By Alberto Gilman
Mount Saint Mary College’s Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse programs began their seasons from the ground running against very tough competition.
The men’s and women’s programs began first official practices in the early weeks of February. With all the frigid temperatures and ever-changing weather, both programs are ready to slowly make their way through the first weeks of a long and demanding season.
The women’s team headed into their regular season with a frozen home opener against visitor SUNY Potsdam; the women play their first few contests here at home. The Knights unfortunately were not able to secure a victory against Potsdam and fell 15-4.
For the men’s program, the season opener began with a road game Feb. 24 at Marywood University in Pennsylvania. The Knights looked well throughout the first few periods of play, but Marywood unfortunately came and handed the Knights their first season loss with a final score of 12-11.
The Knights returned for their first home opener where they took on Western Connecticut State, Feb. 28. MSMC and Western Connecticut sent blows back and forth within the first two periods. In the end, the Knights were able to gain traction and dominate the rest of the game, ending with a high-scoring final of 17-9.
Following their victory, the Knights traveled to Bryn Athyn College in Pennsylvania on March 3. Goal after goal came from the Knights following a close scoring first period, and again the Knights were able to pull away and secure the victory with final score of 18-11.
On March 6, the Knights were again at home and picked up another victory against Vassar College. Back and forth, both teams seemed to constantly battle for dominance with one another. The final score, 9-8, came from a late fourth period goal scored within the final few minutes of regulation time.
After losing 14-9 to Salve Regina University on March 10, the Knights’ overall record stands at 3-2, with hopes to bounce back with their next game March 13 at Union College March.