game log: Saturday, Sept. 15 – 70 minutes played in 2-2 road tie with UBC / Sunday, Sept. 16 – 70 minutes played in 0-0 road tie with UBC.
The Vikes women’s field hockey team earned two ties against the seven-time defending U SPORTS national champions, the UBC Thunderbirds over the Sept. 15-16 weekend in Vancouver.
Second-year Vikes defender Anna Mollenhauer was arguably the most effective player on the field for both teams. Despite not registering on the stat sheet, the Victoria native played big parts of the Vikes offence and defence. Mollenhauer, also a part of the team’s leadership group, was the only Vikes field player to play all 70 minutes of both games.
On offence, Mollenhauer was the main shooter at the top of the penalty corner battery, launched several distance aerials to spring forward attacks, including a few breakaways, and single-handedly crafted her way through multiple UBC players.
Defensively Mollenhauer organized the back field, provided some key stops on penalty corners and made some big tackles to spring counter-attacks.
The Vikes have not beat UBC since 2015 but a pair of ties early in the season show great promise for the young Vikes squad, who are back in action this weekend when they travel to Calgary to take on the Dinos Saturday and Sunday.