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Maxine Murchie had a hand in four of the Hawks' six goals on Sunday vs Brock (Photo Credit: Kha Vo)
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Laurier: 6 Brock: 0

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WATERLOO, Ont. (September 4, 2016) – Without a victory through their first three games of the season, the No. 9 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks had a statement game on Sunday afternoon as they defeated the Brock Badgers 6-0 at University Stadium.

Fresh off the heels of a close loss Saturday to the No. 5 York Lions, the Hawks (1-1-2) came out firing right away and took the play to the Badgers (1-3-0) on route to a convincing 6-0 win.

A strong first half offensive saw Laurier pot four goals in the first 45 minutes. Hawks defender Jacky Normandeau of Uxbridge Ont., led off the scoring in just the seventh minute of action with her first of the season. Midfielder Katie Bishop of Surrey B.C., would pot two penalties for the Hawks while rookie Mackenzie D’Andrade of Newmarket, Ont., also found the back of the net to round out the scoring in the opening half.

With the game firmly in control, Laurier added some insurance in the second half to put this one out of reach. Midfielder Tierney Dunham of Waterdown Ont., scored in the 53rd, her first tally of the season and first in her career with the Hawks.

This was soon followed by leading goal scorer Maxine Murchie's (Kitchener, Ont.) third of the season at the 69 minute mark. The goal wrapped up what was another impactful offensive performance from Murchie, as she also assisted on three Hawk goals on the day.

Laurier keeper Ashley Almeida of Burlington Ont., had another strong effort in goal, turning aside six Brock shots for her first clean sheet of the season.

Marilena Spagnolo of St. Catharines, Ont., suffered the loss for Brock as she allowed five goals on 10 shots before giving way to Lauren MacCulloch of Welland, Ont., early in the second half. MacCulloch would finish the game with four saves on five shots.

The Hawks look to build on the big win next Saturday with a road date against McMaster (0-1-2) in Hamilton. Laurier students will get their first chance to see the squad when they return home on Saturday, September 17 against Windsor (1-0-2). Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at University Stadium.

- MAC TURCHAN, Laurier Athletics
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