Lacrosse – The Cord The tie that binds Wilfrid Laurier University since 1926 Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:57:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lacrosse – The Cord 32 32 42727683 Women’s Lacrosse: Can the Golden Hawks get back to the OUA final after an 8-year drought? Wed, 26 Sep 2018 11:00:54 +0000

Photo by Sadman Sakib Rahman


After reeling off of five consecutive wins to open up the 2018 season, the women’s lacrosse team was handed their first defeat of the year to Western on Sunday morning.

In game one of the weekend action, the Hawks fell behind early to the Mustangs, who held a 2-2 record coming into the game.

Despite Laurier being heavy favorites, Western was able to limit the Golden Hawk offence to a season low eight goals, on route to the win.

Hungry for a strong come-back performance after seeing their undefeated run come to an end, Laurier dominated Brock in game two of the weekend, picking up a 15-3 victory.

Overall, the Golden Hawks’ 6-1 record at the midway point in the season is the best start that the women have had since 2008, when the team posted a 12-0 regular season record.

Head coach Lynn Orth spoke about what factors have helped the team put together an extremely successful first half.

“We have a fair number of returning athletes who have progressed over the years and we got a good batch of first years.”

“[Overall], they get along as a team,” Orth mentioned. “So there is no discord in terms of the team, which is really helpful. They are very happy to be together.”

Orth, who is in her twentieth season of coaching the women’s lacrosse team, talked about the expectations for the team going forward.

“Your goal is always to win a championship. [We want] to build our skills and build our game throughout the season, so that when we get to OUA finals we are the best that we can be.”

During her tenure as coach, Orth has won eight OUA championships, cementing herself as one of the most well decorated coaches that Laurier has ever seen.

However, the last championship that the women’s team had was back in 2010, which was also the last year that the team reached an OUA final.

After a tough bronze medal loss to end last season, the Hawks are definitely eager to finish with a better result this year.

Holding second place in the province with six games left certainly puts Laurier in a position to finish as a top seed and make a run at the OUA title.

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Lacrosse Hawks finish fourth Wed, 28 Oct 2015 11:00:28 +0000
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For a team comprised of 13 rookies, the Wilfrid Laurier University women’s lacrosse team finished higher than expected at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships held in Oshawa from Oct. 23-25.

The Hawks placed fourth, improving on their fifth-place result last year. After winning their first game against the second-place Toronto Varsity Blues 7-6, the Hawks dropped the next two games 12-7 and 10-8 respectively against the Western Mustangs and the Queen’s Gaels.

“[It’s] very positive,” head coach Lynn Orth said. “Last year we didn’t execute game plans as we wanted to and ended up finishing lower than we should have. This year we executed game plans as we wanted to and finished above expectations.”

The Hawks were able to hold their own against the dominant Mustangs, limiting them to the lowest amount of goals Western scored during the entire tournament despite the loss. Their second game against Queen’s was played without their two top goal-scorers Torey Barfoot and rookie Taylor Miller. Even though Laurier came out on the losing end of the affair, they still held Queen’s to 10 goals while putting up eight of their own to keep the game close.

“Had we had those two players, who knows what the outcome would have been,” Orth said. “It was a good performance, and I can’t say enough about our defence.”

Orth gave a tremendous amount of credit to the Hawks’ defence — over the course of the weekend Western scored 15 goals on both Brock and Trent to capture the OUA championship weekend for the fifth straight year, yet the Mustangs could only muster 12 against Laurier.

“It’s very hard to quantify a defence other than goals against and win or lose,” she said. “That’s the only way to quantify — we can’t say this person stopped that person 20 times and this person stopped that person 20 times. You can say this person scored 38 goals in a season and this person scored five points in a game.”

One of the biggest storylines following the Laurier women’s lacrosse team is the amount of rookies they put onto the field. The Hawks sported 13 new rookies while other schools had small rookie classes, only playing around two rookies on the field, said Orth.

Not only were the rookies able to adapt to OUA play, their development over the season also sped up.

