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The Golden Hawks' overall regular season record now stands at 56-38-8 after this week’s play. Men's football and women's soccer ended their playoff runs as regular season action began on the basketball court.

Behind an impressive performance from running back Nathan Riva, the Western Mustangs downed the Golden Hawks on the football field to secure their third straight trip to the Yates Cup. Riva rushed for 279 yards and an OUA single game record 42 carries to help Western dominate time of possession, holding onto the ball for 13 more minutes than Laurier. In the end it was Western winning 26-16 at University Stadium in front of 3474 fans. Laurier was held to 252 yards on offence including less than 100 yards on the ground while surrendering 547 yards to the Mustangs. Going into the half Laurier was up 9-6 after a 3-yard strike by Evan Pawliuk to receiver Josh Bishop, but Western rallied off 20 straight points in the third and fourth quarters. The Hawks scored another touchdown late in the fourth on a seven-yard reception from Dillon Heap, who led all Hawks with 116 all-purpose yards, but it was too little to late for the home team. Pawliuk went 13 for 32 and threw for 156 yards and two touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball, Scott McCahill led all players with 10.5 tackles (8 solo, 5 assisted). Courtney Stephen and Jordan Van Horn followed him up with eight tackles apiece.Laurier held CIS all-time passing yardage leader MICHAEL FAULDS to a modest 14 for 29 and 238 yards and forced Western into four field goals but could not generate enough turnovers to setup their own offence. The purple and gold finished with a 6-2 regular season record good for second in the OUA and were ranked no. 7 nationally.

The women’s soccer team headed to Toronto for the OUA championship final four action trying to defend their provincial title. Their semi-final match was with the no. 3 nationally ranked Queen’s Gaels early Saturday on a blustery morning. Goals from Kelli Chamberlain (Queen’s) and Laurier’s Tania Pedron had the match even at one sending both teams to extra time. Queen’s took full advantage of the wind pining Laurier in their own zone in the opening 15 minutes of extra time and netted goals from Angela Sullivan and a second tally by Chamberlain. The Hawks would press to try and tie the game and managed a goal from Sara Houghton but nothing more falling 3-2 and relinquishing their championship.

On Sunday Laurier would battle with the Ottawa Gee Gees in a rematch of last year’s OUA final and CIS Consolation final. It was the first meeting of the two teams all year and the Gees Gees were thirsty for revenge. This was another tight game for the purple and gold going the distance into a sixth round of penalty kicks before Laurel Fougere had the deciding penalty kick for the Gee-Gees. Ottawa’s Catherine Scott opened the scoring in the ninth minute with a free kick from the top of the penalty box that sailed just over the defensive wall and beat the Laurier goalkeeper down low.Laurier tied things up in the 57th minute, as Heather Maliziabusted in along the wing and crossed to Julia Marchese, who booted the ball into the open net. Early in overtime Pedron appeared to have scored off a corner kick but the goal was called off due to a questionable offside. Laurier would still go up 2-1 thanks to Krista Cellucciputting home her own rebound after a shot that forced Gee-Gee goalkeeper Melissa Pesantto leave the pitch with an injury. Ottawa’s Tara Condos would tie things up in the 27th minute of overtime to force the game to penalty kicks. Laurier finished with a 9-3-2 record in the regular season and 1-2-0 in the playoffs.

On the ice the Lady Hawks took two more wins to run their season record to 8-0 by defeating the

University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks and Queen’s Gaels. Saturday night the Golden Hawks picked up their seventh win of the season with a 2-0 victory over the visiting Gaels. Defenseman Erin Weber scored the game-winning goal just 1:53 into the first period assisted by rookies Devon Skeatsand Brittany Crago. Both teams would trade chance with neither capitalizing until Stephanie Crarey scored an insurance marker in the third period. Only one penalty was called all game, a too many men infraction again the Hawks that they killed successfully. Liz Knox turned aside 22 shots to earn her fourth shutout of the season, while her counterpart Mel, Dodd-Moher saw 40 shots and stopped 38. On Sunday, Laurier was led by a two-goal effort from KaleyPowers who opened the scoring and added the final tally in the 5-1 rout of the Ridgebacks.a native of Kingston, Ont. picked up her fourth and fifth goals of the season as she added the first and last goals of the evening as Laurier claimed their eighth victory of the 2009 campaign. Captain Andrea Ironside’s power play marker would stand as the game-winner while Kate Psota and Caitlin Muirhead also notched scores for the purple and gold. Veteran Alicia Martin enjoyed a two-point performance for Laurier as well.

The men’s hockey team came out of a two-game road trip to Lakehead 1-1 and 6-3-1 on the season. The first game against the Thunderwolves saw nine different players score for Lakehead as Laurier was killed on its special teams in a 10-4 loss. The Golden Hawks surrendered four goals on nine power plays and only capitalized once in their eight opportunities. Jason Bergeron had that lone marker, which opened the scoring which went back and forth with the first period ending 4-3 in favour of the home team. The Thunderwolves dominated the second period with the Hawks receiving eight straight penalties. Lakehead scored three to start the period, two with the man-advantage before Paul Bradley notched his fourth of the season. The Wolves would score another power play marker to earn an 8-4 lead at the end of two frames.

