By: Daniel Deschanes
It’s that time of year, Badgers; time to prepare your calendars full of classes, assignments, and Frosh week events. It’s also the time to look ahead at some of the Badgers must see games and events. Clear your calendars because here are some of the top games you will want to see this upcoming semester.
September 19 — RBC Steel Blade Classic vs. Windsor Lancers
The Men’s Hockey team will look to continue their dominance of the RBC Steel Blade Class on September 19 as they take on the defending OUA Champion Windsor Lancers. The Badgers enter their second game of the 2014-15 campaign looking to bring excitement to the expected sold-out Seymour-Hannah Centre as students, staff, and alumni flock to the Niagara Region to celebrate Brock’s 50th anniversary. The Badgers gave fans something to cheer about at last year’s Steel Blade Classic by winning a nail biter in overtime. Matt Abercrombie helped the Badgers capture their seventh title by scoring the tying goal with 10 seconds to play in regulation before completing the natural hat-trick in overtime. Opposite to the mighty Badgers, the Lancers, featuring former St.Catharines Falcon defenders Julian Luciani and Kenny Bradford, will look to start their season on a winning note. Can the Badgers win an eighth title in front of many alumni or will they fall to themighty Lancers? Stay tuned.
Homecoming is not all about Football games. After all, 2014 marks Brock University’s 50th anniversary and what better way to celebrate than welcoming distinguished alumni from across to globe while showcasing the Niagara Region and the success of Badgers athletics. Friday night features the RBC Steel Blade Classic at the Seymour-Hannah Centre and the Women’s Volleyball team facing off against a team of Brock alumni volleyball players. Saturday sees a pair of Alumni games with the Men’s Soccer and Men’s Basketball teams all squaring off in a battle of current versus former players. However, the weekend isn’t over just yet; Men’s Lacrosse will challenge a team of Brock Lacrosse Alumni at 1:00 p.m.
Why stop there? What about some Badgers OUA games?
Saturday features Men’s Rugby vs. Waterloo, Men’s Baseball vs. Western, Men’s Soccer vs. Algoma, Women’s Rugby vs. Trent, and Women’s Soccer vs. Algoma.
The weekend isn’t over yet as three more teams are in action on Sunday. The intensity starts with Women’s Soccer vs. Algoma, followed by Men’s Soccer vs. Algoma, and finishing with Women’s Hockey vs. Ottawa.
October 18 — vs. Laurier
The defending OUA Champion Laurier Golden Hawks visit St. Catharines to face the mighty Badgers on October 18. The Badgers will look to avenge their two 3-1 losses from last season in what could be a crucial game to decide their playoff fate. Be sure to return from Reading Week early to take in an exciting matchup between Brock and Laurier in the Women’s second last game of the season.
October 24-26 — RBC Classic
A weekend of basketball at the Bob Davis Gymnasium kicks off on October 24 as Brock welcomes the Ryerson Rams, McGill Marlets, and the University of Fraser Valley Cascades. Brock’s annual RBC Classic is a round robin format showcase event and students, staff and fans can take in the action from Friday to Sunday.