Given the opportunity to do so twice at home over the weekend, the LU crew went one for two, picking up their first win of the season on Saturday in overtime against the McMaster Marauders.
Despite surrendering a 6-1 lead in regulation time, the Voyageurs scored the only three goals of the extra session, knocking off the visitors 11-8. Phil Romanet and Matt Volpe scored four goals apiece for Laurentian, with Paul Jelley adding a pair.
Matt Kussmann and Neil McInroy added one goal each as coach Derrick Gordon and company earned a measure of revenge for a 9-8 loss the previous weekend in Hamilton.
The win was perhaps a touch more impressive when one considers that Laurentian bested the Marauders despite the absence of snipers Bob Pollock and Clint Lamarsh.
"We were missing three of our starters and yet we moved the ball really well, probably playing our best offense of the year," said Gordon.
"Everyone was stepping up, everyone was moving the ball well."
But playing with fire, once again, the very next afternoon, the Voyageurs got burned. Power play markers from Pollock and Jon Van der Geissen had given LU an 8-6 lead in the final quarter before the University of Toronto Varsity Blues countered with three unanswered goals, escaping with a 9-8 victory.
"I thought we started off fairly strong," acknowledged Gordon. "We hit a few roadblocks and the boys started losing their concentration, not playing the style of lacrosse that we need to in order to be successful.
"We just weren't talking and we were missing assignments.”
Laurentian will close out the fifth of a six-game home stretch next Sunday, taking to the field with the Guelph Gryphons at 1:30 p.m., before hitting the road for six straight encounters in southern Ontario in October.