By Alan Coombs Sports Assistant
The women’s lacrosse game can be summed up in four words, “We hit three posts.”
Those were the first words that head coach Marty Cooper said after the team suffered a loss that saw them eliminated from the Ontario University Athletics championship tournament Saturday, losing to Guelph 11-7.
The women were especially optimistic to make it past the first round, as their first round was against the Guelph Gryphons, a team that they beat fairly handily last week 10-7. Unfortunately however, this was the Gryphons game to be won, as they battled hard in the opening half, starting off with four unanswered goals which made the difference in the game.
The Badgers had a lot of difficulty gaining possession of the ball for most of the first half, as the Gryphons swarmed loose balls and taking possession for a majority of the half. The result of the failure to take the possession left the Brock offense with very little time to utilize their strength.
Keri Reeder played another phenomenal game in net, keeping the women in the game for most of the first half, as the Badgers needed the extra time to warm up on the frigid Western field.
Eventually the team did gather up enough warmth and energy to put a dent in the Gryphon lead when Cassie Sams let a hard shot sail from about twenty feet out, and over the shoulder of the Gryphon netminder. The goal was closely followed by Les Maybury scoring her lone goal of the game from beside the net.
However, their rally was kept very quiet as the Guelph team quickly responded with a shot from beside the net that slipped passed Reeder to take their lead back up to three goals.
The half ended with a score of 5-3 for the Gryphons.
Late in the second half the women tried to battle back and attacked hard, taking most of the loose balls, and possession for a majority of second half, but all of the late rallies were stunted by Guelph’s powerful offense, and the Badgers were left stunned by the loss.
“I just don’t think we had the ball enough,” Cooper said when asked about the obvious loss of points from Heather Stephens and Maybury who were each held to only one goal. They were replaced on the score sheet by Sarah Richardson’s excellent effort, which gave her three goals and an assist.
Cooper signed off the season with the optimistic view that he has maintained all year, saying, “These girls have dedicated themselves all season. Brock should be proud of them. They’ll be back next season.