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Hawks take three of four major awards
HAMILTON (OUA) – The Golden Hawk women’s hockey team grabbed three of four major awards and a total of five all-star nominations as Ontario University Athletics announced the 2006-07 edition of the best in the province.

Andrea Bevan was named Sherwood OUA Most Valuable Player of the Year this season. Fiona Aiston received the Marion Hillard Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement in academics, leadership, volunteerism and athletics. Golden Hawk Head Coach RICK OSBORNE picked up his third consecutive coach of the year and Laurissa Kenworthy, Lauren Meschino, Lauren Barch, Andrea Ironside and Andrea Bevan were named to the all-star teams.

Bevan, a defenseman from Collingwood, Ont. was amongst the top in the province in both goals and points with 13 goals and 26 points and had six power play goals. The third year sociology major had a total of eight multi-point games this season including a three point game against Waterloo. Winning the most valuable player of the year also nets her a first-team all-star award.

Head coach RICK OSBORNE was pleased with the news of Andrea being announced as the league’s MVP. "Andrea is always physically and mentally ready to play on the ice," he commented. "She is a player that is able to change the momentum of the game at any time which has helped us through the season."

Aiston, last year’s winner of the Outstanding Women of Laurier award and a three-time OUA all-star received the OUA Marion Hillard Award for her efforts as an all-around athlete. The fourth year from Ottawa, Ont. is an assistant Captain on the team and has just completed a season where she had 18 points including three multi-goal games. On top of her performance on the ice, she represents herself and Laurier well by volunteering with various programs including Kids Ability, a local centre that helps children with disabilities and the Woolwich girl’s hockey association. In the classroom, she is able to maintain a 10.75 GPA (over 90%) towards her B.Sc. in Biology.

Head Coach RICK OSBORNE has only been coaching at the university level for three and a half seasons and in that time has picked up three provincial Coach of the year awards. This season he led the program to a 19-2-3 record in the regular season and a spot at the provincial final four. The team has the most potent offence in the province boasting a goals-for of 77, while allowing only 28 goals-against.

Joining Bevan on the first all-star team are Laurissa Kenworthy and Lauren Meschino. Kenworthy, a native of Newmarket, Ont. is the team Captain whose OUA career has been a model of consistency, being named an OUA all-star throughout her four year career. Once again this year she is a leading scorer and plays a pivotal role in all of the Golden Hawk’s special teams. The fourth year Phys Ed. major finished the season fourth in the OUA in points with 13 goals and 10 assists. Meschino has split her time between defence and forward this year and is usually matched against the top players in the league. The fourth year student from Toronto, Ont. is one of the fastest and well conditioned players in the OUA, finishing the season with six goals and 12 assists.

Rounding out the Golden Hawk all-star selection are Lauren Barch and Andrea Ironside who are both on the second all-star team. The awards for this pair of second year athletes are their first from the league.

Barch led the province in scoring with 14 goals this season. The second year from Burlington, Ont. was a key component of the team’s power play and one of the most significant offensive threats. Her line-mate, Andrea Ironside led the team this season in game winning goals. The total of five also put her at the top of the province. This season she was also inside the provinces top ten in scoring with a total of 21 points (nine goals and 21 assists).

The Golden Hawk women’s hockey program, ranked #2 in Canada, waits for their opponent in the OUA semi-finals. The game will take place at 12:30 p.m. on March 10th in London. The semi-final game is a single game with the winner advancing to the gold medal the following afternoon.

2007 OUA Major Awards & All-Stars
Coach of the Year – RICK OSBORNE
Player of the Year – Andrea Bevan
Marion Hillard Nominee – Fiona Aiston

First Team
Laurissa Kenworthy - Forward
Andrea Bevan - Defense
Lauren Meschino – Defense

Second Team
Lauren Barch - Forward
Andrea Ironside - Forward
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