Volume 93, Issue 83
Wednesday, March 8, 2000
Indoor hockey team forges for fourth place
DIE BALL, DIE! The indoor hockey team maimed all kinds of balls this weekend as they placed fourth at the OUA finals.
By Sean Maraj
Western's indoor hockey team went into the Ontario University Athletics finals with nothing to lose.
But in a pleasant outcome, the team finished in fourth place after playing several close matches against some of the best teams in the OUA.
The Mustangs met Queen's University in the first round and upset the Golden Gaels 2-1. The victory allowed Western to qualify for the semifinals and play for a medal. Western went on to face eventual champions the University of Toronto, losing in a heartbreaker 3-2, as the Varsity Blues scored the winning goal with only a few seconds to spare.
The loss marked a turning point for the Mustangs, as fatigue and pressure began to mount. Western dropped the next two games to the University of Waterloo 3-1 and York University 5-2 in the bronze medal match. The fourth place finish was Western's best in the last eight years.
Western co-captain Jenn Kicis said she was pleased with theoutcome of the tournament and thought her squad had changed the way the league perceived the Mustang team.
"We basically had nothing to lose and we went in knowing that. We finished fourth, but our level of game play has improved. I'm still proud of the team and we gained respect," Kicis said.
Western head coach Keith Concisom said their game against U of T was the best one played in the tournament, despite the eventual loss.
"We did really well. It was the first time we played for a medal in eight years. The highlight was almost tying U of T. They were only three or four seconds better than us," Concisom said.
Queen's head coach Richard Bennett said he was disappointed his team finished out of the top four, adding he had expected to come away with a medal.
"Disappointing," Bennett said on how his team finished. "Especially considering some of the results we had during the season."
Bennett pointed to his team's inexperience as one of the biggest factors working against his team, but said they showed a great deal of promise for future seasons.
"The team just lacked experience and composure, it got to them a little. In many ways they showed a lot of promise. As a team they showed a lot of potential it's just about tightening up technique," Bennett said.
As the season came to a close, Kicis said she thought the team's successes came from the dedication of its players. "We never gave up, we played with intensity and played really strong when we were behind. Luck wasn't on our side."
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