“You can barely measure [their growth] because they are practicing every day and playing every weekend. They get probably three years [of] growth in a season,” Orth said. “They just develop so quickly because they got people to help them, they have people to support them.”

“Because you are doing that every day you just develop very quickly.”

The championship weekend marks the end of a season that yielded mixed results for the Hawks. In a sport that Laurier has been particularly dominant in considering they have finished in the top five since 2011, the finish was promising for the young Laurier squad. Classified as a rebuilding year, Orth believes the Hawks can only get better next year.

“Next year we’re going to be stronger. We don’t lose that much and we have some people who can step in which is great and I’ll do some recruiting,” she explained. “I think we’ll definitely be top four next year and hopefully a little higher than that.”

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Hawks mid-season and final grades Wed, 07 Jan 2015 12:00:45 +0000
File photo by Heather Davidson

File photo by Heather Davidson

Women’s soccer (final) A-
The women’s soccer team went into the season as the defending Ontario University Athletics champions and were gunning for a repeat. Led by OUA leading goal-scorer Emily Brown and solid goaltending from Maggie Carmichael, the Hawks captured second place in the conference. Unfortunately, they were unable to secure a Canadian Interuniversity Sport berth, losing to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in the final four.
— Drew Yates

Men's soccer (Matt Smith, file photo)

File Photo by Matt Smith

Men’s soccer (final) B
The men’s soccer team remained competitive throughout the season, battling against many talented squads in a competitive conference. They secured a playoff spot and upset Guelph for the second time in three years in the first round, but fell to York in the quarterfinals despite a strong team effort.
— Drew Yates

File Photo by Will Huang

File Photo by Will Huang

Football (final) B-
The 4-4 finish for the men’s football team will definitely be seen as a stepping stone. A year after going 1-7, multiple standout performances propelled them into a respectable record and playoff berth. They managed to play a closely contested playoff game against Western, but fell in the quarter-finals.
— Josh Peters

File Photo by Heather Davidson

File Photo by Heather Davidson

Women’s basketball (mid-season) A
Possibly Laurier’s best shot at a podium at this point, the club sits at 6-1, sitting only behind the powerhouse Windsor Lancers. They have not had the toughest schedule thus far, but have looked cohesive and will look to take advantage of a new playoff format this year. However, they will first have to prove they are as good as their record when they face top teams this semester.
— Josh Peters

Men's basketball (Will Huang, file photo)Men’s basketball (mid-season) B-
The Golden Hawks have beaten the teams they were supposed to so far this season, and struggled against the tougher opponents. They played a good half of basketball against defending OUA champions, the Ottawa Gee-Gees but other have been outplayed by Ontario’s top teams. They will look to take care of winnable games and secure a playoff berth.
— Josh Peters

File Photo by Heather Davidson

File Photo by Heather Davidson

Women’s lacrosse (final) B
After winning bronze in 2013, Laurier finished 7-4-1 and were ranked third heading into the OUA championship. However, a surprising quarterfinal loss to UOIT knocked the Hawks out of gold medal contention. A thrilling victory against the Queen’s Gaels that included a goal with two seconds left in the match was a high note to end the season as the Hawks finished fifth in the province.
— Shelby Blackley

File Photo by Heather Davidson

File Photo by Heather Davidson

Women’s hockey (mid-season) B
It was an unusual beginning to the season for women’s hockey, as they struggled to find offence and had consistent defensive lapses. The Hawks currently sit fifth in the OUA and were knocked out of the CIS Top 10 for the first time in over 10 years. A second-half recharge will be needed to contend for the championship and a berth at nationals.
— Shelby Blackley

File Photo by Hill Huang

File Photo by Hill Huang

Men’s hockey (mid-season) C-
A string of injuries and unfortunate circumstances have them sitting ninth in the OUA West. The team had a very weak last portion of the season last year and will have to turn it around in hurry if they want to get into playoff contention and finish this year on a respectable note.
— Josh Peters

