In one of the most exciting field lacrosse games played, the McMaster Marauders scored a 15-14 verdict over the Nipissing Lakers in North Bay on a cool, windy Saturday (Oct. 2). The see-saw battle saw the Marauders improve to 2-5 on the season.
“This game had everything: lots of goals, lead changes and a winning goal in the last seconds of the game,” coach Jason Tallevi said after his Marauders dramatic win. “Obviously, I would prefer a more comfortable three or four-goal victory if I had my choice, but from a spectator’s point of view, you couldn’t beat this one.”
The Mac squad got things going quickly, as Mitch Iszulka buried his first of four on the day with a bullet to the top corner of the net early in the contest. He followed that up with another goal a minute later from a great pass from Jamie Batten. McMaster’s offense was clicking all day and built an early three-goal lead as Andrew Campbell beat the Lakers goalie on a nifty pass from Derrick Hastings.
McMaster went into the second quarter with a 5-3 lead, but the Lakers were not going to go quietly. The North Bay squad outscored Mac 8-5 in the middle two quarters to go into the final frame with an 11-10 lead. Both teams exchanged a couple more goals in the fourth quarter, before Ryan Adams beat the Laker goalie to tie the contest at 14.
After a strong defensive series which saw Marauder goalie Max Yavitt make his 15th and most important save of the day, the Mac team found themselves with possession of the ball in the final minute of the game. A key timeout gave Mac one chance to prevent the contest from going into overtime. Brandon Petter took the ball with eight seconds left in the game dodged by his defender and fired a laser to the top of the net to clinch the Mac victory with three seconds on the clock.
McMaster’s offense was lead by Iszulka, who added two assists to his four goals while fellow attack man Derrick Hastings had three goals and four helpers. Jamie Batten finished the day with five points. Campbell and Petter each had two goals, while singles went to Brandon Burr and Ryan Adams.
McMaster improves its record to 2-5 and will travel to London to take on Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association West division leaders Western Mustangs Friday, Oct. 9.