OSHAWA, Ont. – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s curling team had their shot at four straight titles come up short on Sunday evening as they lost 7-6 to the Toronto Varsity Blues in the quarter-finals at the OUA Championship, hosted by the UOIT Ridgebacks and the Oshawa Golf and Curling Club.
The Hawks, who were attempting to become the first school to ever win four consecutive OUA titles, gave up a score of two in the eighth end to miss the medal round for the first time since 2013.
Laurier had opened the day by securing first place in Pool A thanks to an impressive 5-2 victory over the previously unbeaten Carleton Ravens. The victory left the purple and gold with a 6-1 record in round robin play and matched them up against the fourth place finishers from Pool B, the Varsity Blues.
In their quarter-final matchup, th e two teams traded singles in the first two ends before a crucial steal of two by Toronto in the third gave them a 3-1 lead.
Skip Chelsea Brandwood of Beamsville, Ont., and her rink of vice Brenda Holloway of Mississauga, Ont., second Riley Sandham of St. Catharines, Ont., and lead Kirsten Marshall of Toronto, were quick to respond though as they scored two of their own in the fourth end to head into the break tied 3-3.
After Laurier picked up a steal of one in the fifth end, Toronto and Laurier traded scores of two in the sixth and seventh ends, leaving the purple and gold with a 6-5 lead heading to the final end.
Needing to steal or hold Toronto to just a single in the last end to keep their championship hopes alive, the Hawks allowed the Varsity Blues to score two, ending their title shot and season.
Over the course of their two events in 2016-17, the Golden Hawks varsity team finished the year with an overall record of 8-4.