Photo: Kha Vo

Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

GUELPH, ON – Two costly fourth quarter interceptions cost the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team an opportunity to knock off the nationally-ranked Guelph Gryphons on Monday afternoon as they lost 30-19 on the road.

Trailing 30-17 early in the fourth quarter, quarterback James Fracas of Waterloo, Ont., drove the Golden Hawks into the red zone on back-to-back possessions. However, each time the drives ended in the hands of Gryphons defensive back Nicholas Parisotto of Guelph, Ont., as No. 6 Guelph held on for the victory.


Eric Morelli watches James Fracas throw during practice. Photo: Peter Lee, Waterloo Region Record

Christine Rivet
Waterloo Region Record

WATERLOO — He might not bowl you over with his numbers, but when Eric Morelli takes the field at Alumni Stadium he hopes you might at least consider him a thinking man’s quarterback.

That’s not unlike the guy he has replaced.

Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks starter James Fracas, who injured his knee in a preseason match with the University of Saskatchewan, stood quietly in the shadows for years before getting his chance.

So, too, has Morelli, expected to get Monday’s start when the Hawks visit the Guelph Gryphons.

Both Fracas and Morelli are bright, level-headed fourth-year business students.

Both have gained a reputation as calm and efficient game managers and hard-working and humble leaders for the Hawks.

All of which makes the transition from one to the other silky smooth for Laurier.


Photo credit: Bruce Bell
Photo credit: Bruce Bell

Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

Game Date: Monday, September 7, 2015
Game Location: Alumni Field, Guelph
Live Webcast/Stats: OUA.tv
Television: Rogers Waterloo Region – Live
Tickets: gryphons.ca/tickets


Two teams coming off Week 1 victories square off in Guelph as the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks battle the Guelph Gryphons at Alumni Field.


– The Golden Hawks opened their season with a 38-21 victory on the road against the York Lions
– Guelph also opened their 2015 campaign on the road as they defeated the Waterloo Warriors 78-7
– The Gryphons have won the last three matchups against the Hawks, with two of those games being decided by less than a touchdown
– Laurier’s last victory against the Gryphons came back on Oct. 22, 2011 in Guelph when they recorded a 15-10 win




BURLINGTON, Ont. – Expect to see some high-octane offence in Week 2 as the Laurier Golden Hawks (1-0) head to Alumni Stadium in Guelph, Ont. to take on the sixth-ranked Guelph Gryphons (1-0) Labour Day Monday at 1:00pm.

Still with the sour taste of last year’s Yates Cup loss to McMaster in their mouths, the Gryphons stormed Warrior Field in Waterloo, Ont. on Sunday night, defeating the hometown Warriors 78-7.

Quarterback James Roberts completed 15-22 attempts, throwing for 325 yards and three touchdowns in the victory, while on the ground running back Johnny Augustine churned up the Waterloo defence for 149 yards and three touchdowns as well.

The Gryphons have arguably one of the best 1-2 receiving punches in the country in A’Dre Fraser and Jacob Scarfone.  The dynamic duo showed just how dangerous they can be on Sunday night as the pair hauled in 12 catches for 315 yards and four touchdowns.

After finishing 1-7 in 2013, the Laurier Golden Hawks returned to the playoffs once again last season and if all goes as planned, head coach Michael Faulds and the Hawks expect to be playing into early November this season.


CBC News

Football players at Wilfrid Laurier University took a break from their regular training schedule to learn what it means to be a conscientious man and how to have healthy relationships with women on campus.

On Wednesday, the young men participated in an hour and a half session led by Stephen Soucie, program coordinator with Male Allies Against Sexual Violence, which is a program associated with the Sexual Assault Crisis Centre of Waterloo Region.


Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

It feels great to get a win on the road in week one of the OUA season. The first game is always tough because you are really unsure of what the other team is going to do without having any recent film on them. You have to simply play your game and make adjustments on the fly. The 38-21 victory over York is better than we have played them the last few years and although not pretty at times it counts just the same in the win column. We obviously have a lot we can improve on over the week as we get ready for a week #2 match-up at Guelph – Monday, September 7th at 1pm.


Offensive coordinator Mark Surya inspects the footwork of a Laurier receiver during training camp. Photo: Mathew McCarthy, Waterloo Region Record

Christine Rivet
Waterloo Region Record

WATERLOO — Mark Surya just might be the brightest young football coach you don’t know.

His colleagues at Wilfrid Laurier University are well acquainted with his genius, however.

And when Laurier’s head coach Michael Faulds decided to surrender his offensive co-ordinator’s portfolio this past off-season, it was really only a formality.