Gaiters down Brock to win Baggataway Cup for the first time
A hat trick by Mike Dube (Brockville, Ont.) and a six-point afternoon by Josh Crone (Cambridge, Ont.) led the Bishop’s Gaiters to the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association championship, as the defeated the Brock Badgers, 11-6, in the league final on Sunday afternoon in London, Ont. The win gives the Gaiters their first Baggataway Cup in the team’s 11-year history, and marks the first time that the trophy has been won by a team from Quebec.
Dubé scored a pair of firstperiod goals, as the Gaiters took a 3-0 lead after the first 20 minutes. Both of the veteran attackman’s markers came as a result of Brock penalies, as the Gaiters’ special teams were the difference-makers early in the contest.
Brett Conway’s (Cornwall, Ont.) extra-man goal early in the second put Bishop’s up 4-0, but the Badgers did not go away quietly. Brock responded with four unanswered goals, including three in the last six minutes of the second, to go into halftime tied at 4-4.
In the second half, the teams traded a pair of goals each before Dubé’s third goal of the day with 4:14 left in the third quarter gave the Gaiters the lead for good at 7-6. Bradley Haddon (Coquitlam, B.C.) put Bishop’s up 8-6 at three-quarter time.
Bishop’s took 6:30 in penalties, on four personal and five technical fouls. Brock was called for 12 minutes in penalties, as they took ten personal and two technical fouls, with most of their penalties coming in the last three minutes, after the game was well out of reach.
Veteran goalkeeper Keegan Durovick (Regina, Sask.) faced 16 shots and allowed six goals for the Gaiters.
The win is the first league championship in any sport for Bishop’s since 2004, when women’s basketball won the Quebec University Basketball League. The Gaiters finish the season with a record of 13-1 (9-1 CUFLA).