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Fall 2018: Blues term in review

Adrian Sahagun celebrates with Blues teammates after scoring the opening goal of the 2018 PACWEST final, which the Blues won 2-1. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures
Adrian Sahagun celebrates with Blues teammates after scoring the opening goal of the 2018 PACWEST final, which the Blues won 2-1. Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures


September 5 – The CapU Blues varsity season opens up with a soccer exhibition game and pre-game pump-up as part of Capilano University’s 2018 Orientation week. Before watching the men’s soccer team defeat Mountain United FC 6-1, students and fans enjoyed a BBQ, dunk tank, Spikeball tournament, DJ Ketafere, and prize giveaways.

September 13 – Sixteen CapU Blues are named 2017-18 CCAA National Scholars. The prestigious award goes to student-athletes who achieved honours standing at their institution across the academic year; at Capilano University, this means students with a GPA of 3.67 or higher. The full list of winners can be found here.

September 22 – As part of the University’s ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, CapFest is held on campus. The event featured five music stages, an Alumni Homecoming, food trucks, and an Indigenous Festival – and the Centre for Sport and Wellness facility was decked out with memorabilia, photos, and archives showcasing the rich 45-year history of the Blues.

September 23Keith Jackson scores four goals – which included a hat trick in the first half – and the Blues defeat CCAA #2 ranked Douglas College 6-2. Jackson was later named PACWEST Athlete of the Week for his combined five goals over the weekend against Douglas.

Photo Tae Hoon Kim / Capilano University



October 12 – The women’s volleyball team defeats the College of the Rockies 3-2 for their first win of the season – which is also the first PACWEST win for new head coach Dan Huzar. Meghan Koven has a team-high 19 kills and 13 digs in the contest, and at the halfway point of the season she is on the league leaderboard in both categories. 

October 13 – The women’s soccer team defeats Langara College 3-0 to win their third game in a row and move into first place in the PACWEST standings. Brooklynn Doucette and Catrina Olstrom both score in the contest, and they each finish the season tied for third in league scoring along with teammate Claire Ye

October 24 – Five men’s soccer players are named PACWEST conference all-stars, including Jackson who was named PACWEST Player of the Year for the second season in a row. The other recipients are goalkeeper Hudson Nelles, defender Andres Romo, midfielder Patrick Izett, and forward Adrian Sahagun

October 25 – A trio of Blues women’s soccer players are named PACWEST All-Stars, with all three earning the honours for the first time in their CapU careers: defender Marsha Chesshire, midfielder Jaimi MacCara, and midfielder Brooklynn Doucette

October 27 – Women’s soccer earns PACWEST silver for the second year in a row, falling 2-0 to Vancouver Island University in the final. The day before, the Blues defeated Douglas College 1-0 on a goal by Adrianna Babinski to advance to the final. Fourth-year Jessica Price was named Top Defender at the tournament, and Natalie LeClerc was the Top Midfielder. 

October 27 – For the third time in four years and the 16th time overall, the Blues men’s soccer team wins PACWEST gold with a 2-1 win over Langara. Sahagun opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the 8th minute, and Jackson scored the eventual game-winner in the 53rd. Jackson was named Tournament MVP, Sahagun was Top Forward, and Nelles earned Top Goalkeeper honours.

Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures



November 6 – Fifth-year forward Keith Jackson is named the 2018 CCAA Men’s Soccer Player of the Year. Jackson led the PACWEST in scoring with 13 goals in 12 games, and had three multi-goal games and two game-winners. He became the eighth Blues student-athlete to be named National Player of the Year, and the second men’s soccer player. 

November 10 – Men’s soccer finishes in fourth place at nationals after falling 6-2 to Sheridan College in the bronze medal match. Jeremy Monn-Djasngar is named a Tournament All-Star after scoring a tournament-best five goals in four games. 

November 17 – Fifth-year forward Denver Sparks-Guest scores 53 points in a 126-117 victory over Okanagan College. The win improved CapU men’s basketball to 5-1 and put them in first place heading into the winter break. The 53 points for Sparks-Guest become a new single-game record at Capilano, and are the second-most in PACWEST history, behind 56 points scored by Ray Branch of Selkirk College in 1987. 

November 17 – Rookie Alessia Brutto of women's basketball tallies 16 points and 17 rebounds to record her fourth double-double in six games. At the winter break she is in second place in league rebounding, second in steals, fifth in scoring, and fourth in blocks. The Blues women’s basketball team is currently in a tie for third in the PACWEST with a 3-3 record.

November 25 – The men’s volleyball team wins both ends of a home-and-home series with CCAA #6 ranked Douglas College to head into the midseason winter break in second place at 9-3. Libero Jonathan Lee was named PACWEST Athlete of the Week the following Monday, and the Blues are now ranked #7 in the latest national rankings.

Photo Paul Yates / Vancouver Sports Pictures


Alumni news

August 8 – Former Blues student-athlete Rick Celebrini is named Director of Sports Medicine and Performance by the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Celebrini played soccer for the Blues in 1985 and 1986, and in 2017 received an honourary Doctor of Letters from CapU. He has become a leading voice in the physiotherapy world, having served as the manager of medical services and chief therapist for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the head of sports medicine and science for the Vancouver Whitecaps, and director of rehabilitation for the Vancouver Canucks. Celebrini is also the co-founder of Fortius Sport & Health in Burnaby.

September 25 – Former Blues men’s soccer player Craig Dalrymple is named the interim head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Dalrymple played for Capilano College in 1992 and 1993, winning two BCCAA silver medals and being named Capilano Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1994. He also serves as the Academy Technical Director for the Whitecaps program, and has been part of their program since 2007.

October 18 – Randy Celebrini, who graduated with a General Studies Diploma in 1989 and won a national championship with the Blues men’s soccer team, received a CapU Alumni Award of Excellence in the creative category. Celebrini has been a physiotherapist, conditioning coach, and consultant for several national sport programs and developed injury prevention programs for athletes and teams of all levels; his clients include athletes from the NHL, NBA, MLB, and CFL. He is also a talented artist who has gained international attention from media and collectors. Classically trained in visual arts, he paints “en plein air.”