Griffins Landing Three Stars of the Week

September 13, 2016


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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