Sports – The Cord https://thecord.ca The tie that binds Wilfrid Laurier University since 1926 Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:23:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://thecord.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/logofavicon-32x32.png Sports – The Cord https://thecord.ca 32 32 42727683 Hawk’s are 2-2 after second loss of the season against McMaster https://thecord.ca/hawks-are-2-2-after-second-loss-of-the-season-against-mcmaster/ https://thecord.ca/hawks-are-2-2-after-second-loss-of-the-season-against-mcmaster/#respond Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:23:08 +0000 https://thecord.ca/?p=51433

Drop one game late to a rival? Fine. Two games in a row? Now that’s a different story. Following a loss to the Waterloo Warriors after being outscored 17-3 in the fourth quarter, the Laurier Golden Hawks had another game slip through their fingers to McMaster in a sloppy 21-20 loss in Hamilton.

Starting out smooth, the Golden Hawks didn’t have too many issues moving the ball, thanks in large part to their run game led by fourth-year Mississauga native, Levondre Gordon. After a 12 play, 72 yard touchdown drive halfway through the first quarter though, McMaster would catch a big break. 

Letting the ball hit the turf on a punt, Kurleigh Gittens Jr. got out-hustled by Marauder linebacker Jayden Lawson who hit the ball out of bounds to get his team the ball back at the Laurier 23 yard line. Following that, it would take 3 plays for the Marauders to capitalize, as running back Jordan Lyons would close the drive with a 2 yard run into the endzone to tie the game.

In the second, after a Nathan Mesher punt that was only returned to their own 9-yard line, the Marauders were forced to take a safety as Laurier held them to one yard on the possession. 

Following the safety, the Golden Hawks would march on an 8 play, 75 yard drive that would be ended off with a strong catch by Brentyn Hall in the right corner of the endzone ripping the ball away from the defender’s hands, followed by a stare down only suited for such a play.

Down 16-7, McMaster refused to go into halftime without any momentum, as they would close the half with a 78 yard touchdown drive of their own to make it 16-14.

The momentum never made its way back to Laurier, as the Marauders turned up the heat on the defensive end, stifling the Golden Hawks’ air attack, picking off two passes and forcing costly mistakes. 

One mistake Laurier couldn’t recover from was Tristan Arndt’s interception under duress that would be returned for six from 12 yards out by defensive back Mitch Garland.

Nathan Mesher missing his 43-yard attempt wide left with less than a minute to go, down 21-19 would close the game. 

Despite the strong effort from Laurier’s defense (3 interceptions), the offense could not hold its own. 

Finding themselves outside of the playoff race halfway through the year, every game will count for the 2-2 Golden Hawks starting with their homecoming game against the Guelph Gryphons next Saturday.

 

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Laurier grad excels at international bodybuilding competition https://thecord.ca/laurier-grad-excels-at-international-bodybuilding-competition/ https://thecord.ca/laurier-grad-excels-at-international-bodybuilding-competition/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:00:51 +0000 https://thecord.ca/?p=51289

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Is it more difficult to look like an anatomy chart or to memorize one? An inside joke between mother and daughter, but also an accurate statement about Alyssa Coppolino.

This past weekend Alyssa stepped under the lights of the Olympia stage: the Super Bowl of bodybuilding where the most muscular men and women on Earth pose one against the next, striation-for-striation, until a champion is crowned. Alyssa competed in the women’s physique category, which is the most muscular of the women’s categories.

“Four or five years ago my division came out at the tail-end of female bodybuilding. I don’t want to say [female bodybuilding] is completely gone, but it’s definitely less popular than it once was … and that’s where women’s physique popped up, [encouraging] the more popular look of women’s bodybuilding [again],” Coppolino said.

This past weekend Alyssa took sixteenth in the women’s physique category, and although it may be further from the podium than she would like, it was still an outstanding performance for someone who just earned her pro card (turned professional) in March, 2018.

But how does a former Golden Hawk soccer player end up on the Olympia stage?

“I think a lot of people start out reading Oxygen Magazine and Women’s Health. I know for myself ,I wasn’t [as interested] in lifting weights as I was playing sports like soccer … I played all [four years] for Laurier, and when that was done I was still much too competitive to stop doing something that involved competition,” she said.

