It has been a legendary career as a Brock Badger for men’s lacrosse leading scorer Brandon Slade, who notched his 300th career point during a four point performances versus McMaster. It was the Badgers’ second game against the Marauders this season, and the Badgers came out on top again by a score of 21-2. The Badgers had won their previous game against McMaster 22-2.
It was a dominant offensive performance by the Badgers. Davis Neal and Kurtis Woodland led the way with five points each, while Connor Brown and Tyrus Rehanek had four points each. In total, the Badgers had seventeen different players record a point. Brock continued their trend of high scoring games, scoring at least twenty goals for the fifth time in ten games this season. The Badgers also had multiple point scorers in Rehanek, Ham, Alex Pace and Nicholas Rybka.
Brock scored early and often, never letting up. Grayson Houghton opened the scoring just under three minutes into the game, and Neal scored the last goal of the game with less than a minute remaining. The Badgers controlled the flow of the game, not allowing the Marauders to build any momentum. The game was one-sided, with the Marauders being defeated long before time had expired.
While offense was the theme for the game, the Badgers’ defence held strong when they were tested, and limited the chances that McMaster had. Brock allowed only eight shots on goal, while goaltender Luke Mcleod stopped six of them. The Badgers dominated ball possession, spending most of the game in the attacking end of the field. When McMaster was able to get any attacking time it was short lived, often resulting in a turnover or a long shot on net.
For the most part, Brock seemed to score with ease all game long. They scored just a few minutes into the game and never looked back, running up the score to 17-0 before Brandon Petter scored the first of the game for McMaster with just under sixteen minutes left to ruin Mcleod’s shutout attempt. Andrew McKiel added another goal for the Marauders with six minutes left, but the game was well out of reach by that point.
For Brock, this was the third win in as many days, having beaten Western in overtime on Friday before taking down Laurier on Saturday. Much like their first meeting, the game against Western was competitive from start to finish. The Badgers fell behind 2-0 early, but heading into the fourth quarter the teams were tied with five goals each. Halfway through the final quarter the Badgers owned a two-goal lead, but eventually saw that slip away as Western forced overtime with a last minute goal to tie the game. In overtime the Badgers pulled away and left London with a 12-8 win. Brock returned home on Saturday to face Laurier, and put together another explosive offensive performance that fans have come to expect from the team. Austin Pope opened the scoring for Laurier, before Brock replied with seven unanswered goals on their way to a 17-6 win.
After his eleven-point game against Laurier, Slade was sitting just three points shy of three hundred in his university career. With his second goal of the game on Sunday, he became just the second player in Brock history to reach the milestone, joining Badgers Hall of Fame member Shawn Williams. With their latest win, the Badgers are now 10-0 in the regular season with two games remaining. They finish the rest of the season at home, with their next game against the University of Toronto at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and then Laurentian at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.