Seven Golden Hawks named OUA All-Stars

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BURLINGTON, ON – Following their best season since 2007, seven members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team were recognized as OUA All-Stars as announced by the conference on Wednesday.

Five Golden Hawks were named OUA First Team All-Stars, all on the defensive side of the football, including defensive linemen Kwaku Boateng of Milton, Ont., and Jalen Price of Hamilton, defensive backs Godfrey Onyeka of Brampton, Ont., and Malcolm Thompson of Windsor, Ont., and linebacker Nakas Onyeak of Brampton, Ont.

The Hawks also had two players named OUA Second Team All-Stars, offensive lineman Jamie Lalonde of Hamilton, and returner Kurleigh Gittens Jr. of Ottawa.


For Boateng, this marks the second consecutive year that he’s been named a first team all-star. The fourth year defensive end was the undisputed leader of a Laurier front four that account for 22.5 of the Hawks’ 36 sacks in 2016. Boateng piled up 6.5 sacks in 2016, third most in the conference, en route to becoming Laurier’s new all-time sacks leader with 20.5. The 6-2, 250 lbs. accounting major also added six knockdowns, third most in the OUA, four forced fumbles, tied for first in the conference, and 22 tackles.

Joining Boateng in earning recognition on the Hawks’ defensive line is Price, a 6-5, 320 lbs. defensive tackle who earns all-star honours for the first time in his four-year career at Laurier. Price was a force inside for the Hawks, as he finished tied for sixth in the conference in sacks with five, while also playing a key role in helping Laurier finish the year with the third-best run defence in the OUA. The environmental studies major also added 19 tackles, nine of those for a loss.

Two members of the Golden Hawks secondary, Thompson and Godfrey Onyeka, were key members of a unit that finished second in the OUA in interceptions this year with 16.

Thompson was the star of the group before going down with an injury in the second last game of the season. In seven games with Laurier, the 2015 OUA Second Team All-Star had five interceptions, tied for first in the OUA, and totalled 268 return yards on those picks, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns. His success etched his name in the Golden Hawk record books for most interception return yards in a season and he now owns the school record for career interception return yards with 328. The 5-11, 190 lbs. sociology major also added 28 tackles and three knockdowns for the Hawks.

Godfrey Onyeka wasn’t far behind his battery-mate in the secondary in terms of success in 2016. An All-Canadian a year ago, the 6-2, 205 lbs. biology major improved in all key categories from a year ago as he finished tied for fourth in the OUA in interceptions with four while finishing second on the team in tackles with 40.5. He also recorded one knockdown, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery on the year.

Rounding out the Hawks’ first team all-stars is Nakas Onyeka, who may have been Laurier’s most dynamic player on defence. Impacting the game in a number of ways, the 2015 OUA Second Team All-Star finished tied for fourth in the league in tackles with 59.5, a new career-best mark which moved him into third on Laurier’s all-time tackle list. Even more impressive was the amount of time Nakas spent in the opposing teams’ backfield as he was second in the league in tackles for a loss with 15, 5.5 of those coming on sacks. The 6-0, 210 lbs. communication studies major also had two knockdowns, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Gittens Jr. earns OUA Second Team All-Star honours for the second consecutive this season but this time around, it’s as a returner. The 6-1, 187 lbs. receiver had a big season on special teams as he finished Top 5 in the conference in average yards per punt return and kick return. In the kick return game, Gittens Jr. was second in the conference, averaging 27.8 yards per return as he finished the year with 362 yards on 13 returns while also adding 303 punt return yards on 26 attempts and a touchdown.

Laurier’s final all-star is Lalonde, the Hawks’ starting centre on the offensive line. An all-star for the first time, Lalonde started all eight games for Laurier and was crucial in helping the Hawks lead the country in rushing yards with 2251.

The five first team all-stars for Laurier represents their most since having seven in 2009 while their seven total all-stars marks the second year in a row the Hawks have achieved that mark.

The 2016 OUA Football Major Award Winners will be announced starting at 11:00 a.m. ET on Nov. 10 at Yates Cup Press Conference, presented by GameStrat, at the Holiday Inn in Burlington, Ont.

