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Goodman and Lyall Lead Award Winners At Laurier’s Annual Athletic Banquet
[Waterloo, ON] – Tonight Wilfrid Laurier University’s Athletic Department hosted its annual banquet recognizing the achievements of its coaches, players and staff at the Wilfrid Laurier Athletic Complex. 23 Rookies and MVPs were recognized for their performance on their respective teams. The department also awarded ten major awards to acknowledge major contributors and outstanding athletes at Laurier. The major award winners are as follows:

Junior Trainer of the Year is given to the student trainer whose performance of duties is deemed most valuable to WLU Athletics. This year’s recipient is Beth Doxsee. Doxsee is a graduating student that has spent three seasons with the men’s basketball team. Her dedication and desire to take initiative has made her an integral member of the team. She is planning to pursue a master’s degree in the fall at Queen’s University.

Earle C. Shelley Unsung Hero Award goes to a person within the WLU Community who unselfishly gives much time and effort into the overall success of the athletics program. This year’s recipient is Kevin Webster. Webster joined the Golden Hawks staff in 2001. Always willing to help, he has always gone beyond the call of duty. Whether it is to do with facilities, events, kids club or campus committees, this individual unselfishly gives much time and effort to the department’s success. In his spare time Webster has been the Vanier Cup Operations Manager for the past three years, and this year will Co-Chair the second annual East-West Bowl.

Tuffy Knight Award pays recognition to a person not affiliated with the university, for their untiring efforts over an extended period of time. This year’s recipient is Moe Reidel. In his 3rd year as Assistant Coach, Reidel has contributed to the development of his student athletes on all levels. His responsibilities on the team have included Pitching coach, Catching coach, First base coach and bench coach. The experience garnered from 14 years spent in the minor baseball system have continually propelled the Hawks to new heights.

Don Smith Recreation Student Leadership Award pays recognition to the student leader who makes a lasting contribution to the recreation program. This year’s recipient is Lisa Morris. The scope of Morris’ involvement and leadership over the past year includes being varsity tennis team member, participation in soccer, ice hockey, innertube waterpolo, basketball, cycle-fit, triathlon, latin dance classes, leading the customer service team at the AC Hawk Desk and being an integral part of the Recreation office operation and Student Leader team.

Dean E. Brandon Award is awarded to the female contributing most to Athletics. This year’s recipient is Amy Roefs. Roefs joined the Golden Hawks four years ago. Throughout her career she has been very involved in both the Laurier Campus and Laurier Athletics. Always willing to help, she has been involved with: sports information, athletic therapy, golf tournaments, fundraising initiatives and staffing WLU events. This year Roefs was instrumental in the creation of the Laurier Golden Hawks Kids Club as well as the Athletic Therapy Club.

Bill Haggstrom Trophy is awarded to the male contributing most to Athletics. This year’s award winner is SCOTT BALLANTYNE. As one of the original founders of the former club baseball program at Laurier, now an official varsity sport, Ballantyne has been an integral part of the program and the team. His responsibilities on the team have included business manager where he initiated the Adopt-A-Hawk fundraising program. In his final year of his Business degree he was named team captain.

Glenn Carroll Hawk Coaching Award is presented to one who exemplifies character building among student athletes. This year’s recipient is the head coach of women’s lacrosse, Lynn Orth. Having a perfect 2003 season as well as winning their second OUA Championship, Orth continues to contribute to Laurier’s success. Her involvement in Women’s Lacrosse at both the provincial and local levels has allowed her the opportunity to recruit some of the best student-athletes in the province. As the only coach of Women’s Lacrosse, Orth has guided the program through its short six year existence.

Academic Athletic Achievement Award honours the male and female athlete who best combines academic and athletic achievement. This year’s recipients are Sarah Zagorski and Nick Gibson. In her 3rd season Zagorski has provided her team with leadership throughout every game. In a sport that often depends greatly on height, this 5’4 Guard was brilliant in her strong performance. Zagorski also holds a 10.0 GPA in the Laurier Kinesiology program. Gibson is a 6’1 right winger in his third year with the team. He has proved to be a major asset over the past seasons. This year he led the team in points this season with 26, and was a major contributor to the Hawks advance into the playoffs.

