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This Week in Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, Ont. (September 18, 2013) - Welcome to the third edition of This Week in Laurier Athletics for the 2013-14 season. In this week's edition, we look ahead to Saturday's football showdown with Western and examine a busy weekend for other Laurier teams both home and away.

FEATURED GAME: Football vs Western (Saturday, Sept. 21- 1 p.m.)
TV: RogersTV Waterloo Region (Tape Delay)
Webcast: Hawk TV
Audiocast: RadioLaurier.com

The Golden Hawks will face one of their fiercest rivals, the Western Mustangs, on Saturday afternoon at University Stadium in a game that is always circled by Hawks' fans on the OUA calendar each season.

This rivalry has been spawned out of years of steady competition between the two programs. Laurier has played no other team in the country as often as they have played Western and this weekend's game will mark the 65th meeting all-time between the two schools.

History has not been on the side of the Hawks in recent years as Laurier has lost the last seven meetings between the two programs. However, head coach MICHAEL FAULDS will be looking to turn around that run of losses in his first meeting against the team he played five seasons for.

The purple and gold enter their second home game of the season coming off a big 41-10 victory over Waterloo last week. In that contest, the Hawks were led by running back Dillon Campbell of Whitby, Ont., who had 180 yards and two touchdowns in the game, as well as strong play on defence and special teams.

Ticket's for Saturday's game can be purchased by visiting tickets.laurierathletics.com and fans are reminded to come out early in order to enjoy discounted food and drink in the West end zone tailgate.

HOME SWEET HOME
Men's Rugby vs Waterloo (Friday, Sept. 20 - 7 p.m.)
Quick Hits - The Hawks take to the field to host their annual Battle of Waterloo on Friday night...last season, the two teams battled in a very close game with the Warriors coming out on top 19-13...Jason Hatzes of Whitby, Ont., scored the Hawks lone try against Waterloo a year ago

Men's Baseball vs Western (Saturday, Sept. 21 - 1 & 4 p.m.)
Quick Hits - In a showdown between two of the top teams in the OUA, Laurier hosts Western in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader at Bechtel Park...the Hawks are on a roll entering weekend action as they have won their last three OUA contests...starting pitcher Jordan Petruska of Lorne Park, Ont., has been turning heads this season as he has yet to allow a run in 15 innings

Women's Rugby vs Guelph (Saturday, Sept. 21 - 7 p.m.)
Quick Hits - The Hawks will be in tough on Saturday as they host No. 1 Guelph in their home opener 

Women's Soccer vs York (Sunday, Sept. 22 - 1 p.m.)
Quick Hits - The Hawks and Lions meet for the first time in 2013 on Sunday...York has struggled this season as they have won just once in their first six games entering action this weekend...last year, Laurier earned a win and a draw against York which included a 1-0 win on home turf

Men's Soccer vs York (Sunday, Sept. 22 - 3:15 p.m.)
Quick Hits - Facing one of their toughest games of the season, the Hawks host the Lions at University Stadium...the Lions are currently ranked No. 2 in the nation and recently lost their hold on No. 1 after their 25-game OUA unbeaten streak was snapped by McMaster...the Hawks have played York tough the last two seasons, including a narrow 1-0 defeat in the OUA Quarter-finals last season

ROAD WARRIORS
Cross Country at Western Invitational (Saturday, Sept. 21)
Quick Hits - The Hawks will compete in their first meet of the season on Saturday at the Western Invitational...last year, the men finished 10th at the event while the women were 13th

Women's Lacrosse vs Queen's, at McMaster (Saturday, Sept. 21 - 9:45 a.m.)
Quick Hits - Coming off their first win of the year, the Hawks tangle with the Gaels in Hamilton...these two teams meet for the first time since Queen's defeated Laurier for the OUA Bronze Medal last season...midfielder Shelby O'Ryan of Burlington, Ont., was named Female Athlete of the Week after scoring six goals against York last week

Women's Soccer at UOIT (Saturday, Sept. 21 - 1 p.m.)
Quick Hits - Laurier and UOIT square off for the first time this season on Saturday...last year, the Hawks earned a win and a draw against the Ridgebacks...forward Emily Brown of Waterloo, Ont., led the purple and gold with three goals last season versus UOIT

Men's Baseball at Brock (Sunday, Sept. 22 - 1 & 4 p.m.)

Women's Lacrosse vs Trent, at McMaster (Saturday, Sept. 21 - 1:15 p.m.)

Men's Soccer at UOIT (Saturday, Sept. 21 - 3:15 p.m.)
Quick Hits - The Hawks make their one and only trip of the season to UOIT on Saturday afternoon...Laurier was a perfect 2-0-0 against the Ridgebacks in 2012 which included a 2-0 win on home turf...Adrian Bucksam of Mississauga, Ont., led the Hawks with a pair of goals against UOIT a year ago

EXHIBITION PLAY
Men's Baseball vs Team Ontario (Wednesday, Sept. 18 - 7 p.m.) - Bechtel Park
Women's Hockey vs Western (Wednesday, Sept. 18 - 7:30 p.m.) - Waterloo Recreation Complex
Women's Hockey at Montreal (Friday, Sept. 20 - 7 p.m.)
Men's Hockey at Brock (Friday, Sept. 20 - 7:15 p.m.)
Women's Hockey at McGill (Saturday, Sept. 21 - 3 p.m.)
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