CUFLA Week Four: Nipissing Outlast Ottawa, Undefeateds Rolling Into October

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Week four of the CUFLA marked the end of the September slate of games as we move into October with week five. Coming into week five, McGill (6-0) is the only team in the East left undefeated while Brock (3-0) and Western (3-0) are the only two teams in the West that remain unbeaten. Also in the East, Trent (5-1) sits in second place with their only loss coming to McGill.  Continue reading “CUFLA Week Four: Nipissing Outlast Ottawa, Undefeateds Rolling Into October”

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CUFLA Week Three: Three Teams Remain Undefeated

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Following week three of the 2019 CUFLA season, Western (3-0), McGill (4-0), and Brock (2-0) are the only three teams that are still sporting undefeated records. Each of those three played at least one game this weekend as Western devoured Toronto, McGill beat Ottawa and Queens, and Brock escaped in a one-goal victory over Guelph. 

NOTABLE GAMES

Trent 11, Nipissing 9

In a battle between two very strong offenses, Trent (5-1) was able to subdue a late game comeback and defeat Nipissing (2-2) on the road. This one really was a game of runs as each team seemed to just continuously go back-and-forth at each other all game. 

While Trent was able to get ahead 5-1 heading into the second quarter, Nipissing fought back and cut the lead to 6-3 heading into the half after a more defensive heavy second quarter. Trailing 10-5 heading into the fourth, Nipissing went on a four-goal in the final period but could not complete the comeback as Trent escaped with the 11-9 victory. 

Queen’s 11, Bishop’s 10

What looked to be a blowout in the making at the half turned out to be a very tight contest that came right down to the wire. Queen’s (2-2) was able to escape with the narrow victory over Bishop’s (1-4). 

After trailing 5-2 at the half, Bishop’s was able to put it together on both ends of the field late in the third. A four-goal midway through the fourth helped them come all the way back and get within one. However, Queen’s was able to hang on and escape with the narrow 11-10 victory. 

McGill 4, Queen’s 3

It was a low scoring defensive battle as McGill (4-0) was able to edge Queen’s (2-2) on Sunday afternoon.

Cameron McGinnis got McGill on the board early in the first and Emmet Donahoe finally broke the ice for Queen’s early in the second, tying things up at 1. Hunter Zawada found the back of the net just minutes later to put McGill up 2-1 heading into the half. McGill ultimately won this one in the third as they were able to get ahead 4-2 heading into the fourth. Carter McKenzie scored the final goal of the game for Queen’s, making it a 4-3 final score. 

WEEK TWO SCOREBOARD

Wednesday, September 18th

Guelph @ McMaster – 11-8

Friday, September 20th

Toronto @ Western – 2-14

Saturday, September 21st

Western @ Laurentian – 22-3

Trent @ Nipissing – 11-9

Bishop’s @ Queen’s – 10-11

McGill @ Ottawa – 11-4

Bishop’s @ Trent – 8-10

Brock @ Guelph – 12-11

McGill @ Queen’s – 4-3

McMaster @ Laurentian – 17-6

 

 

 

CUFLA Ballers: Week Two

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Trent Attackman Adam Kitchen (Photo: Trent Lacrosse)                                                                     

ADAM KITCHEN, A, TRENT

Again, Kitchen put on a show as he was a catalyst for the Excalibur’s offense as they went 1-1 in week two, moving to 3-1 on the season. Kitchen was a key figure on the offensive end in both of Trent’s games over the weekend, doing much of the heavy lifting on that end of the field. 

Kitchen had eleven points in week two, tallied three points (2G/1A) in Trent’s overtime loss against McGill and had put up eight points (3G/5A) in Trent’s blowout win over Carleton. 

Tanner Poole, Nipissing 

Poole was one of the key figures on the Lakers’ offense last week, helping them get their second win of the season to move to 2-1. He really made his mark as a goal scorer in Nipissing’s game on Saturday. 

In Nipissing’s 8-4 win over Bishop’s, Poole made his mark as the Lakers’ primary goal scorer with five goals. He also added one assist to total six points in the win. 

Cody Ward, A, Western

Ward got his 2019 campaign off on a very high note, helping Western, the defending champions, to a win against Guelph. Ward really took charge as the ‘QB’ of the Mustangs’ offense, dishing out assist left and right. 

The attackman put up five points (1G/4A) in Western’s season opening 14-3 win at home against Guelph. 

