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Lacrosse News Archive for October, 2014

Gilray and Martin Lead Men’s Lacrosse to a Split Decision in Quebec

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Montreal, QC

The Trent Men’s lacrosse team travelled to Quebec over the weekend to face both McGill and Concordia to round out their regular season.

The Excalibur faced undefeated McGill whom Trent took to overtime in their last contest at home.

McGill bulged twine first but Trent answered 3 minutes later as Travis Szabolcs set Josh Gilray up on the crease to even the score. McGill busted a clearing attempt by Trent and again scored to put them up one. Gilray rolled the crease with minutes left to notch the game at 2. Gilray would go on to have a career and season high 6 goals on the day.

Trent was able to compete fiercely through the first half and entered halftime down one goal. McGill’s veteran experience showed in the second half as they surged in quarters 3 and 4. The game became quite chippy as competitive tempers flared. TU fell by a score of 15-7. Rookie goaltender Austin Cairns (Brampton, ON) stood on his head and made countless acrobatic saves. He was honoured with the player of the game hardhat; a tradition that is usually reserved for after wins. His coaches and teammates felt he deserved it after his performance.

Less than 24 hours later TU was back on the pitch this time versus the winless Concordia Stingers. Trent controlled from the outset and dominated the Stingers putting a damper on Seniors day and beat them by a score of 24-1. Trent goaltender Mitch Martin logged some time on attack in the second half and was able to rifle four goals. For his efforts on the field the previous days hard hat winner Austin Cairns handed the award over to Martin for his performance.

Trent finished the CUFLA regular season a dismal 4-8 but with the win finished in fifth place and will travel to Bishops Saturday Nov.1 for a divisional playoff match-up.

Third year Travis Szabolcs and fourth year Josh Gilray both finished the season with 31 points. This has them tied at 7th in the CUFLA east points race.

Winners of the divisional playoff games will travel to Oshawa, ON Nov.7-9 for the 30th Baggataway Cup National Championship.

Article Written by: Darren Flannigan

Posted by Geoff McKinley at 9:48 pm on 26/10/2014 in Lacrosse | Perma link

Rollercoaster Season Continues for Men's Lacrosse

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Ottawa, ON

Less than 24 hours after a big win over division rival Queens the Excalibur were set to faceoff against CUFLA upstart program Ottawa U.

Ottawa would score first before Trent would answer with 3 of their own with markers 1 from Senior midfielder Brett Snell (Orangeville, ON) and 2 from freshmen Thomas Hoggarth (Selwyn, ON). Both teams struggled to get things going on the mudsoaked field at Gils O Julien Park, which The Gee Gees call home. Looseballs were constant struggles for both teams but the Gee Gees were able to capitalize with home field advantage in this mudbowl. Trent would exit the first quarter up by a score of 3-2.

The Gee Gees would explode in the second quarter for 4 goals and take a 6 – 4 lead into halftime. Trent’s offensive woes continued in the second quarter as they only managed to score 1 goal in the final 40 minutes. Field conditions were less than ideal but the coaching staff did not use that as an excuse.

“Both teams played on the same field. We simply did not show up to play today, we did not execute on offense, and Ottawa stuck to their gameplan, hats off to them. At this level if you do not bury your chances you will not win. The offensive output we had against Queens was nowhere to be found tonight and that is something our O guys have to sort out,” said Head Coach Geoff McKinley.  “The defense again did their job holding another team to under 10, but penalties, and lack of focus in the offensive end seem to be our Achilles heal. We have to find some consistency.”

The loss moves Trent to a “frustrating” 3-7 on the season, and the win also moved Ottawa to the same record. Trent would have the tiebreak as they had a larger margin of victory in the first contest.

Trent travels to Montreal next weekend to take on 11-0 powerhouse McGill, who Trent took to overtime earlier in September; and will play 2pm Saturday at Molson Stadium. Then will play struggling 0-10 Concordia the following day.

Full standings and game statistics can be found at Follow on twitter @trentulax

Article written by Darren Flannigan.


Posted by Geoff McKinley at 12:27 am on 19/10/2014 in Lacrosse | Perma link

Excalibur Slay the Gaels

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

The Trent Men’s Lacrosse team travelled to Kingston (ON) Friday to face off against the Queens Gaels as part of their homecoming weekend.

Queens entered the contest with a record of 5-4 while the Excalibur were an unsatisfactory 2-6. Trent has been in all of its contest this year losing 4 games by 2 goals or less.

Thomas Hoggarth (Selwyn, ON) got Trent on the board first 47 seconds into the contest. Zack Wainman (Peterborough, ON) added another tally 2 minutes later. Queens would fire back with 2 of their own before Trent would close out the quarter with a 4-2 lead with additional markers from senior Josh Gilray (Oshawa, ON) and junior Travis Szabolcs (Orangeville, ON).  

The second stanza looked much the same with Trent filling the net and Queens playing catch up. We would see the contest enter halftime with Trent leading 8-5.

The roller coaster began in the second half as Trent would head to the box 7 times allowing Queens potent man up additional time on the field to increase their deficit. The Trent man-down defense did a good job considering the amount of penalties that were taken. Heading into the fourth teams were notched at 11-9 for TU.

