HAMILTON – Women’s hockey head coach RICK OSBORNE
was named OUA Coach of the Year earlier today as Ontario University Athletics named its 2005-2006 women’s hockey all-stars and major award winners.
Also recognized were Ashley Stephenson
and Laurissa Kenworthy
on the first all-star team and teammates Fiona Aiston
and Lauren Meschino
on the second all-star team.
Osborne, in only his third season with the Hawks received his second provincial Coach of the Year nomination. Through his regular seasons he has amassed a record of 43-9-5 and has been to two national championships, including winning gold in 2004-05.
This season the Golden Hawks finished with a school-record 20 victories for a total of 41 points, which is 11 more then their closest competitor.
Team Captain Ashley Stephenson
picked up her third first-team all-star status. The Mississauga, Ont. native scored three goals this season and picked up seven assists leading one of the strongest defenses in the province. The Golden Hawks only 35 goals against – the lowest in Ontario.
Forward Laurissa Kenworthy
picks up her second first-team all-star nod after her team leading performance. The native of Newmarket, Ont. scored 11 goals and had 13 assists through the season including three game winners, three power-play goals and a hat-trick. She is one of the leaders of an offense which has scored 76 times on Ontario opponents.
Third year forward Fiona Aiston
picks up her third second-team all-star nod. Aiston was among the top five in goals and assists on the team – scoring seven and assisting on 12 others for a total of 19 points. Aiston, from Ottawa, Ont. and the 2003/04 Rookie of the year scored three game-winners this season.
picked up her first all-star nod. The Toronto native had thirteen points this season including four goals and nine assists. Meschino, one of the team's assistant captains also picked up a power play and game winning goal this season.
The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks play their first post-season game on March 4th at 7:00 p.m. when they play in the OUA Semi-Final in St. Catharines. Their opponent will be determined this weekend when Brock travels to Guelph. A win in the semi-final will move the Hawks to the provincial championship on March 5th at 3:00 p.m again in St. Catharines.