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The Golden Hawks' overall regular season record now stands at 38-22-6 after this week’s play. Headlining the action were clean sweeps by both soccer teams and playoff victories for men's baseball.

A stellar first-half was enough for the men's football team to defeat the Windsor Lancers 37-20. The Hawks jumped out to an early lead on receiving touchdowns from Alex Anthony and Dillon Heap. Laurier then picked up a safety after pinning the Lancers deep in their own zone. Chris Mamo hit a 40-yard field goal to give the home team a 19-0 advantage. The purple and gold then made it 26-0 on a receiving touchdown from fullback Peter Quinney with 12 seconds left in the first half. Quinney received the Chris Worden Memorial Award at the beginning of the game recognizing the fallen RCMP Hawk. The Hawks continued to dominate Windsor in the second half with a Mike Montoya 49-yard rushing TD off a third down convert in which the running back flipped over the pile and kept going into the endzone. The touchdown was the sixth of the season for the running back. Laurier had 397 net yards rushing in the match with Montoya picking up 207 of them. The Hawks other two running backs Jim Martyniuk and Julius Jones-Carter picked up 84 and 54 yards respectively. Montoya was charged with two fumbles in the game, one coming on the one-yard line. Laurier was also in penalty trouble with 15 penalties for 130 yards being called against the Hawks. Quarterback Evan Pawliuk had a solid outing going 12 for 17 for 202 yards and three touchdowns. Dillon Heap led all players with 279 all-purpose yards including 110 receiving, 56 on kick returns, 41 rushing and 72 on punt returns. The third year wide out is now only 61 yards away from breaking Paul Bennett’s Laurier season record for punt returns set in 1976. Chris Mamo also hit a milestone by moving out of a tie with Brian Devlin in career converts to take over first place with 106. On the defensive side of the ball the Hawks were led Mitchell Bosch who had 6.5 (5 solo, 4 assisted) tackles and Courtney Stephen who had six (5 solo, 2 assisted). Stephen also had two knockdowns in the game.

After a great week and two big wins, it’s off to the OUA championships for the Golden Hawks’ baseball team. The first game of the semifinal playoff series against the McMaster Marauders took place at Bechtel Park Saturday and saw Bradley Bach take to the mound for Laurier. Mac got out to an early lead going up by two runs after the fourth inning. In the top of eighth inning James Bruce and Elliott Shrive got on base to get a Golden Hawk rally started and were brought home on a base hit by Brian MacDonald. Shrive came up big with a double to bring home Mike Kennedy and Bruce to put the Hawks up by two. Josh Robinson closed the game for the Hawks going three up, three down to end the game with a 4-2 victory. The next day, the Golden Hawks traveled to Bernie Arbour Stadium in Hamilton to meet the Marauders in the second game of their semifinal series, where they beat out the defending OUA Champions 3-2 in an exciting match up. McMaster put up the first run of the game early in the first inning, with John McGregor, the league’s leader in RBIs, singling to allow Devon Connelly to score. He was met with Laurier’s own ace pitcher Andrew Greenberg however, who came out and delivered for the Hawks. It was another slow start for Laurier’s bats but in the seventh inning things got going as Laurier loaded the bases and Daniel Murphy and Jeff Brunsek each brought home a runner to put the Hawks up 2-1. After McMaster came back to tie the game at two Chris Pittaway threw out a runner trying to steal second and Brunsek gunned down a Mac runner out at home. Still in a tie game in the bottom of the ninth inning, Laurier came up to bat with a single run between them and the win. Pittaway led things off with single, and Mahn completed a sacrifice bunt to advance him to second. A wild pitch saw Pittaway advance to third; and yet again coming through for the Hawks was Murphy with a game winning RBI. The Hawks bench cleared to meet Pittaway at the plate to score the final run of the game, ending 3-2 in favour of Laurier. The victory ensures the Hawks a place in the OUA Championship next weekend, where they will face Western.

The no. 5 ranked Wilfrid Laurier women's soccer team swept the University of Waterloo Warriors 4-1 and 7-1 in a home-and-home series last Thursday and Friday. Thursday evening’s tilt saw the Golden Hawks get on the score board first courtesy of a Liora Berger goal at the 20 minute mark. The Warriors stormed right after the marker and notched one of their own to tie up the match heading into the half. The purple and gold continued to pressure the Warriors in their own zone, which led to a turnover. Laurier team captain Sara Hopper capitalized in the 46th minute with a floater that went over Taylor Meyers’ head. The Golden Hawk offence continued to keep Waterloo pinned deep. Midfielder Heather Malizia scored her seventh of the season in the 59th minute after splitting two Warrior defenders inside the goalies crease. The Lady Hawks’ fourth goal came from Alyssa Coppolino in the 70th minute. Laurier managed 19 shots on net throughout the match, while the Warriors fired three at Hawk netminder Tristin Vogel. In the rematch it was Sara Hopper and Ali McKee each scoring two goal's apiece to help Laurier improve to 8-1-1 on the year. The win gives the Hawks a three point advantage over the York Lions for the OUA West division lead. Hopper opened the scoring just three minutes into the match to give the purple and gold an early lead. McKee followed that up seven minutes later with her fourth goal of the year. McKee also netted the Hawks third goal, giving the visitors a three-goal lead at the break. The Hawks started off the second half the same way they did the first with a goal five minutes in from Julia Marchese. Hopper scored her second of the match and third of the weekend in the 70 minute. Waterloo’s Kaitlyn Barnett got the home team on the board in the 75 minute of the match. Laurier’s Becca Isaacs and first year Brynn Metherell rounded out the scorers for the Golden Hawks. After the weekend’s play, Laurier’s Malizia is in third place in the OUA with seven goals in ten games, while Mckee is in a tie for seventh place with five.

