After losing three in a row at the beginning of the month to drop below .500, the men’s lacrosse team has now won two of their last three games to get back to a .500 record, beating Carroll College 12-4 on Thursday, Mar. 22.
“It was very important for us to come away with a win against Carroll to set us up for success for the rest of the season,” head coach Sam Ashton said. “With that victory we were able to tie the school record for wins in a season and still have three left to play to improve on that mark. Also, getting back to .500 helped boost team morale as we played four games in seven days through spring break. So to see that hard work and that grind pay off was great for the team.”
The team got off to a hot start as sophomore midfielder Tyler Smith netted a goal just over a minute into the game. A few minutes later freshman J.P. Hasson scored off an assist from Smith to make it 2-0, and then freshmen Tucker Jameson and Chasen Reynolds scored goals at the end of the first quarter to put the Crusaders up 4-0. Carroll was able to net a goal with 1:17 to go in the quarter to make it 4-1 going into the second.
“When you start with a couple goal lead, it alleviates a lot of the pressure of getting goals and we don’t have to force plays and can play relaxed but still aggressive,” Ashton said.
The Crusaders continued to force the issue in the second quarter, outshooting Carroll 12-4 in the quarter to take an 8-1 lead at halftime.
“We answered the bell whenever Carroll scored, so we did not let them pick up any momentum which is huge in our game as it is a game of scoring runs a majority of the time,” Ashton said.
The game slowed in the second half with the Crusaders adding four more goals and giving up three to win the game 12-4. Smith and Jameson each had four goals that day, giving Smith a team-leading 27 on the season and Jameson 20 on the season.
The team has three games remaining on the year with road games at Becker College and Salem State University before finishing up at home against Southwestern on April 7.