Volume 96, Issue 16
Wednesday, September 25, 2002

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Mustangs open can of whoop ass

Sandy Rush/Gazette

"I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN..." The Western women rolled over Laurier on the weekend, spanking the Hawks 41-0.

The Western Mustangs women's rugby team laid a fierce beating on the lowly Wilfred Laurier University Golden Hawks to the tune of 41-0 on Saturday.

"Awesome," said head coach Natascha Wesch when recalling the cakewalk victory her team garnered this past weekend. "We were disappointed with how last season ended, so we promised to make huge changes this off-season," Wesch added.

"We told [the team] we will recruit hard, if they work hard on their conditioning [during the off-season]," Wesch said, "and our players stepped up huge."

And step up they did. Laurier is supposed to be one of the top teams in Ontario this season and defeating a top team by such a large margin makes it clear Western could be primed to dominate.

Already this season, the Mustangs have knocked off two of the top Ontario University Athletics teams in Laurier and the defending OUA champions Waterloo.

"Right now our goal for the season is to finish in the top four of our division, then move on to the nationals," Wesch said.

The top teams in women's rugby this season are Western, Waterloo, Guelph and McMaster. The Mustangs have already defeated Waterloo in the opening game of the season 12-0 and beat Guelph in a pre-season game.

Western's next home game is on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Huron Flats rugby pitch where the women will face off against the Brock University Badgers.

– Benjamin Mills

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