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Athletes of the Week: Calgary’s Schoonbaert, York’s Morelli honoured

U SPORTS Staff

Bradley Schoonbaert of the Calgary Dinos and Christina Morelli from the York Lions are the U SPORTS Male and Female Athletes of the Week for the period ending October 21, 2018.

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After not dressing in his team’s first four games of the season, Schoonbaert made quite the impact. The first-year forward finished his first weekend of Canada West hockey with six points, helping the Calgary Dinos men’s hockey team sweep the previously unbeaten UBC Thunderbirds. On Friday afternoon, Schoonbaert lit the lamp for the first time as a Dino and collected an assist, as Calgary defeated UBC 5-2. The next day, the Brandon, Man., product got his name on the scoresheet four times with two goals and two assists in an 8-2 win over the Thunderbirds. Schoonbaert immediately puts his name among the top rookie scorers in U SPORTS.

York’s Morelli capped off an outstanding final soccer season with the Lions by scoring four goals and adding one assist in two Lions victories over the weekend. In her first game of the weekend, Morelli scored the first goal of the game and the game winner in a 4-3 win over the Windsor Lancers on Friday, with the winner coming in the 89th minute in a dramatic victory. She followed up that performance on Sunday against the Western Mustangs with two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in their 5-2 victory. The win gives the Lions a first-round bye in the OUA playoffs. Morelli now has a team-leading and career-high 10 goals on the season and she finishes the season tied for fifth place overall in the U SPORTS standings.

Male nominees:

  • CW: Bradley Schoonbaert, hockey, Calgary, (winner)
  • OUA: Colin Campbell, hockey, Nipissing
  • RSEQ: Frédéric Lajoie-Gravelle, soccer, Montreal
  • AUS: Alex Black, soccer, Saint Mary’s

Female nominees:

  • CW: Maddison Fritze, soccer, Calgary
  • OUA: Christina Morelli, soccer, York, (winner)
  • RSEQ: Véronique Gagné, rugby, Laval
  • AUS: Ciera Disipio, soccer, Cape Breton