Women’s Field Hockey News

In a battle of two undefeated powerhouses, the Toronto Varsity Blues are set to host the defending U SPORTS champions Victoria Vikes in a best-of-three series for the McCrae Cup.

This year, the Vikes are looking to repeat as national champions on the road after capturing the title at home in 2019. Their opponent, the OUA champion University of Toronto Varsity Blues plays host to the Vikes in Toronto, ON.

After claiming the Canada West title, Victoria is set to appear in their 36th national championship and fifth championship final in the last six seasons.

The Toronto Varsity Blues enter into the series as the OUA champions, defeating the Guelph Gryphons 3-0 to take the conference banner.

The Vikes’ storied field hockey program is led by head coach Lynne “Buzz” Beecroft, her 37th season at the helm. Meanwhile, the Varsity Blues are making their bid for their first McCrae Cup since 2010 under head coach Cassius Mendonça.

Mednonça has been the head coach of the Blues for five years but was involved with the team as an assistant coach since 2009, helping lead the team to five OUA banners and a U SPORTS Field Hockey Championship in 2010.

The series opens Friday at the University of Toronto’s Back Campus Fields, with Games 2 and 3 (if necessary), scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

Digital coverage can be accessed on cbcsports.ca the free CBC Gem streaming service and the CBC Sports App for iOS and Android devices.

Full championship schedule and previews for each team are available below.

Team Playoff Finish Records (Regular Season / Playoffs) Last / Total Titles Offence (Goals/Game) Defence (Goals Allowed/Game)
Victoria CW Champions 7-0-1 / N/A 13 / 2019 4.00 0.375
Toronto OUA Champions/ Host 6-0-2 / 2-0 11 / 2010 3.00 0.90


Team Goals Starting Goaltender (Record)
Victoria Chloe Langkammer, 9 Robin Fleming (7-0-4)
Toronto Sam McCrory Deepi Gill (8-0-2)

Victoria Vikes

Canada West Champions / Defending U SPORTS Champions

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The Victoria Vikes head into their third consecutive national championship appearance led by fourth-year defender, four-time Canada West All-Star and two-time All Canadian, Anna Mollenhauer.

Victoria will also rely on 2021 Canada West Rookie of the Year Chloe Langkammer for offensive support. Langkammer scored a team-high nine goals to help give the Vikes an opportunity to fight for gold.

Toronto Varsity Blues

OUA Champions / Host

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The Varsity Blues finished first place in the OUA standings after a sterling regular-season record of 6-0-2 then going 2-0 in the postseason.

Leading U of T is 2021 OUA MVP Katie Lynes and fellow All-Star Rebecca Carvalho. The duo has led the Blues to a mere eight goals against in 10 regular season and playoff games this year.
Offensively, second-year forward Sam McCrory has led the way for Toronto. The Vikes transfer led the OUA in scoring, notching 11 goals in eight games, accounting for 44% of the Blues regular-season offence. Since then, the Kitchener, Ont., native scored both game-winning goals in Toronto's semifinal and final victories.


Best-of-three series: Toronto @ Victoria

  • Game 1: Friday, Nov. 12 – 6:00 p.m. ET/ 3:00 p.m. PT
  • Game 2: Saturday, Nov. 13 - 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 p.m. PT
  • Game 3: Sunday, Nov. 14 - 2:00 p.m. ET /11:00 a.m. PT (if necessary)

 Digital coverage can be accessed on cbcsports.ca the free CBC Gem streaming service and the CBC Sports App for iOS and Android devices.