On a stormy Saturday afternoon the Brock Men’s Lacrosse team pushed their winning streak to 6 games against Nippising University winning 23-4. Gage Board opened the scoring frenzy 36 seconds into the game following a set up by Attack Brandon Slade. Breakout sophomores Greg Davidson and Brandon Slade led the way offensively for the Badgers combining for 11 goals and 5 assists. Slade is currently the CUFLA relative point’s leader with 31 points through 6 games. Brock dominated early and often getting up to a first quarter 5-0 lead. The Badgers added 6 goals in the second quarter and cruised into half time with a commanding 11-0 lead. Starting goaltender Ryan Jones was relieved of his duties in the second half as fellow Freshman Justin Avbar finished the game in net.
Much praise has to be given to coach Kennedy for keeping his team focused in the game. His team was expected to win by at least 15 points as Nippising hobbled into the game with a 3-5 record, placing fourth in the west of the CUFLA. Furthermore this was the third team that Brock has played while their opposing team was on the road for their homecoming adding insult to injury in these victories. While Brock’s leading scorers shined as usual it’s worth noting that the Badgers have been well balanced in their attack. The overall depth of this team has been a strongpoint. 12 players tallied a point in the blowout and 19 players have contributed at least one point this season. Moreover the youth on this team is encouraging; the young squad is gelling quite nicely while being led by All-Canadian staples Kyle Davis and Mark Debrone.
The top five rankings of the CUFLA entering the game were as follows; 1. Brock; 2. McGill; 3. Western; 4. Bishops; 5 Queen’s. There are only a few games remaining before the Baggataway Cup, where all signs point toward a showdown between top ranked Brock and second ranked McGill. The Redmen of McGill look like the Badgers only legitimate threat to stop an undefeated season and a CUFLA Championship, however crazy things can happen at lacrosse championship tournaments. It will be important for Brock to avoid injuries in their upcoming games getting ready for the big show November 7-9 in Oshawa. It’s worth noting that the game was played at Kiwanis field, an artifical turf field, which certainly allowed for a larger offensive output than ones capable on a grass field during the on and off showers that took place Saturday afternoon.
Brock takes on McMaster at McMaster Oct. 8, and Laurentian at Brock Oct. 11 as they look to go into reading week with a 8-0 record.