On April 25, the Union Men’s Lacrosse Team wrapped up their regular season with a win against Skidmore College. The home game also served as the team’s Senior Day; seven seniors were honored. Then, the team took on St. Lawrence and RIT in the Liberty League Championships.
The Dutchmen won the game against Skidmore by a score of 14-9. Charlie Ross ’15 led the team in scoring with five goals and Adam Rosenthal ’15 followed closely scoring a hat trick. Stefan Basile ’15 had ten saves while in net.
Seniors honored during the Senior Day ceremony were Ross, Rosenthal, Basile, Alex D’Amario ’15, Richard Gregory ’15, Adam Sands ’15 and Connor Hall ’15. The offensive prowess of this strong senior class will be greatly missed by the team. So far this season, the senior class has accounted for 88 of the team’s 212 goals scored; in other words, the seniors, who make up about 20 percent of the team’s roster, scored about 40 percent of the team’s goals.
Another big loss to the team will be the departure of goaltender Basile. The team’s three strong underclassmen goalies, particularly Sam Bebout ’18, will hopefully step up to fill that void.
Next, the Dutchmen traveled to St. Lawrence to take on the Saints in the semi-finals of the Liberty League Championships. The Dutchman came out on top, edging the Saints 12-11 in overtime.
Paul Alberti ’16 scored the game—winner off an assist from Rosenthal. Coincidentally, Alberti also scored the first goal of the game. Ross led the team in scoring with four goals.
By winning against the Saints, the Dutchmen advanced to the championship game which they played against a talented RIT squad.The Dutchmen fell to 25-14 against the Tigers. Peter Richardson ’17 led the team in scoring with three goals.
By winning the championship, RIT earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The Dutchmen also ended up advancing; they will host Nazareth on May 6 in a first round NCAA tournament game.
The game will be evenly-matched as Nazareth is ranked #15, while the Dutchmen are ranked #14.