After a home loss to archrival RPI on April 9 that put the men’s lacrosse team at 6-5 on the year, their season appeared to be all but over.
But, with a slight resurgence, the Dutchmen now control their own destiny as they look ahead to the postseason.
Currently, Union sits at fourth place in the Liberty League with a 3-3 record in conference, 8-6 overall, and plays its final game of the year against an in-conference foe Vassar College.
Since their loss to RPI, the Dutchmen have recovered with two big wins over both Skidmore and Bard, as well as a lone loss to the number two ranked team in the nation, RIT.
Over the stretch, Peter Richardson ’17 and captain Nolan Stauffer ’16 have led the team in scoring with five goals each out of the team’s 37 total.
The final game on the schedule for the Dutchmen, however, may be the biggest game of the year so far. With how the Liberty League currently stands, Union sits in fourth place, the final qualifying spot for the Liberty League tournament.
Their upcoming opponent, Vassar, is slotted one spot behind Union in fifth place, with two tournament games left on their regular season schedule.
These games include a probable win vs. Bard (0-5 in conference play) and the season finale at the U.
The matchup set for Saturday, April 30th between Vassar and Union is a must win for both teams if they have any hopes of continuing their seasons into May. From then on, the winner of the clash will face league powerhouse RIT in the Liberty League semifinal in what would prove to be a major challenge for either squad.