With another dominant performance this weekend, the Brock men’s lacrosse team finished their regular season with a perfect 12-0 record. The Badgers offense was explosive once again en route to their 24-11 win over Laurentian on Sunday afternoon. The win secured Brock the top seed in their division and in the the league. While the perfect season is something that the Badgers can be proud of, it wasn’t their goal when the season began.
“The undefeated regular season was huge, it shows not only that we can win, but that we can build on that momentum from previous games and keep winning moving forward,” said goalie Josh Wood when asked about what the perfect season means for the team. “Obviously every team hopes to win every game, but we never really talked about the idea of a perfect season. But for us the most important goal is just that we continue to get better every practice on our quest for a championship.”
The Badgers were once again lead by Brandon Slade who finished the game with 10 points, including the first goal of the game just under a minute in. The rest of the Badgers all pitched in, with 17 different players registering a point. Other notable performances came from Kurtis Woodland (three goals, three assists), Connor Brown (five goals) and Alex Pace (two goals, two assists). In net, Wood made 10 saves on 21 shots.
After Slade opened the scoring, the Badgers built up a 4-0 lead before Laurentian could answer with their first of the game courtesy of Sam Postma. After the first, the Badgers were on top with a 6-3 lead. The offense slowed down in the second quarter. The Badgers added just two goals in the second quarter, with Woodland and Brown each scoring. Despite eight goals through the first half, the Badgers held a narrow 8-6 lead at halftime.
The second half was when the Badgers’ offense blew the game open. They opened the third quarter with four goals in just over five minutes of play. They followed up a Patrick Fitzhenry goal for Laurentian, with another four straight goals to increase their lead to 16-8 heading into the fourth and final quarter. Once again, the Badgers exploded for eight goals in the frame, with the game ending at 24-11. Brock’s sustained attack eventually wore down their opposition, who could hardly escape from the pressure put on them by the Badgers.
This performance followed up Brock’s 30-5 blowout of the University of Toronto. With their 54 goals over the weekend, the Badgers finished the season with 232 goals, the only team to score above 200 and 39 more than the second highest scoring team in the league. The strength of this team all season has been their ability to score, but with these high scores their defensive play can sometimes get overlooked. Not only are the Badgers the highest scoring team, but they’ve given up the fewest goals this season with just 71 scored against them.
Brock now turns their attention to the Baggataway Cup, their playoff tournament coming up beginning on November 3 at Queen’s. As the top seed in the West Division, the Badgers have a bye to the semi-final round on November 4. If all goes according to plan for Brock, they’ll play in the final on November 5 with the chance to win their first championship since 2009.
“Heading into the playoffs I think the biggest confidence booster for us is the chemistry we’ve been able to establish. We’ve shown the league that our guys are able to put the ball in the net and keep it out of our own net too,” said Wood.
“In practice, it’s just the amount of effort that everybody puts into it. When guys buy into systems and buy into the idea of getting better everyday, you can see the type of results that come from it.”
The Badgers have every reason to be confident heading into the Baggataway Cup. They’ve shown that they’re the top team in their division, the challenge now comes when they play the top teams in the East. McGill finished with an 11-1 record, while Trent finished their season at 10-2. But it’s still unknown who the Badgers will play in the semi-final, so in the meantime they’re focusing on things that they can control.
“Our challenge now is just staying true to our game. We showed we can win obviously but we need to keep our composure and keep getting better in order to remain perfect and end up as the best team in the country,” said Wood.