Pranav Desai

Pranav Desai

Pranav is an avid sports fan who also enjoys writing. As an Economics student, Pranav uses his knowledge of statistics to analyze a variety of sports. His ideal career would involve sports in some way, and he hopes that the Cord can help him reach that goal in the future.

Articles by Pranav Desai

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Hawks meet expectations at Brock Invitational to start the season

Both the men’s and women’s Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawk curling teams excelled at the Brock Invitational tournament this past weekend. The men’s and women’s teams picked up three wins each and finished with a respectable 3-1-1 record. The men’s team started the tournament with a 6-6 draw against their cross town rivals, the Waterloo Warriors. They followed that up with […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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Laurier graduate Jessica Platt comes out as first openly transgender player in the CWHL

Wilfrid Laurier graduate Jessica Platt, who currently plays as a forward for the Toronto Furies in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL), recently came out as transgender. The former Hawk publicly announced her decision to come out through an Instagram post on Jan. 10, 2018. Platt is now the first openly transgender player to ever compete in the CWHL. It’s […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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Rick Osborne retires after 15 years of coaching

The Wilfrid Laurier women’s hockey head coach, Rick Osborne, has announced his retirement after an extraordinary 15-year career. Osborne will continue the 2017-18 season behind the Hawks’ bench and will retire at the end of the year. For Osborne, retirement is something that he had been contemplating since the conclusion of last year. “What I was looking for is [that] […]

by Pranav Desai· · Hockey, Sports ·
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Hawks continue hot streak after emphatic 9-0 win against Waterloo

The Wilfrid Laurier men’s hockey team demolished the Waterloo Warriors in another Battle of Waterloo, as they came away with a massive 9-0 win on Thursday, Nov. 30. Laurier has now racked up five straight wins against their rivals down the road. The Hawks dominated from start to finish and put together their best performance of the season. The goals […]

by Pranav Desai· · Hockey, Sports ·
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Fall 2017: Laurier Sports Review

Football   A The Wilfrid Laurier University football team couldn’t quite repeat last year’s success, as they ended up falling in the Yates Cup against Western. Although it was an unfortunate end to a great season, one couldn’t have expected much more from the Hawks. The Western Mustangs were simply the best team in the OUA this year and they even […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·
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Hawks get stomped by Mustangs in OUA final

  The Hawks bid to repeat as Yates Cup champions failed this past Saturday, as the Hawks were outplayed by the Western Mustangs in the OUA final. In what was a rematch of last year’s Yates Cup, the Hawks defense just couldn’t find an answer for the Mustangs’ run game. The contest finished with a final score of 75-32 for […]

by Pranav Desai· · Football, Sports ·
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Hawks lose to Mustangs in Yates Cup rematch

The Golden Hawks couldn’t pull off back-to-back Yates Cup victories as they took a beating from Western on Saturday by a final score of 75-32. The first quarter was full of big plays and explosive drives. The Mustangs took an early 10-0 lead after scoring on their first two drives. But after a great punt from the Hawks forced Western to […]

by Pranav Desai· · Football, Sports ·
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Laurier rugby’s historic playoff run comes to a conclusion

A historic playoff run came to a difficult end for the Wilfrid Laurier University men’s rugby team as the Golden Hawks suffered a 54-7 defeat to Queen’s in the OUA semi-finals this past Saturday. Although the loss is disappointing for the Hawks, it is an understandable one as they lost to a juggernaut. The Gaels were undefeated going into the […]

by Pranav Desai· · More Sports, Sports ·
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Laurier rugby wins first playoff game in modern team history

It was a historic day for the Wilfrid Laurier University men’s rugby team on Saturday, Oct.28, as they recorded the first playoff win in modern team history. The Golden Hawks overcame the Western Mustangs by a final score of 36-12 and advanced to the OUA semifinals. Both teams came into the playoff contest with a regular season record of 5-3, but Laurier […]

by Pranav Desai· · Rugby, Sports ·
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Cross country teams qualify for nationals after top 10 finishes at OUA championships

The annual cross country OUA championships took place in Windsor on Saturday, Oct. 28. Both the men’s and women’s teams for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks exceeded expectations. The women’s team finished eighth in the eight kilometer race, led by an impressive showing from Bettina Boucher. The Whitby native finished twelfth in the individual standings by finishing the course in […]

by Pranav Desai· · Sports ·