It wasn’t their prettiest win of the season, but it was a victory nonetheless as the Brock Badgers men’s lacrosse team defeated the McMaster Marauders for the third time this year 8-4 in the CUFLA divisional playoffs on Nov. 2 to advance to the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA) Semi-Finals in Oshawa, ON on Nov. 8.
Without one of their star attackers, Brandon Slade, the Badgers who led the CUFLA West Division with 201 goals in the regular season got off to a cold start on offense as they trailed 2-1 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Badgers dominated ball possession, and thanks to two incredible passes by sophomore Travis Arch, the Badgers took a 4-2 lead into half-time. The third quarter was a lot more physical, as both teams battled it out on the ground game, and traded a goal each, giving the Badgers the 5-3 lead going into the fourth and final quarter. In the final frame, the Badgers broke out on offense and iced the game thanks to a couple of incredible shots by sophomore midfielder Nick Rybka.
Ryan Jones was solid between the pipes for the Badgers, stopping 12 of the 16 shots he faced, while his counterpart Max Yavvit was just as good for the Marauders, making 28 saves in the loss. This was the first game of the season where Badgers sniper Greg Davidson, who led the CUFLA with 47 goals, didn’t record a single marker. The Badgers have now won 16 of their last 17 contests against the Marauders going back to 2006.
The Badgers will now compete for the CUFLA National Championship next week in Oshawa, ON, as they try to hoist the Baggataway Cup for the first time since 2009.