Hawk Talk ~ Week of Monday, November 4th to Sunday, November 10th
On Friday, November 8 the Lady Golden Hawks extended their undefeated season to three games, as they were able to beat the Carleton Ravens 71 - 61.
The game was quite tight, as the teams were going up shot for shot. In fact, at halftime the Hawks were up on Carleton by just a single point. The ladies played a very physical second half and were able to out-score the Ravens 46 - 37.
The Hawks came out shooting in the game, making a whopping 11 of 21 from behind the arc. Meaghan McGrath went five for seven and Rebecca Williams
was four for eight from the three-point line, leading the Hawks' scoring with 17 and 15, respectively.
The Golden Hawks continued to shine on Saturday, as they finished off their double-header weekend with a win against Ottawa, 85 - 68.
It was another one of those games where the Hawks did not start up until later in the game. At halftime, Ottawa was up on the Hawks 40 - 38. But the Hawks came out shooting, scoring an amazing 58% from the three-point line and going on a 12 - 6 run early in the second half. After taking the lead, they did not look back and finished the game with a score of 85 - 68. The Hawks held the Gee-Gees to only 28 points in the second half.
Leading scorers for the Hawks were McGrath with 20 points and Sarah Barnes
with 17 points. It was also a solid defensive game, and there was good hustle all around for the Lady Hawks.
Female Athlete of the Week honours go to McGrath, a rookie guard who had a very successful weekend. In Saturday's game against Carleton University, McGrath shot six for 11 from the floor and was five for seven from the three-point line. McGrath contributed an outstanding 17 points, five rebounds and five steals to Laurier's 71 - 61 victory over Carleton. In Sunday's match-up versus the University of Ottawa, McGrath came out strong again, going seven for 14 from the field, six for nine from the three-point arc and shooting for 20 big points to help put the Hawks up 85 - 68 over the Gee-Gees. In two standout games, McGrath was 11 for 18 from the three-point zone and finished with a total of 37 points. Congratulations Meaghan!
McGrath and the rest of the Hawks have put Laurier at the top of the OUA West division. The Hawks are undefeated in the regular season, with a total of four wins. The Hawks have three players leading the league; McGrath, Williams and Barnes are all at the top of the OUA in 3-point percentages.
On Friday night, the Laurier men's basketball team took to the floor in their first league game of the season. The Hawks lost to Carleton 92 - 67.
The Carleton Ravens provided some tough opposition for the Hawks and opened up the night with the first basket. The Ravens out-shot, out- rebounded and out-played the Hawks. Laurier's shots just would not fall.
At the half the Hawks were down 51 - 27, mostly due to dismal shooting percentages (33% from the field, compared to the Ravens 52%).
The second half saw Chris Keith
out of action for the majority of play, with four fouls. Chris Caruso
found his shot again, hitting four of six from behind the arc. James Hudson
was six for nine from the field, three for four from the three-point line and three for three from the foul line. This combined for 18 points to make Hudson Laurier's top scorer for the game.
On Saturday, November 9 the Hawks took to the court against the University of Ottawa. A tight game kept the score close throughout most of the game, but Laurier was able to squeak out the win 60 - 59.
Hudson has been named the male Golden Hawk Athlete of the Week, because of his two exceptional games. Although the Hawks fell to Carleton, Hudson was persistent and determined on the court. The second year wing shot six for nine from the field, was three for four from the three-point arc and three for three from the foul line. Hudson polished the game off with a solid 18 points and was Laurier's top scorer of the game. In Sunday's game against the Ottawa Gee-Gees, Hudson continued to play well, came out with a strong performance and was a vital contributor in the victory over Ottawa. Congratulations James!
The Hawks now have one win and one loss on the season.
Women's Field Lacrosse
The last of Laurier's fall sports teams has polished off the regular season. This past weekend, the ladies of lacrosse journeyed to Toronto to participate in the OUA Playoffs.
On Saturday afternoon, the Hawks faced league rivals the Western Mustangs in semi-final action, and came out determined to win and hoping to advance to the OUA Championship match on Sunday. Unfortunately, the Hawks' efforts were not enough, and the 'Stangs were able to defeat Laurier with a close score of 8 - 6.
The loss put the Hawks in the bronze medal match versus Guelph on Sunday afternoon, in what was a very close game. Again, the Hawks came out on the bottom and the Gryphons were just barely able to take the 11 - 10 victory over Laurier.
The Toronto Blues took the gold, while the 'Stangs snagged the silver. The Hawks lost the bronze to Guelph.
