Hawk Eyes – January 9, 2017
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Hawk Eyes – January 9, 2017

On Monday night, Jack Moore and Lauren Hunter  discussed the World Juniors, NCAA Football players not playing in their bowl games, and Bishops leaving the RSEQ for the AUS in men’s football. Jason Hagholm was on vacation and will return next week on January 16th.

The men’s basketball team played two games this weekend against the #1 and #4 ranked teams in the country. Even though they were tied with the #1 Carleton Ravens 40-40 at the half and Tevaun Kokko had 21 first half points, the Hawks couldn’t pull it out as Carleton scored 69 points in the second half, including 40 in the fourth quarter to the Hawks 32. The team will resume play Wednesday at McMaster at 8:00 pm.

The women’s basketball team went 0-2 on the weekend losing 71-60 to Carleton and 45-40 against Ottawa. The inability to play in the paint hurt the Hawks as Heather Lindsay put up 34-10 down low for the Ravens. Poor shooting was the story for the Hawks as the were 20% from the field and 12% from behind the three point line when the took on the Ottawa Gee-Gees.

Men’s hockey roared backed from a 3-1 deficit in the 3rd period to win 6-3 over Laurentian and they lost 5-4 in OT on Friday against Nippising. The Hawks are now tied for third in the OUA West and are close to the first and second spots.

Women’s hockey picked up their first regulation win of the season beating the Brock Badgers 3-1. Emily Woodhouse continuously dominates for the Hawks and is leading the team in scoring in goals and points. On Sunday the Hawks fell in a shootout to the York Lions 3-2. Jaden Head scored the first goal of her OUA career to tie the game at 2-2 with 1:37 remaining in the contest.

Not able to make the Hawks games this week? Hawk Eyes has you covered with full weekend recaps Monday’s at 6:00pm on radiolaurier.com.

Hawk Eyes – November 28, 2016
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Hawk Eyes – November 28, 2016

Hosts Jack Moore (@MadJack54), Jason Hagholm (@JHagholm1), and Lauren Hunter (@laaurenhunter) were joined by national U Sports football correspondent Casey Dulson who discussed the Vanier Cup, the Regina Rams, head coach of the Laurier Golden Hawks, Michael Faulds, as well as the possibility of seeing Montreal Carabin head football coach Danny Maciocia take on the role of head coach for the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes. Casey Dulson, prior to working for U Sports, also writes for Last Word on Sports for U Sports football with former Cord sports editor Drew Yates. Casey also was the beat writer for the Concordia men’s football team, as well as their basketball teams for the Concordian.

Our hosts also discussed the intriguing start to the seasons for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The men’s team is now in 1st place in the OUA West division, sporting a 4-3 record. On Saturday afternoon they took on the Windsor Lancers and it was Tevaun Kokko leading the charge for the Golden Hawks with a game high 22 points. Kokko has made himself and early candidate for OUA Rookie of the Year. The Hawks solidified first place in the division with a 67-66 win.

For the women, Saturday was a different story as they fell at the hands of the Lancers to the tune of 73-56. Paving the way for Windsor was Cheyanne Rogers who put up 23 points and 13 rebounds on the game, leading the Lancers to a victory and a 5-0 start on the season which is good enough for first place in the OUA West division. Windsor was ranked 5th in the country heading into the game.

Men’s hockey went 0-2 on the weekend as they had a double dip at home against the Lakehead Thunderwolves. In the first game on Friday night the Hawks burst for three goals in the second period and had a 3-0 lead going into the third. Que the comeback. Lakehead scored three unanswered goals in the third period to force overtime. In the second OT in 3-on-3, Carson Dubchak slid on past Colin Furlong and the Thunderwolves came away victorious. The second game saw the Hawks lose 4-3 to Lakehead again in Vinny Merante‘s first start of the season. The Hawks now sit in sixth place in the OUA Western Conference.

As for the women, their struggles continue. They have now started the season 0-1-9-1 and only have one game remaining against Ryerson before the exam break. The Hawks fell 4-1 to Brock on Saturday after being tied 1-1 heading into the third period. The game marked Amanda Smith‘s first start since October 29th in a 2-0 loss to Western.

Next week will be the final Hawk Eyes show of 2016! We will be returning January 9th in 2017.

Tune in on Monday’s at 6:00pm  for more information about everything revolving around Laurier Athletics.

109th Yates Cup Champions: Laurier Golden Hawks
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109th Yates Cup Champions: Laurier Golden Hawks

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Incredible. The only word to describe what happened on Saturday November 12, 2016 at TD Waterhouse Stadium in London.

The first five minutes of the game were all Mustangs in the historical 109th edition of the illustrious Yates Cup. From the opening kickoff returned into Golden Hawk territory, to the onside kick following the touchdown to give them a 10-0 lead before the Hawks offence could step onto the field.

After trading field goals on the ensuing drives, the Hawks, down 13-6, took over the rest of the first half. Levondre Gordon with a 42 yard touchdown run and two more field goals had the Hawks up 19-13 at the half and stunning the crowd of over 4100 in attendance on the campus of the University of Western Ontario.

However, the third quarter did not go the Golden Hawks way. Western scored 27 unanswered points to take a commanding 40-19 lead over the Hawks and put the proverbial “Nail in the coffin” of the Laurier team.

