It’s not often that a 5 goal loss inspires confidence. However, when you’re playing an early preseason game, a week before your season opener and your opponent is a strong Division 3 squad, hanging tough with a superior foe might just get the positive juices flowing.
And that’s exactly how last Saturday’s preseason scrimmage went for the West Chester Lacrosse Club. The Golden Rams held tough with a seasoned Albright College squad (NCAA D3 MAC Commonwealth Conference, Preseason Rank 5th) for four quarters before falling to the Lions, 14-9.
Luckily for the Rams, Albright had another preseason opponent cancel at the last minute. So, the Lions reached out to West Chester, who they recognized had won the NCLL D2 National Championship in 2017, to see if they could fill in.
So what was West Chester’s take on their 5 goal defeat? Team President Eric Dunion saw it as a huge step forward for his young squad.
“It was a big step for our program to finally get some recognition from NCAA coaches, and we hope to foster a relationship with Albright that will continue to offer up solid competition for us in the future,” said Dunion. “Even with a loss, we feel it’s given us a lot of confidence going into our game this Friday night against rival Temple.”
Ethan Howell lead the Rams with 4 points (1G, 3A) while Chris Warner netted 3 goals. Jerry Ricardo added three points as well (2G, 1A). Nick Chamberlin and Chris Schoneor were both strong in cage, combining for 11 saves.
West Chester will face off against Temple in the season opener for both squads on Friday, February 16th. West Chester finished 20-1 in 2017. The Temple Owls finished at 11-6.
Images courtesy of West Chester Lacrosse.