Late seven-goal rally falls short as Redmen clipped by Gryphons in CUFLA final, again

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OSHAWA, Ont. – Ryan Serville of Pickering, Ont., scored five goals and Game MVP Jordan Critch of Orangeville, Ont., tallied 10 points, including a hat-trick, leading the Guelph Gryphons to a 15-12 victory over McGill to capture the Baggataway Cup as champions of the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association, at Oshawa Civic Stadium, Sunday.

It was a rematch of last year’s final, a 14-11 conquest over the Redmen at Percival Molson Stadium on the McGill campus. This time, Guelph came away with their second consecutive CUFLA title and their fifth in the league’s 30-year history, including banners in 2008, 2000 and 1995.

The result was the first loss against a CUFLA opponent for McGill, which went 12-0 in the regular campaign and 2-1 in post-season play, mirroring an eerily similar scenario last year when the Redmen went 10-0 during the season and 1-1 at the CUFLA tourney. It was the third straight national title game for McGill, which claimed their lone Baggataway Cup banner in 2012 at Peterborough, Ont.

The upstart Gryphons, who finished third in the CUFLA West with an 8-4 record, also mimicked last season, when they were seeded third and won three games in three days to clinch the CUFLA banner. This time, they surprised Bishop’s 13-9 in a Friday quarter-final and upset top-seeded Brock 13-12 in Saturday’s semifinal.

Guelph, which featured a lineup with three pro players from the National Lacrosse League, jumped into a 5-1 lead over McGill after the opening quarter and doubled that to a 10-2 advantage at halftime. But McGill, the top-seeded team in the CUFLA East, rallied in the second half, outscoring Guelph 10-5, including seven unanswered goals in the final stanza, only to run out of time.

“We came out very aggressively in the first quarter and took some costly penalties,” said McGill head coach Tim Murdoch, whose troops were nailed for five of the eight infractions called in the game, including all three penalties issued in the opening quarter, each of which led to a power-play marker. “Guelph has a very powerful offence and they are extremely dangerous. They out-possessed us, winning the faceoffs, most of the ground-battles and were very efficient on the power-play. We let them shoot too much from close range.

“They are very unforgiving team, strong with the extra man with some real sharpshooters. We just didn’t execute our game plan until the fourth quarter and that was pretty discouraging. Once we fell behind by so many goals, we began taking some chances with different personnel to spark a comeback. It didn’t work until the last quarter. If there was a silver lining, we never gave up and stormed back but ran out of time.”

Mike Burke‘s second goal of the contest, with 15:17 remaining, proved to be the game-winner for the Gryphons. He added three helpers to finish with five points. Rounding out the scoring for Guelph was Curtis Knight of Oshawa with three, while Brett Ulbikas and Liam Corbett added singles.

Emile Sassone-Lawless, a sophomore from Ithaca, N.Y., paced the Redmen attack with three goals and two helpers. Rhys Burnell of Abbotsford, B.C., also added a hat-trick, while Connor Goodwin of New Westminster, B.C., and Rufus Frost of Park City, Utah, contributed two goals apiece. Alexander Rohrbach of Princeton, N.J., and Quinton Bradley of Richmond, B.C., added singles.

Gryphon goaltender Michael Lalani, a native of Guelph, registered the win, while his McGill sophomore William Waesche of Greenwich, Conn., was saddled with the loss.

The Redmen are expected to lose only four seniors from their 35-man roster, including co-captains Alex Rohrbach and Jack Stewart, in addition to defender Frank Mendyk and goaltender James Spagnuolo. Another possible loss is defender Denny McDermott, who has yet to decide whether he will return.

The CUFLA, which was founded in 1985, is composed of 15 teams from across Quebec and Ontario.
 

CUFLA BAGGATAWAY CHAMPIONS:
2013 Guelph
2013 Guelph
2012 McGill
2011 Bishop’s
2010 McMaster
2009 Brock
2008 Guelph
2007 Brock
2006 Brock
2005 Brock
2004 Brock
2003 Brock
2002 Brock
2001 Western
2000 Guelph
1999 Brock
1998 Brock
1997 Brock
1996 Brock
1995 Guelph
1994 Brock
1993 Brock
1992 Brock
1991 Brock
1990 Brock
1989 Brock
1988 Western
1987 McMaster
1986 Brock
1985 Western
MOST CHAMPIONSHIPS WON:
18 Brock
5 Guelph
3 Western
2 McMaster
1 Bishop’s
1 McGill

CUFLA FINAL SIX BAGGATAWAY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
(Nov. 7-9, 2014)