File Photo by Jody Waardenburg

File Photo by Jody Waardenburg

Women’s rugby (final) C
The club managed to win one more game than last season, going 2-3. However, they suffered some huge losses to more established programs throughout the season. It was a disappointing finish as they lost big to the Guelph Gryphons in the quarters, who held nothing back in a 102-0 final score.
— Josh Peters


File Photo by Will Huang

File Photo by Will Huang

Men’s rugby (final) C+
A three-win season and a spot in the playoffs was a huge step up for a team that failed to record a win the year before. Their ability to stay with the Brock Badgers in the quarter-finals turned a lot of heads and gives the program a new level of confidence going forward.
— Josh Peters

File Photo by Heather Davidson

File Photo by Heather Davidson

Coming off an OUA championship year, men’s baseball had one of their best regular seasons, peaking at the right times to take on strong opponents. The Hawks found their groove earlier than usual, but had trouble against the likes of Waterloo and Brock. The pitching unit was excellent in every game and was integral in its success. However, two losses to the Waterloo Warriors in the OUA semi-finals stymied their chance for another provincial title as they settled for third.
— Shelby Blackley

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Guiltinan drafted to National Lacrosse League Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:00:17 +0000
Eric Guiltinan (Jessica Dik)

Photo by Jessica Dik

Eric Guiltinan is headed for the next stage in his athletic career.

The Golden Hawks running back has forged a role on the football field, but his future seems to lie in the world of professional lacrosse.

On Sept. 16, Guiltinan was selected 29th overall in the National Lacrosse League draft by the Minnesota Swarm. It was a moment he wasn’t sure he’d get to experience.

“I didn’t even know if I was going to get drafted at all in the first place,” he said.

His road to the draft began when he started youth lacrosse. But that was far from his only interest.

“I’ve been playing lacrosse since I was six years old. I play every summer … I played hockey until near the end of high school and I started football in grade nine,” he explained.

This mix of sports was helpful to Guiltinan’s development, especially the combination of football and lacrosse, two sports he believes he has a similar role in.

“They’re pretty similar because I’m a running back,” he said.

“What I do in lacrosse is I run with the ball for a lot of the game, so they’re both really similar in the fact that you have to run a lot, and you have to be ready to avoid contact and hit people.”

Guiltinan’s draft experience was comfortable; with a few close friends from his Kitchener-Waterloo Braves lacrosse team, he sat back and hoped to hear his name called.

Although apprehensive about not being selected, much of Guiltinan’s surprise upon his selection stemmed from the team that chose him.

This was because he had not communicated with Minnesota before the draft, he explained.

“I didn’t really interact with them before the draft like I interacted with the other teams. So I guess I was pretty surprised, but then obviously I was really excited when I heard my name called,” he said.

While teams Guiltinan had talked to included Calgary and Vancouver, Minnesota was eventually the team that decided he was worth a shot.

When he joins the Swarm for training camp in early December, Guiltinan will have to exercise his hard-working nature in order to find a role on a youthful, talented team. This is a challenge he is well aware of.

“They’re a really young team, and they didn’t do so well last year. But I know they have pretty high expectations this year because they are so young, and last year was kind of a learning experience,” he said.

“Getting drafted is pretty cool, but at the end of the day I still have to make the team in order to play for them.”

While he is obviously excited for the chapter he is about to embark on, Guiltinan has not forgotten about his current focus: Wilfrid Laurier University men’s football season.

As Laurier’s 4-1 squad rolls ever closer to a possible playoff berth, Guiltinan talked about the progress his team has made and his eagerness to help further their success.

“The last couple of years … we haven’t had a lot of success, but this year has gone really well so far. This is definitely the best team I’ve been on. It’s been awesome, I’m really excited to see how this year goes.”

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Lynn Orth returns to coach lacrosse Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:00:42 +0000
Photo by Heather Davidson

Photo by Heather Davidson

At the Wilfrid Laurier University women’s lacrosse practice on September 8, a familiar face graced the sidelines of University Stadium. Head coach Lynn Orth made her return after missing a year due to illness.

