Gaiters down Brock to win Bag­gat­away Cup for the first time

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Len­noxville

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).

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