OTTAWA (October 7, 2014) - For the first time since 2011, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team has joined the conversation of best programs in the country as the Hawks are ranked No. 10 in the latest CIS Top 10 rankings as announced on Tuesday.
Laurier, which hasn’t been ranked since September 6, 2011, when they were No. 8 in the country, break into the Top 10 following a 4-1 start to the season. The Hawks have earned victories over Toronto, Waterloo, Carleton and York while dropping a last-second decision to the Windsor Lancers.
The recognition highlights what has been a rapid turnaround for head coach MICHAEL FAULDS and the program. Following a 1-7 season in his first year as bench boss, Faulds and his staff have the Hawks currently tied for second in the OUA standings and ranked high in a number of team statistical categories in the conference. Laurier ranks second in the league in points per game and rushing yards, anchored by running back Dillon Campbell of Whitby, Ont., the nation’s leading rusher, and the team’s offensive line.
On defence, the Hawks have recorded the second-most sacks in the conference and are third in fumble recoveries. They have allowed a miniscule 13.8 points per game on the strength of the second-best run defence in the province.
The Hawks will take their new national ranking into London on Thursday to battle the No. 4 Western Mustangs in a showdown between a pair of 4-1 teams. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen live on OUA.tv or heard online at RadioLaurier.com.
NOTES: The 50th TELUS Vanier Cup Tour makes its seventh stop of the campaign on Thursday night at TD Stadium in London for the Top-10 clash between Laurier and Western... For all the information on the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup (including ticket info) visit vaniercup.com.
FRC – CIS FOOTBALL TOP 10 (#6)
Pts (1st place) Last week
1. Laval (5-0) 300 (30) 1
2. Calgary (4-1) 267 2
3. McMaster (6-0) 243 4
4. Western (4-1) 196 3
5. Montreal (4-1) 167 5
6. Guelph (4-1) 157 6
7. Saskatchewan (4-1) 114 7
8. Mt. Allison (5-0) 100 8
9. Concordia (4-1) 72 9
10. Laurier (4-1) 17 NR
Other teams receiving votes: Sherbrooke (8), Alberta (5), Windsor (5), Manitoba (1).
- with files from the CIS