Leading the men’s lacrosse team in goals with 20 in just nine games isn’t something junior attack Scott Reimer is focused on. “This is the best team we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Reimer said.
That’s a bold statement considered the last two seasons the team has managed to be nationally ranked, win PAC titles and qualify for the NCAA national tournament.
“I don’t really have any personal goals. I just want the team to win the PAC championship and get back to the NCAA tournament,” Reimer said.
So far the Cavaliers have compiled 7-2 overall record and are currently ranked No. 9 in the country.
“It’s different this year because everyone is contributing. They can’t focus on just one of us on offense because there are a lot of different guys stepping up to score goals and make big plays,” Reimer said.
Thirteen different Cavaliers scored in a 23-8 rout of previously undefeated Shenandoah Tuesday, April 1.
“Winning our first game against Roanoke (ranked No. 4 at the time) really set the tone for this season. We knew we were good enough but that was our chance to prove it and we really did. After that win there isn’t anyone on our schedule that we can’t beat,” Reimer said.
So far this year the two Cabrini losses have come against No. 2 Gettysburg (OT) and No. 4 Cortland State.
“We have a lot of guys that can score but our go-to guy would be Casey Grugan. He is the one player our offense can rely on if we get in a tough spot at the end of a game. Even if he doesn’t score he creates opportunities,” Reimer said.
Grugan has 16 goals and nine assists for 25 points on the season, while Reimer has 20 goals and four assists for 24 points on the year.
“We returned everyone on offense from last year so we have a lot of experience with each other. When the offense struggles our D has been stepping up all season. Other than that we have a talented freshman class combined with a few key transfer players that have really contributed this year,” Reimer said.
Seven different Cavs are in double figures in scoring on the season. That kind of production leads the way to 118 goals in just nine games, while the defense has only given up 68 goals.
“Our goal is to win games in the NCAA tournament this year. That’s more important than any individual goals. It’s what we are all focused on,” Reimer said.