(OUA) – Ontario University Athletics announced the provincial women’s hockey
all-stars and major award winners and the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks claimed
three of the four major awards, five all-stars and an all-rookie.
This season’s first team all-stars include Lauren Barch and Andrea Bevan. On the second team are Lauren Meschino, Andrea Ironside and Liz Knox and Katherine Shirriff was named to the all-rookie team. In addition Lauren Barch received the OUA Player of the Year award, Lauren Meschino was awarded the Marion Hiller trophy and Head Coach RICK OSBORNE was named Coach of the Year.
“Being recognized with these major awards and all-stars is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the student-athletes in the women’s hockey program,” commented head coach RICK OSBORNE.
Assistant captain Lauren Barch was named to the first all-star team and received the OUA Player of the Year award. The Burlington native scored a team high 15 and 31 points which was good for second in the OUA during the regular season. A team leader on the ice, Lauren is the team’s strongest defensive zone forward and is equally at ease on either the penalty kill or power play. The provincial Player of the Year award stays within the Golden Hawk family, as defender Andrea Bevan won the award last season.
Team captain Lauren Meschino (Toronto, Ont.) was recognized as an OUA second team all-star as well as the Marion Hillard award winner which recognizes outstanding achievement in academics, leadership, volunteerism and athletics.
been the perfect balance of the competitive team oriented student athlete and
the caring leader/mentor to her teammates and coaches,” said Coach Osborne.
“Her work ethic and energy level are amazing to watch on the ice, in the
classroom and in the community.”
The fifth year forward has been volunteering with Waterloo Sports Medicine as a physiotherapy assistant and with Link with Work to assist individuals with multiple sclerosis in physical activity programs. This is the second consecutive year that the Golden Hawks have received this award as last season, Fiona Aiston was the recipient.
Andrea Bevan picked up her second first team all-star award in the past two seasons with a 22 point season. A high-scoring defenceman from Collingwood, Ontario moves the puck quickly and is the anchor on a league leading defense that has allowed a league low 24 goals against. Bevan missed two games during the regular season to represent Canada on the Under-22 team in Germany at the European Air Canada Cup.
Andrea Ironside (Collingwood, Ont.) was named to the second all-star team for the second consecutive year. Ironside was second on the team in goals with 13 and fifth on the team in points with 21. She also was tied for the team lead in power play goals with five.
Laurier goaltender Liz Knox (Stouffville, Ont.) received the first all-star award of her Golden Hawk career with a second team award. Knox was second in the country with a .980 GAA and a .944% save percentage.
out the Golden Hawks winners, Katherine Shirriff was named to the all-rookie
team. In her first year in a Laurier uniform, Shirriff was third on the team in
goals with 11 and third on the team in points with 23.
“While we like to be recognized as a team in terms of overall success, it’s nice to see the individual recognition,” concluded Osborne on the honours.
Head Coach RICK OSBORNE received his fourth consecutive Coach of the Year award and will go forward as the Ontario representative for the national award. Osborne recently got his 100th win as a member of the Golden Hawk family since starting as Head Coach in the 2003-2004 season. He has a 85-13-10 regular season record.
The Golden Hawks open the provincial championships at home on Wednesday, February 27th at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.