WATERLOO, Ont. (June 3, 2014) - Wilfrid Laurier's women's basketball and head coach PAUL FALCO are pleased to announce the addition of five new recruits for the 2014-15 season.
Joining the Golden Hawks, last year's OUA Bronze Medalists, next season are Melissa Pare of Windsor, Ont., Lauren Jamieson of Oakville, Ont., Amanda Milanis of Windsor, Ont., and Elisha Suderman of London, Ont.
"With the loss of several veteran players due to graduation, we knew it was important to bring in a solid recruiting class this year to help fill some holes and lay the foundation for a few years out," said Falco of the recruits. "Adding Amanda, Elisha, Lauren, and Melissa will give us a youthful boost of enthusiasm and athleticism."
Melissa Pare, a 6-0 forward, comes from her Villanova High School in Windsor where she excelled on the court as well as the classroom. Pare was team captain in her final year and made honour roll all four years, graduating with honours. She was also named a tournament all-star twice and was honoured as a WECSSAA first team all-star.
"When I met the players they were so welcoming and the coaching staff was very approachable and inviting," said Pare of her decision to attend Laurier. "The moment I stepped on campus I loved the small, intimate community and the brand new athletic complex really impressed me."
Lauren Jamieson joins the Hawks after an impressive final year as team captain, team MVP, and and Sports-Woman of the Year at Holy Trinity High School in Oakville, Ont. The 6-0 guard also won a JUEL Bronze medal in 2014 with Blessed Sacrament and Ontario Summer Games Gold in 2010. She was named to the Halton all-star team for three years and graduated with honours from her school.
"When I took my tour I immediately felt welcomed by the coaching staff and could see myself calling Laurier home for the next four years," commented Jamieson on joining the Golden Hawks. "The Communications program was also a very important factor when making my decision to be a Golden Hawk and I've also heard nothing but great things about the women's basketball program."
Joining Jamieson in the backcourt is 5-5 guard Amanda Milanis. This Windsor native was a force for her St. Anne's High School team which competed in AAAA OFSAA all four years of high school. She was honoured as an all-city WECSSA all-star for three consecutive years and was awarded as team MVP and league MVP. In her final year she was recognized for her outstanding sportsmanship with the Bernard Hayes Award.
"I knew instantly when I met with Coach Falco and visited the campus that I wanted to become a Golden Hawk," said Milanis. "I've watched Laurier play over the years and know they have a strong team who can compete with the best teams in CIS. It was this, along with the tight-knit community feeling and school spirit, that made my choice an easy one."
From St. Thomas Aquinas in London, Ont., comes 6-1 forward Elisha Suderman who brings with her a myriad of impressive tournament experience that includes competing in the All Star of Hearts and Flowers Tournament in London, as well as the OFSAA finals twice, earning a bronze medal in her final senior year. She was awarded a Sportsmanship Award in her first year and finished her high school career on the honour roll.
"From the first time I met Coach Falco, I was impressed by his supportive and nurturing style in my interactions with him as well as watching him work with the Laurier team," said Suderman on attending Laurier. "The new athletic center, the great students I met on the tour and the welcoming approach that was shared with me was very impressive."