Alyssa’s craving for competition soon led her to bodybuilding, but it would be wrong to assume that her ambition was bridled to athletic success alone.

“I think it’s super important, even for professionals, to get some sort of coaching along the way. We get a little bit of tunnel vision with our own thinking and our own methods, so I think it’s really important just to expand your knowledge.”

In addition to the gruelling workouts required to be a physique professional, Alyssa also owns and operates Alyssafit: a business that provides custom weight loss and training programs, which Alyssa described as follows:

“Four or five years ago, I started an online business and it’s just grown and transitioned from lifestyle clients, to powerlifting clients, and a little bit of contest prep clients, both men and women, who are bodybuilding or not bodybuilding, fat loss, muscle building, all that kind of stuff,” she said.

Being a professional bodybuilder and successful business owner is no small feat, so I asked Alyssa what her favourite cheat meal is — the sort of meal that you look forward to all week long — and her answer came in classic Alyssa fashion:

“Oh buddy! That’s a dangerous question! I have started a side project clothing line, and it’s actually called ‘cheat day clothes.’ It’s all crop tops, sport bras, men’s briefs, bikinis, figure suits, all with food print … and sort of my slogan is ‘if you can’t eat ’em, wear ’em!’”

Even during cheat meals, Coppolino’s ambition is front and centre, an ambition that has played a central role in where she is now.

However, Coppolino pairs her fiery ambition with patience and humility, and when asked about her own training, and which body part she felt needed work, Alyssa immediately responded: “My arms! My damn arms! I’ve had to really work, because bodybuilding is so much about proportion and symmetry, so I’ve had to work very hard at bringing up my upper half to match my lower half.”

In addition, she was quick to point out that her success was not earned in solitary fashion, because even the most accomplished need help from time to time.

“I think it’s super important, even for professionals, to get some sort of coaching along the way. We get a little bit of tunnel vision with our own thinking and our own methods, so I think it’s really important just to expand your knowledge.”

From kinesiology graduate and four-year varsity soccer player, to professional bodybuilder and entrepreneur, Coppolino sees what she wants and wills herself towards that goal.

Her tenacity and ambition have allowed her to succeed in a wide variety of fields, all at the young age of 30.

What’s next on Coppolino’s horizon is uncertain, but so long as her ambition and tenacity continue to burn bright, Coppolino will be one of the most exciting alumni representing the purple and gold.

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Ben Braun hopes to win OUA title in first year with Laurier https://thecord.ca/ben-braun-hopes-to-win-oua-title-in-first-year-with-laurier/ https://thecord.ca/ben-braun-hopes-to-win-oua-title-in-first-year-with-laurier/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 11:00:21 +0000 https://thecord.ca/?p=51291

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Although Ben Braun is one of the new recruits to the Laurier Men’s Baseball team, he is no stranger to playing university level baseball. Braun is a transfer from NCAA Division I school St. Boneventure, and on Sept. 9, he began his career as a pitcher for the Golden Hawks.

Ben began playing at the young age of nine years old in little leagues within his hometown, but at age 15 Ben said his passion for the sport really took off and there was no looking back.

His university debut was a game against McMaster where he pitched eight innings during the first game.

“From start to finish it was a good game,” Braun said about his first game as a Golden Hawk.

“[The] team played great all weekend and I was proud to stand out there and play for the first time,” he added.

Braun entered into an interesting role on the team as both a veteran university baseball player and a rookie athlete. Although the season only began a few weeks ago, Ben seems as though he is already fitting in nicely with the team of which he referred to as an “instant family.”

When asked about a professional pitcher that he admires, Ben shared the late Roy Halladay. Halladay pitched for the majority of his career as a Toronto Blue Jay. Ben admired Roy’s game approach, mindset and that he was a “complete workhorse” on the mound.

Ben had nothing but great things to say about his teammates, and the team as a whole:

“We don’t have any holes that need to be filled, I feel like we have a team that we could field two different teams and both could contend in this league and win games. So our depth is second to none,” he said.

