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This Week in Laurier Athletics
WATERLOO, Ont. (October 2, 2013) - Welcome to the fifth edition of This Week in Laurier Athletics for the 2013-14 season. In this week's edition, we tee up the busiest weekend of action for the Hawks in 2013-14 as women's hockey, women's and men's soccer, men's rugby, women's rugby and men's baseball all compete at home.

FEATURED GAME: W Hockey vs Windsor (Friday, October 4 - 7:30 p.m.) 

The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women's hockey team is set to kickoff their 2013-14 season when they host the Windsor Lancers on Friday night at the Waterloo Recreation Complex.

After a strong preseason that saw them win the inaugural Gaels Invitational, as well as defeat the defending CIS Champions, the Montreal Carabins, in a shootout, the Hawks now turn their attention to recapturing the OUA Championship that was taken from them last season.

It will be a new-look squad hitting the ice this season as head coach RICK OSBORNE has brought in eight rookies to add to a strong returning core. However, expectations remain the same and the Hawks will be looking to replicate the success they had against Windsor last season starting tonight. Laurier was a perfect 3-0-0 against the Lancers, including posting a pair of shutouts against them a year ago.

Check out a full preview on the team later this week on laurierathletics.com and for tickets to Fridays game, visit tickets.laurierathletics.com.

HOME SWEET HOME
Women's Soccer vs Waterloo (Friday, Oct. 4 - 6 p.m.)
Quick Hits - After dropping just their second game of the season last week, the Hawks host the Warriors looking to rebound with a win...this is the second meeting of the season between these two clubs with Laurier taking the opener 2-0 on the road...Jacqueline Lence of Mississauga, Ont., and Jessica Craig of Pickering, Ont., provided the Hawks' offence in their previous meeting with the Warriors

Men's Soccer vs Waterloo (Friday, Oct. 4 - 8 p.m.)
Quick Hits - The Hawks host the Warriors in the Battle of Waterloo on Friday night...Laurier knocked off Waterloo by a score of 1-0 on the road earlier this season...a win against their cross-town rivals will move the Hawks one step closer to clinching a playoff berth

Men's Baseball vs Guelph (Saturday, Oct. 5 - 1 & 4 p.m.)
Quick Hits - Winners of five of their last six games, the Hawks welcome the Gryphons to Bechtel Park on Saturday...during their recent run of success, its been a combination of offence and defence that has led the Hawks...in the last six games, Laurier has outscored their opponents 51-24

Men's Rugby vs Guelph (Saturday, Oct. 5 - 1 p.m.)
Quick Hits - The Hawks welcome the Guelph Gryphons to University Stadium for their only meeting of the season...Laurier will be aiming for their first win of the season after going 0-3-1 through their first four games 

Women's Rugby vs Western (Saturday, Oct. 5 - 3 p.m.)
Quick Hits - Coming off their first win in almost four years, the Hawks look to make it two in a row when they host the Mustangs to close out the regular season...a win by Laurier on Saturday, or a Brock loss to Guelph on Friday, will clinch the Hawks their first playoff game in eight years...centre Chloe Graves of Kitchener, Ont., will look to continue her strong play that earned her Female Athlete of the Week honours last week

Women's Hockey vs Western (Saturday, Oct. 5 - 7:30 p.m.)
Quick Hits - Laurier continues their season opening home-stand against the Western Mustangs...this marks the first official meeting between these two teams since the Mustangs eliminated the Hawks in three games in last years OUA Semifinal...Western also won a close 3-2 decision against Laurier in non-conference play but after that contest, Laurier went 2-1-1 to close out the preseason

Women's Soccer vs Windsor (Sunday, Oct. 6 - 1 p.m.)
Quick Hits - In a critical matchup in the OUA West division, Laurier hosts the Windsor Lancers on Sunday...entering play this weekend, the Hawks and Lancers are separated by just one point in the standings...the purple and gold will be looking to avenge a 1-0 loss to the Lancers from earlier this season

Men's Soccer vs Windsor (Sunday, Oct. 6 - 3:15 p.m.)
Quick Hits - The men's game between the Hawks and Lancers also holds critical meaning in the OUA West standings on Sunday...Laurier and Windsor enter play this week tied for fourth with identical 4-2-3 records...in their first meeting of the season, these two teams played to a 0-0 draw as goalkeeper Brett Harrington of Tillsonburg, Ont., made nine saves in the game

ROAD WARRIORS
Golf, Waterloo/Wilfrid Laurier Invitational (Saturday, Oct. 5 - Sunday, Oct. 6)
Quick Hits - After a two week layoff, the golf team is back in action at their shared host event with the Waterloo Warriors...both the men's and women's teams are coming off a fifth place finish at the Western Invitational back on September 19...Sameer Kalia of Campbellville, Ont., and Skylar Turkewicz of Brantford, Ont., led their respective teams with 13th and ninth place individual finishes

Women's Lacrosse vs McGill, at UOIT (Saturday, Oct. 5 - 11:30 a.m.)
Quick Hits - The Hawks return to the field this weekend with games in both Oshawa and Toronto...Laurier opens the weekend against the McGill Martlets, the first of four games for the team...the purple and gold own a 2-1-1 record through their first four games of the season

Cross Country at Waterloo Don Mills Open (Saturday, Oct. 5 - 12 p.m.)
Quick Hits - Laurier competes in their third meet of the season at the Waterloo Don Mills Open...the Laurier men will be looking to replicated their first place finish last season at the event as they edged out the host Warriors for top spot...Laurier's women will be looking to build on a fourth place finish from last year

Men's Football at Queen's (Saturday, Oct. 5 - 1 p.m.)
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Webcast: QTV
Quick Hits - After suffering a heartbreaking defeat in their Homecoming game, Laurier will look to do the same to the host No. 5 Queen's Gaels at their first Homecoming game since 2009...Richardson Stadium has not been kind to the Hawks over the past few season as Laurier has been eliminated in the playoffs at Richardson each of the last two years...kick returner William Pitt-Doe of Mississauga, Ont., is poised to enter the record books as he just needs four more return yards to become the Hawks' all-time single-season leader in the category

Women's Lacrosse at UOIT (Saturday, Oct. 5 - 3 p.m.)

Women's Lacrosse at Toronto (Sunday, Oct. 6 - 8 a.m.)

Women's Lacrosse vs Guelph, at Toronto (Sunday, Oct. 6 - 11:30 a.m.)

Men's Baseball at Ryerson (Sunday, Oct. 6 - 1 & 4 p.m.)

EXHIBITION PLAY
Men's Basketball at St. Lawrence (Thursday, Oct. 3 - 7 p.m.)
Women's Basketball vs Thompson Rivers (Friday, Oct. 4 - 7 p.m.)
Men's Hockey at Windsor (Friday, Oct. 4 - 7:30 p.m.)
Men's Basketball vs Laurentian, at Concordia (Friday, Oct. 4 - 8 p.m.)
Men's Basketball vs TBD, at Concordia (Saturday, Oct. 5 - TBD)
Women's Basketball vs Alberta (Saturday, Oct. 5 - 7 p.m.)
Men's Hockey at Bowling Green (NCAA) (Saturday, Oct. 5 - 7:30 p.m.)
Women's Basketball vs Bishop's (Sunday, Oct. 6 - 12 p.m.)
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