In a preview of their first-round playoff matchup, the Marauder men’s field lacrosse team fell 14-8 to the Guelph Gryphons in their last regular season game on Sunday (Oct. 20).
McMaster ended the regular season fourth in Ontario University Athletics West with a 5-7 record. The Marauders will play in Guelph on Saturday (Oct. 26) at 1 p.m. to take on the Gryphons again.
In a game that saw four lead changes, the Gryphons proved too much for the Marauders on Sunday, even though Mark Phillips, coming off of a career-high on Friday night, put in another five goals to tie his best outing of the season. His first came at 2:20 of the first quarter to give McMaster a quick start.
Guelph responded with back-to-back goals before Ryan Adams tossed one in to end the first at 2-2.
The second frame started with Phillips finding the back of the net once again to restore Mac’s lead. But there would be a case of déjà vu as Guelph quickly put in two more.
Phillips sealed his hat trick in an attempt to keep the Marauders within reach but it wasn’t long before Guelph’s leading scorer, Ryan Serville, netted back-to-back goals to end the first half and start a goal streak for the Gryphons. At the end of the first half, Guelph led 6-4.
Guelph’s goal streak wasn’t broken until 19:55 of the third quarter when Phillips counted his fourth of the night, and the lone Marauder goal of the quarter. McMaster trailed Guelph by five as they entered the fourth quarter.
Guelph’s Jordan Critch opened scoring in the fourth, but McMaster answered four minutes later with a goal from Kyle Lindsay on the man up — his first of the quarter — followed by Phillips to cut the deficit to four. Guelph wasn’t done, as they put in three more before Lindsay’s second of the game and final goal of the contest.
Mitch Izskula finished the game with three helpers, Lindsay with two goals, and Adams, Tristan Shram and Zack Sicard each had one point.
With 10 goals in his last two games, Phillips moves into fifth in goals among Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association players with 31. He has doubled his goal-scoring output this season from the 2012 campaign.