SigBroomers capture E. George Lawrence Cup
Monday, February 4th, 2013
By Phil Lucas
The SigBroomers (Adam Franzel, Jeremy Nafus, Ehren Quigley, Matt Polhemus, Rich Douglas, and Joe Kuzdal) knew what they were up against.
Broom Goes the Dynamite (Matt Puz, Tony Sabat, Chris Davis, Tim Sickles, Tod Johnston, Stephen Guindon, Makyle Welke) were the pre-season favorites. They were ranked #1 in the Broomball Cup Standings (BCS) and had won eight consecutive broomball games going back to last year’s tournament. They were attempting to make history by winning a second consecutive E. George Lawrence Cup.
The SigBroomers had other ideas as they squeezed out a 1-0 overtime victory on Friday, Feb. 1,to claim their spot on the cup. Adam Franzel scored 1:38 into overtime, and Matt Polhemus recorded the shutout.
“I had no idea what had happened until the crowd started pounding on the glass and screaming,” captain Jeremy Nafus explained. “Then I blinked again and realized that Franzel had won the game for us.”
Coming into the championship game, the two teams had been offensive powerhouses, scoring more than 30 goals during the tournament and dominating the competition, and going undefeated. These games were played at the Southfield Ice Arena and the Ridler Outdoor Ice Rink on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
The Championship Game was highlighted by great defense. In the first half, both teams shut down the passing lanes and allowed zero shots on goal. The second half started with a goal-scoring opportunity by Broom Goes the Dynamite, and a few missed opportunities by the SigBroomers sent the game to overtime.
“Going into overtime, it was nerve racking because we knew how well the defending champs were at shooting from across the ice,” explained SigBroomer defenseman Joe Kuzdal. “It was unbelievable when Franzel made the game-winning shot.”
Even though Chris Davis from Broom Goes the Dynamite was not on the right side of the score-line this year, his play was exceptional, and he was voted Tournament MVP by the Athletics Staff for the second consecutive year. When asked about Davis, Broom Goes the Dynamite captain Tony Sabat couldn’t agree more about the selection for MVP.
“I don’t know if I can accurately describe how awesome Chris Davis is,” Sabat said. “He played his heart out and put the team’s needs before his own every time he came on the ice. Chris did everything he could to try to get us that cup.”
The E. George Lawrence Cup has historical significance. It is named after LTU’s second president who was a strong advocate of student life and athletics. The names of the players on the championship team will be inscribed on the cup, in keeping with the Stanley Cup tradition in professional hockey. The cup is on display at the Ridler Field House.
“The broomball tournament was a blast!” Sabat explained. “Healthy competition with some slipping and sliding made this Winterfest a ton of fun! Even though we didn’t come away with the cup, we still had a riot with the other teams and plan on coming back next season.”
Assistant Director of Athletics Don Gillette was pleased with the turnout and is hopeful for more broomball on campus.
“It was another successful year with great competition. Congratulations to the SigBroomers, and hopefully we will have additional games this winter to be played on our very own outdoor ice rink.”
In the Consolation Game, the Crusading Bunnies defeated the Hash Slashing Slingers 4-3 in a shootout.