Men’s Lacrosse Strives for Championship

The No. 20 St. Mary’s Men’s Lacrosse team currently stands at 5-8, and looks forward to improving their standings as the CAC championships draw closer.

In their game last Thursday, April 14, the Seahawks defeated Hood College, securing the fifth seed in the upcoming 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship Tournament.

The season began turbulently with two consecutive losses to Roanoke College (7-20) and Dickinson College (7-15).

St. Mary’s Seahawk’s first win of the season was against McDaniel College (12-6).

After three more losses early in the season, the lacrosse team began their comeback with another recovery win against Frostburg University (13-8).

The April 14 game opened with a goal by first-year Gordy Long, and a quick answering goal by Hood.

From then on, The Seahawks continued to score on Hood well into the end of the third quarter with St. Mary’s 13 – 2.

The Seahawk offense was led by senior attackman Dennis Rosson with four goals and two assists along with junior attackman J.P. Lennon, who continued his multiple-goal streak with three points.

The defense restrained Hood, who only managed to make three points in the first half, out of a total of 16 for the game, along with 31 turnovers, many of which were forced by the Seahawks.

Notably, both senior attackman Chris Becraft and Rosson made two goals in the second quarter. St. Mary’s then posted consecutive 3-1 runs in the third and fourth quarters for the 16-3 final.

The Seahawks ended the game with 42 shots and six ground-balls.

The Seahawks aim to keep the winning streak going as in the coming championship games.

The first round of the CAC Tournament will be Sunday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m. against York College.

 

Men’s Lacrosse Recovers from Sliding Start to Season

After dropping their first two games of the season, the men’s lacrosse team has made a comeback, winning four of their last five games. (Photo by Matt Molek)
After dropping their first two games of the season, the men’s lacrosse team has made a comeback, winning four of their last five games. (Photo by Matt Molek)
As the practice fields begin to dry from the remains of the February snowstorm, the St. Mary’s Men’s lacrosse team returns to top performance with four victories in the five recent matches, an overall 4-3 spread and 1-0 conference record as the Spring 2010 season continues.

The 42-athlete team began the season with a non-conference away game against Roanoke College on Feb. 21. While the Seahawks held strongly against the competition with a 3-3 initial score, repeatedly unanswered scoring streaks from the Maroons left the College with a 11-4 loss by halftime that developed into an eventual 22-7 loss against Roanoke.

The loss was accompanied by a close defeat to Dickinson College on Feb. 27 in non-conference action at the Bullis School, as the Red Devils ended the game with a 7-6 win over the Seahawks. While St. Mary’s showed improvement with a closer spread and a 33-23 lead in ground balls, the loss left the team with a 0-2 record in the first two weeks of play.

A contributor to the rough start of the season was the weather, as the snowstorm that struck the campus in Feb. forced the Seahawks indoors for the first few weeks. “We had been inside for three weeks, playing Roanoke on that third week,” said Chris Hasbrouck, entering his second year as coach for the men’s lacrosse team. “We’ve been rotating in [the gyms of] Somerset, and that’s hard with so many guys.”

Despite the impaired practicing conditions, the Seahawks began a strong attack in the season with a non-conference, away-game victory over Franklin & Marshall College on Mar. 6, as the team turned a 3-1 loss at halftime to a 9-6 victory against the Diplomats.

The win became a three-game winning streak by mid-March, as St. Mary’s won an impressive 17-6 home game against The College of Wooster that preceded a 17-4 non-conference victory over the State University of New York, Plattsburgh State. Junior attackman Dennis Rosson’s 6-0 scoring streak at the start of the Wooster game was accompanied by junior midfielder Chris Morihlatko’s career-high four goals against the Cardinals.

Despite a 10-7 home game loss against the Denison University Big Red on Mar. 17, which brought the Seahawks to a 3-3 non-conference spread, the College recovered the following Wednesday with its first conference win, taking the 10-4 home-game victory over Marymount University on Mar. 24. What began as a 2-2 bind for the first 15 minutes became a 6-2 Seahawks advantage by halftime.
“Defense as a whole is one of our strengths,” said senior midfielder and captain Ryan Alexander. “The team has changed a lot, and we have a lot higher expectations.”

While recovering from the initial season slump, the team is still aware of what it can improve on to make a more impressive season. “Our biggest weakness is consistency,” said Hasbrouck. “We’re still inexperienced in some ways, and at times, we have trouble scoring goals.”
“Our big weaknesses seem to be consistency and goal scoring,” said midfielder Albert Mitchell, now in his first season with the Seahawks. “You can get away with a lot more in high school…but at the college level, you can’t make up mistakes with athleticism.”
Despite the size of the 42-athlete team, the players seem to maintain a strong bond off of the field. “It’s a very close-knit team,” said Hasbrouck. “We see each other around, and you’re bound to see [the players] somewhere,” said Alexander.

