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Bevan named Player of the Year
HAMILTON, Ont. - Ontario University Athletics (OUA) is pleased to announce the 2008-09 women’s hockey All-Stars and major award winners. The Golden Hawks received two majors awards, four all-stars and a all-rookie.

"I'm happy for our players who have received individual recognition for their outstanding contributions to our team this year," said coach of the year RICK OSBORNE.

Laurier’s Andrea Bevan was named an OUA first team all-star as well as receiving her second OUA player of the year award. Head coach RICK OSBORNE earned his fifth consecutive OUA coach of the year award while first year forward Abby Rainsberry was named to the all-rookie team. Former OUA player of the year Lauren Barch, goalie Liz Knox and forward Andrea Ironside were also on the first all-star team.

"This is a well deserved award for Andrea," continued Osborne. "In her five years at Laurier, she has been one of the most committed and consistent players I have ever coached."

Team captain Andrea Bevan received her third OUA first team all-star award and second player of the year award this week after leading all defencemen in the province in scoring with 25 points. The fifth year player is a four time provincial champion and won the national championship in 2004-05. Bevan has now represented her country twice, once with the U-22 team in Germany in 2008 and once with the FISU games in China.  She logs 35 or more minutes per game for the Hawks while anchoring the penalty kill and quarterbacking the power play.

Another former player of the year, assistant captain Lauren Barch was named to the OUA first all-star team after leading the Golden Hawks in game winning goals with five.  The psychology major scored 13 goals and 26 points during the season which was good for second on the Hawks and third in the province.

Forward Andrea Ironside, a teammate of Andrea Bevan on team Canada at the FISU games in China, received her first OUA first team all-star award after being named to the second twice. The Kinesiology major led the Golden Hawks in both goals (15) and points (33). She was tied for first in the province in scoring and was fourth in goals scored.

Laurier netminder Liz Knox also picked up her first OUA first team all-star award after picking up ten shutouts and garnering a 0.93 goals-against-average. The third year player faced 444 shots and turned away 423 to earn 20 wins and one loss during the year.

First year Abby Rainsberry was named to the OUA all-rookie team after picking up 16 points in 27 games played. The kinesiology major had three of her four goals count as game winners. Rainsberry is an above-average puck handler who is a fixture on both the power play and the penalty kill for the Golden Hawks.

Head Coach RICK OSBORNE received his fifth consecutive Coach of the Year award and will go forward as the Ontario representative for the national award. Osborne picked up his 100th regular season win this year since starting as Head Coach in the 2003-2004 season. He now has a 111-14-10 regular season record.

The women’s hockey team finished the season with 26-1-0 record and received a first round bye in the OUA playoffs. In the semi-finals the Hawks defeated the Queen’s Gaels in two straight games to get into the OUA championship for a ninth consecutive season.

2008-09 OUA WOMEN’S HOCKEY MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Andrea Bevan (Laurier)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Tamara Bell (Guelph)

MARION HILLARD AWARD
Dayna Kanis (Guelph)

COACH OF THE YEAR
Richard Osborne (Laurier)

FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS
F – Andrea Ironside (Laurier)
F – Annie DelGuidice (Toronto)
F – Lauren Barch (Laurier)
D – Andrea Bevan (Laurier)
D – Kelsey Webster (York)
G – Liz Knox (Laurier)

SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS
F – Mandy Cole (York)
F – Jessica Zerafa (Guelph)
F – Dayna Kanis (Guelph)
D – Carla D'Angelo (Guelph)
D – Lyndsey Ryan (Toronto)
G – Beth Clause (Brock)

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
F – Tamara Bell (Guelph)
F – Chloe Milano (York)
F – Abby Rainsberry (Laurier)
D – Julia Endicott (Waterloo)
D – Maja Samborski (Brock)
G – Kendyl Valenta (Toronto)


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