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Despite their rocky start to the season, hope is not lost for men’s lacrosse. Before the season began, the
Landmark Conference coaches voted Goucher as the top team in the conference for the 4th year in a row. While this doesn’t mean the Gophers have won anything yet, it is a confidence boost to know other teams see them as a threat. As head coach Brian Kelly put it in an interview before the men played their first game, “We hope to live up to the expectations the coaches have for us because one of our top goals each and every season is to win the Landmark Championship, but we are well aware that we haven’t won a thing just by being picked to win. We’re going to have to go out and earn it on the field against some very worthy opponents. The Landmark Conference seems to be getting better and better every year. We’re anxious to get the season under way.”
So far, the Gophers are 0-3, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t going to live up to their expectations. Co-Captain Pierce Ingram, a senior midfielder, noted that they face their toughest opponents at the beginning of the season. These teams make them stronger players, so they are at their best when it comes time for conference play. Ingram went on to say, “We’ve always used the pre-conference season as a tune-up for conference [season] when games really matter, so I haven’t started to panic yet.” So far, the team has played nationally ranked Washington College (7-16), nationally ranked Gettysburg College (6-17), and Randolph-Macon (12-18). The three schools are some of the hardest teams they’ll play against, so hopefully they are able to secure a couple more wins before they kick off conference season March 16 against United States Merchant Marine Academy.
Ingram said he is looking forward to a fun and successful season. There are a lot of strong freshman, and he said they will get some playing time as soon as they earn it, which will make a good addition to the lineup.
“It’s nice to be picked as the top seed in the conference, but at the end of the day, if you aren’t celebrating in May, it really means nothing,” Ingram said.
Let’s cheer on the men’s lacrosse team as they enter conference play in the coming weeks so they have something to celebrate in May – like a championship ring to add to their collection.