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The Golden Hawks picked up their first five awards and a coach of the year award over the past week of competition. Men’s baseball had one athlete named to the first team and three to the second as well as rookie head coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE earning the coach of the year honours. Last season’s school MVP and rookie of the year Steve Tsandelis also picked up an all-star honour as the only purple-and-gold member of the first all-star team in golf.

This week Laurier will host the women's field lacrosse championships at Knight-Newbrough Field, University Stadium. Join us for this and the many other events on the Golden Hawk campus.

Let’s take a look at the past week of competition:

The Golden Hawk men’s football team concluded their regular season this weekend defeating the York Lions 31-10 in Toronto. Three records ended up being broken all said and done. Mike Montyoa rushed for the longest yardage in Laurier history – a 103 yard touchdown dash after Ryan Lynch took a seat. Earlier Lynch picked up 80 yards over 18 carries to put him as Laurier’s leader in rushing carries in a season. Lynch also became the fourth Hawk to surpass 1,000 yards in a season. This week’s Laurier Bookstore male athlete of week, Anthony Maggiacomo picked up 10 tackles including eight solo to claim the Laurier record for most combined tackles in a season. Maggiacomo finishes the year with 60.5 combined tackles (49 solo) which is one more then record holder Kevin MacNeill who had 59.5 in the 2001 season. Maggiacomo was a consistent force through the game helping to hold the Lions to only 236 net yards and 49 on the ground. The Hawks now receive a bye through the quarter-finals and await their opponent for November 3rd at University Stadium. Tickets for the game are on-sale at

The women’s soccer team picked up two victories on their road trip to south-western Ontario. The victories qualify the team for a bye through the OUA West quarter finals. The Hawks will compete Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against the winner of a quarter-final on Wednesday. After defeating the winless Windsor 2-0 on Saturday, Alyssa Lagonia scored two of the three goals in the shutout of the Western Mustangs. Lagonia is tied for the lead on the team in goals scored with six this season.

The men’s soccer team picked up a loss and a tie this weekend qualifying them for hosting a playoff game on Wednesday at 1:00p.m. against the Lancers. The Hawks were shutout in Windsor this weekend before taking on the second place Mustangs on Sunday. Dave Cox had a good game in his final regular season game with the Hawks and Yousef El-Abbar picked up Laurier’s sixth shutout of the year in the tie at zeros.

The Golden Hawk rugby team concluded their season on Friday with a single-point loss to the division leading Western Mustangs. Shane DeJong, Mike Talbot and Spencer Houlihan scored tries in the contest.

Laurier’s swim team was in the pool this weekend competing against Waterloo, York and Laurentian. The Hawks came out on top in many races. Leading the way was fourth year team captain Hilary Jackson. She finished three events in first, one in second and one in fourth. Jackson claimed first in the 50 backstroke, 100 backstroke and 200 medley events.

Three consecutive shutouts is what the Golden Hawk women’s hockey team can show. After losing a regular season game to Guelph, the Hawks defeated Waterloo, Toronto and York 4-0, 2-0 and 2-0. Laurier Bookstore athlete of the week Liz Knox has played quite well this season. The second year goaltender backstopped two consecutive shutouts as the Golden Hawks defeated Waterloo and Toronto 4-0 and 2-0 respectively. Knox faced 11 shots in the game against Toronto and then 14 against the #6 ranked Toronto. The team is now 4-1 on the season and ranked fifth in the nation and hosts Western on Saturday at the Rec Complex. 

The men’s hockey program picked up a pair of wins over division rivals the Western Mustangs and the Windsor Lancers. In London, Nathan Peacock and Matt Grennier picked up three points a piece as the Hawks defeated Western 4-2. Saturday night saw a 7-1 drubbing over the Windsor Lancers. Nick Vergeer had a four point night while Luke Girard and Craig Voakes both picked up three. Laurier hosts the Lakehead Thunderwolves this weekend at the Rec Complex.

The men’s volleyball program started their regular season in Kingston against a tough Queen’s team. Laurier forced five sets and eventually fell to the Gaels after being up 13-11 in the fifth. In the following game at RMC, the Hawks were able to sweep the Paladins in three straight. Cam Wheelan made an impression on all. The rookie right side hitter picked up two player of the match recognitions on the Hawks opening weekend in Kingston. Wheelan combined for 45 attacks and 24 kills and 30 points against Queen’s and RMC. Although splitting the weekend – the team forced five close sets against Queen’s before sweeping RMC in three straight. 

The men’s basketball team hosted Dalhousie in their first competition at the Athletic Complex. Down by six in the first, the Hawks found their legs and rallied to a single point lead entering the half. Dalhousie went on a 16-0 run in the first eight possessions of the third and eventually took the game 86-82. Laurier hosts the Hawk Challenge at the Athletic Complex this weekend.

The Women’s Basketball team took an exhibition trip out east and competed in the Subway Tournament against St.FX, Dalhousie and St. Mary’s. The team came out of the weekend 1-2. Christa Mancino finished the trip with 36 points in three games scoring a double-double in the five point loss to SMU. Renata Adamczyk led the team with 21 points in the single point victory over St.FX. The team travels to Buffalo for additional exhibition games.

Here’s a look at this week in Golden Hawk athletics:

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Men's Soccer OUA Playoffs - vs Windsor, Alumni Field 1:00 PM 

Friday, October 26, 2007
Women's Basketball vs Medali College, Buffalo 7:00 PM 
Men's Basketball Hawk Challenge – UCB, WLU Athletic Complex 8:00 PM
Can-Fit-Pro Fitness Instructor (FIS) Course Athletic Complex

Saturday, October 27, 2007
Women's Volleyball vs Windsor, Athletic Complex 1:00 PM 
Women's Basketball vs Daeman College, Buffalo 1:00 PM 
Women's Soccer OUA Quarterfinals - vs TBA, Alumni Field 1:00 PM 
Women's Lacrosse OUA Semi Final - TBA Knight-Newbrough Field, University Stadium 2:00 PM 
Women's Hockey vs Western, Waterloo Recreation Complex 3:00 PM 
Men's Volleyball vs Windsor, Athletic Complex 3:00 PM 
Men's Basketball Hawk Challenge – vs Bishops, WLU Athletic Complex 6:00 PM
Men's Hockey vs Lakehead, Waterloo Recreation Complex 7:30 PM 

Sunday, October 28, 2007
Women's Volleyball vs Western, Athletic Complex 1:00 PM 
Men's Hockey vs Lakehead, Waterloo Recreation Complex 2:00 PM 
Men's Volleyball vs Western, Athletic Complex 3:00 PM 
Women's Hockey vs Windsor, Windsor 4:10 PM
Women's Lacrosse OUA Championship - TBA Knight-Newbrough Field, University Stadium

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