Men’s lacrosse loses War on the Shore to Salisbury 

By Dominic Rapposelli 

Elm Staff Writer 

Washington College men’s lacrosse hosted their annual War on the Shore competition against Salisbury University. With whom the host site alternates year to year. In the fifty-fifth all- time meeting, the win total is 20 for WC and 35 in favor of the Seagulls. The Shoremen have only won twice since 2000. 

The teams compete for the Charles B. Clark Cup. An award named after Charles Clark, who was a student athlete as well as coach at WC before becoming a coach at Salisbury. 

Junior Trevor Ivatts underscored the importance that this game has when the team sees the schedule. “This game is circled every single year from day one,” Ivatts said. 

“I am the only person in the program who has experienced this rivalry to its great extent at home before. Back in 2019 we took them to two overtimes on a great Saturday with a huge turnout.” adds Ewan Temple, a fifth year senior attackman for the Shoremen. 

WC’s second-year head coach, John Nostrant, is a former Shoremen lacrosse player of the class of 1986. Coach Nostrant has seen both sides of the rivalry in terms of being a player and coach. Coach Nostrant described the annual meeting as a huge rivalry. While the contest did not bear the moniker “War on the Shore,” at the time the teams did play annually. 

The teams which Coach Nostrant played for recorded a perfect 7-0 record against the Seagulls, a part of the largest shoremen win streak of 12 consecutive victories over Salisbury. 

“It’s a lot different,” Coach Nostrant said, “it’s managing the excitement for these guys and making sure they’re focused.” 

The Seagulls are an annual contender for the national lacrosse tournament and are heavy hitters across all of Division III. Junior Tyler Bishop added that the game also serves as a spotlight for the program. “Having the chance to compete against one of those teams gives us a chance to make a name for ourselves,” Bishop said. 

The Shoremen kept the game competitive through most of the afternoon. An impressive seven goal third period would prove to be the separator between the Seagulls and the Shoremen. 

Juniors Mac Hale and Connor Garrison each contributed a team leading two goals each. Hale took home Shoremen player of the game honors. 

While the team did not emerge victorious over their ranked adversary, there is visual proof of the team’s improvement over the last two seasons. “You always learn more from losing, I think, than winning,” Coach Nostrant said. 

The Shoremen will host a pair of conference home games which will conclude their home schedule. They will host the Franklin and Marshall Diplomats on Wednesday, April 19 and will host the Ursinus College Bears on Saturday, April 22. The Ursinus game will be the team’s regular season home finale as well as the team’s senior day. 

With the season coming to a close, the team has the goal of playing longer than the regular slate of games. Centennial Conference playoffs begin in May, and the Shoremen are in the heat of competing for one of the five slots. 

At 2-3 in Conference play and 8-6 overall, the Shoremen are currently the fifth seed. “Everyone is exhilarated at the chance to play for some hardware and put WAC back at the top of the Centennial.” Ivatts said. 

Temple echoes this sentiment citing the goal of postseason lacrosse. “With 4 games left our only goal is to give ourselves an opportunity to play beyond those 4 games. We want to play in the Centennial tournament,” Temple said. 

Photo courtesy of WC Athletics 

Photo Caption: Junior midfielder Mac Hale on the field during War on the Shore. 

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