The McMaster men’s lacrosse team probably couldn’t have imagined a worse start in their Wednesday night (Sept. 17) Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association matchup against the University of Toronto Blues on a very loud Alumni field.
The Marauders were facing a must-win situation very early in their season after starting the year 0-3.
The Blues stormed out in front with four goals before the Marauders even had their first possession. After Brandon Burr won the next draw, Mitch Iszkula found the mark for McMaster midway through the first quarter. Ryan Adams followed up with a strong move to the net and got the Marauders within two before the end of the first quarter.
Following two more goals by Adams and singles by Kyle Lindsay and Burr, the Mac men found themselves with a narrow 6-5 lead at half time.
The third quarter saw the Marauders outscore their counterparts 5-2 and take an 11-7 lead into the final frame. A few defensive lapses from the Marauders in the fourth quarter let the Blues get within two goals. However, goalie Max Yavitt shut the door on a number of short-range shots and finished the contest with 15 saves.
The Marauders were led by Adams who poured in four goals; Lindsay with two goals and two assists; Iszkula and Burr added two goals each; and singles from Ben Mulholland and Justin Beatty.
McMaster coach Jason Tallevi was encouraged by his team’s resilience on Wednesday.
“I was very impressed how we fought back after such a poor start,” he said. “Max made some huge saves, our defence settled down and were able to get some big stops. A lot of guys did the little things that teams need to be successful.”
The Marauders will next host the Nipissing Lakers on Sunday (Sept. 21). That game will take place at Alumni Field, with the opening faceoff scheduled for 1 p.m.