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Dr. Max Blouw President (519) 884-0710 Ext. 2443 max.blouw@wlu.ca
Peter Baxter Athletic Director (519) 884-0710 ext. 2216 pbaxter@wlu.ca
Patricia Kitchen Associate Director, Athletics and Recreation (519) 884-0710 ext. 2384 pkitchen@wlu.ca
Ryan Lannan Manager, Interuniversity Sport (519) 884-0710 ext. 3428 rlannan@wlu.ca
Jamie Howieson Coordinator, Communications (519) 884-0710 ext. 3492 jhowieson@wlu.ca
Jon Kursikowski Manager, Marketing and Events (519) 884-0710 ext. 3289 jkursikowski@wlu.ca
Dawn Simons Events and Sponsorship Assistant (519) 884-0710 ext. 3888 dsimons@wlu.ca
Courtney Bruce Athlete Services and Events Assistant (519) 884-0710 ext. 3739 cbruce@wlu.ca
Ted Collins Coordinator, Game Day Operations (519) 884-0710 ext. 3404 tcollins@wlu.ca
Phil Dolmage Coordinator, Web & Technology (519) 884-0710 ext. 2855 pdolmage@wlu.ca
Wesley Van Luven Coordinator, Facilities (519) 884-0710 ext. 3732 wvanluven@wlu.ca
Jennifer O'Neill Manager, Recreation and Facilities (519) 884-0710 ext. 2466 joneill@wlu.ca
Amanda Taylor Coordinator, Clubs, Camps and Aquatics (519) 884-0710 ext. 2274 amtaylor@wlu.ca
Krista Irving Booking and Finance Assistant (519) 884-0710 ext. 3720 kirving@wlu.ca
Karen Partridge Finance Assistant (519) 884-0710 ext. 4483 kpartridge@wlu.ca
Wendy Webb Administrative Assistant (519) 884-0710 ext. 2184 wwebb@wlu.ca
Jamie Carlson Athletic Therapist (519) 884-0710 ext. 2178 jcarlson@wlu.ca
Jennifer Childs Athletic Therapist (519) 884-0710 ext. 2178 jchilds@wlu.ca

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Scott Ballantyne Baseball mensbaseball@laurierathletics.com
Justin Serresse Basketball (M) (519) 884-0710 ext. 2188 jserresse@wlu.ca
Paul Falco Basketball (W) (519) 884-0710 ext. 3504 pfalco@wlu.ca
Peter Grinbergs Cross Country (M/W) crosscountry@laurierathletics.com
Matt Wilkinson Curling curling@laurierathletics.com
Michael Faulds Football (519) 884-0710 ext. 2180 mfaulds@wlu.ca
Jeff Colley Golf golf@laurierathletics.com
Greg Puhalski Hockey (M) (519) 884-0710 ext. 2465 gpuhalski@wlu.ca
Rick Osborne Hockey (W) (519) 884-0710 ext. 2182 rosborne@wlu.ca
Lynn Orth Lacrosse womenslacrosse@laurierathletics.com
Ian McLeod Rugby (M) mensrugby@laurierathletics.com
TBD Rugby (W) womensrugby@laurierathletics.com
Barry MacLean Soccer (W) (519) 884-0710 ext. 3508 bmaclean@wlu.ca
Mario Halapir Soccer (M) mario@coresportsandfitness.com
Hans Witolla Swimming coachhans7@gmail.com
Peter Grinbergs Track and Field crosscountry@laurierathletics.com

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    February 24, 2017
    PREVIEW: WBASK looks to upset No. 4 Ravens
    Game Date/Time: Saturday, February 25 - 6 p.m.
    Game Location: Ravens Nest, Ottawa
    Live Webcast: OUA.tv

    Fresh off producing their highest point total in playoff history, the seventh-seeded Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (13-7, 1-0) will head on the road for the OUA Quarter-finals where they will be looking to upset the second-seeded and No. 4 Carleton Ravens (18-1, 0-0) for a spot in the OUA Final Four tournament next weekend.

