WATERLOO, Ont. — Wilfrid Laurier University women’s basketball head coach Paul Falco has added four student-athletes to his roster, finalizing his recruiting class for the upcoming season.
Joining the Golden Hawks for 2020-21 are guard Dylan Mazzuchin of Sudbury, Ont., wing Maddy White of Bolton, Ont., guard Miranda Campbell of Etobicoke, Ont., and guard Cassidy Hirtle of Sarnia, Ont.
“We are pleased to add four players who are very passionate about competing and improving on the court, while at the same time are very committed to their academic studies,” said Falco of his newest additions. “It will be exciting to see them grow and develop over the years with our program.”
Mazzuchin is a 5-8 combo guard from Lo-Ellen Park Prep who will be studying health sciences. She brings a high basketball IQ to the purple and gold and is a solid two-way player that sees the floor extremely well. Last season, she averaged 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest.
According to her high school coach Jennifer Bourget, “Dylann is an outstanding student-athlete whose work ethic and discipline position her well to thrive at the next level. She is a versatile player with a high compete level that will allow her to contribute at both ends of the floor. She is extremely coachable and a great teammate.”
White, a 5-11 mobile wing, comes to the Hawks from Caledon Basketball Academy. A capable defender who can guard multiple positions and runs the floor well, White averaged 8.6 points per game last season. While at Laurier, she will be enrolled in the environmental studies program.
Campbell, a 5-7 guard, joins to the purple and gold after playing club basketball with the Mississauga Monarchs, while also suiting up for Martingrove CI. She is an athletic slasher who can shoot the three ball and play with pace and will study in the BBA program.
The Hawks final recruit is Hirtle, a 5-7 guard who helped Northern CIVS win an OFSAA ‘AAA’ bronze medal this past season by scoring 29 points in a 52-30 win over Richview CI. Majoring in economics, Hirtle can play both the point guard and shooting guard positions and has the ability to score both inside and out.
Her high school coach, John Thrasher, had high praise for the incoming Hawk.
“Cass is a great leader who never gets down on herself or her teammates. She is also as tough a kid as I ever coached.”
The four student-athletes join a veteran Laurier squad that is coming off a 10-12 season and an appearance in the first round of the OUA playoffs.
– T. Bennett
Information from the Laurier Golden Hawks contributed to this post.