Laurier has held up its end of the bargain, beating Moncton 5-3 today by virtue of a hat trick from second-team all-Canadian Andrea Ironside and a key goal by Katherine Shirriff.
Moncton scored twice early in the third period to come within a goal. Shirriff scored just 1:16 after the Aigles Bleues' second goal and Ironside applied the hammer with her third goal of the afternoon just 46 seconds later. Lauren Barch also had three assists.
Fifth-year Golden Hawks defender Andrea Bevan, the lone Laurier player who's served continuously since it won in 2005 (backup goalie Cindy Eadie graduated and came back), will be playing in her fourth national final.
The St. FX-McGill game is airing on ssncanada.ca, while tomorrow's final will air on The Score. The Cord, Laurier's student newspaper, is updating at http://twitter.com/CordSports.
(Small world: I have a great-uncle and great-aunt in Carrying Place, Ont. Wonder if Shirriff knows the John and Sandra Vanberkel?)