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McCordic named OUA West Rookie of the Year

HAMILTON (October 29, 2014) - Wilfrid Laurier women’s soccer defender Pauline McCordic of North Vancouver, B.C., was named the 2014 OUA West Rookie of the Year as the conference announced their all-stars and major award winners on Wednesday.

McCordic enjoyed a stellar first season for the purple and gold as she helped anchor a back line that allowed just nine goals in 16 games, the fewest Laurier has allowed since the league moved to a 16-game schedule in 2011. A first year biology major, McCordic started in 15 of the Hawks’ 16 games and was crucial in shutting down opposing team’s attacking wingers while also driving Laurier’s offence from the back.

“Pauline has been excellent for us this season,” commented head coach BARRY MACLEAN. “She’s played every minute of every game and she's been dominant leading from defence to attack. She’s very technically gifted and has taken on all the tactical information we’ve given her this year.”

McCordic also added OUA Second Team All-Star honours to her resume as she was one of six Golden Hawks to be recognized as all-stars for the 2014 season.

Earning OUA First Team All-Star recognition were four members of the purple and gold including forward Emily Brown of Waterloo, Ont., midfielders Katie Bishop of Surrey, B.C., and Julie Maheu of Oakville, Ont., as well as defender Kelsey Tikka of Thunder Bay, Ont.

Midfielder Jessica Craig of Pickering, Ont., joined McCordic on the second team for the Hawks.

For Brown, the all-star nod marks the third time she has been named a first team all-star. In her fourth year with the Hawks, she enjoyed her best season, scoring 21 times to finish tied as the leading scorer in both the OUA and CIS. The business major also tied the modern day OUA scoring record as she reached 63 goals for her career, equalling the mark of former Queen’s Gael and Toronto Varsity Blue Eilish McConville.

Bishop was also named to the first team for the third time in her three year career. The holding midfielder was impressive for Laurier once again, dictating play moving forward for the Hawks. The third year health sciences major finished the year with one goal while starting in all 16 games.

Her counterpart in the middle, Maheu earned first team honours for the second consecutive season. In her final year with Laurier, the business major scored four times in 13 games.

The final Golden Hawk on the first team, Tikka capped off her career with her fourth first team nomination and fifth all-star recognition overall. The heart and soul of Laurier’s defence, the biology major also chipped in offensively for the Hawks, scoring the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over the Windsor Lancers earlier this season. The goal was the second of her impressive career with the Hawks.

Rounding out Laurier’s all-stars is Craig, a second year midfielder. The communication studies major gave opposing defences trouble all season long with her speed down the wing. The diminutive winger scored once while playing in 15 of the Hawks’ 16 games in 2014.

All six Golden Hawk players will be key members of Laurier’s lineup on Saturday when the No. 4 Golden Hawks take on the No. 1 Ottawa Gee-Gees in the OUA semifinals in Hamilton. The game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Ron Joyce Stadium and can be seen live on OUA.tv.

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