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Loss viewed as starting point for men’s lacrosse

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In only their second game of the season, the men’s lacrosse team went toe to toe with a top 25 team last weekend. The Rangers hosted the St. Mary’s Seahawks and could see from the start that they were up against some stiff competition. St. Mary’s, who is ranked 25th in the nation on laxpower.com, got off to a blazing start as they finished the first quarter with a 5-0 lead over the Rangers. This lead, though not insurmountable in a fast paced game like lacrosse, would be hard for any team to come back from. Considering the strength of our squad this year, hopes were still high as the second quarter got underway.

The Rangers still seemed to struggle against the Seahawks, however, and were unable to score until there was 5:02 left in the first half. They were able to make it a competition late in the second quarter thanks to goals from Patrick Lamon (’15), who tallied two for the Rangers, pulling them within four goals of tying the Seahawks. Lamon received the player of the game award from Coach Leanos for his efforts. Andrew Somps (’14) contributed with a goal, as well as the Indian Hills High School protégé Steven Gentile (’13). Gentile drove down the right alley and was able to get away a strong right handed shot which beat the goalie low on his stick side.

Unfortunately, highlights were few and far between for the Rangers during this game. There were plenty of lessons to be learned, however, and the seniors on the squad were quick to take notes. “We need to be more patient on both sides of the ball,” explained captain Dominic Reda (’13). The glaring difference in this game seemed to be on face-offs. This is a very crucial part of the game of lacrosse. Against the Seahawks, the Rangers were only able to win six of 22 face-off attempts, which is a low percentage. “It’s hard to win the game if we don’t have the ball,” commented Eric Tripp (’13).

With these statistics in mind, the Rangers will have to make some adjustments to be more successful in this critical facet of the game. They will have to be resilient for now as they await the return of Alex Majd (’13) who is out with a knee injury. Majd has experience in the position but has been in the shadow of a face-off expert who graduated last spring. Someone who can step up and fill the void that he left will considerably help the Drew Rangers this season.

It is early in the season and Rangers still have time to make adjustment and gear up for conference games which begin later in the month.