Chrysda Smith and her York University Field Hockey teammates defeated the Western Mustangs at Varsity Field in Guelph, Ont., by a lopsided score of 9-2, but were defeated later in the day by the Guelph Gryphons 2-0.
Several York players earned their way on to the scoresheet in the first game against the Mustangs. Forward Marella Greco scored a hat-trick in the game followed by two goals from Lexi Hannah and Smith.
In their first game, York University led the Western early with a quick unassisted goal from Hannah in the first 10 minutes of the game, creating a 1-0 lead to close the first quarter.
The second quarter commenced, York University were quick to score again. Hannah scored her second unassisted goal of the game in the first minutes of the second quarter and gave the Lions a 2-0 lead. Greco added another goal two minutes later, pushing the score to 3-0 head into the second half.
In the third quarter of the second half, York University came out strong with two more goals. The first from midfielder Amira Brar in the first 2 minutes garnering a 4-0 lead. The second goal from fellow Lions forward Smith came four minutes later. Western finally got on the scoreboard with a goal from defender Damanpreet Toor making it a 5-1 game.
York University were quick to come back, with a goal from midfielder Natalie Winter to close the third quarter 6-1.
The fourth quarter kept the same intensity with back-to-back goals from Greco, in the first and fourth minutes. Three minutes later, Western’s Kuljit Sahota scored, making it 8-2. York University hastily answered with another goal from Smith, gaining her second goal of the game.
Later on in the day, York University looked to keep the wind in their sails but faced a disappointing defeat against Guelph.
Guelph and York were both coming into the match with wins under their belt. Unluckily, York were bested when Guelph scored first in the final minutes of the first quarter from midfielder Nyah Miranda giving Guelph a 1-0.
York played hard and kept it goalless in the second quarter. Unfortunately, Guelph got the upper hand and scored their second goal in the 10th minute of the third from forward Aidan Pattison, ending the game with a score of 2-0 for Guelph.