WATERLOO, ON – The No.5 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team announced their players of the week following their 75-32 loss against the No.2 Western Mustangs in the 110th Yates Cup OUA Championship in London on Saturday afternoon.
LONDON, ON – The No. 5 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks quest for back-to-back Yates Cup championships was snuffed out on Saturday afternoon as the No. 2 Western Mustangs rolled to a 75-32 victory in the 110th edition of the championship game at TD Stadium.
The Mustangs scored 26 unanswered points in the second quarter to blow open a close game as they took a 43-16 lead at halftime. Western continued to control the game in the second half, led by a very strong run game, as they put any hopes of another Laurier comeback to bed to advance to the Uteck Bowl.
BURLINGTON, ON – It was a season for the record books for Laurier Golden Hawks’ receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr.(Ottawa, Ont.) and for his efforts on the field, he has been named Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Most Valuable Player and the conference nominee for the U SPORTS Hec Crighton Trophy.
It’s no surprise that Gittens Jr.’s name can be found at the top of several statistical categories, as the First-Team All-Star on both offence and special teams was a dual-threat this year, helping the Golden Hawks to a second place finish in regular season play.
The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks will look to repeat last season’s dramatics as they once again head to TD Stadium in London in the quest for the Ontario university football championship — the Yates Cup.
The Golden Hawks, fresh off a 19-6 win over the McMaster Marauders on home soil in front of a chilly crowd of 1,678 Saturday, will now prepare to take on the No. 2 Western Mustangs this Saturday in London.
BURLINGTON, ON – Eight members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team were honoured as OUA All-Stars, for a total of 10 positions, on Wednesday as the conference announced the first and second team award recipients ahead of Saturday’s 110th Yates Cup championship game.
Headlining the list of recipients is Kurleigh Gittens Jr. of Ottawa, who was named as an OUA First Team All-Star at both receiver and returner. In doing so, he becomes just the second Golden Hawk to ever be named a first team all-star at multiple positions in the same season, joining former Laurier great Ian Logan who accomplished the feat in 2005.
Laurier Grads Soar is a multi-part series that has returned for the 2017-18 year. The segment features former Wilfrid Laurier University athletes and student-leaders in the Athletics and Recreation Department, and the success they have enjoyed since leaving Laurier. Written by award-winning journalist David Grossman, different features will be released throughout the year that will emphasize the role Athletics and Recreation played in helping them achieve success.
Kevin McDonald- CFL League Front Office Staff
Kevin McDonald vividly recalls the day his high school buddies said they were heading off to post-secondary studies in Ottawa and, while he thought about tagging along, instead made a bold decision to go in a different direction.
Looking back, a teenager from Kingston with glowing accomplishments as a multi-sport athlete in his teens, he was hooked on the sports reputation of Wilfrid Laurier University. Without as much as a visit to the campus, McDonald made up his mind to go west.
It was a move he said he would do again “in a heartbeat”.