CUFLA Top 5 Power Rankings: Week 2

1. Brock 3-0-0 (Last week: 1)

The Badgers remain undefeated after a convincing 12-2 victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks. Leading the way for Brock was sophomore attackmen Greg Davidson who buried 5 goals and added an assist. Helping Davidson in the goal department was Canisus alumni Travis Gibbons scoring a pair of goals and two helpers. Senior goaltenders Ian Duffy and Dan Fyfe split the goaltending duties during the Sunday win. Duffy shut the door 13 times on 15 attempts in the first half while Fyfe blanked the Golden Hawks in the second half stopping all 9 shots he faced. The Badgers D-Core continued to look solid with great defensive play. Brock will take on McMaster on Wednesday night in Hamilton at 8:30pm and then take the field during their homecoming weekend Saturday afternoon facing Western at 2pm. Saturday’s match up will be the first true test of the season as both teams sit on top of the West standings. The Badgers will need to find a way to break the solid defensive core of the Mustangs to keep their winning streak alive. Duffy will also need to continue to be spot on between the pipes to secure a victory. Although it will be a tough challenge, if Brock plays classic Badgers lacrosse they should remain undefeated after the end whistle sounds.
2.McGill (5-0-0) (Last Week: 2)
McGill nearly let their unbeaten streak slip from their hands as Queen’s scored 4 unanswered goals in the 4th quarter but fortunately for the Redmen they squeaked away with a 12-11 win. The Redmen trio of senior Ryan Besse, sophomore Alex Rohrbach and freshman Richie Klares have supported McGill with consistent scoring in the early stages of the season. Besse and Rohrbach each have tallied 15 points while Klares has added 12. The Redmen will take on their conference rivals Bishop’s for top spot in the Eastern conference.
3.Bishop’s (4-0-0) (Last Week: 3)
The defending Baggataway champion Gaitors almost suffered their first loss of the season as Queen’s University took them to overtime on Sunday. Sophomore Alex Henderson found the back of the net just under 4 minutes into overtime to help secure Bishop’s unbeaten streak. Henderson scored a pair of goals and added an assist in the overtime thriller while Joseph and Andre Lalune each tallied a goal and an assist. Sophomore netminder David Bigley has continued his stellar play in between the pipes posting a 4.73 GAA, a league best among all starters. Bigley was solid in the win Sunday as he stopped 6 of 11 shots. Bishop’s will take on McGill for top spot in the East this Thursday in Lennoxville, PQ at Coulter Field. The Gaiters will need to figure out scoring as secondary scoring has become an issue for Bishop’s. Sophomore Gareth Gibson has a tallied 10 goals, 8 assists for a solid 18 points in 4 games while Alex Henderson has scored 13 goals and added 4 assists for 17 points. Not a single other player has hit double digits in points. If Bishop’s plan on beating the Redmen Thursday, the secondary scoring will need to step up and support Gibson and Henderson in the offensive department.
4. Western (5-0-0) (Last Week: 4)
The Mustangs extended their winning streak to 5 as they downed Toronto 10-6 and Laurentian 11-6 this past weekend. The Mustangs depth in scoring continued as 9 players found the back of the cage in the two contests. Leading the way for the Stangs was freshman attackmen Ryan McCroy who scored 8 goals and added one helper in two games. Continuing his stellar season is sophomore Dylan Ham finding the back of the cage 4 times and tallying 2 assists in the pair of wins. Maintaing his dominance in between the pipes is sophomore goaltender Zach Grace. Grace currently is posting a 4.85 GAA, second best among all CUFLA starters. The outstanding defensive core continued its dominance over the weekend as it allowed 12 goals in two games. The Mustangs can rely on Senior Eric Pitre to shut down the opponents top offensive player game in and out. Western will look to make the biggest upset of the season thus far and hope to spoil the party in Brock this weekend. If the Mustangs goaltending and defense can shut down the high power offense of the Badgers while being able to break the stellar goaltending of Duffy, Western has a chance to hand Brock’s first loss of the year.
5. Guelph (3-1-0) (Last Week: 5)
The Gryphons had a break in action this past weekend but will get back to action this Saturday against Toronto at home. This Sunday the Gryphs will face undefeated Western in a vital West Conference match up. If Guelph can pick up two victories this weekend they can jump up the rankings and gain their respect back as a top contender not only in the West but in all of CUFLA .