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Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association

The Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA) is an association of men's field lacrosse teams connected with several universities in Ontario and Quebec. Teams compete in the fall with league playoffs typically in early November.

Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association
CUFLA logo.jpg
SportField lacrosse
Founded1985
PresidentDavid Fenicky (2014- present)
No. of teams15
CountryCanada
Most recent
champion(s)
Western Mustangs (2018)
Official websitecufla.ca

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1985, the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association, or the "CUFLA," was originally known as the Ontario University Field Lacrosse Association (OUFLA) and, as the name suggests, was entirely Ontario-based. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, OUFLA expanded to include more teams across Ontario.

Having grown to 10 teams in 2002, OUFLA changed its name to the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association to reflect the additions of McGill University and Bishop's University, both located in Quebec.

The league expanded to 12 teams in 2007 with the additions of Trent (Peterborough) and Laurentian (Sudbury) universities. With these additions the league split into two divisions (east and west) based on geographic location of member schools.

Concordia University in Montreal became the 13th member, the third in Quebec, in 2012.

As it celebrates its 30th year in 2014, the CUFLA has expanded again to 15 teams with the addition of Nipissing University and the University of Ottawa.[1] This ongoing growth bodes well for the continued expansion of men's field lacrosse at various universities across Canada.

TeamsEdit

 
Guelph goalie in 2014.
 
Western player in 2014.
School Location Head Coach
Bishop's Gaiters Lennoxville, Quebec Drew Pollock
Brock Badgers St. Catharines, Ontario Tim Luey
Carleton Ravens Ottawa, Ontario Jeremy Strong
Guelph Gryphons Guelph, Ontario Sam Kosakowski
Laurentian Voyageurs Sudbury, Ontario George Sheppard
McGill Redmen Montreal, Quebec Tim Murdoch
McMaster Marauders Hamilton, Ontario Jason Tallevi
Nipissing Lakers North Bay, Ontario Jason Rudge
Ottawa Gee-Gees Ottawa, Ontario Callum Crawford
Queen's Golden Gaels Kingston, Ontario Don Tough
Toronto Varsity Blues Toronto, Ontario Joe Nizich
Trent Excalibur Peterborough, Ontario Geoff McKinley
Western Mustangs London, Ontario Jeremy Tallevi
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks Waterloo, Ontario Clancy Almas

Former

ChampionsEdit

The Baggataway Cup is the Canadian university field lacrosse championship, awarded annually to the winner of the post-season tournament by the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association. The Baggataway Cup tournament is typically held the second weekend in November, and is hosted by one of the member schools.

 
Guelph Defender in 2014.
Year Champion Finalist Score
1985 Western Mustangs
1986 Brock Badgers
1987 McMaster Marauders
1988 Western Mustangs
1989 Brock Badgers
1990 Brock Badgers
1991 Brock Badgers
1992 Brock Badgers
1993 Brock Badgers
1994 Brock Badgers
1995 Guelph Gryphons
1996 Brock Badgers Guelph Gryphons
1997 Brock Badgers Guelph Gryphons
1998 Brock Badgers Guelph Gryphons 8-6
1999 Brock Badgers Western Mustangs
2000 Guelph Gryphons Brock Badgers 13-11
2001 Western Mustangs Brock Badgers 12-10[2]
2002 Brock Badgers Bishop's Gaiters 9-8, 3OT
2003 Brock Badgers Bishop's Gaiters 10-5
2004 Brock Badgers Bishop's Gaiters 10-9
2005 Brock Badgers Guelph Gryphons 14-7
2006 Brock Badgers Bishop's Gaiters 11-8
2007 Brock Badgers Guelph Gryphons 13-10
2008 Guelph Gryphons McGill Redmen 14-9
2009 Brock Badgers McMaster Marauders 12-11[3]
2010 McMaster Marauders Brock Badgers 11-10[4]
2011 Bishop's Gaiters Brock Badgers 11-6[5]
2012 McGill Redmen Western Mustangs 7-6, 2OT[6]
2013 Guelph Gryphons McGill Redmen 14-11[7]
2014 Guelph Gryphons McGill Redmen 15-12
2015 McGill Redmen Western Mustangs 15-11[8]
2016 Western Mustangs Trent Excalibur 11-7
2017 Western Mustangs Brock Badgers 16-14, 2OT
2018 Western Mustangs Brock Badgers 9-8, 2OT
 
Western goalie Zach Grace (2014).
Team Championships Most recent
Brock University 18 2009
Western University 6 2018
University of Guelph 5 2014
McGill University 2 2015
McMaster University 2 2010
Bishop's University 1 2011

ExecutiveEdit

 
Guelph player in 2014.

The operations of CUFLA are handled by an executive that reports regularly to the team presidents, typically at annual general meetings. Currently, the executive[9] is composed of a Commissioner, an Assistant Commissioner, a Treasurer, a Director of Communications and a Referee-in-Chief.

