Two losses open season for Men's Lacrosse
On Saturday, February 22, Assumption College Men’s Lacrosse Team lost its home opener to non-conference foe and number 10-ranked Dowling College with a score of 12-4.
The Greyhounds have lost both games so far this season. The Men’s Team dropped their first game of the season to top ranked Le Moyne by a score of 12-6 last week, while Dowling got their season off on the right foot starting off 1-0 after Saturday’s win.
Dowling senior attacker Kevin McElhone led the Golden Eagles with six goals on nine shots, while first year Chris Stemke garnered six points off of two assists and four goals on six shots. For the Greyhounds, all four goals were scored by different players. Senior Ian Mack continued his hot start with his fourth goal of the season.
Dowling took the lead early on in the game, with McElhone scoring with just over 13 minutes left in the first quarter. Junior midfielder Tyler Martin responded for Assumption and picked up his first goal of the season with 8:16 left in the quarter. But it was downhill from there for the Greyhounds. The Golden Eagles closed the quarter out with two more goals, McElhone picked up his second with just over seven minutes left and sophomore Brian White added another with 2:48 left in the first.
The second quarter started off in the Greyhound’s favor. Junior Garrett Smith was able to score off of a nice pass from year James Scola with 9:21 left to play in the half; it was Smith’s third goal and Scola’s first point as a Greyhound. With the lead cut in half to 4-2 the Hounds were hoping to pick up momentum heading into halftime; however, Stemke was able to score twice before the end of the quarter and the Golden Eagles took a four-goal lead into halftime.
The second half was unfortunately the same story for the Hounds. Once again, they started out strong with junior Peter Gersbeck picking up his first goal of the campaign with 13 minutes left in the third quarter. The Golden Lions were able to put the game out for good with a five-goal run that stretched into the fourth quarter until Ian Mack was able to add one for the Hounds with 5:39 left in the fourth.
“After already playing Le Moyne, who was number one in our first game, we felt like we were ready for the challenge. Unfortunately, we didn’t think they were much better than us and they didn’t beat us but made us beat ourselves. We turned the ball over a lot and couldn’t give our defense a rest…against a team like that we can’t play like that and expect to win and unfortunately that’s why it ended up 12-4,” said sophomore defensemen John Rankin.
Rankin indicated that the team felt confident and prepared going into the game; however, the Golden Eagles were able to force the Greyhounds into many mistakes early and often.
“I felt that overall the game wasn’t exactly a step forward for us, but not backwards. We opened up to two previous defending national champions, although we wanted the win it got away from us. I feel the team did not play our game, they got chippy with us and instead of playing our game we broke down. There were individuals who played well but when playing a team to that significance it didn’t matter. I think that it was a learning experience and the next game will go much better,” said sophomore midfielder and faceoff specialist Nick Guarino.
The Hounds understand the magnitude of the game and can learn from the mistakes made on Saturday and improve from now on.
After two rough games against nationally-ranked opponents, the Hounds hope to bounce back on March 8 against Post University.