Excalibur Women's Lacrosse are OUA Champions!
SUNDAY OCTOBER 23, 2016
WHAT A SEASON FOR WOMEN’S LACROSSE AS THEY FINISHED OFF THE PERFECT SEASON WITH A VICTORY OVER THE WESTERN MUSTANGS TO WIN THE OUA CHAMPIONSHIP. BACK AT HOME, IT WAS A SUCCESSFUL DAY FOR MEN’S SOCCER AND RUGBY, AS BOTH TEAMS CLINCHED PLAYOFF BERTHS WITH A DRAW OVER UOIT IN SOCCER, AND A WIN OVER LAURIER IN RUGBY. WOMEN’S SOCCER DROPPED THEIR MATCH WITH UOIT. MEN’S LACROSSE WON IN OTTAWA BUT DROPPED THEIR MATCH AGAINST MCGILL ON SUNDAY.
Results from this Weekend:
Friday October 14, 2016
Saturday October 22, 2016
M Soccer: Trent University (1) @ UOIT (1)
W Soccer: Trent University (0) @ UOIT (6)
W Lacrosse: Trent University (18) vs Guelph (2)
M Lacrosse: Trent University (15) @ Ottawa U (4)
M Rugby: Trent University (22) @ Laurier (17)
Sunday September 23, 2016
W Lacrosse: Trent University (11) vs Western (10)
M Lacrosse: Trent University (5) @ McGill (9)
The Trent Excalibur Women’s Lacrosse team are OUA Champions! Facing off at McMaster’s Alumni Field, the Excalibur were down to the Western Mustangs early on, and they would trail 6-3 after the first half.
The halftime talk must have woken the team up, as the ladies in Green would come out firing 4 straight goals to take a 7-6 lead in the opening minutes of the second half. From there the scoring-pendulum would swing back and forth, with teams exchanging goals throughout the second half. The Excalibur would soakup the pressure and take a 11-9 lead into the final four minutes of play.
The 5-time reigning champion Mustangs would pull one back, but the Excalibur would hold off any further attacks to win the Patterson Cup. Head Coach Tori Wasson was extremely proud of her team, and very respectful in victory. “Western has won the Championship five years in a row before this, so we knew we would have to give it everything to be successful today” said Wasson. “We had a game plan and we knew that if we played our game, absorbing pressure and using our quick transition out of defense to move into attack, we could achieve what we have today…we gave it our all”. This is the Excalibur’s first Women’s Lacrosse Championship.
Also away from home, the Men’s Lacrosse team travelled to Ottawa and Montreal to face off against Ottawa U Saturday and McGill on Sunday. The match on Saturday went as planned as the team came away 15-4 winners, with Jeff Fernandes setting a school record with his 50th point of the season. The Sunday would not lineup for the team though as they dropped a big match to the McGill Redman. With the 9-5 loss, the Excalibur dropped to second place, but will still head into their playoff matchup next Saturday (3pm, Justin Chiu Stadium) with plenty of confidence.
Back home in Peterborough on Saturday, women’s soccer dropped a hard-fought match to the #3 nationally ranked UOIT Ridgebacks to end their season, but the rest of the day was more positive for the Excalibur. The men’s soccer team were up next, and drew with UOIT to ensure that the team would advance to the playoffs for the first time in 7 seasons. A back and forth affair saw chances at both ends, and after tying the game late, the Ridgebacks pressed hard to try to steal all three points and the last playoff position from the Excalibur. It wasn’t to be though as the Green & White held strong and secured the spot. Later in the evening, the Men’s Rugby team would host the Laurier Goldenhawks in a game that would also who would make the playoffs. A close match on a chilly evening would see the Excalibur prevail and secure a spot in the post-season in a fantastic return to the OUA.
Men’s soccer will travel to Ottawa to matchup against the Carleton Ravens on Wednesday evening (time tbc). The Men’s rugby team will travel next Saturday to Kingston to take on the Queens Golden Gaels (time tbc). Both games are 6 vs 3 matchups in which many will see the Excalibur teams as the underdogs, but the beauty of sport lies in the fact that anything can happen on any given day, and the Green & White will be cheering loudly in support!
For more information contact:
Alex Bridal, athlete development coordinator, Trent University Athletics, email@example.com or 705-748-1011 X6278