O’Hara repeats as top field hockey player in OUA

Cailie O’Hara (Oakville) of the Toronto Varsity Blues is the Ontario University Athletics field hockey Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. In her fifth and final year with the Blues, O’Hara netted eight goals in leading her team to a 12-0-2 record, good for first place in the regular season.

The T. Litzen Sports Ltd. OUA Rookie of the Year is Jessalyn Walkey (Rockwood) of the Guelph Gryphons. Walkey scored eight goals and assisted on five others in 13 games. Guelph finished the regular season with a 10-1-3 record and second in OUA. She is also an OUA First Team All-Star.

Jean-Pierre Turpain is the Coach of the Year. He led the McGill Martlets to their first victory in three seasons finishing with a 1-10-3 record. This was good for a six-point turnaround in the standings. McGill also cut down on its goals against, allowing 28 fewer goals in 2008 compared to the previous season.

The Gail Wilson Award winner is Sarah Coburn (Mississauga) of the Western Mustangs. The award is given to the player who makes the most outstanding contribution to field hockey. The Guelph Gryphons lead the way with four First Team All-Stars. Joining Walkey are Angela Lancaster (Burlington), Brienne Stairs (Kitchener) and Krissy Wishart (Hamilton). Both Stairs and Wishart were the leading scorers in OUA this season with 19 and 17 goals respectively. Wishart was named Pioneer Petroleums OUA Athlete of the Week earlier this month. Lancaster finished in the top five in OUA scoring with nine goals.

Members of the Varsity Blues joining O’Hara on the First Team All-Stars are Kristen Shier (North Vancouver, B.C.) and Kaelan Watson (Richmond, B.C.). York Lions teammates Brittney Blount (Ottawa) and Effie Petrou (Oakville) are also First Team members, along with Lakae Dill (Hamilton Parrish, Bermuda) and Michelle Weber (Ilderton) of the Western Mustangs.

Making up the Second Team All-Stars are Shauna Kearns (Toronto) and Camille St. Cyr (Richmond, B.C.) of McGill, Leanne Kelly (Newmarket) of York, Meike Knur (Germany) and Louise Radford (Guelph) of Western, Vicky Lounder (Ottawa) and Katherine Olsen (Calgary) of the Waterloo Warriors, Kyesia O’Neale (Mississauga), Rianna Sterk (Embro) and Shannon Treacy (Burlington) of the Varsity Blues and Mary Anne Reid (Gananoque) of the Queen’s Gaels.