The men's team made it a clean 4-0 record for Laurier soccer, by also defeating the Waterloo Warriors 2-0 in both games this weekend. The first match on Thursday was scoreless heading into the half and the Golden Hawks responded to a speech by head coach MARIO HALAPIR by coming out hard in the second half and earning more chances in the Warrior’s zone. Forward Spencer Cawker scored Laurier’s first goal at the 67-minute mark. Team captain Alex Doma followed that up with the Hawks second goal in the 90th minute to conclude the match. The rematch would play out almost exactly the same the very next day. After both teams again traded opportunities in a scoreless first half, it was Doma who gave the Hawks the lead, scoring two minutes in the second half of the game. Laurier continued to pressure the home team and it yielded results. Spencer Cawker netted the visitors second goal of the match. Laurier netminder Jarrett Humphreys earned his second and third shutouts and wins of the season.

On the ice, the men’s hockey team has started with two straight wins, one at home and one on the road, as the regular season began last week. The Hawks opened their 2009-10 regular season campaign with a 4-2 victory over the Guelph Gryphons in front of 130 fans at the Gryphon Centre. Nathan Peacock picked up the game-winning goal on a penalty shot. The fourth year forward netted the marker 14-minutes into the second period beating Guelph net-minder Kevin Couture. Both Jeff Borrows and Craig Voakes had two-point performances in the victory. Voakes opened scoring early into the game beating Couture just 19 seconds in and Borrows followed later in the period before adding an empty netter in the late seconds of the contest. Voakes and Jean-Michel Rizk picked up assists on the Borrows goal while defenseman Chad Kennedy picked up an assist on the opener. Laurier saw rookie Ryan Daniels start in net. The 6’2 former Peterborough Pete (OHL) made 41 saves on 43 shots including 22 in the third frame. Laurier put 13 shots on the Gryphon net. Both teams were unsuccessful on the power play – Laurier in all three chances and Guelph in their five. The very next night Peacock scored his second straight game-winner in a two-point night as the Golden Hawks men’s hockey team defeated the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks 4-3 in front of 167 fans at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex. Peacock scored the winner on a backhand tip late in the second after adding an assist on a power play marker. Captain Jean-Michel Rizk opened scoring for the purple-and-gold with a power play marker midway through the first. The veteran forward lifted the puck up over the shoulder of UOIT backstop Jeff Dawson on a screened shot. The goal marked the first of the year for last season’s national scoring leader. Colin Williams opened up the score to two with a chip shot from Ryan Bellows. Jordan Bonneville followed early in the third with the Hawks second power play marker. Ridgeback Jeremy Whelan closed the gap to two as he was able to get a wrist shot by the Laurier backstop before Peacock scored the game winner. Brent Varty and Derrick Bagshaw added the closing markers later in the game making the score 4-3. Laurier out shot the Ridgebacks 39-34 through the contest. Jeff MacDougald stopped 31 of them in his first regular season start of the year. The Golden Hawk power play went 2 for 7 while the Ridgebacks scored once on their two opportunities.

In exhibition play as part of the OWHA Tournament, Laurier's women’s hockey team earned a 2-2 tie against the Chinese National team. Team China is in the area for their pre-Olympic training camp. This is the second time the Golden Hawks have tied Team China, the first time was on November 11th 2003 where Laurier earned a 1-1 draw. Neither team was able to capitalize on their chances in the first period as both goalies stood their ground in the crease. In the second frame the Golden Hawks struck first as Heather Fortuna slipped the puck under Shi Yao to get the home team on the board. Less than a minute later Zhang Ben got behind Laurier’s defence and beat Hawk netminder Liz Knox to tie up the game. Laurier would again take the lead with seven minutes left in the game on a power play marker from first year centre Candace Styles. Team China would again have an answer when assistant captain Sun Rui caught the Laurier defence flat footed and swept in to score. The game would result in a tie, but both teams participated in a shootout at the end of the game as an added bonus for fans. The extra frame required 11 shooters, but Alicia Martin would score both goals for the Hawks to earn the shootout win. Knox faced 24 shots and made 22 saves. Her counterpart on Team China, Shi Yao turned aside 28 shots. The Lady Hawks rounded out the tournament play over the weekend with a 3-0 loss to Team Ontario Red on Saturday and a 4-2 victory over Team Ontario Blue Sunday afternoon.

