The Albion College Men’s Lacrosse team was off to a fantastic start when they completed their first Pennsylvania road trip on Feb. 16 and 17 with a 2-0 record.
Unfortunately, the tides turned last Saturday when they faced off against the College of Woster in Ohio and lost 14-1. With the first loss of the season came some disappointment.
“We had a meeting with our coach to talk about our frustrations and his frustrations,” Stephen Treppa, Clinton Township sophomore said. “We made a deal with our coach to do what he expects from us, but he’s also giving us a lot more of a leadership role.”
Jamie Kehoe, Clinton Township junior and tri-captain, said he expects the team to get back on track during their upcoming game against the Big Reds of Denison University. The match will start tonight at 7:00 PM in Granville, Ohio
“Last weekend was rough because we really thought we could hang with those guys,” Kehoe said. “It’s definitely important to come out strong and with a lot of heart against a top ranked team [tonight].”
Denison is a perennial powerhouse in men’s lacrosse and comes into the match up ranked No. 13 in the nation.
“We are going to play our best game and see what happens,” said Ashok Selby, Northville sophomore.
Defeating the Big Reds became a bigger mountain to climb during practice this week when Treppa, the current Midwest Lacrosse Conference player of the week, suffered a minor knee injury.
“We were doing a ground ball drill and I kind of fell and tweaked my knee a bit,” said Treppa.
Treppa does not expect to be out more than one game, and said he does plan on travelling with the team to Ohio. Meanwhile, the Britons have stepped up their intensity at practice this week while focusing on particular drills.
“We’re working on our team defense and offense versus transition more,” said Selby.
A win against Denison would give Albion significant momentum heading into MLC play, which begins March 24 at Concordia College in Wisconsin.