Kurtis Woodland, M, Brock

The midfielder helped Brock kick their 2019 season off with a huge road win over Toronto. Woodland picked right back up where he left off last season, making an impact as both a goal scorer and feeder in Brock’s win. 

Woodland tallied five points (2G/3A) in Brock’s 16-4 road win against Toronto. 

Ryan Kent, G, Queen’s 

It was the impressive play from Kent that helped Queen’s secure their first win of the season on Saturday, moving to 1-1 through two weeks of the season. Kent absolutely stood on his head against Ottawa, only allowing one goal in Queen’s 7-1 win. 

While only allowing one goal is impressive enough, Queen’s was also in the penalty box multiple times in the game and Kent was still able to command the defense and keep the ball out of the net even with a shorthanded defense, at times.

 

CUFLA Week Two: McGill Beats Trent In Thriller, Brock and Western Domiante

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McGill defenseman Tanner Baldin. (Photo: McGill Athletics)                                                                     

With week two of the CUFLA season in the books every team has gotten their season underway. During week two, defending champs Western started their quest for a fourth title as they blew out Guelph. 2019 runner-ups Brock also got their season underway, taking down Toronto in a blowout win on Saturday. In addition, McGill moved to 2-0 on the year after coming from behind to defeat Trent in a double overtime thriller. 

NOTABLE GAMES

McGill 8, Trent 7 (2OT) 

McGill moves to 2-0 on the season after coming back from a 6-3 deficit to defeat Trent 8-7 in double overtime. Defenseman Tanner Baldin scored the shorthanded game winner for McGill. 

While things were tied at the end of the first quarter, Trent took over in the second and was able to secure a 6-3 lead heading into halftime. A second half hat-trick from Andrew Chase and some great defensive play helped spark a comeback from McGill in the third and through the fourth. Chase scored McGill’s final goal in the fourth to send things to overtime. Following a defensive led first overtime, Tanner Baldin netted the game winner for McGill in the second overtime period. 

McGill was led by Andrew Chase with four points (3G/1A) while Trent saw Nick Chaykowski and Adam Kitchen lead the way with three points (2G/1A). 

Brock 16, Toronto 4

The 2018 Baggatway Cup runner-ups started the 2019 season on a very strong note, defeating Toronto in a blowout victory. Brock got out to a 9-0 halftime lead and very looked back as they routed Toronto 16-4. 

Western 14, Guelph 3

Three-time defending Baggataway Cup champions Western Mustangs started their 2019 season with a dominating 14-3 win against Guelph. Western got up early and never looked back as they sprinted to victory. 

WEEK Two SCOREBOARD

Friday, September 13th

Western vs Guelph – 14-3
Ottawa vs Queens – 1-7
Saturday, September 14th
McGill vs Trent – 8-7 (2OT)
Nipissing vs Bishop’s – 8-4
Toronto vs Brock – 4-16
Ottawa vs Carleton – 12-4

Sunday, September 15th

Laurentian vs Guelph – 5-12
Carleton vs Trent – 1-17

 

CUFLA Ballers: Week One

 

 

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Nipissing attackman Scott Dominey (Photo: CUFLA)                                                                          

Each week during the CUFLA regular season we will release the CUFLA Ballers of the week. This list will include four to six players that really stood out on the field over the past week. 

Scott Dominey, A, Nipissing

The reigning CUFLA MVP and East Scoring Champion started the 2019 season off with a bang, scoring ten points in two games and helping Nipissing get off to a 1-1 start to the season. Dominey was The Guy for Nipissing in both of their games this weekend, making things happen all over the field. 

Dominey tallied seven points (3G/4A) in Nipissing’s 13-6 loss against McGill and put up three points (2G/1A) in their 15-7 win over Carleton. 

Adam Kitchen, Trent

Kitchen got his 2019 campaign off on a high note, putting up nine points over two games and helping the Excalibur get off to a 2-0 start to the season. Kitchen helped his team get out to big leads in both their games, and start pull away early. 

Kitchen put up five goals (3G/2A) in Trent’s 11-5 win over Queens and four points (2G/2A) in their 12-8 win over Bishop’s. 

Jason Barnable, A, Toronto

The attackman looks to be a key piece of the Blues’ offense once again this season, helping them get off to a 1-0 start to the season over the weekend. The 2018 All-Canadian selection showed up and showed out in the win, being a catalyst for the Blues on the offensive end. 