“It’s awesome. It’s great. I miss these girls so much. I missed them during the summer, but I missed them more when I didn’t see them as much last year,” she said.

Cancer forced Orth, who has coached for 16 seasons at Laurier and claimed eight Ontario University Athletics championships, to take a year off from coaching.

The news took a toll on the team last year, however they managed to capture OUA bronze, a spot ahead of their finish in 2012. Former player Jody Garibaldi ended up stepping in as the interim head coach.

When the team heard the news that their coach would not be joining them last year, fourth-year Sara Hatch said staying strong mentally was huge for the team.

“I think the biggest thing was trying not to lose ourselves and lose our team. We are a really strong team, and I think we proved that,” she said.

The team faced a very emotional season, and according to fifth-year Shelby O’Ryan, the experience of playing without their coach was something that brought the girls together.

“Honestly we grew together so much through the course of the year after everything that happened. We are stronger as a whole. We respect each other more and we rely on each other more,” she said.

O’Ryan also believed that it was Orth’s way of coaching that made the transition to playing without her so smooth.

“She knows what she wants and she makes sure that we know our expectations. It never wavers, it never changes and it is very clear to us from the start. She is an excellent leader,” said O’Ryan.

Orth attributed her success in coaching to allowing the players to have their voice.

“I have done it for 16 years and I pretty much fine tuned how I think it should go. I’ve always allowed the girls to have input and to feel free to say anything or to tell me they do not want to do things a certain way,” she said.

The team finished fifth in the province in 2011, fourth in 2012 and according to Hatch, they feel ready to make that next step to the OUA finals this year.

“100 percent, I definitely do [think we can] because going from fifth to third in three years is a big jump. Some teams just float around where they are, but the fact that we were able to improve is great,” she said.

O’Ryan thinks the team chemistry will be a contributing factor in getting to the next level.

“We are all on the same page as opposed to some of us being more fit than others, or more focused than others,” she said.

The team only has two rookies this year, with the majority of the core players returning, which Orth thinks will help them throughout the year.

“They are all strong players and strong team players as well,” she said. “They all know each other really well and know their strengths and weaknesses, so it’ll be really good.”

Just a season after so much was left unknown, women’s lacrosse looks to have a steady and exciting year ahead.

They open their season on Sept. 13 in Guelph.

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Laurier’s finest of 2013-14 Wed, 02 Apr 2014 06:18:09 +0000
(File photo by Heather Davidson)

(File photo by Heather Davidson)

Player of the Year
Emily Brown (Women’s soccer)
Brown made strides in the 2013 year. She scored a career-high 18 goals, setting a new team record after her 15 goals last year. She scored 14 of those in the last seven games, including a five-goal game against Waterloo on Oct. 4, setting a new team record for goals in a single game. She helped lead the Hawks to an OUA championship banner and a berth at nationals. Brown was named an OUA first-team all-star, the OUA West MVP and a CIS first-team all-Canadian.

Rookie of the Year
Jacky Normandeau (Women’s soccer/hockey)
Winning one OUA championship in your first year is something special. Winning two in your first year is unheard of. Normandeau took home two OUA championships playing for the Laurier women’s soccer and hockey teams. She became the first Laurier athlete to win two OUA championships in the same year. She was an integral part of the solid back four for women’s soccer and had no penalty minutes with women’s hockey.

Most Improved Player
Dillon Campbell (Men’s football)
Campbell put up impressive numbers a year after being buried in the depth charts. He went from merely 85 rushing yards in 2012 to 867 rushing yards in 2013, good enough for first in the province and fourth in the country. He tallied up six touchdowns — five rushing and one receiving, compared to one total in his first two years, and scored a 100-yard touchdown against the Western Mustangs.

