With two preseason games under their belts, the men’s lacrosse team were given another opportunity to test their skills and see how the team performs. With new and returning players on the roster the Badgers agreed to play a friendly competition between a group of Six Nations all-star youth lacrosse players last Sunday.
Not only was this a chance to see how the men’s team is looking, it was also an outreach to strengthen its partnerships with the Indigenous community, while collaborating with each other between Brock’s Aboriginal Student Services and Brock Sports. The two groups have been working together to get more Indigenous youth visiting the school.
Brock’s Aboriginal Academic Program Support Coordinator Sandra Wong, expressed her excitement about the two teams playing against each other when she spoke with Brock News saying, “It has been a dream of mine for years to bring our Six Nations youth to Brock to play lacrosse against our students.”
Prior to the game, Student-Athlete Services Coordinator Jesse Barraza expressed that although this is a friendly competition, he felt that there would still most certainly be a competitive edge during the game.
He said to Brock News, “The Six Nations team consists of high school all stars and many of them have been recruited by NCAA teams. It should be a lot of fun for the kids, but also a good practice for our teams.”
The two teams played a very fast and as predicted, competitive first half in which both teams had equal scoring opportunities ended the first half by a score of 5-5.
Going into the third quarter, Six Nations really picked up the pace as they took the lead by a score of 9-5 as Cec Montour singlehandedly scored all four goal, with the assistance of one other player, surely impressing the Badger team.
By the early fourth quarter, Six Nations had increased the score count by 10-5. The Badgers started to regain their strength as they answered back with five straight goals to even the bout 10-10 with only 6:57 remaining in regulation. During that run, Nico Beaudoin netted two of his game high four goals with Kyle Pedwell, Parker Baile and Nicholas Rybka adding singles. Other scorers for Brock were Grayson Houghton, Tyrus Rehanek and Alex Pace.
The Badgers though were unable to add at least one more goal to increase the lead and take the win. Instead the Six Nations team answered by adding two goals, taking the lead within the final five minutes to secure the win.
In goal, Six Nations All-World Goalie Warren Hill registered a game-high 20 saves for the victory. The three Brock goaltenders combined for nine saves in the loss.
Prior to the game, before taking part in a special pre-game ceremonial faceoff with both teams drawmen, Brock University acting president Brian Hutchings along with BUSU President Patrick Foster thanked the Six Nations teams for taking part in this special event. They also thanked the Indigenous Studies department here at Brock who said that they will continue creating events like these and building strong community partnerships with each other.
The men’s team goes full swing as they begin their CUFLA season September 10, at 1:00 p.m. at Alumni Field as they take on the Western Mustangs. The following game will also be held on Brock turf as they take on the Laurentian Voyagers on September 17, at 3:30 p.m.
On the women’s side, they start their season on September 11, at 1:30 p.m. as they take on the Queen’s Gaels in Kingston. Their second game will be also be on the road as they take on the University of Ontario in Kingston at 4:45 p.m.
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Connor Allen, Sports Editor