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UBC captures CIS women's field hockey championship

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The Canadian Press
11/4/2012 5:06:00 PM
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TORONTO -- The top-seeded UBC Thunderbirds capped off an undefeated season with a 3-0 win over No. 2 hosts the Toronto Varsity Blues in the final of the FHC-CIS women's field hockey championship on Sunday.

UBC has now claimed two straight McCrae Cup titles, three of the last four and a record 14 all-time.

The Canada West champions end the national tournament with a 4-0-1 record and their 2012 campaign with an overall mark of 12-0-1.

Second-year defender Sara McManus scored all three goals for the Thunderbirds. The Delta, B.C., native opened the scoring in the fifth minute on the first short corner opportunity of the game, added an insurance marker on a penalty stroke in the 48th minute, and then completed the hat trick in the 60th minute.

"I couldn't have had those chances without the team setting me up so it was really a total team effort," said McManus. "We knew it was going to be a battle against Toronto and that we would have to fight really hard."

Hannah Haughn, the CIS rookie of the year, earned championship-MVP status. The midfielder from West Vancouver, B.C., was ecstatic with her team's performance.

"Getting MVP is just the cherry on top," said Haughn. "I think our team really deserved it from how we played all year long."

Despite a few corner opportunities in the second half, Toronto was unable to convert and solve UBC goaltender Bea Francisco of Richmond, B.C., who registered her third shutout in five starts at the tourney.

"I thought our girls played really hard today," said Varsity Blues head coach John DeSouza. "We gave up a goal early but then we started to play. I'm very proud of this team. They're a very special group."

In the bronze medal game, Brittany Seidler of Oliver, B.C., scored two goals to lead the third-seeded Guelph Gryphons to a 3-1 win over the No. 5 Western Mustangs.

The Gryphons secured their third consecutive CIS bronze medal in their fifth straight appearance in the third-place match.

Seidler, who was announced as the CIS player of the year prior to the championship, scored twice to tie McManus for a tournament-leading six goals.

UBC Field Hockey (Photo: CIS)

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