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OUA Playoffs Quickly Approaching, MacKay named OUA Athlete of the Week
Hawk Talk ~ Monday, January 13th 2003 to Sunday, January 19th, 2003


Women's Basketball
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This past weekend the Lady Hawks got down to business, hosting one game against the Toronto Varsity Blues on Friday night and another game versus the Ryerson Rams on Saturday evening.

In Friday's match-up against the Blues, the Golden Hawks took the game by a score of 83 - 73. The game was a hard fought battle in which Laurier’s quick hands led to a team total of 15 steals. The Hawks maintained the lead throughout most of the game, displaying aggressive play and tenacity.

The Hawks' top scorers were Meaghan McGrath with 23 and Marie Guinney with 15. Meaghan also went 4 - 6 from behind the arc. The top rebounders were Marie Guinney and Heather Sutherland with 7 each.

Saturday night marked the second game of the Hawks' double-header weekend at home. Although the Hawks started the weekend off strong with a win over Toronto, Laurier suffered a disappointing loss on Saturday, falling to the Rams 70 - 64.

The Golden Hawks came out hard with points coming from all players across the board. Only ten minutes into the game, Laurier was up by a score of 20 - 15. Although the Lady Hawks maintained a steady pace, the Rams fought back and finished the first half behind by one.

The second half began with a few quick buckets by Ryerson. From there the Lady Hawks could not seem to buy a basket and were unable to get ahead of the Rams. High scorer for the Hawks was Meaghan McGrath with 16 points.

The Hawks are currently sitting in third place of the OUA West division and have eight wins and six losses on the season thus far.


Men's Basketball
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On the men's side, the Golden Hawks also had a very busy weekend, hosting a double-header weekend that would result in a double victory! On Friday the Hawks took the Toronto Blues down with a final score of 68 - 61, while the Hawks continued their winning ways on Saturday night, defeating the Ryerson Rams with a score of 68 - 59.

In Friday evening's game versus the U of T Blues, the Hawks started slowly, with Toronto even hitting the first bucket of the game. However, second year Hawk Andrew MacKay got the team rolling by making four from behind the arc in the first half. While Laurier held on to a ten point lead for awhile, the Hawks could not maintain the gap by the end of the half and went into the locker room up by only five points, with the score at 33 - 28.

The Blues, certainly not out of the contest, came back hard in the second half and clawed their way into the lead at the thirteen-minute mark, putting the score at 45 - 44. Some key rebounding by Rob Innes kept the Laurier game alive, and there were just two minutes more off the game clock before the Hawks were back on top. Laurier took the lead and held on to it for the remainder of the game to finish at 68 - 61.

Top scorers for Laurier were Innes with 22 and MacKay with 19. Chris Keith went seven for seven from the line and added nine points for the Hawks.

Hoping to keep up the success, the Hawks went into Saturday's match-up accepting nothing less than another victory. The Hawks knew that the game against Ryerson would be a challenge, after losing to them in the York University tournament on December 28, 2002. However, the Hawks came out strong, putting up the first four points of the game and getting out to an early lead. Ryerson was not about to let Laurier walk away with the game, however, and came back within three points by the end of the half, putting the score at 31 - 28 at the intermission.

After the break, Laurier was forced to take care of the ball, as Ryerson fought hard on every rebound. MacKay looked comfortable again from behind the arc, hitting four long-range buckets and keeping the Hawks out in front. The Hawks ended up victorious, taking the game with a final score of 68 - 59.
Top scores for Laurier were Keith with 16, MacKay with 15 and Todd Cooney with 13.

MacKay had an outstanding weekend on the court. The Business student from Bracebridge, Ontario had an incredible 19 points and 7 boards in Friday's 68 - 61 win over the Blues and contributed another 15 points in Saturday's 68 -59 victory over the Rams, for a total of 34 points over the two games. An amazing 27 of his total points came from three-pointers. MacKay is a vital force on the court for the Hawks and will continue to be integral to Laurier's success this season. Not only has MacKay been named the male Golden Hawk Athlete of the Week, but he has also received OUA Athlete of the Week honours. Congratulations Andrew on being named the OUA Athlete of the Week!!

The Hawks now have a decent nine wins and four losses on the season and are also (like their female counterparts) maintaining a third place standing in the OUA West.

