Brock Men’s Lacrosse program has had a lot of success within the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association, and now the Badgers have taken their skills and winning experience to the professional level.
On Sunday March 13, the Niagara Lock Monsters of the Canadian Lacrosse League look to advance to the championship game versus the Ohsweken Demons. Two current Brock players, one former Badger player and a current Brock student (not on the Badgers men’s team), all look to help the Lock Monsters win their semi-final match.
In the five team league, the Lock Monsters finished with a 7-3 record, placing first in the entire league. They scored 130 goals over the 10 game season, which was second best in the league. Their defence really helped guide them to the top, as they gave up a league-best 94 goals.
The Lock Monsters last won the Creators’ Cup championship back in 2014. Also, 2015 champions, the Barrie Blizzard have been eliminated from the playoffs. The Demons, who are the Lock Monsters opponents on Sunday have made the finals two years in a row, but have nothing to show for it.
Matt Attwood, former Brock Men’s Lacrosse player is the Lock Monsters head coach as he looks to guide the Niagara team to a second championship, something no team in the league has yet to do in the leagues five year history. Justin Pychell is also a former Badgers, and is the assistant coach with the Lock Monsters.
In terms of the Lock Monsters versus Demons, the Niagara based team was 3-0 in season play against the Ohsweken team. In February the Lock Monsters beat the Demons 11-7 and 16-6 over the span of two days. The Lock Monsters also picked up a 16-6 win over the Demons on Feb. 26.
Niagara has been led all season by Corey Fowler, who leads in the league with 45 points as he has 16 goals and 29 assists (also leads the league).
The Lock Monsters, who currently or formerly played for Brock are: Brandon Slade, Nico Beaudoin and Craig England (former Badger). Slade, who had 63 points this past season for the Badgers (which led the CUFLA) scored five goals and had 12 assists in nine games for the Lock Monsters.
Beaudoin has four points in five games for the Lock Monsters. Craig England scored four goals in one game played for the Lock Monsters. Brooker Muir is not on the Badgers lacrosse team, but is a student at Brock and he has three goals and 15 assists this season.
The winner between the Lock Monsters and Demons on Sunday will go onto play the Durham Turfdogs, who beat the Blizzard on Thursday 13-12.
Niagara Lock Monsters will host the Ohsweken Demons on March 13 at the Meridian Centre for a 2:00 p.m. start time. For tickets, you can contact Noah Anderson (Manager, Sales and Marketing for the Lock Monsters) firstname.lastname@example.org.