Lacrosse Redmen roll up the rim to win over Ottawa, advance to CUFLA Championship tourney

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Rufus Frost


MONTREAL — Midfielder Rufus Frost of Park City, Utah netted a hat-trick as top-seeded McGill cruised to a 13-4 win over sixth-seeded Ottawa in a CUFLA Eastern Conference sudden-death playoff game to qualify for the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association championship for the Baggattaway Cup, a six-team tournament slated to be played at Oshawa, Ont., Nov. 7-9.

Because McGill finished as the top seed in the CUFLA’s East Division — going undefeated with a 12–0 regular-season record — they can avoid the sudden-death quarter-final and have earned a first-round bye straight to the semifinal. The Redmen have reached the Final Four in each of the last four years and have only missed it once (2010) over the past eight tourneys.

McGill enters the upcoming championship with a 13-game win streak against CUFLA opponents, dating back to their last playoff loss, a 14-11 upset to Gueph in the gold medal game of last year’s championship held at Molson Stadium.

Nine other players contributed to McGill’s scoring effort on Thursday night, including Leland de Langley with a pair. Singles went to Anders Bjella, Rhys Burnell, Brian Callahan,Connor Goodwin, Bradley Hofmann, Alexander Linton, Dan Williams and Emile Sassone-Lawless, a sophomore midfielder who added three helpers to lead all scorers with four points.  Joining Frost with three points apiece was Bjella, de Langley and Goodwin.

McGill led 3-2 after the opening quarter, 6-2 at the half and 9-2 after three.

Despite their 14-goal effort on Thursday night, McGill head coach Tim Murdoch lauded his team more for their defensive efforts. 

“Amazing defence, sloppy offence,” Murdoch said. “We were under pressure and had a lot of penalties. We were almost literally in the penalty box the entire first half. (Goaltender) William Waesche stood on his head, he was unbelievable only letting in two goals in three quarters. Our offence just wasn’t shooting well.”

Waesche allowed just two goals in 60 minutes of action before James Spagnuolo came in for the final 20-minute period. Spagnuolo, a senior from Burnaby, B.C., also allowed two markers. Murdoch explained thet he took advantage of a rare opportunity to change goalies while leading in a playoff game to give Spagnuolo a bit of playing time in a playoff context as his team was sitting on a comfortable lead heading into the fourth quarter.

“We have a ton of confidence in him,” Murdoch said of Spagnuolo. “He’s a senior and (even though) Waesche had played extremely well — we just thought we’d change it up a little towards the end of the game. At that point, we were up by seven goals and confident heading into the fourth.”

SCORING SUMMARY
Ottawa 4 @ McGill 13
Date: Thursday October 30, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Location: McGill University – Forbes Field
 

Goals by Quarter Summary
TEAM 1 2 3 4 OT 1 OT 2 F
Ottawa 2 0 0 2 0 0 4
McGill 3 3 3 4 0 0 13

1st Quarter Scoring Summary

TIME TEAM SCORING DETAIL
18:02 McGill 4 Emile Sassone-Lawless
Assisted by: 1 de Langley
9:55 Ottawa 5 David Plots (Power Play)
Assisted by: 9 Gagnon-Dolbec
7:45 McGill 10 Rufus Frost
Assisted by: 19 Bjella
4:53 Ottawa 4 Frederick Hartley (Power Play)
Assisted by: 9 Gagnon-Dolbec
0:33 McGill 22 Alex Linton
Unassisted

2nd Quarter Scoring Summary

TIME TEAM SCORING DETAIL
15:11 McGill 19 Anders Bjella
Assisted by: 4 Sassone-Lawless
11:38 McGill 10 Rufus Frost
Assisted by: 5 Rohrbach (C)
10:25 McGill 14 Connor Goodwin (C)
Assisted by: 4 Sassone-Lawless

3rd Quarter Scoring Summary

TIME TEAM SCORING DETAIL
8:45 McGill 1 Leland de Langley
Assisted by: 14 Goodwin (C)
2:25 McGill 55 Dan Williams
Assisted by: 5 Rohrbach (C)
0:35 McGill 1 Leland de Langley
Unassisted

4th Quarter Scoring Summary

TIME TEAM SCORING DETAIL
18:53 McGill 28 Bradley Hofmann
Assisted by: 14 Goodwin (C)
16:33 McGill 88 Rhys Burnell
Assisted by: 4 Sassone-Lawless
9:50 Ottawa 12 Connor Primeau
Unassisted
6:40 McGill 70 Cal Callahan
Unassisted
2:07 Ottawa 4 Frederick Hartley
Assisted by: 27 Dewar
0:34 McGill 10 Rufus Frost
Assisted by: 19 Bjella

