Trent Ex­cal­ibur edged in dou­ble OT of lacrosse fi­nal

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - MIKE DAVIES Ex­am­iner Sports Di­rec­tor Mike.Davies @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

In sports terms it might be the epit­ome of a heart­break­ing loss.

With five sec­onds left in dou­ble-over­time, just 19 sec­onds af­ter ty­ing the game, the Trent Ex­cal­ibur’s hopes of a first Bag­gat­away Cup cham­pi­onship van­ished on Satur­day.

Camp­bell Parker’s goal with five sec­onds left lifted the Brock Badgers to a 12-11 win over Trent in the Cana­dian Univer­sity Field Lacrosse As­so­ci­a­tion semi­fi­nal at Univer­sity of Toronto’s Var­sity Sta­dium.

The Ex­cal­ibur’s best fin­ish was a sil­ver medal in 2015 but af­ter go­ing 10-1 this sea­son and fin­ish­ing first in CUFLA’s East Di­vi­sion, Trent play­ers and staff thought this might be their year.

They fought from be­hind all game trail­ing 4-1 early be­fore ral­ly­ing to tie it 4-4 af­ter the first quar­ter. They trailed 7-4 at half­time and 8-5 head­ing into the fourth quar­ter be­fore end­ing reg­u­la­tion time on a three-goal run to tie it 9-9 and force over­time on Adam Per­roni’s goal with 2:30 left.

In over­time. Brock twice led and the Ex­cal­ibur twice replied to tie it 11-11 on cap­tain Cole McWil­liams’ fourth goal of the game with 24 sec­onds left. He also added an as­sist for five points and was named Trent’s player-of-thegame.

“It was a hart-breaker,” said Ex­cal­ibur first-year head coach Mark Farthing. “We got our­selves into penalty trou­ble so we were kind of play­ing catch-up through­out the game. The heart our team showed was un­be­liev­able. We could have packed our bags so many times. It was an un­be­liev­able dis­play of tenac­ity and heart. At the end of the day, they scored the last goal.”

Jeff Fer­nan­des scored two goals and an as­sist for Trent while Nick Chaykowsky scored twice, Per­roni had a goal and as­sist and Cur­tis Ro­manchych and Cam Gar­lin also scored.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate we’re not play­ing to­day,” Farthing said, on Sun­day. “We ob­vi­ously thought we had the team to do it. We only lost two games all year. We won all our games at home. We won the East Di­vi­sion. Our goal was to win and we didn’t win so that will be our goal again next year.”

While the team will lose its share of vet­eran play­ers to grad­u­a­tion, Farthing says Trent’s pro­gram has come a long way over the past five years.

“The guys we are los­ing have brought this pro­gram an un­be­liev­able dis­tance since they played their first game with us. They are def­i­nitely leav­ing it in a bet­ter place than when they came into it,” he said.

“We’ll have lots of good, key re­turn­ing play­ers. We’ll be a force to be reck­oned with for sure next year. Our re­cruit­ing has been go­ing well so far, too. The play­ers who are leav­ing have made this pro­gram kind of a beast and a force to be reck­oned with. I’m re­ally proud of those guys.”

The Western Mus­tangs, the top seed in the West Di­vi­sion, beat the East’s No. 2 seed McGill Red­men 10-6 in the other semi­fi­nal. Western beat Brock 9-8 in over­time to win the gold medal.

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