“We battled all game and kept good possession on offense, everything they came back at us with we had an answer for.” – Josh Wasson (offensive coach)

Trent halted Queens late third quarter momentum by getting on the board first in the fourth with a big goal from Thomas Hoggarth. An excessive celebration penalty by Hoggarth; in reply to a section of rowdy Gaels fans lead to a Queens goal on the man-up 55 seconds later. Queens would score again bringing this contest to a one goal margin with 7 minutes to play before Trent’s Gilray would add another to give Trent some breathing room . Queens drawman Jackson Rakoczy (Burlington, ON) was strong in the faceoff circle winning one late before Ethan Schott (Whitby, ON) got a key loose ball and allowed Trent’s offense to work on killing the clock. Excellent evasion techniques were displayed by sophomore Cole McWilliams (Peterborough, ON) to escape Queens defenders and displayed great restraint by not shooting on the empty net twice with Queens goalie pulled which would have allowed for their face off man a chance to regain possession. Trent’s D also got in on the clock killing action after a turnover by the offense.

Trent’s defense played as a solid unit and saw Freshmen goalie Austin Cairns (Brampton, ON) get the win in net. Trent defenders had 3 assists on the day in transition and Cairns added another.  Trent had 8 caused turnovers on the day, 4 by junior Brandon Armstrong (Orangeville, ON).

“We finally got the bounces our way and we held the fort for 80 minutes,” said defensive coach Mark Farthing.

The win moves Trent to 3-6 on the season. They face upstart program Ottawa U 6pm Sunday in Ottawa at Gils o Julien Field.

Coach McKinley commented on the win, “We have been due for a win for a while; we have been ahead at some point in all of our recent contests. The boys have been battling in practice over the past two weeks and doing their homework in video to account for previous mistakes; their hard work paid off tonight and was a well deserved win.”

Full standings and game statistics can be found at Follow on twitter @trentulax

Article written by Darren Flannigan.


Posted by Geoff McKinley at 9:22 am on 18/10/2014 in Lacrosse | Perma link

Trent Men’s Lacrosse & Rugby Teams Cap Off an Exciting Homecoming Saturday

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Two Exciting Games under the Lights at Justin Chiu


October 4th, 2014. Justin Chiu Stadium, Trent University


After a full day of events, Trent Excalibur’s Varsity teams gave their fans a lot to cheer about on Saturday Night under the lights and intense weather. Trent Men’s Lacrosse team faced off against the Bishop’s Gaiters, losing a hard fought battle by score of 9-7. Then, to close the night’s events, the Trent Men’s Rugby team faced off against the Loyalist Lancers as they put on a show on their way to a commanding win by a score of 63-5.


It was another great Saturday at Justin Chiu Stadium for some fast paced CUFLA lacrosse action. Trent played a great game against the Gaiters. After the first quarter, Trent was up 1-0 against the Gaiters and by halftime, up by 5-2. In the third quarter, the Gaiters caught up to Trent, making the score 6-6 at the end of the third. In the final quarter, the Gaiters made a strong push that proved to be too much for the hardworking Trent team, making the final score 9-7 for the Bishop’s Gaiters.


Trent’s top scorer was #14 Steve Nichols with 3 goals. Trent now stands at 2-6 on the season and will look to come back strong against Queens on the road on Oct 17th.



In the last game to wrap up homecoming Saturday, Trent Men’s Rugby played against the Loyalist Lancers at the Justin Chiu Stadium. There was a great turnout to the game as despite the cold and wet weather, over 300 fans filled the stands. The fans would be rewarded as the Trent Men hit the ground running in this match and never looked back! They displayed excellent speed, strength, agility, strategy and discipline as they battled in cold rainy conditions (even hail at times). With the help of their dedicated fans, they finished hard with a commanding lead of 63-5.


Trent’s first try of the game was scored by #14 Hayden Ryan, followed by #20 Allen Vo, #12 Elijah Adair and #2 Joey Sargeant, making it 20-0 halfway through the first half. #11 Jesse Leadbetter got a try of his own, followed by #7 Ryan Lockett. Leadbetter scored the last try of the first half, making the score 35-0 for the Trent Excalibur Men at the end of the first half. Early in the second half Loyalist scored their first try making the score 35-5. Trent’s first try in the second half was scored by #6 Kevin Lee with a conversion by Leadbetter. Following that try was one by #21 Jake D’Achille with another conversion by Leadbetter, then a try by #9 Spencer Sheffield and a third conversion by Leadbetter. Trent’s final try was scored by Sheffield with a final conversion by Leadbetter making the final score 63-5 for the Trent Excalibur.


This great performance will certainly leave the Trent Excalibur Men’s Rugby team hungry for a win against their cross town rivals, the Fleming Knights on Friday Oct 10th at Fleming Field at 7:00pm. Their last show-down ended in a close loss but was a true nail-biter as it came down to a missed penalty kick with just seconds left in the game. They are ready for the challenge and intend to come out one top on Friday night!



For more information, please contact:

Patrick Assinck

Trent Excalibur Varsity Sport Coordinator

(705)-748-1011 x.6278


Posted by Kathryn Pearce at 8:18 pm on 05/10/2014 in Lacrosse | Perma link

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