The Brock men’s lacrosse team took on the Laurentian Voyageurs this past Saturday afternoon and came away with a win to advance them to the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA) Championships this upcoming weekend.
During a post-game interview with Kennedy, he was asked how he felt overall about how his team had played during the regular season.
“I thought we had a good season,” said Kennedy. “We have 19 first year kids this year. It’s the youngest team at Brock for sure. To finish the season 9-3, split with Western, split with Guelph, we’ve done fairly well. Depending on what happens, I think we have a great chance of getting by next Friday night. I think we have a great chance of competing on Saturday and hopefully Sunday.”
Even with such a young group of guys on the team, Brock was able to defeat the Laurentian Voyageurs 13-3. During the first half, the Badgers were able to take the lead with a score of 5-2. In the third quarter, the Badgers were able to score another goal.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when it seemed as if the Badgers had come alive and started to play their game against the Voyageurs. that the Badgers were able to score seven more goals in the quarter which led them on the path to their 10 goal win.
Some recognizable players during the game were Davis Neal, who led the Badgers’ offense with a nine-point performance adding five goals and four assists to the stats sheet. Newmarket native, Connor Ham made it look easy as he scored a hat trick during the game. Jake Nyhuus had two goals during the game, Kyle Moore added one goal and one assist, while Nick Karam also added one goal and assist. We also cannot forget about the Badgers’ veteran and team captain, Brandon Slade who had one goal and five assists during the game.
During the post-game interview we were able to ask coach Kennedy his thoughts on the all-star Brandon Slade. “Brandon Slade has been great,” explained Kennedy. “We don’t have a very veteran team and he’s one of our leaders and our captain. He’s controlled and focused, can’t say enough about the kid. It would be great to see him take it down the stretch for us.” With the way the team is playing, both Slade and the team as a whole have the potential of going the whole stretch.
In goal was Brock’s rookie, Josh Wood was in goal and he was able to conclude the game with a recorded 11 saves for the win whereas Laurentian’s starter, Ian Walters ended the game with 12 saves in the loss.
“It was a unique situation in our first game [versus Laurentian]. We’ve taken massive steps to make discipline a staple this year. We stuck to that, so we sat some of our starters and some of our go to guys didn’t get to play,” said Kennedy.
Overall, the Badgers have had an excellent regular season. They finished their regular season sitting in second place overall in the CUFLA West division with the Western Mustangs in the first place.
The Badgers will play next Friday against Trent University as they battle in the first round of the Baggataway Cup. Trent is currently sitting at fourth overall in the CUFLA East division with a regular season record of 6-6.
“They are from the east and lack a little bit of experience; they work hard, and they’ll work hard for 80 minutes. If we do the same, we should be okay,” said Kennedy.
Brock is currently preparing to take on Trent on November 6, at 9:00 p.m. at Bishop’s University. If they win that game they’ll advance to Saturday’s semi-final games, and are hopeful they can reach the finals on November 8.
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