As a new addition to the roster, Braun said he tries to be a “positive spark plug” to the team. His commitment as a member of a team sport shined through when he shared that he would do whatever it takes to help the team win: “If that means I am pitching one inning of the year or if I’m pitching thirty. Everything single thing I could do to help the team win I will do that.”

When asked about his hope for the season overall, there was no hesitation in his voice when he stated, “win a championship.”

Last season the Golden Hawks were silver medalists in the OUA Championship game, so winning a championship title is definitely not out of the question. It was clear that Braun is confident in the ability of his teammates to execute throughout the season and claim the OUA championship title.

“We got off to a good start and I want [the team] to keep rolling, and I know that we have all the capabilities to keep winning.”

When asked about a professional pitcher that he admires, Ben shared the late Roy Halladay. Halladay pitched for the majority of his career as a Toronto Blue Jay. Ben admired Roy’s game approach, mindset and that he was a “complete workhorse” on the mound.

It is clear that Ben is passionate about the game of baseball, and that he has every intention to be an exceptional teammate and contribute to the team having a successful season.

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Warriors finally break 15 year drought against Golden Hawks https://thecord.ca/warriors-finally-break-15-year-drought-against-golden-hawks/ https://thecord.ca/warriors-finally-break-15-year-drought-against-golden-hawks/#respond Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:58:28 +0000 https://thecord.ca/?p=51286

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The much anticipated Battle of Waterloo had a different vibe to it this year, especially for those who have paid attention to the rise of the Waterloo Warriors. That different vibe led to a different result as the Warriors broke Laurier’s 15 game win streak against them in a nail-biting 34-32 win.

Led by Tre Ford, second-year quarterback, and Tyler Ternowski, star receiver, the Warriors have built a very dangerous and dynamic offence, and a consistently improving defence. While this may have surprised many, it did not surprise Laurier coach Michael Faulds.

“I don’t think anything surprised us. We knew they were improving each and every week defensively and we knew offensively, their quarterback is super talented and they’ve got a good receiving core. We knew it was going to be a hard fought game,” Faulds said.

“Despite the score from previous years, no one internally thought it was going to be that. I think some of the outside expectations were of scoreboards in years past but we knew they were a much improved football team.”

After feeling each other out for the first couple of drives, Waterloo would break the game open first on a 49-yard pass from Tre Ford to fullback Kevin Boismier. From that point on, it would become a back-and-forth shootout until the end of the first half, with the score being 22-17 for the Golden Hawks.

There was no encore in the third quarter to the show that was put on in the first half though. Defence became the name of the game, especially for Laurier as they held the Warriors scoreless and went up 29-17.

While they managed to get past half field, the Golden Hawks offence fell short in capitalizing on their opportunities and were not able to be their dominant selves in the clutch.

The fourth quarter is where everything changed. Starting out with a drive where the Warriors scored a field goal to only be answered by Laurier with one to make it 32-20, they would flip the switch.

Led by Tre Ford, the Warriors would go on a 75-yard touchdown drive with seven minutes left to make it 32-27, making the game close again after it seemed Laurier would run with it.

“It’s not about stopping them. You try at times to maybe limit how much they get into free space,” Faulds said, in regards to the Warriors dynamic duo.

With 2:37 left in the game, the Tre Ford to Tyler Ternowski connection would hit the jackpot in free space once again. Ford connected with Ternowski for an 88-yard touchdown down the middle on an intermediate route, the only play of the drive to stun the Laurier faithful making it 34-32.

With the game on the line, the ball would be in Tristan Arndt’s hands to lead the Golden Hawks offense to victory alongside star receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr. & co., who had a dominant performance for much of the day.

After being stopped by Waterloo’s defence at their own 49-yard line on the first drive, the defence would get the Laurier offence another opportunity with 43 seconds left at their own 17-yard line.

While they managed to get past half field, the Golden Hawks offence fell short in capitalizing on their opportunities and were not able to be their dominant selves in the clutch.

“We knew we needed three points. The first drive, obviously we’re throwing it. We’re not opposed to running it but we knew we had to get chunks of yardage,” coach Faulds said.

“We didn’t, so we gambled on the third down and our defence did a good job giving us another shot. So we had another opportunity and we made it a decent way down field but not close enough to get a field goal.”

