CUFLA Power Rankings: Brock & McGill Remain Unbeaten

5. University of Guelph: 5-3  Last Week: 5

The Guelph Gryphons continued to climb up the Canadian Lacrosse Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA) West standings with a convincing 16-6 victory over McMaster on Friday night. Senior attackman Curtis Knight led the way offensively with three goals, four assists for seven points. Senior Ryan Serville, senior midfielder Jordan Critch and sophomore midfielder Brett Ulbikas each netted four points. Junior netminder Michael Lalani picked up a win in his third full game of the season. Sitting tied with Laurentian in third place in the West, the Gryphons have a rematch against McMaster this Friday at Alumni Field in Hamilton, ON.

4. Bishop’s University: 6-2  Last Week: 4

This weekend the Bishop’s Gaiters enjoyed their bye this past week, but they get back to action tonight with a Thanksgiving Monday night showdown against Concordia University in Montreal. The Gaiters have been led by the dynamic duo of Austen Mason and James Malloy, who have each potted 21 points in eight games. Freshmen Mason has filled the net in his rookie campaign, scoring 13 goals and adding eight assists. Senior attackmen Malloy has tallied 10 goals and 11 assists thus far in 2014. Senior netminder David Bigley has been stellar this year, posting a 6.83 goals against average, good enough for fourth among all CUFLA goaltenders

3. Western University: 7-2  Last Week: 3

Ryan Taylor, Connor Gamble, Ryan McCrory and Matt Spanger each tallied three points each to help the Western Mustangs cruise past the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks 16-1 this past Friday night. Former Cornell Big Red standout Jesse Gamble chipped in with two goals of his own. The Toronto Rock’s Gamble now has six goals, two assists for eight points in just three games played. Netminder Zach Grace improved his record to 7-2 on the season while posting a 7.33 goals against average. The Mustangs have a big game against Laurentian on Saturday night, who is hot on Western’s tails tied in third place alongside Guelph.

2. McGill University: 10-0  Last Week: 2

The McGill Redmen enjoyed Canadian Thanksgiving away from the field this past weekend with a well deserved bye week. A 10-0 start for the Redmen was good enough to clinch the East Division. The Redmen have a busy upcoming week, starting with a Thursday night match up at Concordia University. McGill will then head south of the border for some non-CUFLA action against a pair of NCAA clubs. On Saturday, the Redmen take on Division III program Plattsburgh State University of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC). The very next day, McGill takes on new Division I program UMass-Lowell of the America East Conference. The Redmen get back to action above the border the following weekend against Trent University on Saturday October 25.

1. Brock University: 9-0  Last Week: 1

The Brock Badgers remain unbeaten after a busy week with three games in five days. The Badgers opened up their weekend with a 11-3 victory over McMaster on Wednesday night in Hamilton, ON. Saturday saw a much closer contest with a 11-8 victory over Laurentian on Saturday. The game was locked up at 8-8 with 5:29 remaining in regulation until, senior attackman Kyle Davis put the ball past Laurentian netminder Ian Walters to bury the eventual game winning goal. On Sunday, the Badgers closed out the Thanksgiving double header with a 14-5 win. Sophomore attackman Brandon Slade had a stellar weekend. netting five goals, 10 assists for 15 points. Slade now has 46 points in eight games, good enough for first in scoring among all CUFLA runners. Badgers netminder Ryan Jones continued his solid season, improving his record to 6-0 on the year with a solid 5.89 goals against average. The Badgers host the University of Toronto next Saturday at Kiwanis Field in St.Catharines, ON for their lone contest of the week.