The McMaster’s men’s lacrosse team remains winless after two Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association outings, with a 13-7 loss to the visiting Laurier Golden Hawks on Wednesday (Sept. 12).
The Marauders had lost the season opener to the Laurentian Voyageurs, 8-6, on Saturday. They’ll try for their first win on Sunday (Sept. 16) when the Western Mustangs gallop into town for a 2 p.m. showdown.
On Wednesday, the opening quarter saw Laurier grab the early lead with a goal from Kurtis McMullen (Whitby, Ont.). Two and a half minutes later, McMaster’s Ryan Adams (Burlington) netted the equalizer on a power play and Carter Williams (Scottsdale, AZ) would give the home team the lead with a goal assisted by Mitchell Iszkula (Hamilton). Before the first session was over, Laurier would score two more to take the lead with goals from Dan Hurley and George Jimas (Ajax, Ont.).
The Hawks added to their margin with a pair of quick counters in the second quarter’s early minutes. Jimas would connect for this second of the game on the power play and Sean Leaver (Barrie, Ont.) would also get on the board.
McMaster, however, stormed back with three goals to tie the affair before half time. The first would come from Adams, again on the power play, assisted by Jamie Batten (Caledon, Ont.). The duo struck again with Laurier in more penalty trouble, only this time Batten scored and Adams assisted. With just under four minutes left in the half, Batten scored his second, assisted by Williams.
The Marauders took a 7-5 lead in the second half with Batten, on the power play, assisted by Mark Phillips (Kitchener, Ont.), and Iszkula, assisted by Ben Mulholland (Newmarket, Ont.), scoring.
But the Hawks regained the lead with four unanswered goals from Jimas (his third), Drew Barfoot (Wiarton, Ont.), and two from Scott Tremblay (Aurora, Ont.) in the third quarter and added four more in the final period. While keeping their hosts silent, Nick Beyers (Orangeville, Ont.), Barfoot, Leaver and Tremblay solidified Laurier’s road win.