The York Lions secured top spot in the OUA West after giving the McMaster Marauders their first loss of the season.
The No.7 ranked York squad opened the scoring with a goal in the 10th minute of play. The No. 4 Marauders would concede another goal before the end of the first half, giving the Lions an imposing 2-0 lead.
McMaster has excelled in the second half of games in the 2012 season, shown by the comeback against the Western Mustangs in the previous game. Mac continued this habit against York, scoring a goal in the 47th minute off a free kick.
The goal lit a fire underneath both squads, causing a rough affair throughout the rest of the game. Players were jawing at each other, tackles ended with at least one man on the ground, and cards were used frequently in order to keep both teams in line.
The second half shenanigans reached a peak when the teams were lined up for a free kick on the York 18-yard line. The York Lions were assessed a red-card for an altercation involving Marauder Mark Reilly and the Mac team had a man advantage for the last 20 minutes of the game.
York sealed the game after a handball in the Marauder box led to a penalty, which extended the lead to 3-1.
The Marauders take on the Guelph Gryphons at Ron Joyce on Saturday at 3:15 PM. On Sunday, the men head to UOIT to take on the Ridgebacks. Both games are winnable and Mac will look to take back first place in their conference.