The Elizabethtown College men’s lacrosse team competed in a trio of games, going 1-2, against Shenandoah University, Christopher Newport University (CNU) and Lynchburg College over spring break. I, Alex Klipple, play midfield from Elizabethtown and reported the story.
Against the Shenandoah Hornets (3-4), the Elizabethtown Blue Jays (3-2) defense were ready to fight and held the Hornets scoreless for two quarters of play. With their strong defensive play, the Blue Jays left Wolf Field with a 9-5 win to move to 3-0 on the season. The game marked a significant milestone. The Blue Jays moved to 3-0 for just the second time in program history and freshman attack Cody Richter scored his first two career goals.
“It felt amazing seeing the ball hit the back of the net for the first time,” Richter said. “I have to give credit to the man-up unit. We were able to quickly move the ball around the perimeter to give me a wide open step-down.”
For their next game, the Blue Jays jumped on a charter bus and traveled to Newport News to face the 20th-ranked CNU Captains (6-0). The Blue Jays came out firing and shot to a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter. However, the Captains were able to score crucial man-up goals in the fourth and barely escape with an 8-7 win. Junior goalie Jack Myers had exceptional saves throughout the game, ending with a total of 14 (five of which came in the fourth quarter).
“It hurts,” Myers said. “We were up the whole game, but just weren’t able to hold on for the W. But, this shows that we’re able to compete with these nationally ranked teams. We just have to execute the little things.”
The final game was against another tough opponent; the Lynchburg Hornets (2-4). The Hornets are a well-established program who were the National Runner-ups in 2015. All four of the Hornets losses this year have come at the hands of teams ranked in the top 15 of the USILA National Poll. Their experience showed and the Hornets jumped to a 11-2 lead at the end of the first half. The Blue Jays were unable to overcome such a large deficit with a final score of 21-7 in favor of the Hornets. One of the few highlights of the day was sophomore midfield Alex Filbert scoring his first career goal. This was the first meeting between the Blue Jays and the Hornets. Etown’s head coach Chris Perzinski is a 2008 Lynchburg alum.
“We aren’t supposed to be playing our best lacrosse in March, but this is definitely a step back,” Perzinski said. “This team needed some scars. But one thing is certain. We will learn and get better from this experience. There is no other option.”
The Blue Jays tough non-conference schedule continues this Saturday at 1 p.m. when they play at 13th ranked Franklin and Marshall University. The F&M Diplomats (4-1) are coming off an overtime victory over 6th ranked Cortland University.