The Marauder men’s lacrosse team clinched a playoff spot with its second consecutive win at home, beating the Laurier Golden Hawks, 10-9, on Friday (Oct. 18). The result marked the second time this season that McMaster has gotten the best of Laurier in Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association play.
Mark Phillips – who currently sits sixth in CUFLA goal scoring – had a game-high five goals.
Laurier’s Brandon Petter scored the game’s first goal at 3:45 of the opening quarter. McMaster answered on the man advantage with a goal from Kyle Lindsay, after connecting with Mitch Iszkula. Phillips put in back-to-back goals in the first, but with a goal just over 18 minutes in from Laurier, the teams ended the first quarter tied at three.
McMaster wouldn’t take the lead back until 15:40 of the second quarter and managed to keep the lead for the duration of the game. Phillips put in the last goal of the first half and started a four-goal streak for the Marauders.
Laurier broke up McMaster’s four-goal streak in the third with its only goal of the quarter. The Golden Hawks’ attempt to come back in the fourth wasn’t enough as Phillips put in his fifth of the game and 26th on the season for Mac’s final goal.
McMaster’s scoring was rounded out by Mitch Iszulka (one goal, three assists), Kyle Lindsay (one goal, two assists), Justin Beatty (one goal, one assist), Ryan Adams and Tristan Schram, each with one goal.
The Marauders’ defence was led by strong performances by long pole Jamie Morrison and goalie Max Yavitt, who made 14 stops.
The Marauders’ last playoff appearance was in 2011, when they bowed out against Brock.
McMaster’s last championship was in 2010 after entering the playoffs with a .500 record in the regular season.
The Marauders host Guelph on Sunday in an afternoon matchup at Alumni Field, their last game of the regular season. That contest is scheduled to get underway at 2 p.m.