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U SPORTS – VANCOUVER (U SPORTS) – A goal by Niki Best in the dying seconds of the first half stood up as the winner, as the UBC Thunderbirds defeated the York Lions 2-0 in Game 1 of the 2017 U SPORTS Women’s Field Hockey Championship played at UBC’s Wright Field on a cold and damp Friday evening. 

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“Today was definitely a battle,” said UBC player of the game Abbey MacLellan. “The conditions weren’t the greatest, but both teams made the best of it and really put up a good fight.”

The win for the Thunderbirds means they are one win away from hoisting their seventh straight McCrae Cup, as the two teams will meet again Saturday at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. 


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