Women's Hockey
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The women's hockey squad was hard at work this past week. On Wednesday, January 15 the Hawks hosted the Waterloo Rotary Club for some exhibition action and then the girls hit the road for a weekend away.

In Wednesday evening's match-up versus the Rotary Club, Laurier unfortunately fell to the competition 8 - 5. The "Sticks" pummeled the Hawks in the first, putting four goals past Cindy Eadie and challenging Laurier with their quick skating and passes. Second year Hawk Candice Djukic scored Laurier's lone marker of the period, with the assist going to Captain Jackie Grahek. The score going into the intermission was 4 - 1 for the Sticks.

The Hawks picked up the pace after the first intermission, holding the Sticks to two goals and adding another one of their own. Grahek opened up the period with a sweet marker, from a Pam Boyce assist. The second ended with the Sticks up 6 - 2 over Laurier.

In the third Laurier came out with even more momentum, with Grahek, Lindsay Arbeau and Tracey Palinsky pocketing a goal each. Despite an attempt at a Golden Hawk comeback, however, the Sticks took the game 8 - 5. The Rotary Club provided some great competition for the Hawks and was a good warm-up for the weekend, when the Hawks traveled East to Quebec.

The Lady Hawks' road trip over the weekend consisted of one game against the University of Quebec Trois-Rivieres Patriotes and one match-up versus the Concordia Stingers. Although both teams are members of the CIS, they are not in the OUA and as a result, the games’ scores and stats do not count in OUA Standings.

The first game of the road trip weekend was against the UQTR Patriotes. The Hawks were able to pull out a convincing 4 - 1 win as the entire team played quite well. Kate Macnamara was awarded the First Star of the Game for her contribution of two goals. Tracey Palinsky and Merritt Blundy also contributed goals.

Sunday afternoon's game was against the Concordia Stingers. Although they did not play the Stingers last year at the CIS Championships, the Hawks were able to witness their style of play. The Hawks were unable to stay out of the penalty box and as a result, the Stingers were able to capitalize on the man advantage on three occasions. The final score of the game was 6 - 3 in favour of the Stingers. Netting goals for the Hawks were Krissy Thompson, Alison Goodman and Ashley Stephenson.

The Hawks are currently holding on to the first position in the OUA West, with a regular season record of 8 - 1 - 3 so far.


Men's Hockey
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The men's hockey Hawks had one game away and one game at home this week, traveling to York University to face-off against the Yeomen on Wednesday and hosting the Brock Badgers at the Waterloo Recreational Complex on Saturday afternoon.

The game against York on Wednesday was the first time that these two teams had competed in the regular season for 2002-2003. Unfortunately, the Hawks fell 4 - 2 to the Yeomen.

The two goals on the night came from defenseman Nick Vukovic and winger Ryan Geis. Silent on the night were top performers Kevin Corso, Richard Colwill and Bryan Kazarian. In net for the Hawks was Justin Day; he played up until the last minute and was able to stop 19 of the 23 shots on net.

Gies’ goal put the Hawks at one for two on the power play. They were unable to stop the Yeomen's power play on both occasions.

On Saturday, January 18 the Hawks hosted the Brock Badgers. The Hawks’ offense came up too little and too late, as they fell to the Badgers 5 - 3.

The tone of the first period was hard hitting and action-filled. The referee called nine penalties including ten-minute misconducts for each team. The Badgers were able to capitalize on the power play situation twice, with goals by Scott Anderson and Dan Pitre. Golden Hawk goaltender Day kept busy between the posts in the first period, stopping 17 shots.

The second period calmed down quite a bit, as both teams had numerous opportunities to score but were unable to. It was seven minutes in when Brock’s Matt Rock was able to bring the Badgers up by another. Throughout the period the Hawks hit Brock goalie Shane Delaronde with 18 shots, but none of them could get by the goal line.

It was in the third period that the Hawks were able to finally make a move, as a goal by Tim Parsons broke the ice. Brock replied to the goal with another; however, another period filled with penalties allowed Corso to make a move on a power play to pull an unassisted goal. With only two minutes left in the game, Day was called to the bench in a last attempt. The Badgers were able to move the puck into the Golden Hawk zone, missing the empty net four times. Finally, Steve Pederson was able to net the fifth goal for the Badgers. At the last second of the game – 19:59, Golden Hawk Kyle Adams was able to net the last point of the game, making the final score of 5 - 3.

