On-field, off-field work brings all-star recognition

Burlington native Katelyn Roganowicz and Milton’s Allison Wallis have drawn the attention of Ontario University Athletics for their field hockey efforts.

Roganowicz is the Western Mustangs lone representative on the OUA’s all-star team while Wallis, a member of the Queen’s Gaels, is the recipient of the Gail Wilson award for outstanding contribution to the community and sport of field hockey.

A third-year forward, Roganowicz played nine of Western’s 12 games and was a catalyst for the offence, scoring four goals. This is her first all-star recognition.

And in his fourth year at the helm of the Mustangs, head coach Jeff Pacheco was named this year’s OUA coach of the year. The Mustangs finished 2012 with a 7-4-1 record and are contenders at this weekend’s OUA field hockey championship in Waterloo.

Wallis is a three-time Canadian Interuniversity Sport academic all-Canadian and spends countless hours coaching with the Kingston Regional Field Hockey Club. When not engaged in coaching duties or participating as a certified umpire, Wallis is deeply involved with Queen’s chapter of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), a world-wide student international development organization.

Other OUA field hockey award winners included, Brittany Seidler (Oliver, B.C.), who repeats as player of the year, marking the fourth year in a row that a member of the Guelph Gryphons has earned league MVP honours.

The fourth-year forward led the country in goals, netting 19 for the second-place Gryphons. Five of her markers were penalty strokes. She helped lead the Gryphons to an 8-3-1 record, with two of the Gryphons’ three losses coming at the hands of the top ranked Toronto Varsity Blues.

This is Seidler’s second player of the year award and her third appearance on the OUA all-star team. She was a first team all-Canadian in 2010 and 2011.

The rookie of the year honour goes to Seidler’s teammate, forward Allison Chute (Greenfield Park, Que.). Chute was a major contributor for the Gryphons, scoring 12 goals in her first OUA campaign. Chute’s goals tied her for second in league scoring, and she was also named an OUA all-star for her efforts.

The Toronto Varsity Blues boast an undefeated record and counted three all-stars. Fifth-year senior Kaelan Watson (Richmond, B.C.) has been a staple on the OUA all-star team since her debut in 2008. The defender started every match for the Blues in her final season and scored five goals, putting her career total at 23.

Last year’s rookie of the year Amanda Woodcroft (Waterloo) makes her second appearance on the OUA all-star team. The speedy midfielder appeared in every game for the Blues, scoring six goals. Tegan Stairs (Kitchener) rounds out Toronto’s all-stars. The third-year transfer from Guelph netted 11 goals for the Blues after sitting out a season in 2011. Stairs was an OUA all-star and CIS second team all-Canadian in 2010.

Defender Adriana Fernandes (Mississauga), midfielder Anna Easty (Toronto) and goalkeeper Shannon Vance (Goderich) represent the York Lions on the 2012 OUA all-star team. Despite playing a defensive role, fifth-year Fernandes tied for the lead in team scoring with three goals in 11 games played. It is her second all-star honour after being named to the team last season.

Easty also registered three goals for the Lions. As a fourth-year goalkeeper, Vance backstopped the Lions to a 3-8 record, allowing 31 goals against in tough OUA competition.

The Waterloo Warriors have two representatives on this year’s team. Fourth-year forward Courtney Bisch (Wellesley) appeared in all but one game for the Warriors and tied for the team scoring lead with five goals. Bisch was a second team all-Canadian in 2011. Defender Winnie Huynh (Mississauga) makes her second appearance on the OUA all-star team. Huynh helped the Warriors defensive unit limit their opponents to 17 goals, allowing Waterloo to tie for third in the OUA standings.