With the Golden Hawks having McMaster up next, coach Faulds was still optimistic about how his team will fare as the season progresses.

“They were the better football team today, they were the better coached team. I just told the guys when we broke it down at the end, ‘the Yates Cup and the Vanier Cup isn’t decided on Sept. 15.’ So, we’re going to find out how we’re going to deal with this adversity and how we’re going to respond.”

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Hawks break 15-year winning streak against UW at Battle of Waterloo https://thecord.ca/hawks-break-15-year-winning-streak-against-uw-at-battle-of-waterloo/ https://thecord.ca/hawks-break-15-year-winning-streak-against-uw-at-battle-of-waterloo/#respond Sun, 16 Sep 2018 18:06:38 +0000 https://thecord.ca/?p=51246

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The Battle of Waterloo has taken place once again. Had these teams not been so close by, this game probably would not be made out to be much due to Laurier consistently beating Waterloo for the past 15 years. 

In a nail-biting 34-32 win on Laurier’s home field, Waterloo finally broke the streak against the Hawks.

While this may have been a surprise to many considering Waterloo’s reputation for being the basement dwellers of the OUA, Coach Faulds was not surprised as to how good of a team the Warriors are.

“I don’t think anything surprised us. We knew they were improving each and every week defensively and we knew offensively, their quarterback is super talented and they’ve got a good receiving core. We knew it was gonna be a hard fought game. Despite the score from previous years, no one internally thought it was gonna be that,” said Coach Faulds.

“I think some of the outside expectations were of scoreboards in years past but we knew they were a much improved football team.”

In a game that started out as what would seem to be a shootout, ended up taking everyone for a ride. After an exciting back and forth first half that ended with Laurier leading 22-17, the shootout would cool down.

Defence took over, especially for Laurier, as they held Waterloo scoreless in the third and it looked as if Laurier found the recipe to victory.

This was until the dynamic duo of Tre Ford and Tyler Ternowski took over. The Warriors scored with seven minutes left to make it 32-27. The on the first play of their drive at the 3:08 mark, the duo struck again as Ford found Ternowski for an 88-yard touchdown on an intermediate route to make it 34-32.

With 2:32 left, Laurier failed to capitalize on not one but two drives to get a field goal to win the game as they took their first loss of the year. 

Next up will be the McMaster Marauders in Hamilton next week for the Golden Hawks as they look to bounce back. 

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No shortage of talent in the outstanding Braun family https://thecord.ca/no-shortage-of-talent-in-the-outstanding-braun-family/ https://thecord.ca/no-shortage-of-talent-in-the-outstanding-braun-family/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:00:44 +0000 https://thecord.ca/?p=51069

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Famed names built off legacies associated by family trees always make for something interesting to see. Erin Braun, a Kitchener native, is one of Laurier’s new incoming women’s soccer players to see the field and have a positive impact so far this season.

The reason her name carries some weight is because of her older sister, none other than Jessa Braun, who starred at Laurier Brantford and was a finalist for the Outstanding Woman of Laurier award just this past year.

“My sister has always been my biggest role model. She’s done so much for Laurier and she’s an incredible athlete herself,” Braun said.

“She’s left some pretty big shoes to fill but she’s always told me to just focus on what I need to do better and not really focus on other people’s successes but use them more as a motivator. She’s a really big inspiration for me growing up, especially now that we’re both at Laurier.”

The decision to come to Laurier wasn’t exactly because of her older sister though. It’s a long time in the making for Erin.

“I started playing soccer when I was really, really young. When I was about 12 or so, I watched a lot of Laurier women’s soccer games. Ever since then, it’s kind of been where I’ve wanted to go. They’ve always had a pretty successful team and I wanted to be a part of that,” Braun said.

So far, she has started all but one of the games she’s played in, having scored her first career goal in Laurier’s first and only win of the season so far against York. While she didn’t expect this yet, she definitely has had an impact at points in the season.

The grasp on the idea of focusing on herself is something to show for, considering most people can overthink their path in comparison to a family member’s at the same place.

