Gryphon lacrosse men in Baggataway Cup semifinals

KINGSTON – A goal by Alec Simons in sudden-death overtime lifted the Guelph Gryphons to a 12-11 victory over the Trent Excalibur Friday on the opening day of the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association’s Baggataway Cup championship tournament at Richardson Stadium on the Queen’s campus.

The teams had been tied 10-10 at the end of regulation time and 11-11 after eight minutes of OT – two four-minute periods – that sent the game into the sudden-death stage.

Guelph’s Michael Cavanagh had sent the game into overtime when he scored with 10 seconds to go in regulation time. That goal came 20 seconds after Trent had shot ahead in the see-saw battle.

The Gryphs led 3-1 after the first quarter and 4-2 at halftime before Trent rebounded to tie it 6-6 by the end of the third quarter and the teams scored four times apiece in the fourth quarter.

Simons led the Gryphs with five goals while Mitchell Ogilvie and James Short scored twice each. Single goals were netted by Cavanagh, Liam Corbett and Mike Berger. Simons and Ogilvie each had two assists while Short, Cavanagh, Corbett and Jackson Nishimura had one each.

Garrett Eddy had four goals for Trent while Cole McWilliams, Nick Finlay and Jeff Fernandes scored twice each. Danny Michel had a goal and an assist while Ethan Schott, Adam Kitchen and Nick Karam each had one assist.

The Gryphs had finished third in the West Division at the completion of league play with an 8-4 record while Trent was second in the East at 10-2. Guelph advances to play the Brock Badgers in Saturday’s semifinals. Brock was first in the West at 12-0 and defeated Guelph twice during the regular season – 16-4 at St. Catharines Sept. 16 and 8-7 at the Gryphon Soccer Complex Oct. 1.

The other semifinal pits the Western Mustangs against the McGill Redmen. The Mustangs dropped the host Queen’s Gaels 13-6 in Friday’s other quarter-final. Western had finished second in the West at 10-2 while McGill was first in the East at 11-1.

The Gryphs are to play Brock at 1 p.m. while the Western-McGill match is to follow at 4 p.m.

Semifinal winners gain berths in Sunday’s championship game that is set for 1 p.m.

  • Guelph Sports Journal