Que Michael Knevel. Making just his second ever playoff start in the OUA and just his 7th career start for the Golden Hawks it was Knevel who needed to take over the game if the Hawks were going to comeback.

On 2nd and 10 Knevel was sacked for a loss of 18 and the Hawks faced a daunting 3rd and 28 situation and their season was on the line.

Knevel put a jump ball up near the sideline in the end zone and coming down with it was 2nd year receiver Brentyn Hall, making a miraculous play to bring the Hawks within 14 points with 8 minutes remaining in the game. After a 2 and out by the Mustangs, Laurier drove the ball deep into Western territory, and on another 3rd down attempt it was Knevel finding Carson Oullette over the middle, making a handful of Western defenders miss and bringing the Hawks within 7.

After a deep kickoff by Nate McLean, OUA All-Rookie, the Mustangs were able to convert on one first down but on 2nd and medium in their own end, OUA Defensive Player of the Year Nakas Onyeka forced Alex Taylor to fumble in his own zone allowing Isiah Messam to scoop the ball up and bring it down to the Western 3 yard line.

Knevel then found Kurleigh Gittens Jr with a beautiful back shoulder fade in the corner of the end zone and following the Nathan Mesher extra point, the 109th Yates Cup was tied at 40-40.

The best defence in the country plays out of University Stadium on the campus of Wilfrid Laurier University. When the Mustangs needed a late drive they couldn’t find a way to get a first down.

Forced to punt, Carson Oullette returned the ball 17 yards in Western territory, giving the offence a chance to put the ball in range for Nathan Mesher to win the game.

Levondre Gordon on 2nd and 5 scampers for a 31 yard gain down to the Mustangs 15 yard line, putting Mesher well within his range for the game winning field goal.

Mesher was 5 of 10 for field goals in the regular season, however in just two playoff games heading into the game winning attempt he was 6 for 6 as he had already made 4 field goals earlier in the game.

A great snap by OUA Second Team All-Star Jamie Lalonde and a perfect hold from 4th year receiver Markus Arkarakas allowed Mesher to hit the 26 yard field goal with no time remaining and give Laurier their first Yates Cup Championship since 2005 when they won the Vanier Cup.

That 2005 team defeated McMaster in the OUA semi-final, Western in the Yates Cup (Same as 2016). They also won the Uteck Bowl on the road (2016 they will travel to play Laval in the Uteck Bowl) before defeating the Mitchell Bowl champions in the Vanier Cup in Hamilton (Same location this year).

The comeback win marks the largest come from behind victory in Yates Cup history as the Hawks scored 24 points in 8 minutes to claim the schools 8th championship in program history.

Want to hear more analysis on the game? Tune into Hawk Eyes Monday at 6:00pm as Jason Hagholm, Lauren Hunter and Jack Moore break down the game and what the Hawks need to do to advance to the Vanier Cup as they take on the 8 time Vanier Cup champions and the 13 time Dunsmore cup champion Laval Rouge Et Or on Saturday November 19, 2016 at Telus Stadium in Quebec City. The game can be seen on Sportsnet 360 at 12:30.

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After a great showing for all Laurier Athletics teams this weekend, Jack Moore, Jason Hagholm and Lauren Hunter recapped everything that happened in the sports world revolving around Laurier Athletics.

Starting with the men’s football team who are returning back to the Yates Cup for the first time since 2006, coach Michael Faulds returns to the big dance for the first time as a coach. The last time Faulds was apart of the game was back in 2009 when the Western Mustangs and starting QB Michael Faulds fell at the hands of the eventual Vanier Cup champion Queen’s Gaels. The Golden Hawks team showed resilience as they lead the McMaster Marauders 20-6 at the half. Arguably the biggest play of the game was the opening kickoff of the second half where OUA All-Rookie kicker Nathan McLean booted the ball through the end zone to put the Hawks up by 15, a lead too insurmountable for Mac to come back from.

The Yates Cup will be played at TD Waterhouse Stadium in London on November 12th. Kickoff is set for 1:00pm Eastern time and the game can be seen on national television on CHCH.

The other big story for the Golden Hawks was their women’s basketball team defeating the No. 7 Ryerson Rams. Down by 1 point with 17 seconds left Nicole Morrison drove to the basket, as the Rams collapsed on her she kicked the ball out to Kaitlyn Schneck who hit a wide open 3-pointer and with 7.6 seconds left the Hawks were up by 2. Unable to convert on free throw opportunities Ryerson fell to the Golden Hawks in a major upset considering the Rams are defending national silver medalists.

Hunter, Hagholm and Moore also discussed the woes facing the men’s basketball team and their new head coach who fell handily to the No. 10 Ryerson Rams. Owen Coulthard went 0-15 in the game including a 0-7 look from beyond the three point line.

Woes also continue for the women’s hockey team who have yet to find a regulation win so far this season and are relying heavily on the play of their rookies. Another issue facing the team is that goaltender Amanda Smith had a procedure last week and is likely done until January, forcing head coach Rick Osbourne to rest the goaltending duties onto 2nd Lauren Webber.

Want to know more about Laurier Athletics? Tune into Hawk Eyes every Monday night at 6:00pm on Radio Laurier.