It’s been five years since the last time the Brock Badgers men’s lacrosse team won the Canadian University Lacrosse Association championship. The year was 2009, the Badgers defeated McMaster University in a very tight 12-11 final. Since then, the team has struggled to get over the playoff hurdle to reach the final game again.
Last season the Badgers reached the semi-finals. They took a 8-6 lead into halftime over Guelph University but a couple late fourth quarter goals by the Gryphons ended the Badgers run for the title.
Brock has led the CUFLA West division for two years in a row with nothing to show for it. In 2012, they fell 4-3 to Western University in the semi-finals, 2011 they lost in the finals 11-6 to Bishop’s University and 2010 they lost again in the finals 11-10 to McMaster.
During the regular season in 2014, Brock finished with an 11-1 record, with their only loss coming against the same Guelph team that defeated them in the semis. Brock was the best scoring team in the league with a total of 201 goals and had the best goal differential of +117.
The Badgers got fantastic play from top attacker Greg Davidson. Davidson led the CUFLA in goals with 47 in 12 games and was third in points with a total of 55. His attack partner, Brandon Slade, finished with 28 assists, which was third best in the league.
Head Coach Justin Kennedy and his team will open their 2015 season on September 11 on the road against McMaster as they look for another successful 12-game season. A couple days later, on Sept. 13 they’ll get their shot to take revenge on Guelph on home turf in St. Catharines.
It’s going to be an exciting year for the lacrosse team as they will get their chance to defend their new home turf field on campus starting September.
Currently, Coach Kennedy and his staff have been holding tryouts as they look to add more talent heading into the new season. Tryouts began August 15 and will end September 6, as the lacrosse team will play an exhibition game before beginning the season.
At some point the Badgers have to turn the tables, especially when it comes playoff time. It’ll be another competitive year in the CUFLA and Brock, again, will be as competitive as its rival universities.