QUARTER-FINALS:


Friday November 7
Guelph 13 vs. Bishop’s 9
Western 17, Queen’s 16 (OT)

SEMIFINALS:
Saturday November 8
Guelph 13 vs. Brock 12
McGill 15, Western 6

FINAL:
Sunday November 10
Guelph 15, McGill 11

CUFLA EAST ALL STARS:

GOALTENDER: William Waesche (McGill)
DEFENDER: Danny McDermott (McGill)
DEFENDER: Bradley Hofmann (McGill)
DEFENDER: Nico Brands (Bishop’s)
LONG-STICK MIDFIELDER: Quinton Bradley (McGill)
DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER: Jack Stewart (McGill)
MIDFIELDER: Connor Goodwin (McGill)
MIDFIELDER: Mason Austen (Bishop’s)
MIDFIELDER: Alex Millin (Bishop’s)
ATTACKMEN: Spencer Bromley (McGill)
ATTACKMEN: Joshua Smith (Queen’s)
ATTACKMEN: Brendan Zoehner (Queen’s)
FACEOFF SPECIALIST: Jackson Rakoczy (Queen’s)

CUFLA WEST ALL STARS:

GOALTENDER: Zach Grace (Western)
DEFENDER: Matt Spangler (Western)
DEFENDER: Corey Wright (Toronto)
DEFENDER: Parker Baile (Brock)
LONG-STICK MIDFIELDER: DJ Nedelko (Guelph)
DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDER:Patrick McCrory (Western)
MIDFIELDER:Curtis Knight (Guelph)
MIDFIELDER:Brandon Staal (Brock)
MIDFIELDER:Gage Board (Brock)
ATTACKMEN: Ryan Serville (Guelph)
ATTACKMEN: Michael Buwalda (Toronto)
ATTACKMEN: Brandon Slade (Brock)
FACEOFF SPECIALIST: Nico Beaudoin (Brock)

2014 CUFLA Regular Season Standings

WEST GP W L PTS? GF GA
Brock 12 11 1 22 201 84
Western 12 10 2 20 157 78
Guelph 12 8 4 16 155 93
Toronto 12 6 6 12 127 133
Laurentian 12 6 6 12 119 116
McMaster 12 4 8 8 84 155
Nipissing 12 3 9 6 111 181
Laurier 12 0 12 0 61 175
EAST GP W L PTS GF GA
McGill 12 12 0 24 175 60
Bishop’s 12 10 2 20 164 66
Queen’s 12 7 5 14 163 92
Carleton 12 6 6 12 105 119
Trent 12 4 8 8 140 110
Ottawa 12 3 9 6 101 142
Concordia 12 0 12 0 14 273

SOURCE::

Earl Zukerman
Communications Officer
Athletics & Recreation
McGill University
514-398-7012 (Tel.)
m.athletics.mcgill.ca (mobile website)
www.mcgill athletics.ca
earl.zukerman@mcgill.ca

SCORING SUMMARY
Guelph 15@McGill 12
Date: Sunday November 09, 2014 @1:30 pm – 2:50 pm
Location: Oshawa Civic Stadium

