PARIS – The Southwest Cyclops of the Canadian Lacrosse League won their first game of the new 2015 season with a 13-11 win over the Barrie Blizzard, right in Barrie Sunday afternoon.
This year the Cyclops are calling the Syl Apps Arena in Paris, Ontario their new home. Last season they shared facilities with the Ohsweken Demons at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations.
The Cyclops took a 6-2 lead after the first quarter, and opened a 7-2 lead early in the second quarter. But the Blizzard began to blow back and netted the next four goals to draw to within one of the Cyclops heading into the second half.
Southwest took back those four goals to begin the third quarter, but once again the Blizzard fought back with the next three goals to complete the third quarter with the Cyclops leading 11-9.
The fourth quarter saw each team add two more for the 13-11 win.
In other CLax news, the Ohsweken Demons begin their 2015 campaign on the road Sunday afternoon with a repeat of the Creator’s Cup matchup from 2014, which saw the Niagara Lock Monsters defeat the Demons for the league title.
Next Friday, January 23rd, the Demons are at home at the ILA to host the Cyclops at 8 p.m.