[Editor's Note: Dan Hayfield was named national player of the year, Nov. 8, at U Sports championship tournament banquet.]
Midfielder Dan Hayfield of the St. F.X. X-Men is the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) soccer most valuable player.
“It is an honour. It is not something that I was expecting,” he said.
“I think there are four or five players on our team who could have received the award. It has been a real team effort this year.”
Hayfield set an X-Men single-season record for goals (13).
“I had a bit of a chat with [head coach] Graham [Kennedy], at the start of the year, and just moved forward,” Hayfield said of a position change, when asked about his scoring.
“With the guys I have been playing with up top, for a couple years now, we started to click and understand each other – hugely important.”
He praised the play of Natneal Tecle.
“He has been incredible – with the amount of assists he has given me and everybody else,” Hayfield said.
Along with Hayfield and Tecle, three more X-Men are first-team all-stars – Thomas Pieroway, Josh Read and Blake Fenton.
“I think it is good for the program that we had five all-stars recognized,” Hayfield said.
He and Liam Harrigan scored, with Pieroway in net, in a 2-1 win over Acadia.
Results of playoff action were unavailable at press time.
On the women’s side, Larissa White was named a first-team all-star, while Mercy Myles and Chloe Brennan earned second-team spots.
St. F.X. wrapped up regular season with a 2-0 loss to the Axewomen.
The host X-Women faced the same opponent, Nov. 2, in playoff action, with results unavailable at press time.
The X-Men football team wrapped up regular season action with a 27-14 victory over Bishops, Oct. 28, in the Bigg Bowl.
Dylan Fisher finished 27-for-39 with 291 yards, while Kaion Julien-Grant had eight catches for 86 yards.
Jordan Socholotiuk rushed for 121 yards.
Jonah Williams had two interceptions, while Justin Holland and Nathaniel Fermin recorded one apiece, with Tyler Cordeiro chipping in seven tackles and one sack.
The X-Men played Saint Mary’s in the conference semi-final, with results were unavailable at press time.
Tigers tame X-Men
The Dalhousie Tigers edged the St. F.X. X-Men 82-79 to capture the St. F.X. Invitational.
Tournament all-stars Julius Antoine and Kevin Bercy led the X attack with 20 and 19 points, respectively.
In semi-final action, the X-Men cruised to an 85-59 victory over UPEI, with Antoine leading six players in double digits, with 13.
Bercy, Daniel Passley and Tristen Ross scored 12 points apiece, while Justin Andrew and Davonte Provo chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The X-Women wrapped up pre-season play with an 80-64 home victory over Holland College.
Katie MacIntosh led St. F.X. with a game-high 17 points, while Jamie McCarron and Jessica Miller also scored in double figures, with 12 and 10, respectively.
Both teams opened the AUS regular season with home-and-home match-ups against the Tigers, with results unavailable at press time.
The Blue and White will be back on the court Thursday (Nov. 9), when they visit the Acadia Axewomen. On Saturday (Nov. 11), the same teams will play at Oland Centre.
On the ice
In a 3-2 overtime loss to Dalhousie, Lindsey Donovan and Emerson Elliott, shorthanded, scored, while Carley Molnar made 21 saves.
At home, they skated to a 2-1 overtime win over Saint Mary’s, on goals from Daley Oddy and Sarah Bujold, while Molnar made 29 saves.
Last weekend, the X-Women skated against Moncton and UPEI, with results unavailable at press time.
This weekend, St. F.X. will visit Mount Allison (Nov. 10) and host the Tigers (Nov. 11).
On the men’s side, St. F.X. suffered their first loss – 5-4, in a shootout – to Saint Mary’s.
Freshman Adam Laishram scored twice, while Matt Needham and Michael Clarke added singles, while Chase Marchand made 30 saves.
Needham, Craig Duininck, Santino Centorame and Adam Stevens scored, while Marchand made 20 stops in a 4-2 win over Moncton.
In a 5-1 victory over Dal, Bryson Cianfrone and Holden Cook scored two goals apiece, while Cole MacDonald added one, with Brandon Hope making 21 saves.
Last weekend, the X-Men skated against Acadia, with results unavailable at press time.
This weekend, St. F.X. will visit UNB (Nov. 10) and UPEI (Nov. 11).