OTTAWA (January 24, 2012) - On the strength of an outstanding run to this point in the 2011-12 season, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks have grabbed the No. 1 ranking away from the McGill Martlets in the latest national poll as announced by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) today.
The Hawks, who are the only team in the country undefeated in regulation with a sparkling 19-0-1 record, last held the top-spot in the weekly poll in February, 2006, the year after they won their first national championship. They also become the second Hawks team to hold a No. 1 ranking this season after womens soccer earned the honour in five consecutive weeks back in the fall.
What makes the feat that much more incredible is the fact that the reigning CIS Champion Martlets have held the No. 1 ranking in 71 of the last 73 polls dating back to November, 2008.
Laurier's ascension to the top-ranked team in the CIS can be directly attributed to their most recent stretch of victories which has seen the purple and gold win their last 12 consecutive conference games. If you include non-conference matchups in that streak, the Hawks have won 14 of their last 16 games with their only blemishes coming in shootout defeats to the RIT Tigers, the No. 2 team in the NCAA's Division III, and the aforementioned Martlets.
That success has spawned from the Hawks ability to defend as a team as well as come at opposing teams with three strong offensive lines. Laurier ranks first in the OUA in both goals for (96) and goals against (33) and currently have five players in the top 15 in league scoring, highlighted by Laura Brooker
of Fergus, Ont., who is first in the league in goals for with 15 and fourth overall in points (24).
The Golden Hawks men's basketball squad also maintained their No. 6 ranking in the most recent poll after they produced another pair of victories this past weekend against the Guelph Gryphons and the Western Mustangs. Laurier is currently tied for first in the OUA West Division with a 12-2 record, one win shy of matching the teams best season ever in terms of conference victories.