Brock’s lacrosse team was able to end the Mustangs’ winning streak during the regular season, but the Mustangs showed no sign of forgiveness as the Mustangs won their fifth straight OUA championship with a 15-9 victory over the Badgers.
Mustangs’ player, Tenyka Snider, who was named the top graduating player following the championship admitted that she knew Brock would be a tough opponent but battled through an injury with which she was suffering to win her fifth title.
“It feels great, we knew that this year it was going to be really close,” said Snider. “Brock beat us last week so we knew it was going to be a really tight game and we had a lot of good energy going into it. It’s hard to believe that it’s actually five in a row. Our team works really hard practicing everyday and doing more fitness than we would actually like, but it feels amazing that all of the hard work paid off.”
In a game recap from OUA, Western built up a three goal lead midway through the first half, but Brock responded with three straight goals including one from Breanne Gillie with 18 seconds left on the clock to tie the game at six goals apiece.
In the second half, Western’s offence would take advantage of six Badger yellow cards and go on to score nine goals, the most by any team at the championship. Stuck in their end, the Badgers were only able to score three, two of which were in the final minute of play.
Megan Wilkins led the Mustangs’ offensive attack with four goals while teammates Lauren Stewart and Mikaela Harrison each recorded hat-tricks. Brock’s Sarah Simpson would maintain the Badger offence with three goals.
Western goaltender Caitlin Mancuso came up with a number of big saves as she was named the player of the game. Brock’s goalkeeper Mackenzie Singer also had a standout performance as she earned the honour for the Badgers.
Overall, Sunday’s title game was considered a rematch from a year ago in which Western defeated Brock 7-5. This is the second straight year the Badgers have won silver, and it’s their second medal in the program’s first four years.
The Brock Badgers men’s lacrosse team finished the final weekend of the regular season with a win and a loss. The Badgers clinched third place in the CUFLA West Division during the weekend series.
As the Badgers lost to the Guelph Gryphons 12-9 Friday evening, the Badgers were able to retaliate with a 14-4 victory over the Luarentian Voyageurs at Alumni Field this past Saturday.
During the game against Guelph, Nick Karam was able to lead the Badgers with three goals and one assist. Welland Native, Nicholas Beaudoin was able to add two goals to the game while Davis Neal also included two goals to the scoreboard. To continue the scoring, Jeremy McWatters and Connor Ham both added a goal each while McWatters was also able to add an assist to the stats sheet.
When Brock took on Laurentian, the Badgers were able to jump to a 5-2 lead after 40 minutes as they outscored the Voyagers 9-2 in the second half which landed them with their ninth victory of the season and sole possession of second place in the western division.
Leading the Badger’s offense was Brandon Slade who led all scorers with six points, three goals and three assists. Slade leads the CUFLA in scoring with a career best of 62 regular season points, 27 goals and 35 assists.
Slade, a Kinesiology major in his third year, helped lead the Brock men’s lacrosse team to victories over the Gryphons and Laurier Golden Hawks. In two games, he recorded 13 points adding four goals and nine assists. In the Badgers 11-10 win over Guelph, Slade added two goals and four helpers, including the game-winning goal late in the fourth quarter. He also collected his 150th career point as a Badger.
The men now await to see the playoff schedule to determine who their first round opponents will be. The men finish the season with a 8-3 record, scoring 157 goals and allowing
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