Facing what was essentially a must-win game to keep their Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association playoff hopes alive on Sunday (Oct. 19), the McMaster Marauders passed the test with an exciting 9-6 win over the host Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. The Marauders can secure a playoff berth with a victory over the Western Mustangs on Sunday (Oct. 26) or take advantage of a Nipissing loss.
The Marauders Kyle Lindsay led the way for all players with five points, while Derrick Hastings had two goals and two assists and Ben Muholland had a three-point day.
Laurier hit the mark first on Sunday, when midfielder Garret Clifford blasted a high shot past goaltender Max Yavitt. The Marauders responded right away, as McMaster midfielder Tristan Schramm drove across the field and fired a bullet to get the Marauders on the board. The first half saw the Marauders and the Hawks trade five goals apiece, with Hastings hitting the mark twice and singles going to Lindsay, and Mitch Iszulka.
The Marauder defence once again stepped up in the second half and held the Laurier Hawks to just a single goal.
Coach Jason Tallevi praised the efforts of his defence on Sunday.
“We have had some good performances from our defence this year, and again they really held us in the game, especially in the second half,” he said.
“Max once again robbed a couple of Laurier attackers who were in all alone. Whenever you limit a team to a single goal in a half, you have to give the defence a lot of credit.”
The Marauders scored four goals in the second half to secure the victory.
McMaster will host the Western Mustangs on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Alumni Field.