Although the Hawks did not come back to Waterloo with medals, they nevertheless had a very successful season, finishing in fourth place in the OUA. The girls finish off the season with eight awesome wins, one tie, and four losses (including the two play-off games).
The Hawks have also seen some individual success recently. Earlier today,
Ontario University Athletics (OUA) announced its All-star selections and major award winners for women’s lacrosse. Among those listed on the All-star list was Vanessa Cowlen
. Cowlen was also given the OUA award for Most Valuable Player for the season.
Vanessa has been a strong factor in the success of the women’s lacrosse team and its improvement on the field throughout the year. She has scored numerous goals and has been a strong factor in some of the closer games this season.
Cowlen, a fourth year Kinesiology student, has been named Golden Hawk Athlete of the Week on two separate occasions this season, as a result of her solid skills on the field (Sept 30, Oct 21). Congratulations Vanessa!
On the evening of Wednesday, November 6 the Lady Hawks journeyed to Guelph to take on the Gryphons. The score of the game was a little too close for comfort, but nevertheless Laurier came out on top with a 3 - 2 victory over the Gryphs.
Third year forward Kate Macnamara
opened the scoring for the Hawks, with passes from Captain Jackie Grahek and second year player Krissy Thompson
. Jessica Singh
notched the second marker for the Hawks, with Grahek making her second assist of the night.
The third period came to a close at a 2 - 2 draw, forcing the game into overtime action. Second year Hawk Ashely Stephenson scored the winning goal for Laurier. Grahek pocketed her third assist on the night, while Thompson had a second assist.
Laurier's Cindy Eadie
saved 18 shots on net. The Hawks pounded Guelph's net minder with 27 shots.
On Friday November 8, the Lady Hawks faced off against the Intermediate 'AA' Stoney Creek Sabres in exhibition play, at the Waterloo Recreation Complex (Clarica Arena).
The Hawks came out in the first period over-confident and under-prepared. The Sabres were able to capitalize on Laurier's lack luster performance, and came out on top with a 5 - 3 victory over the Hawks.
Although the Hawks had a slow first period, they came out with more zip in the second and began to create some beautiful scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, the Sabres' goalie incessantly stoned the Hawks' shots, and Stoney Creek was able to maintain the lead throughout most of the game.
scored the first goal of the day for Laurier, tying up the game at one-a-piece, 26 seconds into the second. Thompson scored off of a beautiful Macnamara pass, also in the second period. In the third period, Tracy Palinksy assisted Laurier's third and final goal of the night, hitting Lindsay Arbeau
for the high shot, which soared into the top right corner of Stoney Creek's net.
Stoney Creek stole the show, defeating the Hawks with a final score of 5 - 3. The Hawks are going to have to step up their game if they want to come out successfully in regular season action. With the skills and abilities on this Laurier squad, anything is possible with continued dedication, determination and desire.
The Laurier Golden Hawk women's hockey team took another win on Sunday, November 10, against the Waterloo Warriors. The game began with a very fast pace that did not materialize for either team until the second period.
The Warriors took the scoring lead 44 seconds into the second period, off of a breakaway. The Hawks did not take very long to tie up the score when a determined Thompson took the shot off of a pass from Alison Goodman
The third period was fast-paced, with the level of hockey becoming extremely physical between teams, resulting in significantly more penalties than the previous periods. The Hawks took control of the period when, 4:00 minutes into the third, Candice Djukic
scored with assists from Macnamara and Thompson. This was not the end for the Hawks, as they scored five minutes later when Macnamara fired a shot past the Warriors' goalie, with the assists from Thompson and Jenn Wilson.
The Hawks finished the game with a score of 3 - 1 over Waterloo. The Hawks are now preparing for their challenge against OUA rivals the Toronto Blues, Wednesday November 13, 7:30 pm at the Waterloo Recreation Complex.
The hockey Hawks played a double-header against Lakehead this past weekend, losing two games by ugly margins. On Friday, November 8 Laurier was defeated 8 - 4 by Lakehead, and on November 9 the Hawks again lost by four goals, with a final score of 5 - 1. The Hawks now have three wins and four losses on the season, and stand at fourth place in the OUA Mid West division.
