by Randy Pascal
Long-time Sudbury Lady Wolves standout goaltender Stephanie Pascal has enjoyed a week to remember, completing the "Player of the Week" trifecta.
Backstopping her team to a pair of shutout victories last weekend, including a big 1-0 win over the two-time defending OUA champion Guelph Gryphons, Pascal and the Queen's Gaelsmaintained their hold on top spot in the league, three points ahead of the Western Mustangswith a game in hand.
Stopping all 39 shots directed her way between the two outings (which included a 4-0 win over the York Lions), Pascal earned Queen's Gabriel Pizza Varsity Teams Female Athlete of the Week honours for the second time this year.
In the process, she would move on to face weekly winners from the 19 remaining OUA universities, with the announcement coming Tuesday of her selection as OUA Investors Group Female Athlete of the Week accolades, powered by 2XU.
Pascal would join Branna MacDougall (cross country), Sophie de Goede (rugby) and Laura Callender (soccer) as Queen's representatives who received the nod this year. Interestingly enough, Laurentian basketball sensation Kadre Gray is in a league of his own in this department, having copped the award no less than three times, to date, in the 2017-2018 season (no other athlete has won more than once).
Finally, the fourth year Chemical Engineering major would cap off her week in style, recognized as U Sports Female Athlete of the Week earlier today, beating out Jessica Vance (hockey - Saskatchewan), Jessy Lacourse (track and field - Laval) and Paloma Anderson (basketball - Acadia).
Pascal currently sits first in the province in goals against average (1.19) and shutouts (6), second in save percentage (.950). Her 13 wins in 17 starts leaves her deadlocked with Carley Molnar of St Francis Xavier for top spot in the country in that department.
Closer to home, a tough loss at the hands of the Nipissing Lakers will have to fade quickly to the back of the memory files for the Laurentian Voyageurs women's hockey team. With their seven game winning streak snapped in the process, the L.U. ladies resume their hunt for a playoff berth with a pair of key road matchups this weekend.
Laurentian (8-1-6-3 = 8th place) will travel south to face the University of Toronto Blues (11-0-7-2 = 5th place) on Friday and the Ryerson Rams (7-5-5-2 = 6th place) on Saturday. The Voyageurs are currently just two points ahead of the Waterloo Warriors for the eighth and final playoff spot.
As for Pascal and company, Queen's (12-3-2-3 = 1st place) welcomes the Laurier Hawks (2-1-12-3 = 12th place) and Waterloo to Kingston this weekend.