FIRST TEAM
Pos. – Athlete – University – Year – Hometown – Program

Offence
QB – Derek Wendel – Ottawa – 5 – Belleville, Ont. – Philosophy
RB – Alex Taylor – Western – 3 – Winnipeg, Man. – Kinesiology
FB – Tom Marshall – Western – 5 – London, Ont. – Social Science
REC – Danny Vandervoort – McMaster – 4 – Barrie, Ont. – Sociology
REC – Mitchell Baines – Ottawa – 5 – Ottawa, Ont. – Social Science and Criminology
REC – George Johnson – Western – 5 – London, Ont. – King’s College
REC – Nathaniel Behar – Carleton – 4 – London, Ont. – Communications
C – Matt Van Praet – Western – 5 – London, Ont. – Kinesiology
T – Sean Jamieson – Western – 5 – Winnipeg, Man. – Kinesiology
T – Kwabena Asare – Carleton – 5 – Brampton, Ont. – Communication
G – Zach Intzandt – McMaster – 5 – London, Ont. – Justice, Political Philosophy & Law
G – Sean Jamieson – Western – 5 – Winnipeg, Man. – Kinesiology

Defence
DT – Rupert Butcher – Western – 5 – London, Ont. – Huron College
DT – Jalen Price – Laurier – 4 – Hamilton, Ont. – Environmental Studies
DE – Kwaku Boateng – Laurier – 4 – Milton, Ont. – Business

DE – Mike Kashak – McMaster – 5 – Courtice, Ont. – Labour Studies & Political Science
LB – Nakas Onyeka – Laurier – 4 – Brampton, Ont. – Communications Studies
LB – Jean-Gabriel Poulin – Western – 3 – St. Nicolas, – Que. King’s College
SAM – Nick Vanin – Western – 3 – London, Ont. – Medical Sciences
FS – Jesse McNair – Western – 4 – London, Ont. – BMOS
HB – Malcolm Thompson – Laurier – 3 – Windsor, Ont. – Sociology
HB – Malcolm Brown – Western – 5 – London, Ont. – King’s College
CB – Godfrey Onyeka – Laurier – 2 – Brampton, Ont. – Health Sciences
CB – Robbie Yochim – McMaster – 2 – Kelowna, BC – Social Sciences

Special Teams
P – TJ Morton – Toronto – 4 – Elkton, Md. – Communications
K – Adam Preocanin – McMaster – 1 – Burlington, Ont. – Humanities
RET – Tunde Adeleke – Carleton – 4 – Ottawa, Ont. – Economics
RUSH – Fraser Sopik – Western – 2 – Aurora, Ont. – King’s College
RUSH – Job Reinhart – Guelph – 2 – Guelph, Ont. – Landscape Architecture

SECOND TEAM

Offence
QB – Jesse Mills – Carleton – 5 – Halifax, NS. – Communication
RB – Jayde Rowe – Carleton – 4 – Scarborough, Ont. – History
FB – Stefano Napolitano – Carleton – 4 – Stittsville, Ont. – Criminology
REC – Dan Petermann – McMaster – 3 – Stoney Creek, Ont. – Humanities
REC – Kyle Van Wynsberghe – Carleton – 4 – Delhi, Ont. – Criminology
REC – Colton Hunchak – York – 2 – Calgary, Alta. Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
REC – Rahul Madan – Toronto – 5 – Scarborough, Ont. – Kinesiology
C – Jamie Lalonde – Laurier – 4 – Hamilton, Ont. – Sociology 
T – Randy Beardy – Windsor – 5 – Sarnia, Ont. – Psychology
T – David Brown – Western – 3 – London, Ont. – Science
G – Andrew Pickett – Guelph – 3 – Kitchener, Ont. – Human Kinetics
G – KC Bakker – Carleton – 3 – London, Ont. – Criminology

Defence
DT – Emmanuel Adusei – Carleton – 4 – London, Ont. – Law
DT – Hassan Barry – McMaster – 3 – St. George, Ont. – Political Science
DE – John Biewald – Western – 5 – Ottawa, Ont. – Social Science
DE – Zac Sauer – Queen’s – 4 – Ayr, Ont. – History
LB – Leon Cenerini – Carleton – 4 – La Salle, Man. – Criminology
LB – Kene Onyeka – Carleton – 3 – Brampton, Ont. – Mechanical Engineering
SAM – Jackson Bennett – Ottawa – 2 – Ottawa, Ont. – Geography
FS – Wesley Mann – Queen’s – 3 – Almonte, Ont. – Arts
HB – Tunde Adeleke – Carleton – 4 – Ottawa, Ont. – Economics
HB – Nick Parisotto – Guelph – 3 – Guelph, Ont. Leadership and Organizational Management
CB – Nathaniel Hamlin -Carleton – 3 – Ottawa, Ont. – Communications
CB – Simon Bahru – Western – 5 – London, Ont. – Nursing

Special Teams
P – Michael Domagala – Carleton – 4 – St. Catharines, Ont. – Criminology & Criminal Justice
K – Lewis Ward – Ottawa – 4 – Kingston, Ont. – Social Science
K – Mark Liegghio – Western – 1 – Woodbridge, Ont. – King’s College
RET – Kurleigh Gittens Jr. – Laurier – 2 – Ottawa, Ont. – Sociology 
RUSH – Dominic Ciraco – Queen’s – 1 – Burlington, Ont. – Commerce

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