Gryphon lacrosse men bounce back to topple McMaster

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons rebounded from their Saturday loss to the Brock Badgers to down the McMaster Marauders 15-6 in Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association play Sunday at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

The Gryphs had been beaten 16-4 by Brock at St. Catharines Saturday.

“It took us a half to get there,” Gryphon coach Sam Kosakowski said of Sunday’s game. “We were still struggling. We were still gripping the sticks tight and not playing free and loose like we’re capable of. You see what happens when our offence starts putting the ball in the net. Everything starts to loosen up a little bit.”

Sunday, the Gryphs pulled away in the second half to secure the win. They led 2-1 after the first quarter and 5-3 at halftime before jumping ahead 11-4 by the end of the third quarter.

“We needed a good finish like we had today,” Kosakowski said. “That second half was good lacrosse and we played everybody and we had everybody contributing, which was nice.”

Mike Berger struck for four goals for the Gryphs while James Short and Mitchell Ogilvie netted hat tricks. Colin Walker had two goals and Alec Simons, Joshua Toguri and Brandon Tanacs scored once each. Short and Jackson Nishimura each picked up two assists while single assists were awarded to Berger, Ogilvie, Simons, Quenton Begin, Ben Heidecker, Josh Manangan, Luke Stockden, Ben Azzopardi and Hayden Coulman.

Andrew McKiel had a hat trick for McMaster while Brandon Burr scored twice and Patrick Sullivan added the other goal. Derrick Hastings had two assists while James Stanley had one.

The Gryphs used three goalies in the match. Dennis Semenovych played the first quarter, Cameron MacLeod played the second and Hayden Walsh played the second half.

Nolan Clayton played the entire game in net for McMaster.

The Gryphs will look to keep the momentum going as the result leaves them tied for third in the West Division with four points while McMaster falls to 0-3. The Gryphs (2-2) are tied with the Toronto Varsity Blues (2-1) who have a game in hand and trail Brock (4-0) and the Western Mustangs (4-0).

“That’s the thing,” Kosakowski said. “That’s what we talked about before the game – where we want to be in the next two weeks because we go away next weekend and we come back and we have Brock back here. That’s huge for us. We go to Toronto and we’ll have a tough game against Toronto at Toronto and then an early start the next day. It’s going to be a tough weekend when we host Brock so we need to have some momentum going there. We need a good week of practice.”

The Gryphs are to play the Laurentian Voyageurs at Sudbury Sunday at 4 p.m. The following weekend they’re to play the Varsity Blues at Toronto Sept. 30 at 8:30 p.m. and Brock at the Gryphon Soccer Complex Oct. 1 at 1 p.m.

  • Guelph Sports Journal