Leaving the gyms for outside practices on the drying field, the Seahawks prepare for the next game against Wesley College on Mar. 31, as the Wolverines visit the College for conference action.

Men’s Lacrosse Ends Season Ranked Third in CAC

The mens lacrosse team ended their season on a high note with a 18-7 road win against Christopher Newport University on April 25.

After their historic victory against Salisbury on April 10, the seahawks lost their Capital Athletic Conference semi-final match against Ursinus by a score of 10-11. They end the season ranked thrid in the conference.

Sophomore attackman Chris Becraft, who scored the last second game winner against Salisubry, had a great performance scoring three goals, and two assists.

The team finishes the season with an overall record of 8-7, and a note worthy conference record of 5-2.

Men’s Lacrosse Triumphant in Final Second

Sophomore Chris Becraft (in white) shoots the game winning goal, his second of the game, to defeat Salisbury. (Photo by Matt Molek)
Sophomore Chris Becraft (in white) shoots the game winning goal, his second of the game, to defeat Salisbury. (Photo by Matt Molek)

In a dramatic finish, men’s lacrosse defeated rival Salisbury University on Friday with the winning goal being scored by sophomore Chris Becraft with .2 seconds left in the game.

The men’s lacrosse team is on a four game conference streak with recent wins against Marymount University, Wesley College, and Hood College, ranking them third in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) behind Stevenson University and Salisbury University. They have a 7-5 overall record and a 5-2 conference record.

Friday’s game began after Festivus Awesomeness, an outdoor concert and BBQ on the Townhouse Green. Students basked in the sun eating burgers and tossing frisbees as the lacrosse team readied themselves for their game.

The game started off with junior Ryan Alexander scoring the first goal two minutes into the game. By then end of the first period, Salisbury was ahead by one point. By halftime, St. Mary’s had pulled ahead and was leading 7-6.

The action continued to heat up as Salisbury scored twice more in the third period. Tension was high as the final period began. With a little over 2 minutes left in the game, the score was tied at 10. Becrafts final goal with .2 seconds remaining won the game as the fans erupted in cheers and fans rushed the field.

Sophomore Amir Reda said, “It was the best lacrosse game I ever went to. It was awesome!”

Three-hundred eighty nine fans attended this game, which was a histoic win for the team.

The top scorers were sophomore Dennis Rosson with 4 goals and junior Ryan Alexander with 3.

The team’s streak began with an 11-6 win over Marymount while playing in Virginia on April 1. The top Seahawk scorers were sophomores Dennis Rosson and Chris Becraft with 3 goals each.

Both teams had 21 turnovers each during the game and the Seahawks never fell behind in points; they started with and held the lead throughout the entire game.

During the next game against Wesley’s Wolverines on April 4, the Seahawks added another conference win to their record, with a close 9-8 final score. Wesley kept pace with the Seahawks, gained the lead during the game and were tied up 8-8 in the fourth period with a little over 2 minutes left.

With 8 seconds left, sophomore Dennis Rosson, with an assist by sophomore Bobby Cooke, made the game-winning shot securing the team’s victory.

The game against Hood College on April 7 continued St. Mary’s winning streak. The Seahawks scored a crushing 17 points to the 2 goals scored by Hood. Eleven goals had been scored by halftime by St. Mary’s and only one by Hood. Men’s lacrosse shot a total of 58 times, while Hood attempted 9.

The team has been working all season towards improving themselves.

Senior captain Chris Featherstone said, “[T]he improvement out of both our offense and defense in recent weeks has been tremendous…[O]ur greatest accomplishment has been stepping up our play in conference…I think we’re all looking forward to the conference tournament.”

The CAC Quarterfinals begin on April 13 with Mary Washington facing Salisbury. The Seahawks will play the winner of that game on April 16.

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Men’s Lacrosse Defeated by York

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Sophomore Bobby Cooke readies his shot against the York College Spartans in York’s first win over St. Mary’s since 2000. (Photo by Brendan O’Hara)

The overcast, rainy weather was the perfect pathetic fallacy for the men’s lacrosse game last Saturday.  The Seahawks lost 7-5 to York College, setting the team’s conference record at 1-2 and overall record to 3-5. This was York’s first win over the Seahawks since 2000. The Seahawks were in the lead the entire first quarter with 2 goals, until York scored 3 times in the in second quarter. After halftime, York scored once more in the third quarter. With a little under 11 minutes remaining, the Seahawks scored again, but it was not enough as York made three goals in the row, securing York’s lead. The Seahawks managed two more goals before the game ended, but York was victorious in the end. Sophomores Dennis Rosson and Chris Morihlatko both scored 2 goals and Chris Becraft made 1 goal. Assists were made by first-year Billy Sheurer and junior Ryan Alexander. The next game is April 1 against Marymount University in Arlington.