Gryphon lacrosse men break away for quarterfinal victory
NORTH BAY – A six-goal run in the first half sparked the Guelph Gryphons as they advanced to the semifinals of the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association’s Baggataway Cup championship tournament with an 18-8 victory over the host Nipissing Lakers Friday.
The Gryphs broke a 1-1 tie with their first-half run as they were up 3-1 at the end of the first quarter and 8-2 at halftime. The gap dropped by a goal 11-6 by the end of the third quarter, but the Gryphs had a seven-goal run saved up for the fourth quarter.
Guelph Gryphons 18 Nipissing 6
Mitchell Ogilvie had five goals for the Gryphs while Michael Berger scored four times. Getting two goals apiece were Mark Wilson and Nicholas Volkov while Bryce Dennis, Connor Watson, Matthew Allen, Nolan Schott and Thomas Whitty each scored once.
Berger and Wilson each had two assists while Ogilvie, Dennis, Watson, Cole Cook and John Wheller had one apiece.
Bo Peltier had a hat trick for Nipissing while Scott Dominey and Zach Tarr scored twice each and Will Craig had the other goal. Single assists were awarded to Carter Tait and Josh LaPorte.
Cameron MacLeod had the win in the Gryphon net while Wyatt King was in net for the Lakers.
Brock Badgers won the other quarterfinal match 17-10 over the Queen’s Gaels.
The Gryphs advance to face the Trent Excalibur Saturday in the first semifinal at 3 p.m. while Brock and the Bishop’s Gaiters are to clash in the other one at 6 p.m.
Trent finished atop the Central Division at 6-0 and they outscored their opponents 99-30. The Gryphs were second in the West at 4-2 and they outscored their opposition 60-43 in the regular season.
Brock was first in the West at 5-1 while Bishop’s was first in the East at 6-0.
Guelph and Trent have met four times in the last 13 years, all in Baggataway Cup tournaments. They’ve won twice each with Trent winning 11-5 in the quarterfinals in 2019 in Montreal and 12-11 in double overtime in 2017 at Kingston. The Gryphs won 15-7 in the quarterfinals in Peterborough in 2012 and 12-7 in the semifinals at Hamilton in 2008.
Semifinal victors are to meet in Sunday’s championship match at 2 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal