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Tania Pedron was named the OUA West MVP (Photo Credit: Thomas Kolodziej)
Tania Pedron was named the OUA West MVP (Photo Credit: Thomas Kolodziej)
Pedron Named OUA West MVP, Tikka Top Rookie
HAMILTON, Ont. -Sitting atop the West division with 11 wins the Laurier Golden Hawks dominate as Ontario University Athletics (OUA) announces the 2010 West major award winners and all-stars.

The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks picked up two major award winners in co-captain Tania Pedron of Maple, Ont. being named the OUA West Most Valuable Player as well as defender Kelsey Tikka of Thunder Bay, Ont. earning the Rookie of the Year award.

"Tania is a dominate force in every game she has played at Laurier," said head coach BARRY MACLEAN. "She has a fierce competitive spirit."

The Hawks also had six players named all-stars, four on the first team and two on the second team.

National team member Alyssa Lagonia of Kitchener, Ont. earned her third all-star award.  The midfielder is one of the keys to the Golden Hawks offence and is one of the team's best passers.

Striker Ali Mckee of Bracebridge, Ont. earned her second straight first team all-star award. The fourth year arts major tied for third on the team in scoring with three goals. She has a tireless work ethic and pressures defenders off the ball.

Midfielder Heather Malizia of Burlington, Ont. picked up her third OUA all-star award. The 2009 CIS all-Canadian was tied for second on the team in goal scoring with four. Her speed and her vision are key assets to her game.

OUA West MVP Tania Pedron was also named an OUA first team all-star. This is her fourth provincial award. She is one of the Hawks leaders on the field and is vital for both defence and attack.

Laurier co-captain Sadie Anderson of Mississauga, Ont. earned her first OUA all-star award after being named to the second team. The environmental studies major is one of the Hawks top defenders. She has shutdown all of the league’s top strikers or wingers.

Rookie of the Year Kelsey Tikka was named to the OUA second team. Starting in the majority of the Hawks games, the first year defended demonstrated solid leadership skills and strong technical skill.

The Golden Hawks women's soccer team finished with an 11-1-2 record in first place in the OUA West.  They advanced to the OUA quarter-final and defeated Western 3-2 to move to the OUA final four, hosted by Queen’s in Kingston.


Most Valuable Player: Tania Pedron, Laurier
Rookie of the Year: Kelsey Tikka, Laurier
Community Service: Alexandra Harris, Guelph
Coach of the Year: Richard Barnett, McMaster

First Team All-Stars:
Midfielder: Tania Pedron (Maple, Ont.), Laurier
Midfielder: Alyssa Lagonia (Kitchener, Ont.), Laurier
Forward: Ali McKee (Bracebridge, Ont.), Laurier
Midfielder: Cheryl Druchok (Palgrave, Ont.), McMaster
Forward: Erin Grand (Toronto), Western
Defender: Alicia Donaldson (Mississauga, Ont.), York
Midfielder: Heather Malizia (Burlington, Ont.), Laurier
Goalkeeper: Sarah Fiorini (Newmarket, Ont.), York
Forward: Larissa Bruzzese (Welland, Ont.), Brock
Forward: Tara Dawdy (Burlington, Ont.), McMaster
Defender: Tania Porretta (Brampton, Ont.), York

Second Team All-Stars:
Defender: Sara Knox, (Denfield, Ont.) Windsor
Midfielder: Tara Chadwick (Stratford, Ont.), Waterloo
Defender: Sadie Anderson (Mississauga, Ont.), Laurier
Defender: Kelsey Tikka (Thunder Bay, Ont.), Laurier
Midfielder: Cassandra Van Bakel (Aurora, Ont.), Brock
Midfielder: Nicole Markowitz (Toronto), York
Forward: Sonia Sampogna (Toronto), York
Defender: Stephanie DiMartino (Markham, Ont.), Brock
Defender: Melissa Corso (Unionville, Ont.), Guelph
Midfielder: Emily Maganja (Oakville, Ont.), Western
Goalkeeper: Jocelyn Wilkins, McMaster
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