Brock University’s men’s rowing team led the charge through icy cold winds and water, and the men’s lacrosse team followed suit as Brock celebrated one of its greatest weekends in the school’s history. Brock won Ontario championships in lacrosse and rowing this weekend.First, in choppy waters and fighting strong winds, the men’s rowing team captured the Ontario University Athletics team championship, as four separate boats raced to individual wins. The heavyweight and lightweight eights both won their races, as did Darcy Usborne in single skulls and the lightweight coxed fours. Brock won four of the eight races, and ran away with the points championship, scoring 108 points, which was 40 better than second place Queen’s 68.
Also celebrating a provincial championship was the men’s lacrosse team, as they fended off Guelph and Bishop’s in overtime to capture the Baggataway Cup, which is the Ontario University Field Lacrosse Associations annual prize. Brad Tapp and Matt Marchildon both scored overtime winners for the squad, and Kenny Montour was absolutely fantastic in keeping the Badger’s hopes alive throughout. Montour was awarded the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award.
Aside from the two Ontario champions, two other teams enjoyed great success. The men’s soccer team played “like warriors” as head coach Bill Millar put it, but fell in the OUA semi-final to eventual champion U of Toronto, 2-1 (5-4 on penalty kicks). The team was supported by approximately 500 fans at this match, and they made a ton of noise. Brock went out hard in the bronze medal match and upended a very undisciplined York Yeoman side 2-0, and earned a birth in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports championships next weekend at Carleton.
The women’s rowing team also took home bronze medals.
Western won the overall championship by only one point over second place Queen’s and the third place Badgers.
In a spirited win in the final race, the heavyweight eights capped an extremely impressive day that also had the heavyweight coxed fours winning an individual championship.
The lightweight eight crew also managed a silver medal behind Western.
“It was pretty amazing across the board. We were highly successful,” said Brock’s athletic director Lorne Adams. “The nice thing is, winning helps recruiting, which helps winning. It makes it easier to recruit . good athletes go to good programs.