Ali Baggott, University of Victoria

The University of Victoria Vikes women’s field hockey team are crowned Canada West champions for the 18th time in the program’s history following the final weekend of regular season play. Second-year Victoria defender Anna Mollenhauer is the Canada West Field Hockey Player of the Year, becoming the eighth Vike overall and first since 2005 to claim the award. The Vikes also picked up Rookie of the Year in Anne-Sophie Hannes, while goalkeeper Robin Fleming and defender Emily Wong joined Mollenhauer and Hannes on the all-star list.

CANADA WEST RELEASE

The conference awards were unveiled Sunday, following the final CW regular season game of 2018 that saw UBC beat Calgary 1-0. The Vikes qualify for the 2018 U SPORTS National Championship in goal differential as UBC and Victoria both finished with 4-1-3 records. The Vikes will travel to Ontario to play the OUA champion in a best-of-three series in the hopes of bringing back the program’s 12th national banner and what would be the first since 2008.

Highlights:

  • Victoria defender Anna Mollenhauer has been named the 2018 Canada West Player of the Year
  • Victoria Vikes midfielder Anne-Sophie Hannes (Rookie of the Year) and Calgary’s Michelle Patterson (Outstanding Contributor), Peter Taylor (Coach of the Year) and Ingrid Ulrich (Goalkeeper of the Year) earned major awards
  • Four Thunderbirds, four Vikes and three Calgary Dinos earned All-Star honours, as the Canada West season concluded on Sunday.

Victoria midfielder Anne-Sophie Hannes was named the conference’s top rookie, while the Calgary Dinos earned three major awards. Coach Peter Taylor was named Coach of the Year for the second-straight season, while fifth-year midfielder Michelle Patterson was named the Gail Wilson Award winner as the Most Outstanding Contributor, and third-year transfer Ingrid Ulrich was named Goalkeeper of the Year. Saskatchewan native Tyler Klenk was named Umpire of the Year for the fourth time.

The Canada West All-Star list was comprised of four Vikes, four Thunderbirds and three Dinos. All three goalkeepers of each team were named to the list including Victoria’s Robin Fleming, UBC’s Rowan Harris and Calgary’s Ulrich. The Vikes also had defender Emily Wong, Mollenhauer and Hannes on the list, while the T-Birds had forward Abbey MacLellan, midfielder Margaret Pham and defender Sara Goodman. Calgary’s Sabrina Wong and Marion Arnott rounded out the all-star team.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR (Liz Hoffman Award nominee): Anna Mollenhauer

  • Victoria Vikes
  • Defender
  • 2nd-Year
  • Victoria, B.C.
  • Education

Stats: 560 minutes played / 8 GP / 1 goal

Second-year defender Anna Mollenhauer becomes just the eighth Vikes player to be named Player of the Year and only the second-ever Vike to win Player of the Year in the year following being named Canada West Rookie of the Year. The Canadian junior national team stand out was exceptional all season, executing key roles on both offensive and defensive penalty corners. In just her second year of play she was named a co-captain of the team and played every minute of every game this season. Mollenhauer was a stalwart on defence, making key tackles, stopping shots, creating dangerous counter-attacks, and displaying exceptional out-letting skills from the Vikes backfield. Mollenhauer was the only player in the league with a 45-yard aerial that allowed the Vikes to consistently clear out of their end, while the Education major’s work ethic and leadership on and off the field has made her a valuable teammate this season.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Anne-Sophie Hannes

  • Victoria Vikes
  • Midfield
  • 1st-Year
  • Cologne, Germany
  • Business Administration

Stats: 8 GP / 8 GS

First-year Victoria midfielder Anne-Sophie Hannes was a key addition to the Vikes lineup in 2018. An exchange student from Germany, a country well-known for its success in international hockey and competitive club structure, Hannes’ international experience was evident right from her first game. Despite not getting on the scoreboard, Hannes was a regular starter in all eight games and showed her versatility both on the outside and in central midfield. Hannes’ technical skills were superior, often maintaining possession or trapping difficult passes under incredible pressure, while her ability to turn on attack at speed made her an unpredictable part of the Vikes offence. Defensively, Hannes was the loudest player on the field despite English being her second language. Hannes is the only rookie to make the 2018 Canada West All-Star team.

2018 CANADA WEST FIELD HOCKEY MAJOR AWARDS

Player of the Year: Anna Mollenhauer, Victoria
Rookie of the Year: Anne-Sophie Hannes, Victoria
Coach of the Year: Peter Taylor, Calgary
Goalkeeper of the Year: Ingrid Ulrich, Calgary
Outstanding Contributor Award: Michelle Patterson, Calgary

2018 CANADA WEST FIELD HOCKEY ALL-STARS

Position / Name / University / Eligibility / Hometown / Program

D / Marion Arnott / Calgary Dinos / 5 /  West Vancouver, B.C. / Arts

G / Robin Fleming / Victoria Vikes / 2 / Duncan, B.C. / Humanities

D / Sara Goodman / UBC Thunderbirds / 2 / Duncan, B.C. /  Arts

M / Anne-Sophie Hannes / Victoria Vikes / 1 / Cologne, Germany / Business Administration

G / Rowan Harris / UBC Thunderbirds / 5 / Science

F / Abbey MacLellan / UBC Thunderbirds / 3 / Science

D / Anna Mollenhauer / Victoria Vikes / 2 / Education

M / Margaret Pham / UBC Thunderbirds / 3 / Kinesiology

G / Ingrid Ulrich / Calgary Dinos / 3 / Calgary, Alta. / Arts

D / Emily Wong / Victoria Vikes / 3 / Vancouver, B.C. / Education

M / Sabrina Wong / Calgary Dinos / 4/ West Vancouver, B.C. / Medicine

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