2015 Bag­gat­away Cup Bishop’s Bound

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

TheCana­dian Univer­sity Field Lacrosse As­so­ci­a­tion (CUFLA) Cham­pi­onship, bet­ter known as the Bag­gat­away Cup is headed to Bishop’s Univer­sity in November 2015. The an­nounce­ment came ear­lier this month at the CUFLA An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing. On the heels of a suc­cess­ful 2015 RSEQ Fi­nal-4 Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onships hosted at Bishop’s Univer­sity, the Depart­ment of Ath­let­ics and Gaiters’ Gen­eral Man­ager Drew Pol­lock are pleased to an­nounce that CUFLA’s best teams will com­pete for the Bag­gat­way Cup from November 6-8, 2015 on the Bishop’s Univer­sity cam­pus.

The 2015 event will mark the sec­ond time the cham­pi­onship will take place in Len­noxville; the first was in 2004 when the Brock Badgers beat the Gaiters in the fi­nal.

“It is no se­cret that we are one of the best travel teams in CUFLA,” said Pol­lock. “We have a huge amount of sup­port from par­ents, fans and alumni wher­ever we go. This is a unique op­por­tu­nity for us to gather all the par­ents, alumni and fans that travel to watch us with the strong stu­dent sup­port we get for home games. I think it’s go­ing to be a very ex­cit­ing at­mos­phere.” Coul­ter Field will be the set­ting for the three-day event that guar­an­tees the hosts a spot in the an­nual tour­na­ment. “The au­to­matic en­try only gets us the bye to the quar­ter­fi­nals whereas win­ning the east­ern con­fer­ence would take us right to the semi-fi­nals,” Pol­lock added. “This is the goal ev­ery year and it doesn’t change in 2015 just be­cause we are host­ing.”

The suc­cess­ful bid was a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Gaiters Lacrosse team, the Bishop’s Univer­sity Depart­ment of Ath­let­ics and the City of Sher­brooke led by Des­ti­na­tion Sher­brooke. Lo­cal res­i­dents will have the priv­i­lege of en­joy­ing the best lacrosse show­case in Que­bec as the top col­le­giate pro­grams from across Que­bec and On­tario will com­pete for the right to be named 2015 cham­pi­ons.

Bishop’s has qual­i­fied for the Bag­gat­away Cup the last five years, how­ever has lost in the first round in each of the last three af­ter claim­ing their one and only cham­pi­onship in 2011.

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