(File photo by Heather Davidson)

(File photo by Heather Davidson)

Fifth-year Player of the Year
Candice Styles (Women’s hockey)
Styles finished off her final year in style picking up an OUA championship and a career-high 21 points, good enough for second in the country for defencemen. She put forward seven goals and 14 assists and only 18 penalty minutes, and helped lead Laurier to their first-place finish in the OUA before a fourth-place finish in the country.

Unsung Hero
Kerilynn Mathers (Women’s curling)
Mathers was integral in the performances from the Hawks this year. She was named an OUA second-team all-star after winning the OUA championship and helped carry her team to a third-place finish at nationals. Mathers became a strong rock for a young team, consistently putting up impressive shots and giving a word of encouragement.

Playoff Performer
Whitney Ellenor (Women’s basketball)
For someone who spent the majority of her year on the bench, Ellenor came out with a statement in the playoffs. In six playoff games, she matched her numbers from the season, finishing with 80 points in 11 games and was consistently the strongest offence women’s basketball had with 82 points. Ellenor hit double digits for the last four games of the season, including 21 points in the bronze medal double overtime win against Carleton.

Biggest Upset
Men’s football only winning one game
It was evident with a new coach and a new offence that men’s football was going to have issues. But after watching the team suffer week after week despite some impressive offensive spurts, the biggest upset comes from only one win at the helm of men’s football. Laurier was able to gain some ground against tough teams such as Western, Queen’s and Windsor, but could never finish their offensive strides. Their only win came against Waterloo, finishing the season 1-7.

Surprise of the Year
Men’s baseball winning OUAs
A year after being suspended for four games after an alleged hazing incident, the men’s baseball team bounced back to win their first OUA championship in school history. The team made formidable improvements in their overall playing to become a force in the OUA and went on to finish second at the inaugural OUA/OCAA championship a week later — all just a mere year after a major scandal.

(File photo by Will Huang)

(File photo by Will Huang)

Team of the Year
Women’s hockey
Eight rookies rounded out the roster that, for the first time since Rick Osborne was behind the bench, didn’t finish first in the OUA. The Hawks put on a defensive clinic in the OUA final against Queen’s to win the title and move on to nationals. But a young team couldn’t compete against the McGill Martlets or the Saskatchewan Huskies, as they settled for fourth in the country.

Most Memorable Team
Women’s basketball
You can’t help but watch as the women’s basketball team takes the court. Their charisma as a group captivates fans and makes every game interesting to watch, not to mention the countless amount of close games they managed to win en route to an OUA bronze medal. The girls also managed to get a fan bus to go to Windsor for the OUA West final, and even when they didn’t win, they always kept it interesting.

Coach of the Year
Paul Falco
When key players fell to injury early in the season, it looked to hurt the women’s basketball team’s chances of contending for a spot at nationals this past season. However, Falco was able to get amazing performances from a short bench and lead this team to countless close victories and a berth at nationals. Without a real prominent offensive player, Falco made what he had work well for a successful season.

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The top moments of 2013 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 03:24:24 +0000
The top moment of 2013, men's baseball winning the OUA championship for the first time in history. (File photo by Will Huang)

The top moment of 2013, men’s baseball winning the OUA championship for the first time in history. (File photo by Will Huang)

10. Laura Brooker scores 50 goals in her three-year career
(Feb. 2, 2013) It took her a while to get there, but once Laura Brooker hit the 50-goal milestone, it put her into history as one of four Laurier women’s hockey players to ever hit the plateau. In less than three years, Brooker became an offensive threat for Laurier, helping them to their 2011-12 OUA championship. As the captain of Laurier in her fourth year, Brooker heads to Italy for the Winter Universiade.
– Shelby Blackley

9.AC expansion
(Nov. 13, 2013) After an extensive construction process and the pushback of the opening date, the new, improved and refurbished fitness centre in the Athletic Complex had its grand opening on Nov. 13. The innovative fitness centre was a product of $5-million in renovations since Aug. 1, 2012. It was a long awaited moment for most Laurier students this year, as construction caused disturbances throughout the complex.
– Josh Peters

