X Country Champs, Women's Hockey

Friday, November 18, 2005


HALIFAX - The University of Guelph Gryphons women and University of
Windsor Lancers men captured the team titles at the 2005 CIS cross country
championships hosted by Dalhousie University at Point Pleasant Park.

The team banner was the first since 1997 and the second in history for the
Gryphons, while the Lancers were crowned for the third consecutive season.

Beth Wightman (Unionville, Ont.) of the University of Toronto finished the
women's five-kilometre race in a time of 16 minutes and 44 seconds to claim
her third career individual gold medal. Wightman had posted first-place
finishes in 2003 and 2001 as a member of the Queen's Golden Gaels.

Three-time AUS champion Janice Ashworth (Dunrobin, Ont.) had to settle for
silver for the third time in as many CIS championship appearances, crossing
the finish line 26 seconds behind Wightman (17:10). Laura Moulton was the
top finisher for the national champion Gryphons, earning the third spot on
the podium with a time of 17:13.00.

Kelsey Daley of Saint Mary's was the top female rookie finishing 23rd

Of note, 48-year-old Patty Blanchard of the Moncton Aigles Bleues, competing
against runners 25 years younger, finished 11th (17:42.00) earning
second-team all-Canadian status. Blanchard was a bronze medallist at the
first-ever CIS women's cross country championship in 1980.

The Toronto Varsity Blues (119 points) and Victoria Vikes (136 points)
placed second and third behind Guelph (113 points) in women's team rankings,

On the men's side, Windsor's Cristiano Mauricio (Leamington, Ont.) stopped
the clock at 30:16.00 at the end of the 10-kilometre race to capture his
second straight individual title. The Lancer held a 20-second lead over
Waterloo's Scott Arnald (30:36) when he crossed the finish line, while Paul
Chafe (Kingston, Ont.) of Dalhousie followed in third place in a time of

The top male freshman was Victoria's Daniel Mallie, 16th in 31:28.00.

Guelph (65 points) and the Victoria Vikes (111 points) rounded out the
podium behind Windsor (54 points).

For complete results:
Cross Country Championships

#8 Guelph Wins 2-0 Over Windsor

Led by Aleisha Lusk's (Mitchell, ON) third shut out of the season Guelph
improved its record to 5-2-3 in OUA play. Lusk was solid making 19 saves for
her 5th win of the season. Nicole Latreille (Ottawa, ON) scored the game
winner after linemates Arden Sullivan (London, ON) and Becky Simpson
(Corbyville, ON) did some hard work along the boards and set Latreille up
for a walk out that found the back of the net behind the Windsor Goalie
Amanda Cretto. Elaine Dumas (Waterloo, ON) rounded out the scoring in the
second when Guelph's penalty killer blocked a Windsor point shot at the tail
end of Dumas's penalty resulting in a foot race won by Dumas exiting the
penalty box. Dumas deftly slide the puck past Cretto after she fought off
the Windsor defence. Guelph had 27 shots on net and was 0 for 6 on the power
play and 4 for 4 killing penalties.

#8 Guelph wins over Waterloo 3-1

The Guelph Gryphons got some timely scoring on the powerplay, and some
timely saves from Aleisha Lusk (Mitchell, ON) to cruise to a solid win over
the Waterloo Warriors. Picking up first period powerplay goals were
Brittany Roberts (Markdale, ON) and Elysia Desmier (Ottawa, ON). The second
period saw Waterloo cut the lead down to a goal. In the third Bianca Kitts
(Nepean, ON) scored on a great individual effort going end to end to restore
the two goal lead. In the later part of the third, Guelph had to kill off
three successive shorthanded situations, and led by the play of Laura Mills
(Guelph, ON), Carrie Tokarcyzk (St. Thomas, ON), Michelle Chartier (Toronto,
ON) and Meaghan Howat (Toronto, ON) they were able to shut the door on the
victory. Guelph now has a 6-2-3 record for 15 points and second spot in the

The Gryphons are off for their bye weekend, and continue their schedule at
home on November 26th against the Waterloo Warriors. Game time is 2:00pm.
The next day, Guelph will host the Toronto Varsity Blues. Again the game
will start at 2:00pm. After the Toronto game, the Gryphons will be having a
"skate with the team" session where fans young and old can come out and
skate with the players and get some autographs.

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