Griffins Landing Three Stars of the Week
Women's soccer goalkeeper Emily Burns is the inaugural headliner of the MacEwan University Griffins' Three Stars of the Week Awards for the 2016-17 season after her terrific performance against UBC on Saturday.
The second-year Arts student out of Sherwood Park put together one of her best efforts of her CIS career in preserving a clean sheet against the defending national champions.
Other athletes recognized this week include men's soccer striker Lahai Mansaray and men's hockey captain Blake Grainger.
FIRST STAR: Emily Burns, GK, women's soccer (Sherwood Park, second-year, Arts)
Burns made several game-saving stops on Saturday night – including a spectacular diving effort to rob UBC star Jasmine Dhanda in the 63rd minute – as MacEwan held the defending national champions to a scoreless draw, despite being outshot 16-2.
Burns could easily have been the team's MVP at Victoria on Friday, too, where she made five saves and was a difference-maker, despite a 2-0 loss. MacEwan was also outshot in that one, by a 13-8 count.
SECOND STAR: Lahai Mansaray, F, men's soccer (Edmonton, second-year, Arts)
On a weekend where the men's team picked up just one of a possible six points, drawing 1-1 with Saskatchewan and losing 2-0 to Lethbridge, Mansaray was a bright light.
The club’s leading scorer from a season ago tallied MacEwan's lone goal of the road trip, shaking off two defenders against Saskatchewan on Friday and planting a 43rd-minute strike into the low left part of the net for his first tally of the campaign. He was dangerous again against Lethbridge on Sunday, forcing the goalie to make a save off a header.
THIRD STAR: Blake Grainger, F, men's hockey (Edmonton, fourth-year, Commerce)
The Griffins' captain had two strong non-conference games against Portage, including scoring a nice short-handed goal in Friday's contest.
MacEwan split the exhibition outings, losing 4-2 Friday before winning 5-4 in double OT on Saturday.
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