8. Dillon Campbell’s 100-yard touchdown against the No.1 Western Mustangs and named OUA leading rusher
(Sept. 21, 2013) The Western Mustangs have always been a perennial powerhouse in the OUA and were ranked nationally going into the game on Sept. 21. Having Laurier running back Dillon Campbell score a 100-yard touchdown in a game people presumed to be a blowout speaks volumes on the development of the Laurier football program this year. Campbell was a dominant force for the young Laurier offence as he rushed at least 100 yards in five of his eight games, and was named a second-team OUA all-star after leading the OUA in rushing yards with 867.
– Drew Yates

7. Women’s rugby makes the playoffs for the first time since 2005
(Oct. 11, 2013) The women’s rugby team qualified for the playoffs this season for the first time since 2005, winning their first game against the Brock Badgers on Sept. 28 by a score of 13-7. They had a regular season record of 1-4, but their one win squeezed them into the playoffs to take on the Guelph Gryphons. However, the Hawks could not take on the powerhouse Gryphons and lost in the first round of the playoffs 78-0.
– Daniel Rankin

6. First bannerless year for WLU since 1999-00
It came as a major shock to the athletics community that Laurier would not be bringing home a banner in 2012-13. For the first time since 1999-00, Laurier would not be a champion in any sport, with the closest finishes being the women’s soccer team who came second in the OUA championship, and a few swimmers qualifying for the CIS championships. The year featured a large group of rebuilding teams and a few early exits for some teams.
– Shelby Blackley

5. Emily Brown scores five goals in one game to set a modern-day record
(Oct. 4, 2013) On Oct. 4, Emily Brown showed why she’s a top forward by netting five goals in a single game, setting a modern-day record, against the Waterloo Warriors. Brown had struggled early in the year and exploded against the Warriors. The next day, she scored two more against the Windsor Lancers to bring her total to seven goals in two games. Brown was named Laurier, OUA and CIS athlete of the week for her performance. Her five-goal game was the end of a two-game winless streak for women’s soccer and the beginning of a three game winning streak that helped the Hawks solidify their playoff contention. By the end of the regular season, Brown led the OUA with 18 goals in 16 games and was named the OUA West MVP, an OUA first team all-star and a CIS first team all-Canadian.
– Shayne McKay
4. Michael Faulds and the men’s football team
(Jan. 8, 2013) Michael Faulds came in to the Laurier football program as the sixth head coach in history. After Gary Jeffries stepped down in late October, the question of who would succeed him took over the Laurier community. 28-year old Faulds came in with an uncertain group and immediately took to work. But to everyone’s surprise, Faulds surpassed expectations.
Laurier’s football program boasted a less-than-impressive 1-7 record, however were considered the “best 1-7 football team in the country” after continuous close games and at one point leading against the eventual Yates Cup champions, the Western Mustangs.
Faulds would put up his first win as the Hawks’ bench boss on Sept. 14 in a 41-10 blowout against the Waterloo Warriors in a triumphant effort by Laurier.
– Shelby Blackley

3. Max Allin scores 43 points nine days after his father passes away
(Jan. 12, 2013) Men’s basketball head coach Peter Campbell still doesn’t know how Max Allin did it. Just nine days after his father passed away, Allin set a new Laurier modern-day record for most points in a single game with 43 points against the Guelph Gryphons. In just his second game back since the personal issues, Allin scored 43 of the 88 points Laurier put up that night and added eight rebounds. He was named the Laurier, OUA and CIS athlete of the week for his performance and went on to lead the CIS in scoring by the end of the year.
– Shelby Blackley

2. Women’s soccer wins OUA championship in ‘rebuilding’ year
(Nov. 3, 2013) At the beginning of the year, head coach Barry MacLean knew it was going to be a tough year. With a pile of rookies, no fifth-year players, struggles on offence and a lot of injuries plaguing the women’s soccer team, Laurier was not on the top of the OUA like they have been, and even fell out of the national rankings. But despite the adversity, Laurier finished second in the OUA West and went on to win the OUA championship in two consecutive penalty kick affairs — including knocking off the No. 1 Western Mustangs in the final.
– Shelby Blackley