Goals by Quarter
TEAM 1 2 3 4 OT 1 OT 2 F
Guelph 5 5 2 3 0 0 15
McGill 1 1 2 8 0 0 12
# McGILL DRESS ROSTER G A PTS PPG SHG PIMS
4 Sassone-Lawless, Emile 3 2 5 0 0 0
88 Burnell, Rhys 3 1 4 1 0 0
14 Goodwin (C), Connor 2 1 3 0 0 1
10 Frost, Rufus 2 1 3 0 0 0
5 Rohrbach (C), Alex 1 1 2 0 0 0
8 Bradley, Quinton 1 0 1 0 0 0
19 Bjella, Anders 0 1 1 0 0 0
20 Bromley, Spencer 0 1 1 0 0 0
77 Mendyk IV, Frank 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 Stewart (C), Jack 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 de Langley, Leland 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Lekacz, Alex 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Rakoczy (C), Paul 0 0 0 0 0 0.5
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 0.5
40 Nix, Hayden 0 0 0 0 0 0
55 Williams, Dan 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 Hofmann, Bradley 0 0 0 0 0 1
24 Tse, Matthew 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Bouzianis, Matt 0 0 0 0 0 0
50 Bolton, Goose 0 0 0 0 0 0
70 Callahan, Cal 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 Genereux, Louis-Charles 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Linton, Alex 0 0 0 0 0 0
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 1
66 Soubry, Nick 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 Medary, Chris 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 Hall, Jackson 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 Fontaine, Shawn 0 0 0 0 0 0
# McGILL GOALIE Mins Shots GA
25 Waesche, William 80:00 0 15
# GUELPH DRESSROSTER G A PTS PPG SHG PIMS
2 Critch, Jordan 3 7 10 1 0 1
3 Serville, Ryan 5 1 6 1 0 0
16 Burke, Mike 2 3 5 0 0 0
9 Knight, Curtis 3 0 3 1 0 0
5 Ulbikas, Brett 1 0 1 0 0 0
12 Corbett, Liam 1 0 1 0 0 0
10 Brown, Taylor 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Leblanc, Kristien 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Nedelko, David 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Vogan, Brendan 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 Cavanagh, Michael 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 Hennessey, Mike 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Holland, Calvin 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Lyons, Matthew 0 0 0 0 0 0
91 McCullough, Blaze 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 Scullion, Brett 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Shanahan, Seamus 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Wordtmann, Nicholas 0 0 0 0 0 0
96 Begin, Quenton 0 0 0 0 0 0
95 Bouwman, Jard 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 Fraser-Steinbach, Spencer 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Greer, Todd 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Heidecker, Ben 0 0 0 0 0 0.5
0 Manangan, Josh 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 McIsaac, Danny 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Stockden, Luke 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 Johnston, Scott 0 0 0 0 0 1
# Guelph Goalie Mins Shots GA
51 Lalani, Michael 80:00 0 12
SCORING SUMMARY
1st Quarter
TIME TEAM SCORING DETAIL
15:00 Guelph 3RyanServille (Power Play)
Assisted by:16Burke
14:30 Guelph 2JordanCritch
Assisted by:3Serville
7:17 Guelph 9CurtisKnight (Power Play)
Assisted by:2Critch
5:40 Guelph 2JordanCritch (Power Play)
Assisted by:16Burke
4:15 McGill 4EmileSassone-Lawless
Assisted by:14Goodwin (C)
0:20 Guelph 9CurtisKnight
Unassisted
2nd Quarter
TIME TEAM SCORING DETAIL
16:58 Guelph 3RyanServille
Assisted by:2Critch
15:01 Guelph 5BrettUlbikas
Unassisted
8:57 Guelph 16MikeBurke
Assisted by:2Critch
7:16 Guelph 2JordanCritch
Assisted by:16Burke
5:53 McGill 88RhysBurnell (Power Play)
Assisted by:4Sassone-Lawless
0:28 Guelph 9CurtisKnight
Assisted by:2Critch
3rd Quarter
TIME TEAM SCORING DETAIL
18:28 Guelph 12LiamCorbett
Unassisted
13:01 McGill 10RufusFrost
Unassisted
9:01 Guelph 3RyanServille
Assisted by:2Critch
1:24 McGill 4EmileSassone-Lawless
Assisted by:10Frost
4th Quarter
TIME TEAM SCORING DETAIL
16:51 McGill 5AlexRohrbach (C)
Unassisted
15:17 Guelph 16MikeBurke
Assisted by:2Critch
14:10 Guelph 3RyanServille
Unassisted
10:04 Guelph 3RyanServille
Assisted by:2Critch
8:57 McGill 88RhysBurnell
Assisted by:5Rohrbach (C)
8:15 McGill 14ConnorGoodwin (C)
Unassisted
6:27 McGill 10RufusFrost
Unassisted
5:23 McGill 4EmileSassone-Lawless
Assisted by:19Bjella
3:28 McGill 14ConnorGoodwin (C)
Assisted by:4Sassone-Lawless
0:44 McGill 88RhysBurnell
Assisted by:20Bromley
0:05 McGill 8QuintonBradley
Assisted by:88Burnell
PENALTY SUMMARY
1st Quarter
TIME TEAM PENALTY DETAIL
15:33 McGill 14Goodwin (C)
Personal1minutes
7:29 McGill 21Rakoczy (C)
Technical0.5minutes
6:27 McGill 0McDermott
Technical1minutes
2nd Quarter
TIME TEAM PENALTY DETAIL
11:48 Guelph 6Heidecker
Technical0.5minutes
6:21 Guelph 44Johnston
Personal1minutes
3rd Quarter
TIME TEAM PENALTY DETAIL
14:03 McGill 7Gutman
Technical0.5minutes
12:27 Guelph 2Critch
Personal1minutes
11:40 McGill 28Hofmann
Personal1minutes
4th Quarter
TIME TEAM PENALTY DETAIL
No Penalties

 

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