The Men’s Lacrosse team dropped to 5-3 this week with losses to Goucher College and Montclair State University. Last Saturday, the Rangers suffered their first conference loss to the Goucher Gophers. The Gophers opened the scoring with five consecutive goals before the Rangers were able to find the back of the net. Nicholas Della Fera (’12) scored the first two goals for Drew to get the Rangers on the scoreboard. Despite closing the gap to 9-5 in the first half, the Gophers had a 9-3 run in the second half, making the final score 18-8.
Scott Humphreys (’13), Steve Gentile (’13) and Patrick Lamon (’15) all netted a goal in the first half. Nate Kotarra (’14) and Justin Kuchar (’15) each contributed their first goal of the season as Andrew Somps (’13) rounded out the scored for the Rangers. “We win and lose as a team,” Alessio Faiella (’14) said. “There is no one position to blame for the loss, we just weren’t the better team on the field that day.”
This past Tuesday, the Rangers fell to Montclair State University with a score of 11-8. Humphreys scored a hat trick, and both Gentile and Lamon contributed two goals in the effort. Somps also added a goal for the Rangers. The teams went into halftime tied at four goals apiece before going down 8-5 in the third quarter. The Rangers couldn’t make up the deficit and ended the game with a loss.
This is the Rangers’ third straight loss. Andrew Goldberg (’13) said, “When things start going bad for our team, it goes bad fast. We don’t handle adversity well, and we haven’t yet shown the ability to fight back.” The Rangers’ first loss came last week to Hamilton. Goldberg claims the men weren’t too upset after the game since “Hamilton is a very good team that plays in a strong division,” he said. After this week, it’s a different story.
Goucher is a conference opponent, so the result of that game meant much more to the men. According to Goldberg, such a major loss to a conference rival “really shattered our confidence.” The Rangers have made it clear from day one of the season that their goal is to win a conference championship, and every game in conference counts when it comes time for playoff seeding. The Rangers have two more conference opponents coming up this week with games against Scranton University and the Catholic University of America. There is no point in looking back—the important thing is for the Rangers to find their way back into another winning streak. In order to do this, they must reduce the number of turnovers they have and keep possession of the ball. Goldberg said, “If we want to win games we need to limit our turnovers and keep our heads for the entire game. We average 20 turnovers a game and it is creating problems for us.”
The next two games are must-win situations for the Rangers as both are conference matches. It is vital that the men shake off the past few games and get back into the habit of winning. They’ve already shown us that they are capable of winning by opening their season 5-0, but now it is time to see what they’re really made of. The Rangers have two options moving forward from here: lying down and giving up or fighting back and showing the conference they know how to and, more importantly, deserve to win. I’m betting on the latter.