Sports in brief: March 3
Laurier alumni win gold
Last week, former Laurier students Becky Kellar and John Morris won gold medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Kellar, who completed a masters degree in business administration at Laurier in 2004, was part of the Olympic champion Canadian women’s hockey team. This was Kellar’s fourth stint with the Olympic team; she now owns three gold medals and one silver.
Morris, who curled for the Hawks from 1998-2001 while majoring in kinesiology and physical education, was on Canada’s men’s curling team, who went undefeated on their way to the gold medal.
Hawks’ season over
Last Wednesday, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team were eliminated by the Lakehead Thunderwolves in the first round of the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) playoffs.
The Hawks kept the game close until the fourth quarter when they ran into foul trouble and the Thunderwolves outscored them 18-6, sealing the 70-64 win.
The Hawks received some good news this week, however, as fourth-year Renata Adamczyk won her second consecutive OUA west Defensive Player of the Year award and was also named a first-team all-star.
Rizk and Bradley honoured by OUA
Shortly after their season was cut short by the Guelph Gryphons, two members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s hockey team were named Ontario University Athletics (OUA) west division all-stars.
Veteran Paul Bradley, who led the team in points with 42, was named a first-team all-star.
Meanwhile, team captain Jean-Michel Rizk, who was second in team scoring with 32 points, was named to the second team, earning his second consecutive all-star honour.
MacDougald signs professional contract
Last week, Laurier goaltender Jeff MacDougald, who completed his fifth and final season as a Golden Hawk this year, signed a 10-day try-out contract with the Reading Royals of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
MacDougald, a native of Shallow Lake, ON, played in 79 career regular season games for the Hawks, winning 51 while posting a .907 save percentage.
He also played in 23 career playoff games, winning 11, putting up a .913 save percentage.
Houston makes provincial all-star team
Last weekend, Greg Houston of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks’ men’s volleyball team was named an Ontario University Athletics (OUA) west division second team all-star.
The third-year middle, ranked fourth in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) in hitting percentage at .404 and fifth in total blocks with 81.
Houston, who hails from Chatham, Ont. racked up 232 points this season, with 168 kills and 13 service aces.