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As the varsity season hits full stride, so are the Golden Hawk teams, highlighted by dominating play from the men’s soccer team, national recognition for the women’s team, and as-expected supremacy by the women’s lacrosse team. Our varsity record this week stands at 5-4-2 while overall the University has a 10-8-3 record.

The story that dominates the student chatter however was the men’s football performance on the road at Richardson Stadium at Queen’s University. Going into the match Laurier was ranked 10th nationally, after falling to the resurgent Western Mustangs. Queen’s, a team many didn’t expect to compete at this level, vaulted into fifth spot prior to the contest. Led by fourth year pivot Dan Brannagan, the Gaels hit the Hawks hard early, and didn’t let up. Brannagan had a field day on the Hawks defence, compiling 438 yards on 22 completions despite throwing five interceptions.  With just 60 net yards, the Golden Hawk offense was less than gleaming, Ian Noble (6 for 11, 50 yards) was replaced with second year slinger Luke Thompson (5 for 13, 71 yards). Neither was able to claw the Hawks out of early holes. If there were positives to be taken away from the game, it would have to be the defiant performance of wideout Shamawd Chambers, who’s quickly making Hawk fans forget about the departures of Dante Luciani and Andy Baechler. Chris Mamo consistently gave the defence stellar field positioning, solidifying his place as one of the best punters in the CIS.

Next up for the Hawks is the homecoming date with the Windsor Lancers, a great chance to build confidence, and momentum. Kickoff is at 1:00 pm Saturday, the stadium will be splitting at the seams, and so make sure you snag up some tickets soon from Laurierathletics.com!

Alumni Field saw a lot of action this past week, as both the men’s and women’s soccer squads welcomed the Brock Badgers and McMaster Marauders, coming out on the other end with two wins and two ties combined.

The women received some national recognition this week as they were ranked 10th in the nation, tied for the spot with Acadia University. They had picked up two wins the previous week, in commanding performances. As the Hawks took to a drenched Alumni Field they got the jump on the Badgers quickly, with a marker from Ali McKee just 20 minutes in. Brock found new reserves of energy in the second-half, specifically Lisa D’Aguanno who notched consecutive tallies for the visitors to force the Hawks to push late for a tying score. With just minutes remaining Sarah Hopper, fitting of her namesake, hopped on the opportunity and buried a shot that salvaged a point and got Laurier the tie. On the following day the ladies worked to a 0-0 draw with the less-than Marauding McMaster squad. Tania Pedron managed to shut down two separate Mac breakaways and Mal Woeller turned away a free-kick that wound up being the best chance of the game for either team to break the deadlock. The squad 2-0-2 now heads cross-town for a battle with the Waterloo Warriors.

The men meanwhile put together back-to-back impressive performances against the male counterparts of the aforementioned Brock and McMaster teams. The guys got their first goal(s) of the year on Saturday with a 2-0 win against the timid Badgers. The boys from Hamilton were next in-line as Laurier dispatched them 1-0, with three different goal scorers in the two games, this young squad seems to be adopting the team-oriented preaching’s of coach MARIO HALAPIR. The team is enjoying the success as their 2-1-1 record currently situates them in a 2nd place tie with Western in the OUA West. Next weekend will be a telling one for sure; they look to claim the season series against Waterloo and then travel to the perennially stalwart York Lions.

The defending OUA champion women’s lacrosse team kicked off their campaign for more trophies and banners with wins against both the University of Toronto Blues and the McGill Martlets. McGill was up first, as the Hawks fell behind early, but after a game-changing goal from Kristen Sarson the Hawks didn’t let up. Ending the contest with a 13-7 win all signs indicated this year we could expect more of the same from this championship-caliber collaboration of players. This assumption held true in the next match against the University of Toronto, the Hawks managed to answer every Toronto goal quickly and answered with more than one quite often. Standout performances included the 4g 3a from Braeyden O’Rahilly and the 2g 3a from Amy Fincham.

Women’s Rugby got off to a rough start, as Laurier dropped a 31-17 match against Brock but then bounced back and knocked out the University of Toronto by a 20-10 score.

Men’s rugby had just a single showdown this week, with the Guelph Gryphons. The men put up a valiant effort, and left the Gryphons with a few clipped wings but eventually fell short and lost 24-8

Men’s baseball followed up last week’s gutsy performance against Toronto with a 8-0 loss to the favorite Western Mustangs. A team that always seems to have their name at the top of the standings.

Next week is one of the biggest of the year for Laurier athletics, not only do we celebrate Homecoming, and all the festivities that proceed, but both the men’s and women’s hockey teams kick off their frozen road to promised land. The women’s squad should be as dominating as any in the country, and you can never count the men out.

Go Hawks Go ! ! !

Upcoming games:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

M Baseball 5:30 PM vs Brock - Bechtel Park, Waterloo

M Baseball 8:00 PM vs Brock - Bechtel Park, Waterloo

Thursday, September 18, 2008

M Hockey 7:30 PM at Guelph - Brantford Civic Centre

Friday, September 19, 2008

M Baseball 7:00 PM at Guelph - Hastings Stadium, Guelph

W Rugby 7:00 PM vs Waterloo - Knight-Newborough Field, Waterloo

Alumni & Friends Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Senate and Board Chamber

Alumni & Friends Homecoming Weekend 2008 - Various - Laurier Main Campus

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Cross Country All Day at Mustang Open - London

W Lacrosse 9:00 AM at Guelph - Guelph

M Basketball - 10:00 AM vs Alumni - Wilfrid Laurier University Athletic Complex

M Football 1:00 PM vs Windsor –Knight-Newbrough Field, University Stadium

M Baseball 1:00 PM at Western - Labatt Park, London

M Soccer 1:00 PM at Waterloo - North Campus (Columbia Ice Fields), Waterloo

W Lacrosse 3:00 PM at McMaster - Guelph

W Soccer 3:15 PM at Waterloo - North Campus (Columbia Ice Fields), Waterloo

M Baseball 3:30 PM at Western - Labatt Park, London

Sunday, September 21, 2008

W Lacrosse 11:00 AM at Western

M Baseball 1:00 PM vs McMaster - Bechtel Park, Waterloo

M Soccer 1:00 PM vs York - Alumni Field, Waterloo

W Soccer 3:15 PM vs York - Alumni Field, Waterloo

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