    - Laurier and Carleton met once during the regular season with the Ravens earning a 71-60 win over the Golden Hawks in Waterloo
    - in that contest, the purple and gold were unable to contain Carleton forward Heather Lindsay as she scored 34 points and added 10 rebounds in the victory

    - the Hawks and Ravens last met in the OUA playoffs back in 2013-14 when Laurier pulled off a 70-65 double overtime victory in Ottawa to win the OUA Bronze Medal and advance to the CIS Championship
    - veteran guards Kaitlyn Schenck (Kitchener, Ont.) and Nicole Morrison (Hamilton) both saw action in that game with Schenck playing a huge role in the victory, scoring 16 points

    1. Keep the Offence Rolling
    - Laurier is coming off their best offensive game ever in the playoffs as they poured in 86 points against the Toronto Varsity Blues in the OUA First Round on Wednesday night
    - it will be crucial for the Hawks to carry that momentum forward into Saturday’s matchup with the Ravens as they are facing the top scoring defence in the conference during the regular season

    2. Limit Carleton’s Front-Court Production
    - Carleton had three players finish the regular season averaging double digits in scoring and all were forwards
    - Laurier will need to throw a swarming interior defence, featuring quick rotations and double-teams, at the Ravens forwards on Saturday, similar to their performance against the Windsor Lancers earlier this month 

    3. Play to your Strengths
    - playing a higher-ranked team, Laurier will need to focus on what has made them successful this season, including quick ball movement, getting to the free throw line as well as strong interior defence
    - the Hawks ranked fifth in the OUA in assists this season and had 21 against Toronto in their playoff opener
    - Laurier was also number one in the conference in free throw makes and attempts as well as blocks
    - the purple and gold will need to excel in all three elements if they are to upset the Ravens and advance to the OUA Final Four

    Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (13-7, 1-0)

    G Irena Rynkiewicz (Mississauga, Ont.)
    - coming off one of the best games of her career, the second year guard will surely draw plenty of attention from the Ravens’ defence 
    - the OUA’s leading three-point shooter this season finished with a team-high 19 points but was also a presence on defence, recording four steals and pulling down five defensive rebounds

    G Lauren Jamison (Oakville, Ont.)
    - while Carleton will surely be focusing on shutting down the Hawks’ big three of Schenck, Morrison and Rynkiewicz, Laurier will need others to step up to draw the attention of the Ravens defence
    - the third year guard has been very consistent for the Hawks over their last six games, scoring eight or more points in four of those, all of which have been victories

    Carleton Ravnes (18-1, 0-0) - No. 4 in Canada

    F Heather Lindsay (Ottawa)
    - after going off for 34 points against the Hawks in their regular season matchup, Laurier will need to find a way to contain this fourth year forward

    F Catherine Traer (Chelsea, Que.)
    - the fourth year forward was the Ravens leading scorer during the regular season, averaging 14.6 points per game while shooting 41 percent from the floor
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    February 24, 2017
    Wilf's Fan of the Game - Chloe Graves
    Golden Hawk fans came prepared on Wednesday evening to cheer the women’s basketball team to a playoff win against the Toronto Varsity Blues. The Hawks set a school record for the most points in a playoff game with their 86-74 victory and hope to carry this momentum with them as they travel to Carleton tomorrow for a 6pm Quarter-final tip off.    
    There were several deserving fans in attendance at Wednesday’s game, but one in particular stood out from the rest. Chloe Graves, women’s rugby All-Star, supported her fellow athletes with several other members from both Golden Hawks rugby teams. Their attendance and support at several basketball games this year has not gone unnoticed. Chloe showed her support by wearing purple and gold and cheering the Hawks on to their victory. For this, she went home as Wilf’s Fan of the Game and received a t-shirt and gift certificate to Wilf’s Restaurant and Bar.  
    The Golden Hawks would like to thank all of the dedicated fans from this past season. Wilf’s Fan of the Game will resume on August 27th to kick off the 2017 football season! Continue to follow the women’s basketball team on laurierathletics.com in their quest for the Critelli Cup.
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    February 24, 2017
    MBASK bow out of the OUA Playoffs
    SUDBURY, Ont. (February 24, 2017) – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s basketball’s 2016-2017 season came to an end Wednesday night in an 88-72 loss to the Laurentian Voyageurs on the road in Sudbury.

    The purple and gold fell behind early and despite many efforts, could not climb back up that mountain amidst what was a very raucous playoff environment inside the Ben F. Avery Gymnasium.

    While the Hawks had prepared to deal with a Laurentian attack highlighted by OUA leading scorer Kadre Gray (Toronto, Ont.), they could not have expected the impact from a couple Voyageur veterans in the early going. Seniors Nelson Yengue (Yaoundé, Cameroon) and David Aromolaran (Brampton, Ont.) combined for 23 points in the first half as the seventh-seeded Voyageurs led by double digits for much of the opening twenty.

