The McMaster Marauders built on a strong first-half effort, and completed an 8-5 victory to start their Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association season in the win column at the expense of Toronto Varsity Blues.
McMaster opened the scoring early in the first quarter of Saturday’s (Sept. 7) contest, when Carter Williams (Scottsdale, AZ) drove to the net, beat his defender and buried his chance. The Marauders followed with two more tallies by Kyle Lindsay (Whitby) and Mark Phillips (Elora) to go up 3-0. Ryan Adams (Oakville) converted on a man advantage for McMaster, and the Marauders closed out the first quarter with a 4-1 lead.
McMaster would not relinquish its advantage for the remainder of the contest, and enjoyed leads of 6-3 at half and 7-3 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
The Marauders strong defensive play was anchored by second-year goalie Max Yavitt (Ithaca, NY), who made 18 stops in McMaster’s opening-day victory. The offence was led by Williams, who notched three goals and one assist, and Phillips, who added three goals. Lindsay and Adams chipped in one goal apiece, and Mitch Iszkula (Hamilton) recorded two assists.