MRUG caps historic year with major awards
Fourth year Andrew Quattrin recognized as OUA MVP, head coach Ian McLeod named Coach of the Year
Friday, November 10, 2017 - Posted by Jamie Howieson
BURLINGTON, Ont. (November 10, 2017) - In the midst of their most successful season in modern team history, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s rugby team added to their growing list of accomplishments as they were honoured with the OUA Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year award as the conference announced its major award winners and all-stars on Friday.
Taking home the first-ever OUA MVP award in team history is fourth year Andrew Quattrin of Holland Landing, Ont., while head coach Ian McLeod becomes just the second coach in team history to be named the OUA Coach of the Year.
When it came to making an impact on the pitch, no one was able to cement their value more than Quattrin.
The Golden Hawks’ senior has had a decorated career at Laurier, both from a school and league perspective. Quattrin must recently earned Laurier’s Most Valuable Player honours last year (2016), but since earning the nod as team Rookie of the Year in 2014, Quattrin has gone on to great heights in the OUA as a whole as well. The Waterloo, Ont. native has picked up First-Team All-Star nods in all three years since stepping onto the scene, but his fourth season outdid them all.
Quattrin, an All-Star for the fourth straight season, ranked second on the team in tries this year with seven, but made his impact felt beyond the scoreboard as well. The Golden Hawks’ captain was instrumental in many facets of the game, but most notably showcasing his dominance in set pieces and breakdowns. Quattrin proved to be a tremendous tackler, a prolific poacher of the ball, and a strong all-around leader for a Golden Hawks squad that will play for bronze this Saturday at McMaster.
Quattrin’s ability on the pitch isn’t the only thing being celebrated amongst the purple and gold; however, as their sideline presence has also earned hardware for his efforts this year. Laurier’s head coach Ian McLeod has been named the OUA Coach of the Year for 2017, after leading the Hawks to a 5-3 record and a fourth place finish in the standings.
Not only did McLeod help the Hawks bounce back from a few sub-.500 seasons, but he also led them to their best record since 2006, when the club went 6-2. His guidance was felt further still; however, as the former Brock and Toronto assistant coach led the Laurier side to their first playoff win in modern team history (def. Western 36-12).
After flipping the script on his previous best record with the club – going 3-5 in both 2014 and 2015 – McLeod continues to make great strides on the sidelines and help his team make even greater strides on the pitch.
Aside from Quattrin, three other Hawks were honoured as OUA All-Stars on Friday including fourth years Nathan Roberts of Waterloo, Ont., and Jeff Wood of Stratford, Ont., along with third year Chris Matsoukas of Markham, Ont.
Roberts earns the first all-star nod of his career after he finished tied for 14th in league scoring in 2017, notching one try while successfully converting 15 kicks.
Wood, who is an all-star for the second time in his career, was a force at prop all season for Laurier and finished his year with two tries.
Matsoukas rounds out the all-star selections with the first of his career in 2017 after a season in which he exploded onto the OUA stage, finding the try line eight times to finish tied for 11th in league scoring with 40 points.
- With files from the OUA
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