The Rich Newbrough Rookie of the Year Award is for the most outstanding athletic performance from a male and female rookie over the past year. This year’s recipients are Danielle Walker and Andrew Baechler. Walker, a left side player and Kinesiology student from Oakville, led the ladies’ volleyball Hawks with an average of three kills and the three digs per game, as she was honored by the OUA as Rookie of the Year and an All-Star and to the CIS All-Rookie team. Baechler is a 5-foot-10 receiver from the community of Ayr. This first year arts student made numerous contributions to the success of the Golden Hawks. Leading the team with receiving yardage and receptions, reaching the end zone with big touchdowns

The President’s Award is for the most outstanding athletic performance from a male and female over the past year. This year’s recipients are Alison Goodman and Jason Lyall. Goodman is a four year veteran of Golden Hawks play, and this year was honored as an OUA All-Star for women’s soccer in her first year with the team. Fans are more accustomed to seeing her on the ice: this year she was recognized as an OUA All-star and a CIS All-Canadian as Captain of the women’s hockey team. Helping guide her fellow Hawks through a tough season, Goodman led the Women’s hockey team to a Provincial Title and a place in the National championships. This year’ winner of the Male President’s Award is Jason Lyall. Lyall is a three-time OUA All-star and this year a CIS All-Canadian, he proved a leading defender on the field for the Hawks, and provided excellent guidance for the Soccer team. With three years on the team, the 6’0 business student and Oakville native promises to remain a major factor in men’s soccer next season.

The following are this season’s Rookie’s of the Year and Most Valuable Players:

Rookie’s of the Year:
Men’s Baseball – Joardan Bilkas
Men’s Basketball – Trevor Csima
Women’s Basketball – Laura Taylor
Cheerleading – Jon Cameron
Men’s Cross Country – Sean Delanghe
Women’s Cross Country – Erin Fox
Men’s Curling – Bill Francis
Women’s Curling – Stacey McCormack
Women’s Figure Skating –Missy Lloyd
Men’s Football – Andrew Baechler
Men’s Golf – Douglas Grodeki
Men’s Hockey – Matt Grennier
Women’s Hockey – Fiona Aiston
Women’s Field Lacrosse –Erica Howard
Men’s Rugby – John Cressman
Women’s Rugby – Megan Boyles
Men’s Soccer – Dave Cox
Women’s Soccer – Erin Shewfelt
Men’s Swimming – Jason Morawski
Women’s Swimming – Jen Claessens
Women’s Tennis – Lauren Eudoxie
Men’s Volleyball – Brent Harris
Women’s Volleyball – Danielle Walker

Most Valuable Players:
Men’s Baseball – Matt Snoei
Men’s Basketball – Rob Innes
Women’s Basketball – Sarah Zagorski
Cheerleading – Heather Garner
Men’s Cross Country – Ryan Krook
Women’s Cross Country – Kaye Hope
Men’s Curling – Scott Hodgson
Women’s Curling – Kate Hamer
Women’s Figure Skating – Megan Tallevi
Men’s Football – MVP – Ian Logan
Lineman of the Year – Justin Shakell
Men’s Golf – Tim Ash
Men’s Hockey – Richard Colwill
Women’s Hockey – Alison Goodman
Women’s Field Lacrosse – Caitlin Orth
Men’s Rugby – Jason Doble
Women’s Rugby – Christine Carruthers
Men’s Soccer – Jason Lyall
Women’s Soccer – Tammy Scurr
Men’s Swimming – Jonathan Long
Women’s Swimming – Kristy MacLennan
Women’s Tennis – Kasia Poplawski
Men’s Volleyball – Luka Senk
Women’s Volleyball – Cathy Ingalls

For more information please contact Ari Grossman (519) 884-0710 ext. 6483
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