Day faced 37 shots on the night, stopping 32 of them. Brock goalie Delaronde faced 44 and stopped 41.

The Hawks now hold a regular season record of 7 - 8 - 1 and are in second place of the OUA Midwest division.

Following Saturday's game, a Community Fun Skate was held, with pizza and pop offered up to the participants. Although the Golden Hawks lost out during the game, the afternoon ended on a high note with free skating enjoyed by all.


Swimming
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On Saturday afternoon Laurier's swim team hit the water in a meet against cross-town rivals, the Waterloo Warriors. On the men's side, Laurier came out with 79 points as compared to Waterloo's 111 points. The Lady Hawks fared better, managing 97 points as compared to the Warriors' 99 points.

Despite falling to Waterloo in terms of points, WLU had a number of individual success stories. Fourth year Kinesiology student and Golden Hawk female Athlete of the Week Tara Ross won four events including the 100 metre fly, the 100 metre back stroke, the 800 metre free style and the 50 metre back stroke. Ross qualified for the 100 back at the CIS Championships. First year Business student Julie Babin won the 200 metre free style, the 100 breast stroke, the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 free style. Additionally, second year swimmer Clayton Delaney won the 50 breast stroke, the 100 breast, the 200 Individual Medley and the 800 free style.

This week's female Golden Hawk Athlete of the Week is swim team Captain Tara Ross. A fourth year Kinesiology student from Hillside, Ontario, Ross continues to be a tremendous asset to Laurier swimming. Her strength, speed and natural abilities in the water make her a top-notch, elite athlete with enormous potential. Congratulations Tara!

Laurier's swimmers next compete at the OUA Championships, which transpire at the end of this month.


Women's Volleyball
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The women's volleyball Hawks split their games this week, defeating the Waterloo Warriors on Wednesday and falling to the Brock Badgers on Saturday afternoon. The win over the Warriors allowed the Golden Hawks to continue their winning streak; however, the loss to the Badgers would put an end to the continued Golden Hawk success in 2003. Hopefully, Laurier will be able to find their winning ways again and continue to work their way up the OUA ranks this season.

The match-up against the Warriors was the third shutout victory that the Hawks had handed to their opponents in as many games. The Hawks played a great game on Wednesday. Laurier started things off with a bang, winning the first set 25 - 14. The Warriors put up a little more competition in the second set, but the Hawks were able to stay ahead and finished with a score of 25 - 17. The Warriors were determined to gain a win in one of the matches and battled with the Hawks to the bitter end; however, the Hawks carried their momentum into the third set, taking it with a score of 26 - 24.

Although the Lady Hawks planned to continue spiking the competition on Saturday, they women lost their hold on a spectacular winning streak and were defeated by the Brock Badgers, three matches to one.

The Hawks fell behind in a couple of the matches, but put up a strong fight for every point that they gained. The team was not going to let Brock win the match with ease. With a slow start to the match, the Hawks fought hard but lost the first set 25 - 21. Laurier was able to respond in the second match, learning from their errors of the first and winning 25 - 20. In the third set Brock chalked up another win with a convincing score of 25 -18. It was the fourth set that wavered back and forth, with each team holding the lead at several points, but in the end Brock took control of the court and won with a score of 25 - 22.

With a seven-seven split on their regular season record, the Lady Hawks are holding on to the third spot of the OUA West. Currently, Laurier, Brock and McMaster are all within four points of each other and are all vying for one of two playoff berths.


Men's Volleyball
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On Wednesday, January 15 the men's volleyball Hawks took to the court against the Waterloo Warriors in hopes of improving their regular season record and gaining some points in the OUA standings. Unfortunately, the Golden Hawks again suffered a three set loss, falling to their cross-town rivals 3 - 0. Laurier now has a single win and eleven losses on the season. Laurier is holding the last spot in the OUA standings and will need to pull out all the stops in order to improve their positioning for the 2002-2003 season.


Athletic Appreciation
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At the beginning of January, the Golden Hawks honoured their Fall OUA All-Stars and CIS All-Canadians. Presenting the certificates at the ceremony were Laurier President Dr. Rosehart, Dean of Students David McMurray and Athletic Director PETER BAXTER.