Impact in soccer doesn’t always have to do with putting goals up on the scoreboard and while she’s not lighting it up in terms of goals, her play has helped plenty and the midfielder lacks no confidence in her game either.

“I feel like I’m able to make just as much of an impact as any of the other players. I just need to keep working on my weaknesses, hopefully that could contribute a little bit better. I think that I have just as much potential to make the team better as any of the players do,” she said.

While it has been a slow start to the year for the Golden Hawks, she seems to be optimistic about the way they could turn their season around.

“I think that the team has a lot of potential. There’s a lot of girls that are in second, third, and fourth year that have just been really good role models. We’ve been working really hard every practice, on trying to work on the things we know we need to get better.”

“So I think that we still have a lot of potential for the rest of the season. We still have about a month and a half ‘til playoffs, so I think we can really pull it together before then,” Braun added.

With a younger team trying to find their way, the Golden Hawks definitely have young talent to look out for as they go along and improve. The grasp on the idea of focusing on herself is something to show for, considering most people can overthink their path in comparison to a family member’s at the same place.

With Laurier playing Windsor next, it should be interesting to see how much this team grows starting with Braun. Not only this year, but upcoming years as well.

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Struggles continue for the Hawks as they lose the ‘Battle of Waterloo’ https://thecord.ca/struggles-continue-for-the-hawks-as-they-lose-the-battle-of-waterloo/ https://thecord.ca/struggles-continue-for-the-hawks-as-they-lose-the-battle-of-waterloo/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:00:42 +0000 https://thecord.ca/?p=51077

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The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s soccer team came out with an unfortunate result in the first Battle of Waterloo game this season this past Saturday against the Waterloo Warriors, dropping the game 3-1. Laurier now sits 0-2 in the Battle of Waterloo before the big football game with the women’s soccer team also dropping their match by a score of 1-0.

The Golden Hawks started the game on the right foot, as they scored just eight minutes into the match on a goal from Antonio Hecimovic, Laurier’s first goal in five games.

Hecimovic, a third striker for the Golden Hawks, has tallied six shots this season, making him second on the team behind Glorious Okpali who was seven.

Though the game seemed to be in the Golden Hawks’ favour for the first time this season, Waterloo answered with one of their own midway through the first half.

Laurier stood their ground, even though Waterloo outshot the team nine to four, but rookie goalie Jefferey Omoregie-Sanni managed to keep the game under control.

Even with 17 goals against, Omoregie-Sanni is first in the OUA West for saves. He has had 45 shots against him in total, and he aims for a first clean sheet against his opponent.

Veteran Golden Hawks defender Tahrik Rodriques attempted to be a brick wall for the back, but players from Waterloo like Sebastian Guerrieri dominated for the opponent.

Guerrieri scored the second and third goals of the game for the Warriors, bringing his season total to six goals in six games — more than the Hawks have scored as a whole.

The third goal of the game came just five minutes into the second half, and though Laurier may have felt defeated, they stood their ground and held the Warriors scoreless for the remaining 40 minutes.

Waterloo is one of the top ranked teams in the OUA this season, sitting third in the OUA west with a 4-1-1 record, while Laurier is tied for eighth with Algoma, as they both have zero points this season.The upcoming weekend looks to be a turning point in Laurier’s season, however, as they play the fifth and sixth ranked teams in Windsor and Western.

The Windsor Lancers have a 3-2-1 record and 11 goals for, while the Western Mustangs gave a 2-1-2 record, with eight goals for.

Laurier has had to face nationally ranked York twice this season already, who sit on top of the OUA West, and a Guelph team who is in second.

Coming off a 5-game scoreless streak and finally finding the back of the net against Waterloo, Laurier will look to continually improve their gameplay as they head on the road to play Windsor on Sept. 14 and Western on Sept. 16.

Laurier also faces eighth place Algoma the following weekend, so the opportunity to pick up 12 points in the next two weeks is the turning point Laurier has been searching for all season.

Even with 17 goals against, Omoregie-Sanni is first in the OUA West for saves. He has had 45 shots against him in total, and he aims for a first clean sheet against his opponent.