1st Quarter Penalty Summary

TIME TEAM PENALTY DETAIL
15:48 McGill 55 Williams
Personal 1 minutes
15:48 Ottawa 12 Primeau
Personal 1 minutes
10:25 McGill 21 Rakoczy (C)
Personal 1 minutes
5:15 McGill 34 Stewart (C)
Personal 1 minutes
0:00 McGill 8 Bradley
Illegal Stick 3 minutes

2nd Quarter Penalty Summary
No penalties

3rd Quarter Penalty Summary

TIME TEAM PENALTY DETAIL
18:20 Ottawa 77 Snider (Capt.)
Technical 0.5 minutes
15:40 McGill 14 Goodwin (C)
Personal 1 minutes
15:40 McGill 5 Rohrbach (C)
Technical 0.5 minutes
11:58 Ottawa 17 Low
Personal 1 minutes

4th Quarter Penalty Summary

TIME TEAM PENALTY DETAIL
13:54 McGill 55 Williams
Personal 1 minutes
0:45 Ottawa 12 Primeau
Personal 1 minutes
0:45 Ottawa 8 Middaugh
Personal 1 minutes
0:14 McGill 2 Bouzianis
Personal 1 minutes

 

McGill
# Player G A PTS PPG SHG PIMS
4 Sassone-Lawless, Emile 1 3 4 0 0 0
10 Frost, Rufus 3 0 3 0 0 0
1 de Langley, Leland 2 1 3 0 0 0
14 Goodwin (C), Connor 1 2 3 0 0 1
19 Bjella, Anders 1 2 3 0 0 0
5 Rohrbach (C), Alex 0 2 2 0 0 0.5
88 Burnell, Rhys 1 0 1 0 0 0
55 Williams, Dan 1 0 1 0 0 2
28 Hofmann, Bradley 1 0 1 0 0 0
70 Callahan, Cal 1 0 1 0 0 0
22 Linton, Alex 1 0 1 0 0 0
77 Mendyk IV, Frank 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 Stewart (C), Jack 0 0 0 0 0 1
8 Bradley, Quinton 0 0 0 0 0 3
12 Lekacz, Alex 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Rakoczy (C), Paul 0 0 0 0 0 1
23 Laird, Drew 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 Roussos, Alec 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 Malloy, Marc 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Gutman, Jake 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 Nix, Hayden 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Bromley, Spencer 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Tse, Matthew 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Bouzianis, Matt 0 0 0 0 0 1
31 Lundelius, Trey 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Martel-Lamarre, Guillaume 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 McDermott, Danny 0 0 0 0 0 0
66 Soubry, Nick 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Medary, Chris 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 Fontaine, Shawn 0 0 0 0 0 0
# Name Mins Shots GA
25 Waesche, William 60:00 0 2
13 Spagnuolo, Jamie 20:00 0 2
Ottawa
# Player G A PTS PPG SHG PIMS
4 Hartley, Frederick 2 0 2 1 0 0
9 Gagnon-Dolbec, Alexis 0 2 2 0 0 0
5 Plots, David 1 0 1 1 0 0
12 Primeau, Connor 1 0 1 0 0 2
27 Dewar, Jory 0 1 1 0 0 0
2 Chase, Spencer 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Richardson, Jake 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Perras, Brandon 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Stinson, Kyle 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Legacy, Paul 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Naraine, Michael 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Low, Scott 0 0 0 0 0 1
18 Taylor, Jeffrey 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Labelle (Capt.), Brandon 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Marleau, Joel 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Szucs, Braeden 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Armstrong, Paul 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 O’Neil (Capt.), Sean 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Middaugh, Kevin 0 0 0 0 0 1
26 Bronson, Andrew 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 Wheeler, Nathan 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 Austin (Capt.), Tyler 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 Wood, Harrison 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 Brett, Jeff 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 Leguerrier, Nicholas 0 0 0 0 0 0
66 Peters, Thomas 0 0 0 0 0 0
77 Snider (Capt.), Shayne 0 0 0 0 0 0.5
81 Terry, Andrew 0 0 0 0 0 0
94 MacKinnon, Adam 0 0 0 0 0 0
98 Lalonde, Justin 0 0 0 0 0 0
# Name Mins Shots GA
38 Gagnier, Benoit 80:00 0 13

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