The following players were honoured as OUA All-stars: Derek Medler, Ryan Jeffrey, Justin Shakell, Josh Alexander, Rohan Thompson, Ed Becker, Vanessa Cowlen, Jim Zwolak, Christine Carruthers, Amy Gaudun, Milissa Watson, Dan Yungblut, Kim Foote, Anne Demure, Jason Lyall, Dave Nutt, Kenny Nutt, Wojciech Cwik Niki Budalic, Heather Heimpel and Tammy Scurr.

In addition to receiving OUA All-star honours, the following people earned further honours. Vanessa Cowlen received an award as an OUA MVP for women’s lacrosse, Jim Zwolak received an award for Individual Champion for men's golf, Christine Carruthers received an award as a CIS All-Canadian for women’s rugby, Kim Foote & Anne Demure received a silver medal for women's tennis doubles, Kenny Nutt and Wojciech Cwik received CIS All-Canadian honours for men's soccer and Tammy Scurr received CIS All-Canadian honours for women's soccer.


Hawk Shop
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New to Laurier is a joint venture between Laurier Athletics and the Laurier Bookstore. The long awaited Hawk Shop has opened its location in the main foyer of the Athletic Complex. The shop replaces the concession stand, which was only open for varsity events.

Now there are many items available at the Hawk Shop, including Golden Hawk clothing, souvenirs and swimwear. Snack foods including healthy items and beverages will be available.

The Hawk Shop is open seven days a week including Monday - Thursday, 10am - 10pm, Friday 10am - 3pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm and Sundays 12pm - 10pm. The Hawk Shop accepts all methods of payment including the Laurier One Card.

Stop by the Hawk Shop before or after your workout to pick up a quick snack or to some Golden Hawk apparel!


Miscellaneous Info.
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· Want your team's results, scores, game / event highlights and other sports information included in Hawk Talk? To ensure we have all accurate, up-to-date information, please e-mail klipscombe@laurierathletics.com with all the details you wish to provide for Hawk Talk subscribers. All information must be received at the above e-mail address as soon as possible after your games, and by Monday afternoons at the very latest.
· Coaches and Captains: nominations for Athletes of the Week must be received by Sunday night; please e-mail klipscombe@laurierathletics.com with the name of an athlete you think deserves it!


Recent Scores
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Women's Hockey vs Concordia 3-6
Women's Volleyball vs Brock 1-3
Men's Hockey vs Brock 3-5
Women's Hockey vs UQTR 4-1
Women's Basketball vs Ryerson 64-70
Men's Basketball vs Ryerson 68-59
Women's Basketball vs Toronto 83-73
Men's Basketball vs Toronto 68-61
Men's Hockey vs York 2-4
Women's Volleyball vs Waterloo 3-0
Women's Hockey vs Exhibition game - Rotary Club 5-8
Men's Volleyball vs Waterloo 0-3


Games this week
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Women's Volleyball vs Guelph Wednesday, January 22, 2003 6:00:00 PM @ WF Mitchell Athletics Centre, Guelph
Women's Hockey vs Western Wednesday, January 22, 2003 7:00:00 PM @ Thompson Arena, London
Men's Volleyball vs Guelph Wednesday, January 22, 2003 8:00:00 PM @ WF Mitchell Athletics Centre, Guelph
Women's Volleyball vs Ottawa Tournament Friday, January 24, 2003 @ University of Ottawa, Ontario
Men's Volleyball vs Ryerson Friday, January 24, 2003 7:00:00 PM @ WLU Athletic Complex
Men's Hockey vs Brock Friday, January 24, 2003 7:30:00 PM @ Thorold Arena, St. Catherines
Women's Basketball vs McMaster Saturday, January 25, 2003 1:00:00 PM @ Burridge Gymnasium, Hamilton
Men's Volleyball vs Toronto Saturday, January 25, 2003 1:00:00 PM @ WLU Athletic Comples
Women's Hockey vs Guelph Saturday, January 25, 2003 2:00:00 PM @ Gryphon Centre Arena, Guelph


Contributors
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Mike Whitehouse
Melissa Amadio
Ari Grossman
Nicole McGillivray


HAWK TALK COMPILED BY: KRISTEN LIPSCOMBE



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