After a rough start to the season, the women's volleyball team won their second game against McMaster tonight at the Athletic Complex, following a loss against Brock and their first win against Windsor. The Hawks took McMaster 3 - 2 in five intense sets. The Hawks started off right, with a win in the first set 25 - 23, but let their opponents take a close second set, 23 - 25. With a strong come back in the third set at 25 - 21, they held on to the lead. Unfortunately, McMaster stole the fourth set 18 - 25. However, with the support of the fans and a dedication to team work, the Hawks pulled through with a win in the fifth set, 15 - 10.
On Friday, October 8 the Hawks traveled to London to rally against the Western Mustangs. Despite Laurier's efforts, however, the 'Stangs were able to take the game three matches to none.
The Hawks have two wins and three losses this season and hope to improve upon their record in upcoming OUA league play.
On Wednesday, November 6 the Golden Hawks took to the court against the University of McMaster Marauders for a volleyball showdown.
Unfortunately, Mac's team outplayed the Hawks and would come out of the evening's matches with the victory. Laurier lost three matches to one; the scores of the game were 25 - 16, 25 - 20, 30 - 32 and 25 - 20.
Despite the Laurier defeat, there were a few Hawks that put in solid performances on the court. Power hitter Luka Senk
had numerous kills on the court, while fourth year player Scott Ellis
dominated the front court.
The Hawks are hoping to turn their 1 - 3 season around, starting with a match-up in London tomorrow night versus the Western Mustangs.
On Friday, the volleyball men also took the court against the Western Mustangs. The Hawks' game paralleled that off their female-counterparts, as the men lost three matches to zilch.
The Hawks have four losses and one win, and are hoping to turn around their current two-game losing streak.
Laurier Represented at the
Women's Hockey Four Nations Cup
Three exceptional Golden Hawks represented Canada in the 2002 Four Nations Cup women's hockey tournament this past week, hosted by the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex, from November 6 - 10.
Canada's national squad captured tournament gold, in a 4 - 2 victory over the United States on Sunday. The Canadians skated through the round robin portion of the tournament undefeated and came out on top in an exciting Championship game on Sunday that had fans on the edge of their seats until the last seconds ran out on the clock.
Two players who used to sport purple and gold on the ice for Laurier, are now playing for the Canadian squad. Cheryl Pounder is a graduate of Laurier's Kinesiology program and played Hawks hockey throughout her academic career at Laurier. Pounder was pivotal in capturing Laurier's first OUA Championship title in 1998-1999. She has also helped Canada achieve the last three world titles, the 2002 Olympic gold medal and most recently, the top prize at the Four Nations Cup.
cracked the Canadian roster this year, playing her first stint on the national team in the Four Nations tournament. Perks played for the Hawks on and off in the 2000 - 2001 season, assisting Laurier to an OUA silver medal. Perks has been a part of the national under-22 program for five years. Perks scored her first goal for Team Canada on the first shot she took as a part of the team, in Canada's 7 - 0 blowout win over the United States (on Wednesday night). Perks currently attends Laurier, and is in her third year of the Sociology program.
Becky Kellar is another WLU student to play hockey at the international level. Kellar is in her third year of Laurier's Masters of Business Administration program, and in her sixth year as a member of Team Canada. She completed her undergraduate degree at Brown University, where she played hockey for Brown's varsity team.
These three Golden Hawks truly exemplify the athletic talent coming out of Wilfrid Laurier. From purple and gold, to red and white, these women represent what can be accomplished with hard work, determination and a passion for sport.
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HAWK TALK WRITTEN BY / COMPILED BY: KRISTEN LIPSCOMBE
Games this week
Women's Hockey vs Toronto Wednesday, November 13, 2002 7:30:00 PM @ Waterloo Recreation Complex, Waterloo
Women's Basketball vs Queens Friday, November 15, 2002 6:00:00 PM @ Kingston
Women's Volleyball vs Toronto Friday, November 15, 2002 6:00:00 PM @ Varsity Center, Toronto
Men's Basketball vs Queens Friday, November 15, 2002 8:00:00 PM @ Bartlett Gymnasium, Kingston
Men's Volleyball vs Toronto Friday, November 15, 2002 8:00:00 PM @ Varsity Center, Toronto
Women's Volleyball vs Lakehead Saturday, November 16, 2002 1:00:00 PM @ WLU Athletic Complex
Men's Hockey vs McGill Saturday, November 16, 2002 7:00:00 PM @ Montreal, Quebec
Women's Hockey vs Windsor Saturday, November 16, 2002 7:00:00 PM @ Waterloo Recreation Complex, Waterloo
Men's Basketball vs RMC Saturday, November 16, 2002 7:00:00 PM @ Kingston, Ontario