Gryphons edged in another typical Guelph-Brock battle

GUELPH – When the Guelph Gryphons and Brock Badgers hook up in Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association play, it’s usually a tough, close match.

“Every time we play these guys, it’s a game. It’s a battle,” Gryphon coach Sam Kosakowski said. “These two teams historically for the last 20 years play like this. We match up well against each other and we play similar styles of lacrosse so it’s going to be a battle and we know that every time. It’s their best players against my best players and let’s see who’s going to do it on the day.”

Sunday’s game at the Gryphon Soccer Complex certainly continued that trend as Brock needed a goal with 4:27 to go to slip by the Gryphs 12-11 in a game that both teams took turns leading.

“We could have and should have won,” Kosakowski said. “We made some mistakes that we shouldn’t have made. We threw some balls away – our focus just wasn’t there. We made some turnovers and that cost us. We were in control of that game, absolutely.”

The Badgers led 3-2 at the end of the first quarter while the Gryphs scored four goals in a span of just over three and a half minutes to lead 6-5 at halftime. The teams were knotted 8-8 at the end of the third quarter.

James Short had a hat trick for the Gryphs while Mitchell Ogilvie scored twice. Single goals were added by Thomas Whitty, Mike Berger, Mark Wilson, Paco Jones-Jewell, Connor Watson and Matt Allen. Short collected two assists while Ogilvie and Cole Cook each had one.

William McNabb led Brock with a five-goal outing while Connor Brown and Nate Braniff each scored twice. Kurtis Woodland, Jeff Wittig and Sam Leclair tallied once apiece while assists went to Woodland, Wittig, Tyrus Rehanek, Sebastien Beaudoin and Bradley Fannell.

Simon Bellamy had six saves in the Brock net while Hayden Walsh had eight for the Gryphs.

The Western Mustangs lead the West Division at 3-0 while the Gryphs are at 3-2 and the Badgers have won both games they’ve played. The McMaster Marauders are at 1-1, Toronto Varsity Blues are at 1-2, Laurier Golden Hawks have lost the only game they’ve played and the Laurentian Voyageurs are at 0-4.

The Gryphs and Badgers are to meet again Friday at Brock’s Alumni Field. Game time is 8 p.m.

“It’s a quick turnaround,” Kosakowski said. “The good news is we’ve got game film and we’ve seen them. We know what they do and they know what we do. Now we’ve got three days to prepare to be ready for that game and we’ll do it.”


Badgers 12 Gryphons 11
Brock        3-2-3-4–12
Guelph     2-4-2-3–11
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