You might have a tough time convincing the McMaster Marauders that the York Lions are ranked No. 1 in Canadian university play.
For the second time this season – meaning a series sweep – the Marauders defeated the Lions, 1-0, in an Ontario University Athletics match on Saturday (Oct 5).
The Marauders took the lead just before halftime and shut the door on the host Lions as McMaster improved its record to 7-2-2. The Lions are now 9-2-0.
York finished with eight shots on goal to McMaster’s two, but it was the visiting team that broke the run of play to score in the 44th minute, when the ball took a fortunate deflection off York midfielder Arthur Casupanan and into the Lions’ net.
The Marauders put up the barricades in the second half, and successfully defended their slim advantage with the help of a strong goaltending performance by Angelo Cavalluzzo, who refused to concede in the face of pressure from the nation’s best. McMaster earned its fourth clean sheet of the season in keeping York off the board on Saturday.
McMaster will look to continue its winning ways at home on Sunday (Oct 6), as the Marauders welcome the UOIT Ridgebacks to Ron Joyce Stadium for the final act of Homecoming weekend. That afternoon game will get underway at the conclusion of the women’s match preceding it, and is scheduled for 3:15 p.m.