By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express
Following last week’s announcement that Durham College would play host to a pair of national softball championships this fall, UOIT has gotten into the act, adding two more competitions to the fall schedule.
For the second year in a row, UOIT will host the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) golf and women’s lacrosse championships.
OUA golfers will once again return to Oshawa to try and best the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club, which has more than a few tricky par threes and a set of long par fives.
“We had nothing but great feedback from those involved one year ago,” states Scott Barker, UOIT’s manager of intercollegiate athletics, in a news release. “We will look to add more to the student-athlete experience this fall.”
In last year’s tournament, UOIT’s James Krantz secured the school’s top spot, surging into 10th place on the final day of competition.
The championship will run from Oct. 19 to 20.
For the women’s lacrosse team, they will be once again be looking to benefit from a home field advantage when the OUA championship gets underway Oct. 23 to 25 at Civic Field.
In 2014, the Ridgebacks advanced to the final four for the first time in program history, but were narrowly defeated in the bronze medal match.
The three days of competition will be packed with 15 games, with the finals taking placing Sunday afternoon.
Western will be looking to extend its championship streak to a fifth straight year, after they defeated Brock 7-5 last year.
“Our women’s field lacrosse team has made tremendous strides on the field over the last couple of years and we cannot wait to have the championship back in Oshawa,” Barker says.
The competitions will mark the fifth and sixth OUA championships hosted by UOIT.
The university previously hosted OUA tennis finals in 2009 and 2012.