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Big things on the horizon for Laurier Rugby https://thecord.ca/big-things-on-the-horizon-for-laurier-rugby/ https://thecord.ca/big-things-on-the-horizon-for-laurier-rugby/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:00:13 +0000 https://thecord.ca/?p=51075

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For both the men’s and women’s rugby teams, 2018 is shaping up to hopefully be a season for the record books.

Coming off of the best season in the modern history of the Laurier men’s rugby program, the team opened their 2018 campaign last week with a convincing 50-0 victory over Trent.

The Golden Hawks, who finished 2017 with a 5-3 record, dominated Trent from start to finish to capture a season opening victory for the third consecutive year.

“We’ve got a veteran team now, and they understand what we are looking for in our system and how we go about playing the game, and I think that showed [on opening night],” said head coach Ian McLeod about the team’s performance against Trent.

Matt Fish, who is part of the group of veterans that McLeod spoke about, had an outstanding performance in the win, leading the team with five tries.

Following the win versus Trent, the team took on Queen’s this past weekend in a showdown against one of the top rugby programs in the province.

The Gaels, who went undefeated during the 2017 season, were too much for Laurier to handle, as they handed the Hawks a 55-22 defeat.

On the Women’s side, the team opened their season with a 58-28 win over the University of Toronto, led by Michaela Strong and Hayley Desjardins who each scored two tries for the Hawks.

Despite the momentum from a season opening victory, Laurier dropped their home opener and second game of the season to Brock, who scored 45 points in the second half on route to a 69-17 win.

“The skill level is there and the character is there. I think for the first time since I’ve been here, we have some depth to play with. So [if we have] an injury, while not great, we can certainly fill a spot where before we didn’t have that luxury.”

Both early season losses suffered by the men’s and women’s teams should not be reason to worry, however, as the sides are still well positioned to be competing for one of the top seeds in the OUA come playoff time.

McLeod, the 2017 OUA Men’s Rugby Coach of the Year, spoke about his overall expectations for his team, coming off of a fourth place finish last year.

“The goal is simply to improve. So record wise, we would like to get a few more wins and go further in the playoffs than we did last year. Those are pretty simple but certainly very doable as far as I’m concerned and as far as the team is concerned. [They are] certainly in reach if we play to our capabilities.”

When asked about the biggest challenge standing in the way of improving on last season, McLeod mentioned that one issue facing the team is consistency.

“I think in spurts we’ve been very good and then in the same breath we haven’t been good. If we can remove the bad and increase the good I think we will be in great shape.”

Andrew Quattrin, a fifth year student, is the reigning OUA men’s rugby MVP and is definitely one of the standout Golden Hawks to watch for this season. He is the first male rugby player in school history to win MVP honours from the OUA.

The aforementioned Michaela Strong is likely to become the breakout player for the women’s team in 2018, as the third year student is coming off of an OUA First Team All-Star nomination in just her sophomore season.

Overall, coach McLeod seems very pleased with the men’s roster that has been assembled.

“The skill level is there and the character is there,” McLeod expressed. “I think for the first time since I’ve been here, we have some depth to play with. So [if we have] an injury, while not great, we can certainly fill a spot where before we didn’t have that luxury.”

You can catch both teams in action this weekend, as the women battle Trent on Sept. 15 and the men host their season opener against Western on Sept. 16.

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Hawks continue strong start to season with win over Queen’s Gaels https://thecord.ca/hawks-continue-strong-start-to-season-with-win-over-queens-gaels/ https://thecord.ca/hawks-continue-strong-start-to-season-with-win-over-queens-gaels/#respond Tue, 04 Sep 2018 16:41:27 +0000 https://thecord.ca/?p=51023

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Hawks take on Ottawa Gee Gee’s at their first game of the season

The Hawks continued their hot start to the season with an emphatic 44-18 win over the Queen’s Gaels on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.

Just like last week, the Hawks scored a touchdown on their opening drive through Osayi Iginuan as he would eventually punch it in from six yards out.

Laurier would add a pair of field goals before scoring another touchdown, this time through the air as quarterback Tristian Arndt found Brentyn Hall with a perfectly placed pass from just inside the red zone.

