Losing streak opens men’s season

By Nina Scimenes
March 17, 2005

Shane Evans

The men’s lacrosse team is off to its worst start in team history. The Cavaliers are winless in its first three games of the regular season.

It’s Spring break trip down to North Carolina to play Greensboro College gave them a shocking loss that the men had to put out of their mind quickly. The road trip ended after the team’s second straight loss to the Shoremen of Washington College. The most recent defeat came at the hands of Ohio Wesleyan University who narrowly beat the Cavaliers by an eight to seven margin at Villanova.

The loss to the Ohio Wesleyan Bishops showed major signs of improvement. “Even though we lost, the team gained positive things like team chemistry and improved execution,” said Dave Barba.

This year’s team returns a strong core from a team last year that rose to a top 10 national ranking. The Cavaliers have yet to play the dominating style of lacrosse they showed in 2004.

“Our enthusiasm from top to bottom is not where it should be. We are letting a lot of outside factors bother us rather than just getting down to business and playing lacrosse,” said senior captain Brian Felice.

The team returns to conference play where they haven’t lost a game in four years. Hoping to turn the season around is senior captain Rory Friel. “I believe that we came in thinking our talent alone would allow us to win. However after our third loss we finally realized that the only way we are going to win is if we play as a team. The leaders on the team are stepping up and I expect only good things from here on out,” said Friel.

The Cavaliers face the College of Wooster in a non-conference game Saturday. Last season the team swept through Ohio beating the Fighting Scots 10 to eight.

The men’s lacrosse team has 10 remaining games left on its regular season schedule along with a conference tournament that gives the champion an automatic bid into the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

Posted to the web by Shane Evans

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