Barnable tallied six points (4G/2A) Toronto’s 14-8 road win over Laurentian on Saturday. 

Nick Chaykowski, M, Trent

Chaykowski helped Trent get off to a hot 2-0 start, putting up six points over two games in week one. The midfielder was a big piece of both wins, showing off his ability to both feed and score. 

Chaykowski tallied four points (1G/3A) in Trent’s 11-5 win over Queens and put up two points (1G/1A) in the Excalibur’s 12-8 win over Bishop’s. 

 

CUFLA Week One: McGill, Trent Start Strong

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The 2019 CUFLA season got underway this past weekend with five games going down on Saturday and two games being payed on Sunday. While just week one a few teams made some noise and turned some heads with their play on the field to start the season. 

Notable Games

McGill 13, Nipissing 9

In a very back-and-forth battle, McGill was able to pull out the win over Nipissing with a very strong second half effort. McGill a slim 7-5 lead into the half, but put up three points in the third and the fourth while also warding off an impressive offense from Nipissing to secure the win. 

Maxime Murdoch led the way for McGill with five points (3G/2A) in the win. In addition, Cameron McGinnis also put up four points (3G/1A) for McGill in the win. Nipissing was led by Scott Dominey who put up a whopping seven points (3G/4A). 

Trent 8, Bishop’s 5

With both teams coming off wins on Saturday, Trent was able to subdue a Bishop’s comeback and secure the win. Trent started the game off very strong, leading 5-0 at the end of the first and 6-1 at the end of the second. Bishop’s started to get things together in the second half, and especially in the fourth with a 4-0 run. However, their comeback would be stopped short as Trent secured the win to move to 2-0 after the first week of the season. 

Trent was led by Cody McMahon with four points (3G/1A) in the win. Cheeto Andreoli and Adam Kitchen each had four points (2G/2A) for Trent, as well. Bishop’s saw Devlin Kauffeldt and Hank Wulder lead the way with two points (1G/1A) each for the Gaiters. 

Week One Scoreboard

Saturday, September 7th

Trent @ Queens – 11-5

Ottawa @ Bishops – 6-13

Toronto @ Laurentian – 14-9

McGill @ Nipissing – 13-9

Laurier @ Guelph – 6-12

Sunday, September 8th

Trent @ Bishops – 8-12

Carleton @ Nipissing – 7-15

Western Completes Three-Peat in Overtime Win Against Brock

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The Western Mustangs have completed their three-peat as they defeated the Brock Badgers 9-8 in overtime to capture the Baggataway Cup Championship. It was a very exciting and hard fought game on both sides. The Mustangs were able to subdue an early Brock lead and push hard to secure the win. 
In the first quarter Brock came out of the gates hot as they got an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter. Western finally got something going after Brock made it 3-0 early in the second. The Mustangs would but up two on the board before the half as they trailed 4-2 heading into the locker room. 
The second half would start with an early Brock goal but the Mustangs would be able to answer as they made it a one point 5-4 game midway through the third. Late in the third Western would tie the game for the first time at 5-5. Brock would answer in the final minute of the third to make it a 6-5 lead heading into the fourth.
It would get even more close and tense in the fourth as both squads had the fans on the edge of their seats. Brock would get a 6-5 lead early and from there on it was like pin ball as both sides went back and fourth scoring. As Brock held an 8-7 lead late in the fourth Western would get a late goal to tie it at 8-8 and send the game into overtime.
The overtime periods were just as intense as both defense’s had to step up huge. With 32 seconds left in the overtime period Tristian Simeoni would fins the back of the net for Western as they took their first lead of the game. Western was able to hold Brock off in the final seconds of the game to secure their sixth all-time Baggataway Cup Championship, third straight. 
Western was led by Rowan Kelly who had 3 points (3G) and Cody Ward as he put up 2 points (2G) in the win. Brock would be led by Connor Ham who put up 4 points (3G,1A) and Campbell Parker who had 2 points (2G). 

Brock and Western Advance to Baggataway Cup Championship

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After two great semifinal games on Saturday the matchup for Sunday’s Baggataway Cup Championship has been set. The Brock Badgers will take on Western in a rematch of last years championship. In the semis both teams had to fight hard to keep their seasons alive and advance to the championship. 

