It is championship weekend in the CUFLA as the final six teams will descend upon the University of Toronto this weekend to fight for the Baggataway Cup. The top team in the east and west , Trent and Western, get a bye and are already in the semifinals. Nipissing, Brock, McGill, and Toronto will compete for the final two spots in the semifinals. The Quarterfinals will start on Friday as Nipissing takes on Brock and McGill takes on Toronto. All games will be streamed for FREE on Lacrosse TV.
Obviously, both these teams come into the weekend after securing wins last week in round one. Brock comes in having been one of the top teams in the league this season and only having one loss. Nipissing has been a good team, but just right outside that top tier. They have taken their lumps, but have had some success as well. The biggest storyline coming into this game is that Nipissing All-Canadian attackman Scott Dominey is out with an upper body injury suffered last week.
Brock has a very well rounded team as they can do damage on both ends of the field. Their offense led by Curtis Woodland and others has been stellar all year long. The Brock defense and Latrell Harris has been able to slow many teams down and change the game. If they can come out with that same level of play that we have seen all year there is no question as to if Brock can win this game.
The Lakers come into this game a little banged up as they are missing their offensive leader in Scott Dominey. Tanner Poole is out as well after being suspended for back-to-back ejections in a game. However, this is the playoffs and it’s next man up and more guys are going to have to step up and carry this offense. On defense they are led by Brayden Trace and company. That defense hasn’t been the best this season, but they can be very good. It’s going to be even more of a hard fought battle for Nipissing than originally thought.
McGill is the obvious favorite in this matchup as they had to secure a win last weekend to move on. Toronto got here by way of hosting as they got a bye straight to the quarterfinals. It will be an interesting game against one of the top teams in the league and a team that hasn’t had the best season but they can really hang with anybody.
McGill comes into this game after dominating Bishop’s last week in the first round. They have been one of the most dominate teams in the league as they only have one loss on the season. McGill has a ton of firepower that you don’t see on any other team. That offense led by Seth Obida, Maxime Murdoch, and Liam MacDonald. They play very good team lacrosse and it seems like that gel really has helped their success this season. McGill’s defense may not be their staple but they do have a good unit that can disrupt any offense. If they play the game like we know they can McGill should be able to walk away victorious.
Toronto is the freshest team in the league as they come into this weekend as they had the bye due to being the host team. They have been a good squad this year, bu have certainly taken a few lumps. Toronto is led on offense by Jason Barnable who has been great for them all year. On the defensive side of the ball they can make some noise as well with Zach Holmes and company. If Toronto can put their offense and defense together and play a full game they could possibly pull off the upset.
The winner of Nipissing @ Brock will face Trent in the semifinals on Saturday.
The winner of McGill @ Toronto will face Western in the semifinals on Saturday.