Brock Varsity Sports: fighting for playoffs

All year long, Brock’s varsity teams have been asking students to come out and support their home games. Their request hasn’t been all talk, as their play on the field, pitch, diamond and (now) turf has been backed up. A lot of Brock’s fall teams have played their way into a solid position to make the playoffs, or at least compete for a position, making the final stretch of the season that much more exciting.

Take the women’s soccer team as an example. Looking at their record may make you turn a cold shoulder, but battling multiple injuries all year long, the women have put themselves in a solid position to compete for the playoffs. Not many teams can stick around with injuries knocking them down to begin the season, but with players returning one by one, the Badgers can become a late-season threat.

The women picked up their first win this past weekend, beating Guelph 1-0. Earlier this year, they lost to Guelph 2-1 as the Gryphons scored a late goal to win it. The Badgers are now 1-9-1 with four points on the season. With the top six teams making the playoffs, Brock sits nine points back of the final two playoff spots – which really is not a lot with the way the remainder of the schedule looks for Brock.

Next weekend, they play Windsor, one of the two teams they trail for the final two spots. They then travel to play Algoma for two games. Algoma sits dead last in the OUA west division. Then they’ll welcome Waterloo to St. Catharines, the second team they trail for the final playoff spots.

If Brock wins those games, they pick up 12 points in the standings. Their final game of the season at Brock will be against Laurier, who sit second in the division. Either way Brock’s women’s soccer team, if healthy, is on pace to making a late playoff push.

Windsor, one of the teams Brock is trying to catch, has a much tougher schedule remaining. They’ll play a tough Guelph team before playing Brock. Then their final two of three games are against top-ranked Laurier and Western, while the other game is against an evenly matched Waterloo.

Waterloo, the other team Brock is trailing in the standings for the final playoff spots, isn’t in for a fun final stretch either. They play Western, currently third in the division, then play number one ranked York (twice), followed by tough matches against Windsor and Brock.
Playoffs is a realistic shot for the women’s soccer team as they begin to get healthy. Currently, they are twelve points back with five games remaining. Brock has the more favourable schedule than any of the two teams they are chasing.

For the men’s soccer team the challenge is a little bit lighter. With a 2-8-1 record (tying Guelph 0-0 this past weekend), the Badgers sit five points back of Western for the final playoff spot. Four of their final five games are against winnable opponents.

Over on the lacrosse side of things, the men are right in thick of being a top seed once again. They are currently 6-2 and do sit first place as they hold a two-point advantage on Western. Brock lost their Homecoming game to Western, but earlier in the year beat the Mustangs. The two teams played two very tightly contested games. For the Badgers, their next two of three games are against a tough Guelph team, who is currently 4-1 on the year. Guelph eliminated Brock in the semi-finals last season, so the Badgers will have a chip on their shoulder going into the games.

This past weekend, the Brock women’s lacrosse team picked up two wins against Guelph and Western to improve their first-place record to 6-0-1. It has been a joy ride so far for the Badgers, as they’ve been playing some easier opponents. However, it gets a bit tougher. Two of their next five are against Western, who trails Brock in the OUA west standings, and is the best defensive team in the league. In that same five-game span, the Badgers play OUA east’s top two teams in Queen’s and Toronto. This final stretch of games will prove the women’s lacrosse teams’ true worth. The playoffs seem to be a sure thing, but where they rank among the best will be determined, starting now.

The men’s rugby team currently hold the fifth spot for the playoffs with four games remaining. Brock made the semi-finals last year and if they can split their final four games they should be in the playoffs again this year. The women could also make the playoffs this year, as they hold the final spot with a one game left. They play a tough Western team, so if Waterloo loses their final game, Brock will officially earn a playoff spot.

With all this put in place and the baseball team already in the playoffs, Brock could potentially see all seven varsity fall teams make the playoffs.

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