After killing off three straight penalties, Lakehead sealed the victory with their ninth and tenth goals of the game. The next day the Golden Hawks had redemption on their mind and had their own offensive force to win 7-4. Ryan Bellows and Jeff Borrows helped the Hawks get out to 2-0 lead after one period of play and Laurier maintained their two goal edge leading 3-1 after 40 minutes. Borrows and Mitchell Good padded the lead with two quick scores and Laurier held on for the win with Jeff MacDougald turning aside 22 of 26 shots on net.

After a fantastic OUA season the men’s cross country team received an invitation to the CIS championships to be held this Saturday at Queen’s University. The committee’s decision t invite the young team has to do with what they’ve accomplished so far and the valuable experience the Golden Hawks will gain from taking part in the national championship. Best of luck to the seven competitors and two alternates including Alexander Garriock, Brent Meidinger, Brett Cameron, Colin Yardley, Gary Storey, Jordan Fox, Matthew Robertson, Shoaib Ikram and Sohaib Ikram.

Though their season is over the men’s soccer team picked up some hardware last week as three members were named to the OUA all-star teams. Fourth-year captain Alex Doma and defender Chris Walker both were named to the first-team of all-stars and rookie goalkeeper Jarrett Humphreys was named to the second team.The men’s soccer team finished the season with a 3-6-5 record, falling just short of the last playoff berth in the OUA West.

On the court the women’s volleyball team played twice last week winning against Brock in five sets before being swept by Western. On Wednesday, Laurier took the first set 25-22 before trading wins with Brock setting up a tense fifth set showdown. Led by Tesca Andrew-Wasylik the Golden Hawks won 15-11 to take the match. Andrew-Wasylik had a solid offensive effort leading the team with 22 points. She had 17 kills and five service aces. Kaitlin Sauder, who was named the player of the game for the Hawks, was second on the team in points with 15. She had 12 kills, two service aces and one block. At home against Western, the Hawks competed hard but fell in straight sets 30-28, 25-20, and 25-15 to the Mustangs. The Golden Hawks were led by Amara Ilias who had eight kills and four blocking assists which totaled ten points on the night. Setter Lauren Carer picked up ten assists.

In their first two conference games of the season, the Golden Hawks men’s basketball team lost 92-89 to the University of Toronto in overtime and 77-50 to Ryerson. The weekend began on the road in Toronto where the no. 10 nationally ranked Golden Hawks squared off against the no. 6 Varsity Blues. The game started off with a six-point lead for the Varsity Blues who maintained their lead most of the quarter thanks to strong perimeter shooting by Rob Paris, who sank four three-pointers in less than six minutes. The Hawks, however, took the lead 25-24 with thirty seconds to go in the first. By half, the Hawks increased their lead to a five-point gap at 44-39. In the third quarter, the two teams battled back and fourth ending in 62 all tie. The Varsity Blues pulled ahead 79-72 in the fourth before Laurier scored seven quick points from Maxwell Allin and Conor Meschino. In the extra period it was the Varsity Blues edging out Laurier by three. The next day Laurier would have an equally tough time with the Ryerson Rams, who got out to a lead early, pulling ahead 19-14 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Laurier’s rebounding and shooting accuracy both struggled leading to a lopsided 40-20 deficit at the half. In the third, the purple and gold chipped Ryerson’s lead down to 12 points and finally found rhythm offensively. However, in the fourth quarter, Ryerson was unfazed, further increasing their advantage and winning the game 77-50. The high scorer for the weekend was Kale Harrison with 40 points and 17 rebounds over the two games.

The women’s basketball team dropped their first two regular season games on the road to the University of Toronto and Ryerson this weekend.

In their season opener the Hawks fell 66-55 to the Varsity Blue’s after leading by one point heading into the final quarter. The Blues stepped up their defense holding Laurier to 12 points while doubling that to take the game by 11. The Hawks were led by Alena Luciani and Aleksa Brkic with 11 points each. Against Ryerson the next day Laurier fell 76-63 after falling behind early again. Down 25-11 after the first quarter, the purple and gold narrowed the gap to nine by half. The second half saw the Rams continue to grow their lead by outscoring Laurier by two each frame. Mallory Kohlmeier was the top scorer for the Hawks with 21 while Renata Adamczyk had a double double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The men’s volleyball team fell to 1-4 after losing three sets to one to both Western and the University of Toronto over the weekend.

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

Friday, November 13, 2009

Women’s Basketball vs RMC, Athletic Complex, Waterloo, 6:00 p.m.
Men’s Hockey vs McGill, Sunlife Financial Arena, Waterloo, 7:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs RMC, Athletic Complex, Waterloo, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Women’s Basketball vs Queen’s, Athletic Complex, Waterloo, 1:00 p.m.
Cross Country @ CIS Championship, Queen’s, Kingston, 1:45 p.m.
Women’s Hockey vs Waterloo, CIF Arena, Waterloo, 2:00 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs Queen’s, Athletic Complex, Waterloo, 3:00 p.m.
Swimming @ Eynon Division Championship Day 1, Ottawa, 4:30 p.m.
Men’s Hockey vs UQTR, Sunlife Financial Arena, Waterloo, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Women’s Volleyball vs Waterloo, Athletic Complex, 1:00 p.m.
Men’s Volleyball vs Waterloo, Athletic Complex, 3:00 p.m.
Swimming @ Eynon Division Championship Day 2, Ottawa, 4:30 p.m.
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