Brock 12 @ Trent 11 (2OT)

The Badgers came out hot as they sprinted out to an early 4-0 lead. Trent had no interest in making it that easy as they were able to get it together midway through the first and get four of their own to tie it all up at the end of the first. The second quarter would be all Brock as they went into the half with a 7-4 lead. In the third both teams played excellent defense as each side only scored one goal. Trent would explode in the fourth as they were able to tie the game up 9-9 with 2:30 in the quarter and force overtime.

It was a back and fourth sit on the edge of your seat game in overtime. Brock seemed to have it in the books until Trent tied it up and forced double overtime. In the second overtime period we would see a shootout of sorts in the last minute of the game. Brock would get the last shot as Campbell Parker won the game for the Badgers with 5 seconds left.

Brock was led by Curtis Woodland and Campbell Parker as they both contributed heavily in the win. Woodland led the Badgers with 5 points (5G) while Parker put up 2 points (2G). Trent was led by Cole McWilliams who had 5 points (4G,1A) and Jeff Fernandes as he put up 3 points (2G,1A).

McGill 6 @ Western 10

Western would get off to a hot start as they went up 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. The second period was more defensive heavy for both squads as we didn’t see a goal until the 5:40 mark. McGill would start to fins their offensive footing with a goal that came last in the second. Western would lead 5-1 heading into the half after  Cody Ward goal with 6 seconds on the clock. It would be another defensive battle in the third as neither offense got going, scoring wise, until the 8:50 mark.
With Western holding a 7-2 lea heading into the fourth quarter McGill really had to step it up if they wanted any chance at a comeback. They would be able to get their offense going early as they cut into the lead a tad bit. Western would always have an answer which made it more of a back and fourth game down the stretch. McGill would win the fourth but Western would secure the game with a 10-6 Mustangs victory. 
The Mustangs would be led by Davis Cole who had 4 points (4G) and Rowan Kelly with 4 points (2G,2A). Cody Ward would also have 3 points (3G). McGill was led by Andrew MacDonald and Andrew Chase. MacDonald had 3 points (3G) while Chase put up 2 points (2G). 

Baggataway Cup Championship

Brock @ Western – 1PM

You can find all the games from this year’s Baggataway Cup Championship on Lacrosse-TV FREE of charge. 




Baggataway Cup Quarterfinals Recap

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After the quarterfinal games on Friday the semifinals on Saturday have been set. In the quarterfinals we saw some great lacrosse from all four teams competing. Even though it may have been a little chalky, as expected, we did see some great lacrosse. The first game of the day was more so a blowout, but the second game was a very good contest. 

Nipissing 4 @ Brock 18

The Badgers fins them selves back in the semifinals after a huge win over Nipissing on Friday night. Brock got out to an early 6-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. They were rolling on all cylinders for the majority of the game. Nipissing was able to get later on in the second quarter, but they just didn’t have it in them to make a comeback. Brock dominated and they got the win.
Brock was led by Cooper Brown, Campbell Parker, and Grayson Houghton. All three would have 4 points for the Badgers in the win. Sam Rooney would lead Nipissing with 2 points. The Lakers had a whole host of others that put up one point for them. 

McGill 11 @ Toronto 6 

In this game we would see a much closer one, especially in the second half. McGill would dominate the first half on both sides of the ball as they came into halftime with a 7-1 lead. Toronto switched the flip in the third as they put up four goals to McGill’s two, thus making it a four point game. In the final quarter of play McGill score one early and about midway through the quarter. Toronto would try to spark a late comeback but was unable to do so as McGill secure the win and a spot in the semifinals. 
McGill would be led by Liam MacDonald, Maxime Murdoch, and others. MacDonald ended the day with 3 points as Murdoch out up 2 in the win. Turner Patrick and Seth Obaida also contributed 2 points a piece. Toronto was led by Andre Masson, Nick Pison, and Alex Emerson. All three would have 2 points on the day. Jason Barnable also contributed as well. 

Semifinal Schedule

Brock @ Trent – Saturday, 1PM

McGill @ Western – Saturday, 4PM

You can find all the games from this year’s Baggataway Cup Championship on Lacrosse-TV FREE of charge. 

Baggataway Cup Championship Weekend Preview

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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.

4E. Nipissing @ 2W. Brock – Friday, 4PM

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. 

2E. McGill @ 4W. Toronto – Friday, 7PM

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. 

TBA @ 1E. Trent – Saturday, 1PM

The winner of Nipissing @ Brock will face Trent in the semifinals on Saturday. 

TBA @ 1W. Western – Saturday, 4PM

The winner of McGill @ Toronto will face Western in the semifinals on Saturday.