Gryphon lacrosse men drop Toronto in playoff preview

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons warmed up for the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association playoffs with an 18-5 thrashing of the Toronto Varsity Blues Sunday at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

The game wrapped up the CUFLA regular season for both teams.

The Gryphs jumped into a 3-1 lead in the first quarter and extended it to 6-3 by halftime. The hosts stretched their advantage to 12-4 by the end of the third quarter.

Alec Simons struck for four goals for the Gryphs while Mark Wilson and James Short each had hat tricks. Colin Walker scored twice while single goals were netted by Mike Berger, Liam Corbett, Zachery Luis, Jackson Nishimura, Matthew Sykes and Hayden Coulman. Berger assisted on three of the goals while Michael Cavanagh had two assists. Getting one assist apiece were Wilson, Walker, Josh Manangan, Hayden Walsh and Mitchell Ogilvie.

Jason Barnable and Jackson Hicket scored twice each for Toronto while Darren Elliott had the other goal. Barnable, Hickey and David Berta each had one assist.

Walsh and Dennis Semenovych split time in net for the Gryphs, each playing a half. Walsh allowed three goals on 10 shots in the first half while Semenovych yielded two on five shots in the second half.

Riley McGillis was in net for Toronto.

The Gryphs finish the regular season in third place in the West Division at 8-4 while Toronto finishes fourth at 5-7.

The teams are to meet again in the first round of the Baggataway Cup playoffs Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Gryphon Soccer Complex.

  • Guelph Sports Journal