Mark Anthony Kaye, former York University Lions soccer player was called up to the highest stage in the soccer world, representing Canada as part of the men's soccer team in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Kaye played for the York Lions during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, receiving accolades from the moment he set foot in the program. He was the OUA rookie of the year in 2012, finishing second on the Lions, and seventh in the conference for scoring with seven goals. The Lions won the bronze medal that year.
Since moving on from the Lions, Mark-Anthony has enjoyed a significant career professionally, which has taken him to the MLS. He's spent time with Los Angeles FC, the Colorado Rapids, and with his hometown team, Toronto FC.
Internationally, Kaye has suited up for Canada more than 20 times, scoring three goals. The biggest chapter of his international career is playing in Canada's first World Cup appearance since 1986 in Qatar. We are proud of Kaye and his achievements since his Lion days at York University and look forward seeing more of this esteemed athlete.
He is not the only athlete scoring big! Alumna Cynthia Appiah wore the red and white at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, competing in the Bobsleigh event.
Back home, the women’s Field Hockey team won the Ontario University Athletics Provincial Championship beating University of Toronto 2-1 in the final. They went to the National Championship in Victoria losing to the hosts in a hard-fought series but claiming the national silver medal.
Track athlete Leah Jones capped her varsity career by reaching the top of the podium at both the conference and national championships, winning gold medals in the long jump at both meets. She also earned U SPORTS first-team all-Canadian and OUA first-team all-star honours for her performances.