L.U. lacrosse cannot bounce back from last minute loss
by Randy Pascal
Following up a heart-breaking loss with a match-up against one of the top programs in the country is seldom a great idea.
The Laurentian Voyageurs men's lacrosse team is not about to dispute this point.
The Voyageurs took an 11-7 lead against the University of Toronto Blues Saturday at home, opening their 2017 CUFLA (Canadian University Field
Lacrosse Association) schedule.
The visitors opened quarter four by reeling off five straight goals, before L.U. evened the contest at 12-12 as Patrick Fitzhenry netted his first
goal of the campaign with 2:29 to play.
Unfortunately, the homeside could not hold on for the tie, as Toronto captain Jason Barnable capped off a five-goal performance, burying the
game-winner with 23 seconds remaining on the clock.
Jackson Hickey chipped in with a hat trick, Andrew Masson and Darren Elliott added two goals apiece for the Blues, with Sean
Power capping things off for the winners.
Mike Kussman held the hot hand in a losing cause, finding the back of the net four times for the Voyageurs, with Sam Postma hitting the
mark three times, and solo efforts coming courtesy of Keaton Wilson, Liam O'Donoghue, Matt Smith and Adam Elinsky.
The effects of the loss, combined with a top notch opponent, lingered through to the following day, as the Brock Badgers buried the Voyageurs
28-8, as Connor Brown (5), Kurtis Woodland (5), Connor Ham (2), Grayson Houghton (2), Brandon Slade (2) and Josh
Kelly (2) all enjoying multi-goal afternoons.
Alex Pace, Alec Tamas, Josh Harris, Latrell Harris, Mackenzie Mitchell, Saul van der Zalm, Tyrus Rehanek, Jake Nyhuus, Davis Neal and Cree
Blakely added to the offensive onslaught for the winners.
Laurentian answered with markers from Postma (3), Kussman (2), Fitzhenry, Smith and Adam Graham. The blue and gold are on the road this weekend,
facing the McMaster Marauders (0-1) on Friday, and battling the Western Mustangs the next afternoon, before returning home on September 23rd/24th
to meet up with the Laurier Hawks and Guelph Gryphons.