The Brock Women’s lacrosse team improved to second place in the OUA standings in this past weekend’s home double header improving to a 5-1 record.
“As with all of our games this season our tenacity and ‘all gas/no brakes’ intensity is what we rely on to give us the edge throughout the season, followed closely by quick ball movement and dynamite goal tending from Mackenzie Singer,” said head coach, Allison Phillips, concerning the game plan going into the weekend.
First the Badgers took on the closely matched Guelph Gryphons who shared our 3-1 record going into the contest on Sunday morning. Statistically, these teams were nearly identical, sharing the same rank on the OUA standings, similar team records since the 2013 season and nearly the same points for/against average for this season. However, the similarities ended when these two teams took to the field as the Badgers began the first half outscoring the Gryphons 8-3. Brock’s Lindsey Highfield and Marianna Andrade led the scoring as both players pocketed three goals and one assist each. As the second half began the Badger defence solidified and the team took complete control of the game. The Gryphons were held to four shots in the second half as the Badgers took possession of the ball and stormed the Gryphon zone for the majority of the half. Offensive output was contributed to by Eryn Brown and Jordan Turpin who each rifled three goals. Samantha Shure and Kathryn Simpson both added two goals and two assists to the effort while Melissa McCall, Jennifer Budarick, Shania Porter and Ally Brown all finished the game with one assist each.
Overall, one of the most productive athletes of the first game was Badger goaltender Mackenzie Singer, as she only allowed five goals on 15 shots leading her team to a convincing 16-5 victory over the Gryphons.
Next on the schedule, the Badgers had a much more decorated and challenging opponent ahead of them. Going into the day, the five time defending OUA gold medalist Western Mustangs shared a 3-1 record with our Brock Badgers. This game would allow Brock to address the much desired loss from the OUA finals game from last season against the Mustangs as they looked for redemption after the heartbreaking loss.
The match would prove to be an extremely tight competition between two highly disciplined teams looking to come out on top. The game opened with St. Catharines native, K. Simpson, scoring two goals within the first two minutes to give the Badgers an early lead. However, Western would equalize and eventually come out on top by the end of the first half with a 9-7 lead.
Like their last game against Guelph, the Badgers came out strong with commanding control throughout the second half of the game both offensively and defensively. Again, Singer had a fantastic performance, only allowing two goals in the final 30 minutes of regulation and a total of 16 saves in the game. K. Simpson racked up two more goals and Sarah Simpson finished the game with two goals and one assist. Brown led Brock with an impressive three goals and three assists while Shure found herself on the second scoresheet with one goal and one assist. Andrade and Turpin contributed one goal each and Highfield passed off for one assist by the end of the game. The Badgers ended the game with a nail biting victory of 12-11 over the Mustangs collecting four points towards their OUA standing throughout the day. It was the Badgers third straight regular season victory over the Mustangs.
With this weekend behind us, the Badgers move onto next weekend’s away double header in Guelph with a five game win streak and a total of 72 goals for and 44 goals against.
Nicholas Blasiak, Assistant Sports Editor