1. Men’s baseball wins OUA championship a year after hazing incident
(Oct. 20, 2013) The Hawks soared to new heights this year as they brought home the first ever baseball OUA championship banner in Wilfrid Laurier history. The Hawks overcame adversity in an impressive performance this season, on the heels of a forgettable shortened season last year due to a four-game suspension for hazing. The Hawks also posted the most wins in a season in school history with 25, most games played in school history with 39 games played in 60 days and an impressive second place finish at the OUA/OCAA championships.
– Brad Bowen

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Sports in brief Wed, 30 Oct 2013 03:00:51 +0000

Cross country teams finish 10th, 13th at OUA championship
The men’s cross country team finished 10th as a team, posting 257 points, just two behind the University of Ottawa for ninth place. Adam Cornwall finished 26th overall in the individual standings, leading the way for the Hawks. For the women, the Hawks finished 13th overall as a team with 377 points. Sarah Cranmer-Byng finished 27th in the individual standings. The men’s team and Cranmer-Byng will be participating at nationals.

Men’s baseball finishes second at inaugural OUA/OCAA championship
A week after winning the OUA championship, the men’s baseball team headed to St. Catharines for another tournament, this time including two schools from the Ontario Colleges Athletics Association (OCAA). Laurier won their first two games against Durham College and St. Clair College, 4-2 and 12-0 respectively, but couldn’t hold on in the final as they dropped two consecutive decisions to St. Clair. Laurier finished second overall.

Men’s hockey loses doubleheader
The Hawks travelled to Thunder Bay to take on the Lakehead Thunderwolves  in two back-to-back games. However, Laurier was unable to capture a win, dropping both decisions 5-4 and 4-2. Shayne Campbell got the start in net on Friday, while Vinny Merante got the start Saturday. The Hawks open their home campaign on Thursday against the Western Mustangs at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterloo Recreational Complex.
–Compiled by Shelby Blackley

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Fighting adversity Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:11:56 +0000
Women's lacrosse hopes to end the season on a high note heading into OUAs (Photo by Kha Vo)

Women’s lacrosse hopes to end the season on a high note heading into OUAs (Photo by Kha Vo)

It hasn’t been easy for Wilfrid Laurier’s women’s lacrosse team.

Coming off a disappointing ending to the 2012 season where the Hawks only lost two regular season games, but then lost to the Guelph Gryphons in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) semifinal, there were high expectations for this year.

However, the season hasn’t been without its setbacks. Earlier in the season, head coach Lynn Orth discontinued her coaching due to illness.

Since then, Jory Garibaldi has stepped in as interim of the lacrosse team.

“I’m very happy to help,” Garibaldi said. “Lynn has been my coach since I was like ten years old, so I know the way she runs things and I’m trying to do things the same with my own little style. The girls have been great with me and they’re doing really well and I can only see them doing better.”

Currently, the Hawks sit with a 5-4-1 record with three games left before the OUA championships in Kingston, Ont., at the end of the month. Garibaldi explained that while there were issues getting the Hawks motivated and consistent because of the hardships surrounding the team they rallied together. And Garibaldi still has high hopes for her team.

“This season has been a little bit of an up and down because their main coach had to leave due to illness,” she said. “So, they’ve really proved how good of a team they are on and off the field, coming together through all that … So the girls have really come together and stepped up in leadership roles and proved how bad they want to win and how bad they want to do better than last year.”

This past weekend, Laurier played their only two home games of the year. In the first game, Laurier defeated McMaster 14-8 in a strong offensive performance. However, the Hawks couldn’t defeat the Western Mustangs, dropping their second game 20-3.

With the OUA championships just two weeks away, the women’s lacrosse team is still striving for high expectations despite a lackluster season. In the past, the Hawks have been notoriously known for a competitive team, winning eight provincial championships since 2000.

