The Trent Men's Lacrosse Team was founded in 2005 by Jesse Thomas. In 2007 Trent entered as a full member of the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA). The team finished with a 4-3 record. In 2008, the team entered the record books both in the league and at Trent finishing with a perfect regular season and East Conference title; 10-0. The Trent Coaches, Thomas, Geoff McKinley, Mike Temple and Jon Chambers were awarded the CUFLA coaches of the year. In 2009, the team took the East regular season title again, this time with an 8-2 record. Trent made the semi-final game at Nationals for the second consecutive year. With the game seemingly in hand, with under a minute to play McMaster scored 2 quick goals to tie it up and Trent fell in 3OT.
The Excalibur returned to the Baggataway Cup in 2015 hosted by Bishop's University. It was a heart breaking loss in 2OT against Brock University.
In 2016, Trent added to an already deep line up setting up for landmark season. It started with avenging the previous year’s loss to Brock with an 11-4 preseason victory at Trent's Justin Chiu stadium. They also dealt with the McGill Redmen, giving them their first regular season loss since 2012. With an 11-1 regular season record and play-in win over Nipissing, the Excalibur achieved a bye to the 2016 Baggataway semi-final against the host team of Brock Badgers. The Badgers got an early lead that took Trent nearly 78 minutes to gain back, where they ended up sealing a hard fought and character building win: 7-6. With this victory, Trent made history as they appeared in their first ever National Championship game. They faced the previous years CUFLA finalist, the Western Mustangs. The game was back and forth, but ultimately the Mustangs experience proved to be too much. Trent lost the National Championship by a score of 11-7.
Throughout the span of the program, countless Excalibur have been named to the All-Canadian All-star teams. The following alumni have either played or been drafted to the National Lacrosse League: Josh Wasson, Mac O'Brien, Cory Vitarelli, Tyler Tanquay, Eric Bissell, Zac McIlmoyle, Mark Farthing and Danny Michel.
At Trent, we believe that our athletes are students first. Our student-athletes work diligently both in the class and on the field to get the best possible results. Peterborough is the lacrosse capital of Canada and this program has set its sights on upholding this tradition and forging a new path in the Canadian University landscape.
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