Sports in brief: October 3, 2012

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Men’s hockey falls in preseason action
The Hawks couldn’t complete the comeback against the Windsor Lancers, falling 5-4 in a shootout Thursday night. After the Lancers went ahead 3-1, the Hawks scored three unanswered goals to go ahead in the second. Windsor would retaliate before the end of regulation to force the shootout. The Hawks open the regular season Oct. 11 against the Waterloo Warriors.

Women’s hockey continue to dominate preseason
Devon Skeats scored three, while second-year Haley Baxter and rookie Robyn Degagnge both found the net in an exhibition game against the Toronto Junior Aeros as the Hawks claimed a 5-0 win. The win improves their non-conference record to 3-1. Rookie goaltender Kayla Brown stopped all 19 shots she was faced with to earn the win. The Hawks will kick off their regular season this Saturday when they face the Western Mustangs in London.

Women’s fast pitch goes 2-2
With two games against the Queen’s Gaels and York Lions, the Hawks’ were able to muster up two wins over the weekend. Laurier dominated their opening game with an 11-2 victory over Queen’s. In a tight match, the Hawks were unable to grab an extra run, with Queen’s winning 2-1. Laurier would then split their games with the Lions, winning the first 4-3 and dropping the second 4-2. They now travel to Windsor to play the Lancers who have an 8-6 record.

Golf finishes third at invitational
Jacob Bishop led Laurier over the two-day Waterloo/Laurier invitational tournament last weekend, finishing third overall in the individual competition with a 139 total. Laurier finished with a combined score of 588 to place third on the weekend. They continue their season Monday when they travel to Guelph for the invitational.

Baseball splits weekend match with Brock
The Hawks split a low-scoring doubleheader with the first place Brock Badgers over the weekend, losing the first game 1-0 before bouncing back to win the second 2-1. The Hawks are now 6-10 in conference play and have five games remaining in their season. They travel to Queen’s on Sunday for a doubleheader.

Women’s lacrosse improves to 5-1-1
The Hawks solidified their record over the weekend after dominating the UOIT Ridgebacks 17-4. In a tough battle against last year’s OUA champions, the Hawks couldn’t find a groove and were defeated 10-9. Laurier will now play Brock on Friday in Hamilton.

Rugby plays best performance of year
In a tight contest with the Waterloo Warriors, the Hawks came just short Friday, losing 27-22. The Hawks trailed 27-5 late in the game, but came back in the final 15 minutes. UW’s 27 points was the fewest Laurier has given up all season, while the 22 points they scored was their highest offensive output of 2012. Laurier will play the Brock Badgers Friday at 3 p.m. at University Stadium.

–Compiled by Shelby Blackley

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