    Chuder Teny (Kitchener, Ont.) continued his trend of strong starts for the tenth-seeded Hawks as he led Laurier with 11 in the first half. Teny was a lone bright spot as Laurier was held to just 27 percent from the field in the half.

    The offence picked up from both sides in the second half, with super-rookies Gray and Tevaun Kokko (Markham, Ont.) going basket-for-basket.

    Despite a spirited effort from Kokko with 17 points in the second half while not leaving the court at all during the final 20, the Laurentian offence was running too efficiently to rally back within striking distance.

    Gray had 18, Aromolaran had 14, and the Voyageurs shot 60 percent in the second half, a mark fueled by a 25-10 rebounding edge.

    The Hawks had the lead cut down to seven at several points, but could not manage to get any closer before the Voyageurs pulled away late.

    Kokko would finish the game with a team-high 24 points while Vlad Matovic of Kitchener, Ont., and Teny chipped in with 13 and 11 respectively. 

    For Laurentian, Gray finished with 26 points and eight rebounds while Aromolaran added 23. Yengue finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

    The experience of a playoff game on the road will ultimately serve as a stepping stone for this young team. However, Wednesday night marked the final chapter in the Laurier careers of veterans Matt Chesson (Whitby, Ont.) and Owen Coulthard (Oakville, Ont.). The Hawks will look to find solutions to fill the voids left by the departure of two team leaders.

    The Voyaguers continue on to face the second-seeded Ottawa Gee-Gees Saturday in one of four OUA quarter-finals.

    You can continue to follow both men’s and women’s playoffs on OUA.tv.
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    February 22, 2017
    Rynkiewicz powers WBASK past Varsity Blues
    WATERLOO, Ont. (February 23, 2017) - Second year forward Irena Rynkiewicz scored a team-high 19 points as the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s basketball team set a school record for most points in a playoff game in an 86-74 first round win over the Toronto Varsity Blues on Wednesday night at the Athletic Complex.

    As a team, Laurier shot over 40 percent from the field and hit nine three-pointers as they broke the old team record of 84 points which was set back in 2003 against the Western Mustangs in the OUA West Semifinals.

    “I think it has to be our offensive output,” said head coach Paul Falco on what the key to success was for his team against Toronto. “We had 21 assists, which is one of our better numbers of the year. I think we were willing to make the extra pass, find the opener shooter and we were able to knock down shots. When we do that, we’re a tough team to stop. I think we could have done better defensively but the offence was there and that carried us through the game.”

    “We were definitely well prepared for this game,” added Rynkiewicz. “We knew what Toronto wanted to do. We came in trying to stop what they wanted to do. It was a bit iffy in the first half but then we got back to it, read the scouting report again and stopped their major threats.”

    Meeting in the playoffs for the first time since the OUA Bronze Medal game in 2010, the Hawks and Varsity Blues both came out firing on offence in the first quarter. Through the first seven minutes of the quarter, the lead changed hands five times as the two teams scored almost at will.

    However, in the final minutes of the frame, Laurier, the seventh seed in the conference, went on a 12-2 run, keyed by seven points from Rynkiewicz to take a 25-16 lead after 10 minutes.

    Toronto, the tenth seed entering the playoffs, was quick to respond as they made their five of their first six shots in the quarter in cut Laurier’s lead to just one.

    With momentum slipping away, the Hawks got two big plays from veteran Kaitlyn Schenck of Kitchener, Ont., in a matter of seconds. The fifth year guard hit a layup before promptly stealing the inbounds pass and hitting another layup to stabilize her team and help the Hawks take a 41-39 advantage into the half.

    The Varsity Blues continued to hang around in the third quarter thanks to the play of fourth year guard Rahshida Atkinson of Scarborough, Ont. Atkinson scored six of her game-high 22 points in the third as Toronto trailed by just four points heading to the fourth.

    Needing a response, Laurier got it early in the fourth quarter as a 10-4 run to start the frame, highlighted by three-pointers from Rynkiewicz and rookie Brianna Iannazzo of Thornhill, Ont., opened up a 10-point advantage for the Hawks. 