Although the Gaels responded with a touchdown of their own, the Hawks would go into halftime leading by a score of 23-7 after tacking on a field goal.

In the second half, the Hawks showed their superiority by exploding for some huge plays on offense.

At the seven-minute mark in the third quarter, reigning OUA MVP Kurleigh Gittens Jr. would catch a 34-yard bomb from Arndt for his first touchdown of the season.

The Hawks continued to pile on the misery after that as rookie Ente Eguavoen caught the first touchdown of his career, making a tough sideline catch from 23 yards out.

Laurier didn’t look back from there and went on to win by a comfortable margin to say the least.

Tristan Arndt finished the game with 313 passing yards and three touchdowns, while six different Laurier running backs rushed for more than 250 yards combined.

The Hawks have put on an offensive showcase so far this season and Arndt has shown that he can lead this passing attack to be just as good as it was under Michael Knevel.

The defence has some key pieces as well and although it hasn’t cost the Hawks too much so far, it will be interesting to see how the purple and gold improve on that side of the ball.

Up next, the Hawks will take on their cross town rivals, the University of Waterloo Warriors, in the ‘Battle of Waterloo’ on Sept. 15, 2018 as they look to continue their perfect start to the season. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m. at University Stadium.

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Colin Furlong signs professional contract with European team https://thecord.ca/colin-furlong-signs-professional-contract-with-european-team/ https://thecord.ca/colin-furlong-signs-professional-contract-with-european-team/#respond Fri, 31 Aug 2018 11:00:55 +0000 https://thecord.ca/?p=50887

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Long time Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawk goaltender Colin Furlong has joined HC Pustertal Wolfe, a professional European hockey team that’s part of the Alps Hockey League.

Furlong signed a professional contract with the Italian side earlier this summer after spending four years with the Golden Hawks.

For Furlong, playing at a professional level was always the ultimate goal ever since he started his hockey career.

“That’s the big part of what made me come to school [Laurier] actually. I obviously wanted to get an education as well but the hockey was a big thing for me,” he said.

Playing professionally won’t just be a big challenge on the ice for Furlong, but also off the ice due to the difference in culture and language in Italy.

“I think it will be a little bit different but from everything I’ve heard, most European hockey teams speak in English with each other.”

“Where I’m going, both Italian and German are common languages and I don’t speak either. It’ll be different when I’m going around in the city, but in the dressing room it should be pretty similar [to what it is in North America],” Furlong said.

The Cambridge native began his journey with the Hawks in 2014, making two starts for the men’s hockey team with a record of 1-1.

“Every year during my Laurier career, a couple of key guys always got injured at some point during the season and that would obviously affect the team, but I think they just need to keep going in the direction they have been going in and be consistent every game, every practice.”

Furlong took over the starting goalie position for Laurier in his second year with the team. Not only did his level of play improve every year, Furlong transformed into one of the leaders on an up and coming Golden Hawks team. Although the Hawks struggled with inconsistency last year, Furlong believes that the purple and gold are headed in the right direction.

“These last two years, we had a very skilled team and everyone was very close [to each other], but I’m not too sure exactly what happened. Injuries were a huge part [of our inconsistency],” he said.

“Every year during my Laurier career, a couple of key guys always got injured at some point during the season and that would obviously affect the team, but I think they just need to keep going in the direction they have been going in and be consistent every game, every practice,” Furlong added.

Playing professionally is often the goal for every aspiring athlete and it’ll be interesting to see how Colin Furlong develops and adapts his game to compete at the highest level.

Furlong believes that the hardworking mindset he adopted from his time with the Hawks will be invaluable.

“There was a very professional atmosphere and mentality with our team. We practiced five days a week and then obviously there was also one or two games per week. I just really tried to grow as a hockey player throughout the four years [at Laurier].”

“That’s definitely the biggest thing I learned. You have to try and get better every day because if you aren’t, then you’re just taking a step backwards.”

Losing a talent like Furlong will not only be a huge hit to the Hawks on the ice, but his presence will also sorely be missed in the Laurier locker room. It will be interesting to see how the Hawks deal with Furlong’s absence from the team and this question only adds to the intrigue in what is shaping up to an exciting 2018-19 season.

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