Sports / The Men's Lacrosse Team

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The Bishop’s Univer­sity men’s lacrosse team has been one of the most suc­cess­ful teams to don the pur­ple and sil­ver over the last decade. The Gaiters com­pete in the Cana­dian Univer­sity Field Lacrosse As­so­ci­a­tion, a league made up of teams from Que­bec and On­tario. It is with­out ques­tion the top univer­sity field lacrosse league in the coun­try. Bishop’s is a peren­nial con­tender.

Its team has fin­ished at or near the top of the CUFLA East stand­ings on a reg­u­lar ba­sis since its of­fi­cial in­cep­tion into the league in 2002. The Gaiters have never posted a los­ing record in the reg­u­lar sea­son. Their suc­cess has also been re­flected more re­cently in the play­offs dur­ing which they have qual­i­fied for the Bag­gat­away Cup (the CUFLA Cham­pi­onship) in each of the last six sea­sons. They won the cov­eted ti­tle in 2011.

The Gaiters are also one of the lead­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions in the league, hav­ing most re­cently hosted the most suc­cess­ful Bag­gat­away Cup in its 31-year his­tory. Un­for­tu­nately for Bishop’s, the team bowed out in the semi-fi­nal, but the Gaiters’ legacy will live on with fu­ture tour­na­ments.

This sea­son’s Bishop’s team has 13 grad­u­at­ing play­ers, many of whom re­turned for their fi­nal year just to make a run at the cham­pi­onship on home soil, but you can be as­sured that un­der the lead­er­ship of cur­rent head coach Rob En­gelken and as­sis­tant coach and gen­eral man­ager Drew Pol­lock, the Bishop’s Gaiters Lacrosse pro­gram is in good hands. “One Love” is the team’s motto and one bright fu­ture is in store for the Bishop’s Gaiters Lacrosse team.

Mem­bers of the Bishop’s Gaiters Lacrosse Team were honored for the team’s suc­cess in the last ten years.

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