In other outdoor action, the women’s lacrosse team was only able to get in one game this weekend, a tight 12-10 loss to Queen’s on Saturday. The game previously scheduled for Sunday against Toronto were postponed leaving the Golden Hawks at 4-3 on the season and fourth in the OUA. Bradeyn O’Rahilly sits in third place in OUA scoring with 32 points through seven games.

A road match with McMaster ended poorly for the men's rugby team who dropped to 3-2 on the season after the 17-5 loss to the Marauders. Flyhalf James Stewart scored the lone try for the Golden Hawks, while the Marauders were able to score three try's and make one convert for their 17 points. Lucas Mcivor, John Williams and Kevin Noble were the scorers for the home team. Jeff Mcdiarmid kicked the lone convert.

It was a sweet end to the season for the women's rugby team as not only did it win its first game of the season, but it was against the cross-town rival Waterloo Warriors, the no. 9 nationally ranked team. The Golden Hawks started out well receiving the opening kickoff and driving the ball up the field. The purple and gold worked their way steadily up the field and scored only their second try of the season. Christine Jennings pushed through the Waterloo line for the score and Michelle Smith kicked the convert. The Warriors Caitline Martin scored a try for the visitors, but Waterloo was unable to kick the convert to give the Golden Hawks their first win of the season. The women’s rugby team finishes the season with a 1-4 record, which leaves them in last place in the Shiels division and out of the playoffs.

The men’s basketball team claimed the Concordia Tournament championship with a 76-73 victory over the host Concordia Stingers. The Hawks advanced to the championship game with a 103-50 win over the RMC Paladins. Kale Harrison was named the tournament MVP as well as a tourney all-star. Jesse MacDonald was also named to the all-star team. In the Hawks first match, against RMC, first-year Maxwell Allin led the way with a 20 point effort and nine rebounds. He was followed closely by Kale Harrison who chipped in 17 and Andrew Pennycook and Matthew Buckley who scored 10 each. Harrison was five for eight from beyond the arc and Pennycook was second on the team with eight boards. The victory over RMC sent the Hawks to the championship match against the host Concordia Stingers. Kale Harrison scored 22 for the Hawks and was part of a three-way tie for team lead in rebounds with seven. Conor Meschino and Matthew Buckey also had seven boards. Jesse MacDonald was second on the team in scoring with 19. MacDonald was key at the end of the game hitting both free throws after picking up a defensive rebound with the purple and gold up by one point.

The men’s golf team participated in the Guelph Invitational at Cutten GC in Guelph last Monday and came in eighth place with a team score of 317. First year players Neil Kholsa and Curtis Mills were the top performers for the Golden Hawks with Kholsa shooting a 76 to tie for eighth and Mills’ tying for 21st with a 79.

Here is the schedule for the next week of Golden Hawk action:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Men’s Golf at McMaster Invitational, Crosswinds GC, Hamilton.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Women’s Soccer vs. York Lions, Toronto, 1:00 p.m
Men’s Rugby vs. Brock, St. Catherines, 3:00 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. York Lions, Toronto, 3:15 p.m.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Women’s Basketball vs. Trinity Western, David E. Enarson Gym, Trinity Western, 7:00 p.m.
Men’s Hockey vs. Waterloo, Columbia Ice Fields, Waterloo, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Men’s Rugby vs. McMaster, Back 10 Field, Hamilton 1:00 p.m.
Women’s Rugby vs. Waterloo, Knight-Newbrough Field, Waterloo, 4:00 pm.
Women’s Soccer vs. Waterloo, Columbia Ice Fields, Waterloo, 1:00 p.m.
Men’s Soccer vs. Waterloo, Columbia Ice Fields, Waterloo, 3:15 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Simon Fraser, West Gym, SFU, 6:00 p.m.
Men’s Baseball vs. Western, Labatt Park, London, 7:00 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Winnipeg, Athletic Complex, Waterloo, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Women’s Lacrosse vs. McGill, Knight-Newbrough Field, Waterloo, 9: 00 a.m.
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Guelph, Knight-Newbrough Field, Waterloo, 3: 00 p.m.
Men’s Football vs. Guelph, Alumni Stadium, Guelph, 1:00 p.m.
Men’s Baseball vs. Western, Bechtel Park, Waterloo, 1:00 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Trinity Western, David E. Enarson Gym, Trinity Western, 1:00 p.m.
Women’s Hockey vs. Western, Thompson Arena, London, 4:00 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Dalhousie, Athletic Complex, Waterloo, 4:00 p.m.
Men’s Rugby vs. RMC, Knight-Newbrough Field, Waterloo, 6:00 p.m.
Men’s Hoceky vs. Windsor, Brantford Civic Centre, Brantford (Laurier Brantford Homecoming)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Toronto, Knight-Newbrough Field, Waterloo, 9: 00 a.m.
Women’s Hockey vs. Windsor, Windsor Arena, Windsor, 4:10 p.m.
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