Marauders earn silver medal in field lacrosse

Brock University edged McMaster 12-11 to claim the Bank of America, Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA) Baggataway Cup in front of a near-capacity crowd at Carlton University’s Keith Harris stadium.

The Brock victory caps a perfect 13-0 season for the Badgers. The Marauders earn a silver medal after advancing to the CUFLA Final Four for the first time since 1992, upsetting the University of Guelph and Trent University along the way.

McMaster went up two goals, as the Marauders were ahead 3-1 after 20 minutes. Brock wrestled the lead back in the second quarter, scoring five goals to McMaster’s two and taking a 6-5 lead into the half. In the second half of play, Brock won a tight third quarter, scoring three goals against Mac’s two.

In the final stanza, McMaster outscored the badgers, 4-3, but Brock held on to the one-goal lead for the victory.

McMaster hit three goal posts on the afternoon and Brock goalkeeper Brett Kikot (Toronto) was stellar in the net for the Badgers, earning tournament MVP honours.

McMaster third-year attacker Kevin MaCrory (Etobicoke) was named the player of the game. MaCrory led all scorers with 6 points (five goals and one assist) on the day and was the high scorer of the tournament with 14 points in three games (11 goals and three assists).

McMaster third-year commerce student Gavin Barrie (Peterborough) scored three goals with Cam Murphy (Fergus) netting two goals. In getting to the final, Barrie scored the winning goal in triple overtime in the semi-Final to give Mac a 10-9 upset victory over Trent.

McMaster trailed 5-1 at the half, but rallied to knot the score 7-7, tying the game with only five seconds remaining in regulation to send the match into overtime.

In the second overtime, McMaster trailed 9-7 with 21 seconds remaining in the period, but again, managed to tie the score. In the third overtime period, Barrie scored his second goal of the game, to give McMaster its second, consecutive, come-from-behind victory. McMaster trailed the University of Guelph 6-1 at half in the CUFLA quarter-finals.

McMaster fourth year, mid-fielder, Jeff Watson (Bridgnorth) added two assists for the Marauders. Marauder third year, defender, Shawn Maloney (Hamilton) limited the success of Trent’s leading scorer, Chad Evans (Peterborough).