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Monday, October 10, 2011Posted by Lynn Orth
Lacrosse Hawks end weekend with 6-3 record
Laurier: 10 Toronto: 2
Laurier: 9 Queen's: 7
Laurier: 5 Western: 11
Laurier: 12 UOIT: 4

WATERLOO, Ont. (October 11, 2011) - The Wilfrid Laurier women's lacrosse team were scheduled for 4 games at home on Thanksgiving weekend and were able to come away with three wins and one loss.

The first opponents on a sunny Saturday morning were the Uof T Blues. In a previous meeting the Hawks had secured a one goal win in the last minute of play. This meeting proved to be more favourable forthe Hawks who took the early lead and never relinquished it. The defensive line backed by the goaltending of Hanna Burnett held the U of T scorers to just two goals, both from Tori Wasson. Score at the half: Hawks 5 Blues 1. Final Score: Hawks 10 Blues 2.

Scorers for the Hawks were Krissy Leeder (2G, 1A), Jen Taylor and Sara Hatch (2G each), Shelby O'Ryan and Jory Garibaldi (1G, 1A each), Jen Graham and Meg Austriaco added singles and Ashley Rutz and Sarah Stanley were awarded an assist each.

The second game of the day featured the Queen's Gaels who had beaten the Hawks in a previous meeting by a score of 10-9. Once again the Hawks scored first and led throughout the game. Score at the halfwas 5-3 in Laurier's favour. The scoring continued as the game resumed and despite being matched goal for goal early in the half the Hawks emerged with a 9-7 win.

The Hawks was led by Shelby O'Ryan with 4 goals. Ashley Rutz matched her in points with 2 goals and 2 assists. Jory Garibaldi also scored 2 goals while Ashley Bordignon added a single and Meg Austriaco was awarded an assist.

Sunday morning the opponent was the unbeaten Western squad. This was the first matchup between the two teams. Unfortunately the Mustangs balanced offence proved to be too much for the Hawks as they scored 5 goals before the Hawks were able to tally a marker of their own. The second half proved to be more of the same from the Mustangs. While the Hawks were able to score 4 goals in the second half the Mustangs tallied 6 more to secure the win. Final Score: Western 11 Hawks 5.

Scorers for the Hawks were Meg Austriaco and Sara Hatch with a goal and assist each. Sarah Stanley, Jory Garibaldi and Ashley Bordignon added singles and Ashley Rutz had an assist.

The final game of the weekend featured the UOIT Ridgebacks. In the last meeting the Hawks prevailed and recorded a 13-5 win. This game was much the same with the Hawks playing strong defence backed by goalie Chelsey Clarke. The offence was able to get on the board early and continued to score throughout the firsthalf. Score 8-1 in favour of the Hawks at the 30 minute mark.

The second half saw a renewed offence from the Ridgebacks but Laurier was able to score 3 more goals of their own. Final Score: Hawks 11 UOIT 4.

Scoring for the Hawks was provided by Jen Taylor (3G, 2A), Tash Robertson (3G, 1A), Sarah Stanley (2G), Krissy Leeder (1G, 1A), Jen Graham (2A), Amanda Sam and Sara Hatch (1G each) and Jen Hall (1A).

The Lacrosse Hawks travel to McMaster next weekend to play the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday and Western Mustangs and McMaster Marauders on Sunday.

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