After starting off the season ranked twelfth in the preseason polls, the men’s lacrosse team opened season going 3-1 in their first four games with their only loss coming in a double overtime battle with Endicott College, a team ranked nineteenth in Division III.
Since then, the Dutchmen have gone 3-2 and look to improve on their current fourth place standing in the Liberty League with six games remaining in the regular season.
Heading into spring break, Union looked to continue their early season success with games against Montclair State, Christopher Newport and a tough in conference foe, St. Lawrence.
To start off the stretch, the Dutchmen, ranked seventeenth at the time, traveled to Montclair State for a battle with the Red Hawks. After a back-and-forth game for four quarters, with both teams trading leads, the two sides headed to overtime. From then on, it took just over a minute for the Red Hawks to net their twelfth goal of the game and hand Union their second loss of the season.
Next, the team traveled to Virginia to take on Christopher Newport. The Captains rolled into the game on a seven game winning streak and looked to knock Union further out of the polls.
Yet, the Dutchmen rebounded from their loss with an emphatic performance right out of the gates. Hat tricks from captain Nolan Stauffer ’16, Peter Richardson ’17, and Daniel Kycia ’17 led the way for Union. Goalie Sam Bebout’s ’18 fourteen saves also kept the Dutchmen in the game. By the end of the third quarter, the Dutchmen led by a score of 15-2 and finished the game, winning 15-8.
After that, the team came back to campus for a game against undefeated St. Lawrence, a team currently ranked eighth in the country. The Saints proved themselves early, opening up play with a 4-0 lead; the Saints never looked back. By the end of the game, St. Lawrence had scored 14 goals, and allowed only 5, as Union dropped to 4-3 on the year.
However, since returning from break, the Dutchmen seem to be returning to their early season form with consecutive wins over St. John Fisher and Clarkson. Currently Union sits at 6-3 on the year and is in fourth place in the highly competitive Liberty League.
Coming up, the Dutchmen have two tough games in a row at SUNY Cortland on Apr. 6 and archrival RPI at home on Apr. 9.