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PLAYOFF EDITION: This Week In Golden Hawk Athletics...
As playoff action continued, the end of the road came for the Women’s Volleyball team and the Women’s Basketball team, but the Men’s Hockey team survived a three-game series against the Waterloo Warriors to advance to the OUA Semi-Finals and the Men’s Basketball team advanced to the OUA West Semi-Finals. The Men’s Curling Team claimed Laurier’s third provincial championship of the season.

The Men’s Curling team got off to a good start on day one defeating Brock 8-4. On Saturday Laurier lost a narrow one to the Windsor Lancers 7-6, but would bounce back with a 6-3 win over Queen’s which ensured that they would face the Golden Gaels in a re-match for the Gold Medal Match. Led by skip Bill Francis, the Hawks were able to force Queen's into conceding early, running them out of rocks in the tenth end, getting the 7-4 victory.

It would be a rocky start for the Women’s Curling team at the OUA Championships as they lost to Queen’s on Day 1. Laurier would suffer another loss at the hand of Brock, 11-6. The Women picked up a 9-2 victory in their match against Waterloo, but came up short in the semi-final match, losing 8-5 to Queen’s.

It would be a rough third period that cost the Men’s Hockey team lost the first game in of the series, as the game was tied 2-2 heading into the third period, but the Warriors tallied four unanswered goals, two of which came on the power-play, as the Warriors took Game 1, 6-2. Facing elimination in Game 2 the Hawks pulled out a big 5-2 victory on home ice. Nick Vergeer scored in the second period to give the Hawks a lead they would not relinquish, and the goal would stand to be the game-winner and Justin Day made 31 saves. In the third and deciding game, James Edgar’s two third period goals would be the difference in a 6-4 win over the Warriors. Vergeer and Richard Colwill both had three-point games from the Hawks.

The Men’s Basketball team beat a very solid Guelph Gryphons team in Guelph 81-74 to advance to the OUA Semi-Finals. On the strength of four three-pointers, Captain Andrew MacKay led the Hawks with 20 points in the win, followed by 19 points by the reliable Wade Currie. Bert Riviere and Rob Innes were good for 14 and 10 points respectively. The Hawks now face the Brock Badgers for the second consecutive season in the Semi-Final match-up. In individual achievements, Currie was named an OUA Second Team All-Star this past week, and Jesse McDonald was named to the All-Rookie team.

The Women’s Basketball team saw their run come to an end at the hands of the McMaster Marauders as they lost 68-53. Reigning CIS Female Athlete of the Week Meaghan McGrath scored 24 points in her final game as a Golden Hawk. Kerri Jilesen had 11 points also, in what would prove to be her final game for Laurier. This was the third time in the last four years that the Golden Hawks made the OUA West Final.

The Women’s Volleyball team had their hopes for a provincial championship shattered at the hands of the Toronto Varsity Blues, losing in five sets (14-25, 15-25, 25-22, 25-15, 15-7). It would be a bitter pill to swallow considering that the Hawks were up two sets in the match, however the women were able to put the loss behind them and put together a strong effort to defeat the Ottawa Gee-Gees in five sets to claim the Bronze Medal.

In Women’s Hockey news, Head Coach RICK OSBORNE was named OUA Coach of the Year. Captain Ashley Stephenson and Laurissa Kenworthy were named OUA First Team All-Stars while Fiona Aiston and Lauren Meschino were selected Second Team All-Stars. Kenworthy, Lauren Barch and Andrea Ironside accounted for the three goals in a 3-2 win over the Bluewater Hawks in an exhibition game in preparation for the upcoming OUA Final Four which takes place in St. Catharines this weekend.

At the OUA Championships the Figure Skating team finished fifth place in the overall competition. Katelyn Jolivel had a second-place finish in the short program. The team finished third in the synchro and the rhythm programs.

Here is a look at playoff action this week:
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
Men's Basketball OUA Quarter Final - vs. Brock @Bob Davis Gymnasium, St. Catharines 07:30 PM
Men's Hockey OUA Semi Finals - vs. Lakehead (Gm 1 of 3) @Fort William Gardens, Thunder Bay 07:30 PM
Women's Hockey vs. Jr. Chiefs @Hershey Centre, Mississauga 08:00 PM

Friday, March 03, 2006
Men's Hockey OUA Semi Finals - vs. Lakehead (Gm 2 of 3) @Waterloo Recreation Complex 07:30 PM

Saturday, March 04, 2006
Women's Hockey OUA Semi Final - vs. Guelph @Seymour-Hannah Sportsplex, St. Catharines 07:00 PM

Sunday, March 05, 2006
Women's Hockey Finals - TBA @Seymour-Hannah Sportsplex, St. Catharines TBA
Men's Hockey OUA Semi Finals - vs. Lakehead (Gm 3 of 3) @Waterloo Recreation Complex 07:30 PM

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