Marauders don’t go easily in lacrosse elimination

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

(Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

McMaster’s season came to a close Sunday (Nov. 2) when the Brock Badgers handed the Marauders an 8-4 setback in Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association opening round playoff defeat.

McMaster had qualified for the sixth and final CUFLA West playoff spot earlier in the week when Laurentian University did them a favour by beating Nipissing.

The Marauders knew they would have their hands full, taking on the CUFLA’s No. 1-ranked Badgers, who averaged 17 goals per game during the regular season. So in one sense the Marauders scored a moral victory by keeping attacker Greg Davidson, who led the league with 47 goals, off the scoresheet and holding the Badgers to their lowest goal total of the year.

It took 10 minutes before the first goal of the game, when Brock attacker Brandon Staal found the mark.

McMaster continued its stingy defence and went on the attack, with Kyle Lindsay blasting a well-placed shot into the top corner on a McMaster power play. Justin Beatty followed that up after receiving a nice pass from Ben Muholland, burying Mac’s second goal of the game to put the Marauders up 2-1 at the end of the first stanza.

After allowing the Badgers to score three unanswered goals in the second quarter, the Marauders went into half time trailing 4-2. McMaster’s leading scorer, Mitch Iszulka, made good on his shot in the third quarter as the teams traded single markers. Ryan Adams was the lone Marauder scorer in the fourth quarter.

Mac coach Jason Tallevi praised his defense for their very strong performance.

“(Goalie) Max (Yavitt) played his best game of his career, he faced almost 40 shots.”

The coaching staff also mentioned a strong performance by first-year player Terin Dhadda, who was largely responsible for stopping Davidson from scoring with a physical defensive performance.

“Obviously, we are disappointed with the loss,” said Tallevi. “But when you hold a team who averaged almost 17 goals a game to their lowest total of the year, we definitely can take a lot of pride in that and the fact that we battled hard with a team who will be one of the top contenders for the CUFLA championship.”

McMaster captured the Baggataway Cup (CUFLA) Championship in 2010.

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