By John Niswander
Junior Casey Grieves scored three goals, but it was not enough to help the Shoremen lacrosse team overcome Washington and Lee in Lexington, Virginia as Washington College fell 18-10 last Saturday to the Generals.
“I think today was a big learning opportunity for us. It was a hard-fought game that did not end the way we wanted it to, but that is alright. One game does not dictate a season in any sport,” senior Pat McManus said.
WC fell behind early, 2-0, but got on the board courtesy of a man-up goal from Grieves off an assist from senior Tanner Barbieri.
Grieves, less than a minute later, tied the game at two after he scored his second of the game, this time off of an assist from sophomore Cooper Sloan.
At half, WC only trailed by two goals, 8-6, after Grieves completed a first-half hat trick and the Shoremen added goals from Sloan, junior Nick Boyles, and senior Peter Jacobs.
“Obviously we did not get the result we wanted, but I do not believe the final score was indicative of how close the game actually was throughout,” senior Tim Hickey said.
In the third quarter the Shoremen were shut out and surrendered five goals to the Generals.
“The entire team from top to bottom– offense, defense, goalies, face-off guys, and the guys that were on the sideline kept the energy high and put a lot of effort in. That is something that will make a difference down the road this season,” Hickey said.
Junior Charlie Walker ended the 7-0 scoring run by the Generals when he scored off of an assist from Boyles to trim the deficit to 14-7.
“The main thing is we never shut down and kept fighting until the end, which says a lot about the character of this team,” Walker said.
The Shoremen fell to 1-1 on the season with the non-conference loss.
“As far as what we need to work on, I would say we just need to be better tomorrow than we are today. If we get better every single day, we will be where we want to be in May,” Hickey said.
WC will be back in action with two home games next week.
“Whether it is practice or a game, our goal is to make that moment productive and focus only on ourselves. It is a long season for a reason,” McManus said.
The Shoremen play their next game on Saturday, March 3 at home against the Frostburg State Bobcats at 3 p.m.