Although students were away for the holiday break, the month of December was still a busy one for UNB’s varsity teams. Here is a look at some of the sports news you may have missed over the break:
Women’s hockey adds three to 2018-19 roster
The Varsity Reds women’s hockey head coach Sarah Hilworth continued to add to her team in preparation for their debut later this year, signing letters of intent with two new recruits in early December and one in early January. The first of the three recruits to be announced was forward Ashley Stratton. Hailing from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, Stratton is the first Atlantic Canadian to join the team. The next addition was blueliner Hannah Green, a grade 12 student from Richmond, B.C. who currently serves as captain of the Greater Vancouver Comets in the BC Hockey Female Midget AAA League. The team also added a third-generation player in Jenna MacLean. MacLean, who currently plays defence for the Notre Dame Hounds, is the granddaughter of Paul MacLean and niece of Dax MacLean—both of whom played for UNB’s men’s hockey team.
Saskatoon winger signs letter of intent with women’s soccer
The UNB women’s soccer team got in on the recruiting action too, securing the services of Madison Goertz from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the 2018 season. Seventeen-year-old Goertz joins the team after having previously served as captain of Team Saskatchewan during the 2017 Canada Games and originally played for St. Joseph’s High School in Saskatoon.
Men’s basketball adds two before second half of season
Already sitting in first place in AUS standings, the Varsity Reds men’s basketball team bolstered its depth by adding new recruits Cooper Wilks and Ogot Ogot to the team heading into the home-stretch of the season. Ogot is a forward from Edmonton, Alberta, while Wilks is a 6’8 centre from Sydney, Australia who had been playing in the New South Wales’ Waratah League. In the press release announcing these additions, head coach Brent Baker pointed to the centre position as a need the team wanted to address due to a shortage of players who are natural fits.
Men’s basketball picks up win in first game of 2018
In Wilks’ and Ogot’s debut game, the V-Reds secured an 80-67 win in a four point game over the Acadia Axemen, improving their record to 8-1 for the season. Both players had solid debuts coming off the bench: Wilks led the team with 16 points in 28 minutes played, and Ogot was not far behind with 14 points in 21 minutes while shooting three-for-six from the three-point line.
Women’s basketball loses 70-64 first-placed Acadia
The women’s basketball team was unable end the Acadia Axewomen’s undefeated run but still managed to put on a quality performance, as Acadia won by their narrowest margin of the season. The 70 points conceded by UNB was the first time the Axewomen have been held to fewer than 81 in any game this season. Veteran Hannah Currie led the way for the V-Reds, contributing 23 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.