Alumni Field was an exciting place to be Wednesday night as the McMaster men’s lacrosse team demolished the Laurier Golden Hawks, 16-8.
Just seconds into the Ontario University Athletics game, Kyle Dorosh put McMaster on the board and set the pace for the remainder of the game. A Kevin MaCrory penalty at 13:35 gave Laurier a one-man advantage which they converted into their first goal of the game at 13:06. All-Canadian Carter Williams was responsible for McMaster’s second goal and MaCrory tossed in the third at 5:57.
Another Laurier goal came at 3:35, but McMaster ended the quarter up 4-2 after Michael Dawson scored his second goal of the season.
Williams kicked off scoring again in the second, and as Laurier started to close the gap with back-to-back goals at 14:45 and 12:52, the Marauders rebuilt their lead with four straight goals for a 9-4 edge at the half.
A frustrated Laurier regrouped during the break and came out to score the first of the third at the hand of Brad Gillies. McMaster’s Matt Garrison, Mark Phillips, Tommy Hurley and Mike Bottasso were the remaining scorers of the quarter.
Garrison scored his first of two in the fourth to open the final quarter. Sean Leaver of Laurier scored next at 10:45 to bring the game to 14-6. In the final eight minutes McMaster scored two additional goals and despite Laurier’s tough fight, their final pair of goals weren’t anywhere near enough to comeback.
MaCrory and Garrison netted three goals in the lopsided victory while Williams, Phillips, and Dorosh scored two apiece and Dawson, Cam Murphy, Hurley and Bottasso each had singles.
Gillies was the highest scorer for the Golden Hawks with three goals and one assist.
The win improves McMaster’s record to 1-1 and gives Laurier their first loss at 2-1.
McMaster visits St. Catharines to play the Brock Badgers on Sunday (Sept. 26) at 1 p.m.