“We all are on the same mindset, and we expect to win,” Garibaldi said. “It’s been an up and down season, but right now, we have two weeks to work towards the OUAs [championship] and we’re doing everything in our hands to win.”

While the “hardships” for lacrosse have caused setbacks, Garibaldi doesn’t want to use it as an excuse. Instead, she is confident in the talent on the bench as Laurier heads into their final weekend of play. The Hawks will play a makeup game on Thursday against the Gryphons before heading to London to play the Brock Badgers and Marauders.

“Right now, we’re an underrated team because of all of the hardships,” Garibaldi said. “It’s really hard for a team to stick together when there’s no type of structure, which there wasn’t for a little bit. Right now, we’re looking on the up and we’re definitely someone to watch out for.”


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Athletes inducted into Laurier Hall of Fame Wed, 02 Oct 2013 06:42:02 +0000
Erica Howard gives her acceptance speech at this year's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. (Photo by Heather Davidson)

Erica Howard gives her acceptance speech at this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony. (Photo by Heather Davidson)

It’s something Brian Devlin will never forget.

Being part of the 2005 Vanier Cup football team for Wilfrid Laurier University is forever etched into his mind. Being the kicker that won the Vanier Cup for Laurier is there too. And by being inducted into Laurier’s Hall of Fame Friday night, he’s forever etched into Laurier’s history.

“Sometimes I think back and wonder ‘what if I missed?’” Devlin said.

“It gets me sick to my stomach. I just remember the kick going in after leaving my foot. The build up to it I don’t really remember because you’re in that zone. After it leaving my foot, I can still see it going in.”

Devlin joins four other athletes, one builder and a team, Friday night that were inducted into Laurier’s Hall of Fame at the Laurier’s Senate and Board Chamber.

Two additional members of the 2005 Vanier Cup team were inducted, including Anthony Maggiacomo and Scott Evans. Maggiacomo was a linebacker from 2003-07 and is a two-time Yates Cup champion. He was awarded Laurier’s President’s Award for top male athlete in 2007.

Evans was an offensive lineman from 2003-08. He won Ontario University Athletics (OUA) first-team all-star three times and was the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) winner of the J.P. Metras Trophy for Lineman of the Year in 2007.

“The 2005 team was a special team,” Devlin said. “Seeing the things we had to endure on and off the field for those three years from 2003 to 2005. To see those guys every day in practice and see how well they were at executing plays, I’m not surprised we went undefeated that year.”

Erica Howard from lacrosse and Bill Francis from curling were the last two players to be inducted. Howard won four OUA championships from 2003-06 and was named the conference’s most valuable player in 2004 when she finished fifth in scoring and helped Laurier to an undefeated record.

Francis curled for five years starting in 2003-04. He helped Laurier win their first CIS championship in his final year and won two OUA championships. Francis went on to represent Canada at the FISU games in 2009, finishing sixth. He is also the first men’s curling athlete to enter the Hall of Fame.

“I wouldn’t trade those Laurier years for anything,” Francis said. “I had the best time here and coming back for a fifth year and having it be such a memorable year. To be able to win as one great big team and to be able to represent our country was absolutely amazing and just the experience that we had was fantastic.”

Rounding out the inductees was Dean Boyles for his contribution to swimming.

He was a three-time OUA coach of the year and coached athletes to four different Olympic games. Boyles also saved the pool by helping to raise the necessary funds to renovate it in 2008.

Finally, the 2001-02 women’s hockey team enters after being the first women’s hockey team to medal at the CIS championship. The team’s record was 19-0-1 and they defeated the Toronto Varsity Blues in the final of the OUA. In a tough game against the Alberta Pandas at nationals, Laurier finished with a silver medal.

“It’s hard to put it into words when you look at the list of all of the other athletes that have been inducted at this school,” Devlin said. “It’s a great school for as long as they’ve had sports here. It’s thrilling coming back. It’s another reason to come back.”

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