CUFLA Playoffs: Round One Recap

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Last week was the first round of the CUFLA playoffs and we saw some great lacrosse on display. There was close games, blowouts, chalk, and even a fire alarm delay. Overall, it was a great week of lacrosse as the final six teams have been decided. All six of those squads will square off at the University of Toronto next weekend to fight for the Baggataway Cup.

5W. Laurier 9 @ 1W. Western 15

It wasn’t a surprise that the Mustangs pulled out the win here in round one. Western has been one of the best teams in the league for a while as they are searching for their third straight championship. The Mustangs would use a huge eight goal second quarter to get out in front and secure the win over Laurier. The Golden Hawks would try to fight back in the third but they were unable to knock off the Mustangs. 
Cody Ward would have two goals for the Mustangs as he now becomes the career scoring leader at Western with 250 points. The leader for Western in the win would be Tristian Simeoni who had 4 points (2G,2A) in the win. 
Chris Van Ooteghem and Nick Hehl would lead the Laurier Golden Hawks in the loss. Both players would put up 3 points (2G,1A) in the win. 

6E. Ottawa 11 @ 1E. Trent 14

This game was a little closer than some might have thought it would be, but Trent still got the win as expected. Trent got out to an early lead as it was a 10-4 lead at the half. Ottawa would be able to mount a little bit of a comeback in second half as they outscored Trent 7-4. That would prove to not be enough as Trent was able to hold off Ottawa and secure the 14-11 victory and move on to Baggataway Cup Championship weekend.

Cole McWilliams and Nick Chaykowsky would be the leaders on offense for Trent. McWilliams put up 6 points (3G,3A) for the Excalibur while Chaykowsky had 4 points (2G,2A). Jeff Fernandes and Nick Finlay also contributed heavily on the offensive side of the ball fro Trent.

Ottawa would be led by Fredrick Hartley and Spencer Corkey. Hartley had 6 points (4G,2A) for the Gee-Gee’s while Corkey put up 4 points (2G,2A). Keith Lee also had a good performance with three points to his name.

4E. Nipissing 13 @ 3E. Queen’s 10

This one was an upset but not a surprising one as both squads were pretty even all season long. Nipissing was able to close out the game with a three goal fourth quarter that helped secure the win after a tight game. Queen’s just wasn’t able to get it going late in the game and stop the Nipissing offense or counter with a run of their own. Nipissing would get the 13-10 win as they move on to Baggataway Cup championship weekend. Some bad for Nipising after the win as CUFLA leading point scorer Scott Dominey has been reported to be out for the remainder of the year after an upper body injury. 
In this game Nipissing was led by Tanner Poole and Tyler Goodchild. Poole would have 6 points (4G,2A) for the Lakers while Goodchild had 4 points (3G,1A). Sam Rooney and Scott Dominey also contributed with three points a piece. 
Queen’s was led by Kyle Aylesworth and Chris Boushy in the loss. Aylesworth led the team with 4 points (2G,2A) while Boushy had 3 points (2G,1A).

3W. Guelph 6 @ 2W. Brock 13

The Brock Badgers got the 13-6 win over Guelph to advance to Baggataway Cup Championship weekend. Brock was able to get out and take the lead early. With it being a 9-2 Brock lead at the half Guelph would have a good third quarter but that just wasn’t enough. The Badgers would be able to pull out the 13-6 win and advance. 
Connor Ham and Connor Brown were the top two scorers for the Badgers in the win. Ham would have 4 points (3G,1A) while Brown put up 3 points (3G). The Badgers also saw great production from the defensive side of the ball as well.
Guelph was led by Alec Simmons and Jackson Nishimura. In the loss Simmons put up 3 points (3G) and Nishimura had 2 points (2G). James Short also had a good day as he put up 2 points for Guelph in the loss. 

5E. Bishop’s 3 @ 2E. McGill 10

Even with a delay due to a fire alarm sounding McGill seemed to not miss a step as they got the big win to move on to next weekend. McGill’s defense and offense came out early as they held a 3-0 lead at the half. Bishop’s would start to put their offense together in the second half , but McGill’s defense proved to be too much for the Gaiters offense. McGill would end up with a 10-3 victory as they move on to the Baggataway Cup Championship weekend. 
McGill was led by Seth Obida and Kieran McKay, among others. Obida had 3 points (3G) in the win, while McKay put up 2 points (1G,1A). That McGill defense showed up strong as that unit saw a lot of good production.
Xavier Perron and Samuel Firth would lead Bishop’s in the loss. Perron had 2 points (2G) while Firth would finish the day with 2 points (2A). 
The Baggataway Cup Championship weekend will see the CUFLA universe descend upon the University of Toronto for three days of lacrosse fun. The quarterfinals will be on Friday, semifinals on Saturday, and championship on Sunday. All five games will be streamed live for FREE via Lacrosse TV

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