  • David Fenicky - Commissioner
  • Kevin Caplice - Asst Commissioner
  • Brandon McLean - Asst Commissioner
  • Mark Walker - Treasurer
  • Ian Garrison - Referee in Chief
  • Stephen Stamp - Director of Communications

Player eligibilityEdit

Only current students registered at their respective universities with a full course load are deemed eligible to play in CUFLA competitions. Players who have played professional field lacrosse (such as Major League Lacrosse) are prohibited from playing in CUFLA.

However, players who play professional box lacrosse (such as the National Lacrosse League) are eligible to play. Throughout the years, the league has seen many current and former NLL players scattered throughout various teams.

AlumniEdit

Many current and former players have met with a great deal of success representing their countries or playing professional lacrosse in the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse.

Player Alma Mater National Lacrosse League Major League Lacrosse International Competition
Kevin Brownell University of Western Ontario Buffalo Bandits None None
Pat Campbell Brock University Calgary Roughnecks, Edmonton Rush, Toronto Rock None None
Mike Carnegie University of Western Ontario Calgary Roughnecks None Team Canada
Angus Dineley University of Toronto New York Titans/Orlando Titans, Philadelphia Wings None Team Canada
Colin Doyle Wilfrid Laurier University Ontario Raiders/Toronto Rock, San Jose Stealth Toronto Nationals Team Canada
Andrew Dowdell
  University of Western Ontario
  Calgary Roughnecks
   [Dutch Men’s National lacrosse team|Team Nederland]]
Jesse Gamble University of Western Ontario Toronto Rock None Team Canada
Bill Greer University of Western Ontario Toronto Rock, Edmonton Rush, Rochester Knighthawks, New York Saints, Arizona Sting, Columbus Landsharks None Team Canada
Greg Harnett Bishop's University Calgary Roughnecks None None
Jon Harnett University of Guelph Boston Blazers None None
Steve Hoar University of Toronto Toronto Rock Toronto Nationals Team Canada
Rowan Kelly University of Western Ontario Colorado Mammoth None None
Carter Livingstone University of Toronto Boston Blazers, Chicago Shamrox, Rochester Knighthawks None None
Randy Mearns University of Western Ontario Rochester Knighthawks, Buffalo Bandits None Team Canada
Jamie McKeracher University of Western Ontario Anaheim None None
Ken Millin Brock University Toronto Rock, Rochester Knighthawks None None
Ryan Phillips University of Western Ontario Rochester Knighthawks None None
Creighton Reid University of Toronto (Practice Squad) Toronto Rock, Colorado Mammoth None None
Reid Reinholdt University of Western Ontario Toronto Rock None None
Matt Spanger University of Western Ontario New England Blackwolves None None
Chris Standish University of Western Ontario Washington Power None None
Scott Stapleford University of Western Ontario Colorado Mammoth, Toronto Rock, Portland Lumberjacks None Team USA
Mike Temple University of Western Ontario Rochester Knighthawks None None
Scott Tinning University of Western Ontario Edmonton Rush None None
Sean Thomson University of Guelph Philadelphia Wings, Minnesota Swarm None None
Jay Thorimbert University of Guelph Buffalo Bandits, Boston Blazers, Minnesota Swarm None None
Josh Wasson Trent University Chicago Shamrox, Toronto Rock None None
Shawn Williams Brock University Toronto Rock, Rochester Knighthawks, Edmonton Rush, Buffalo Bandits None Team Canada
Casey Zaph University of Toronto Rochester Knighthawks None None

Media coverageEdit

Media coverage of CUFLA has grown in recent years, with local and student newspapers devoting several articles to CUFLA's game results. Several lacrosse websites (Lacrosse All Stars, Inside Lacrosse, The Lacrosse News,Lacrosse Bucket , etc.) and magazines have taken notice and included CUFLA in their ongoing coverage of the world of lacrosse.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gees lacrosse goes competitive". The Fulcrum. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Mustangs rejoice: "We're the best in da league"". UWO Gazette. 6 November 2001.
  3. ^ "Brock University wins Baggataway Cup with help from Durham players". DurhamRegion.com. 12 November 2009.
  4. ^ "McMaster Marauders beat Brock Badgers 11-10". Inside Lacrosse. 7 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Bishop's wins CUFLA Baggataway Cup". Inside Lacrosse. 7 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Sharples leads McGill past Western to win men's university field lacrosse title". The Hamilton Spectator. 4 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Guelph Gryphons win Baggataway Cup, Canada's university men's lacrosse title". Times Colonist. 3 November 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-09-13.
  8. ^ "Redmen take Baggataway Cup championship". The Sherbrooke Record. 8 November 2015.
  9. ^ "CUFLA Elects new Commissioner, two Assistant Commissioners". CUFLA. Retrieved 14 July 2014.

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