    From that point forward, Laurier’s veteran backcourt of Schenck and Nicole Morrison of Hamilton, took over, scoring 12 of the Hawks’ final 16 points to send the purple and gold to the second round of the conference playoffs for the third time in the last four years.

    While both teams shot the ball well from the field, with Toronto shooting 44 percent on the evening, the difference for Laurier came at the free throw line. The Blues, who committed the most fouls in the conference this season, were called for 23 in the game, sending the Hawks to the line for 29 attempts. Laurier would make 21 of those attempts while on the other side, the Blues shot just 9-for-21 from the charity stripe.

    “It’s been part of our strategy all year no matter who we played,” said Falco on Laurier’s ability to draw contact and get to the free throw line. “It helped our dribble-drive game and attack game and it exposed them a little bit. They were either going to have to foul or give up some open looks.”

    Rynkiewicz, a walk-on last season from Mississauga, Ont., and the OUA’s leading three-point shooter in the regular season, was nearly unstoppable in the contest, finishing 7-for-11 from the field, including 3-for-6 from three-point range. She also added six rebounds, four assists and four steals.

    “She’s a pretty cool cucumber,” commented Falco on his dynamic guard. “She had the shot going from the outside but she also took some good takes inside which makes her a little tougher to guard. She’s a great shooter so we did a great job of getting her open looks, especially late in the clock when the defence started to pack in, she was open on the perimeter.”

    Aside from Rynkiewicz, both Schenck and Morrison also finished in double-figures with Morrison pouring in 16, to go along with four rebounds and four steals, while Schenck added 15 along with four assists and three rebounds.

    For Toronto, Charlotte Collyer of Colleyville, Texas, and Diedre Edwards of Hamilton, joined Atkinson in hitting double-figures as Collyer had 13 points and nine rebounds while Edwards added 12 points.

    Laurier moves on to play the No. 4 Carleton Ravens in the OUA Quarter-finals next Saturday, February 25. When the two teams met in Waterloo during the regular season, it was the Ravens picking up a 71-60 victory.

    “We’re going to have to match their intensity,” said Falco on what it will take to knock off the Ravens. “They’re a team that plays extremely hard on the defensive end, probably the top defensive team in the province, so we’re going to have to find a way to get enough out of our offence. At the same time, we’ll have to find a way to control their three key scorers. We’re going to look at the tape from last time, make some adjustments but I think the big thing for us is to carry this momentum through and have some belief that we can get it done on Saturday.”

    Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at the Ravens Nest in Ottawa and the game can be seen live on OUA.tv.
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    February 22, 2017
    SWIM sending two to U SPORTS Championship
    WATERLOO, Ont. (February 22, 2017) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks swim team will be sending two swimmers to this week’s U SPORTS Championship, hosted by the Sherbrooke Vert et Or, which get underway on Friday.

    The three-day competition runs from February 24 to 26, with preliminaries starting at 10 a.m. ET and finals at 6 p.m. ET daily. Live results from all sessions will be available on the championship website and all evening finals will be webcast live on SportsCanada.TV

    First year rookie standout Jasmine Raines of Kitchener, Ont., and fourth year veteran Kate Vanderbeek of Hamilton, will represent the purple and gold against the best university swimmers in the country during the course of the three day competition.

    Raines enters the event as a medal contender in both the 100m and 200m Breaststroke events after she won gold in both races at the OUA Championships two weeks ago, becoming the first Golden Hawk since Whitney Rich in 2010 to win multiple gold medals at the conference championship. 

    The first year health sciences major set an OUA record in the 200m Breaststroke, winning gold in two minutes, 27.63 seconds, and followed that up with a time of 1:09.72 in the 100m. Raines will also compete in the 50m Breaststroke at nationals, an event she finished sixth in at the Ontario championship, as well as the 200m Individual Medley.

    As for Vanderbeek, she heads to her fourth national championship where she will swim in the all three distances in the Backstroke, as well as the 200m Individual Medley and the 50m Butterfly. Her best result at the U SPORTS Championship came in her rookie year when she finished seventh in the 50m Backstroke, her specialty.

    Vanderbeek is coming off a sixth place finish at the OUA Championship in the 50m Backstroke, thanks to a time of 29.50, and an eighth place showing in the 100m after a time of 1:03.74.

    Laurier has not had an individual medalist at the national championship since Kristy MacLennan won bronze in the 200m Butterfly back in 2005.