The McMaster men’s lacrosse team secured their second consecutive upset in the post season Saturday afternoon defeating the top seeded Bishop’s Gaiters, 11-9, in the first of two Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA) National semi-finals at St. Michael’s College in Toronto.
The fourth seeded Marauders advanced to the semi-final having upset the undefeated Guelph Gryphons (10-0) in the CUFLA quarterfinals.
McMaster opened the scoring early in the first quarter when Michael Dawson (Hamilton) found the net at the 17:52 mark. The remainder of the quarter was a defensive battle with neither team finding the net until Josh Crone (Cambridge) found the net for Bishop’s. The quarter ended tied at 1-1.
The Marauders exploded in the second quarter scoring five goals to Bishop’s two to give McMaster a 6-3 lead at half-time. Kevin MaCrory (Etobicoke) and Carter Williams (Scottsdale, Az.) scored four of the five goals with Sean Deuchars (Toronto) adding the fifth with 46 seconds left in the half.
Bishop’s answered coming out of the locker room in the third quarter with Brett Conway (Cornwall) scoring his first of the game followed by another from Dube to cut the McMaster lead to one at 6-5. Williams would find the net at 10:40 in the quarter, but Bishops would then score three consecutive goals to take an 8-7 lead into the fourth. Jamie Gattellaro (Aurora) started the run and Dube added two more to his game high total of four.
Trailing for the first time in the game, the Marauders quickly tied the contest on a goal from Deuchars at the 17:25
mark. Eight minutes would pass before the next goal, and it was Bishop’s Alex Millin (Port Moody, B.C.) that broke the tie at 9:26 giving Bishop’s the 9-8 lead.
McMaster would not be denied a return trip to the Baggataway Cup National Championship game however. MaCrory would score his third and fourth goals of the game at 5:45 and 3:00 to regain the lead for the Marauders and Williams would add another for good measure to secure the 11-9 win and a shot at McMaster’s second Baggataway Cup in school history; McMaster earned their first in 1987.
MaCrory finished with five points on four goals and an assist. Williams finished with four goals. Deuchars had two goals and an assist for three points. Kyle Dorosh contributed three assists and Tommy Hurley added two.
Dube was the high scorer for the Gaiters with seven points off four goals and three assists. Crone added six points on two goals and four assists.
The Marauders will meet either Brock or Carleton. McMaster fell to the Brock Badgers, 12-11, in the 2009 championship game.