Going from one extreme to another is not an easy transition, but Cabrini’s men’s lacrosse team has handled it well.
On Wednesday, March 19, the Cavaliers trounced DeSales University on the Bulldogs turf 19-3. However, the Cavaliers were dealt a blow on Sunday, March 23, when Ohio Wesleyan, the tenth ranked team in the nation, defeated Cabrini 19-7.
In the DeSales game, junior attack Mike Piccoli had three goals and four assists and freshman attack Matt Campbell had four goals and one assist.
“The game against DeSales was very intense and we played well,” senior defenseman Tom Grosse said.
“Everyone had a chance to play in that game,” Cabrini head coach Steve Colfer said. “Everyone did really well.”
On Sunday, in front of a crowd of close to 400 people, the Cavaliers headed into halftime down by goal with a score of 4-3. It was not until the third quarter when Ohio Wesleyan started to dominate the game.
“It happened at the end of the third quarter.” Colfer said. “It started to snowball from there; we lost our emotion.”
“We had one of the best first half’s we’ve ever had,” Grosse said.
The loss, however, was not a total downfall for the Cavaliers. According to Colfer, the team now knows what they have to work on.
“We have to work on the fundamentals,” Colfer said. “We have to work on being sound between the boxes, face-off plays-all the boring parts of the game.”
The game against Ohio Wesleyan is the beginning of the Cavaliers playing top-notched teams around the country.
“We want to play teams like Ohio Wesleyan,” Colfer said. “They are good athletically and academically-we want Cabrini up there.”
Cabrini’s next game will be on Saturday, March 29 at home against Marymount University at 2 p.m.
“There is no time to feel bad,” Colfer said. “We need to turn a negative into a positive.”