The McMaster Marauders men’s lacrosse team will take on the Guelph Gryphons in an opening round Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association playoff after a win-and-get-in game this past weekend.
The Marauders edged the Varsity Blues, 13-10, in Toronto to finish regular season play in fourth place with a 5-7 record. The third-place finishing Gryphons will take an 8-4 record into this weekend’s (Oct. 31) contest in Guelph.
McMaster got things off to a good start Saturday when Brandon Petter and Ryan Adams both found the mark to give Mac a 2-0 lead early in the first quarter. At the end of the first period, the score was knotted at three. The Marauders outscored Toronto 3-2 in the second quarter to go into the half with a slight 6-5 lead.
The third quarter saw the wheels fall off for the Mac squad. They had some costly turnovers, took some penalties and surrendered five unanswered goals falling behind 10-7 going into the fourth quarter. Mac’s play-off life was fading.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the skies opened up and the rain started falling, but somehow, it seemed to give new life to the Marauders. McMaster shut out Toronto in the final quarter and came out on top 13-10.
“I was very impressed with the composure of our guys,” said McMaster head coach Jason Tallevi. “We got down three goals, and it wasn’t looking great for us, but we continued to work hard and it started to pay off. If we play like we are capable of, we can beat anyone.”
Mitch Iszulka led the Mac attack with five points, Jamie Batten and Adams each had three goals, Derrick Hastings and Petter had three points each, while Eric Desjardins collected his first CUFLA goal and provided solid midfield defence.