SNC Lacrosse Team Springs Back After Break
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The 2017 men’s lacrosse team is on a roll. The team is currently 6-2 after two strong victories since returning from their spring break trip to Minnesota. On March 26 the team won a blowout game of 32-1 against University of the Pacific from Sacramento. On April 2 the Eagles played a very defensive game against Southern Oregon University and beat the Raiders 18-1.
Alexis Phillips, SNC’s administrative assistant to the registrar and loyal lacrosse fan, was at the March 26 game. “I love going to support the team. We have an extremely talented and hard working group of guys. No matter who we go up against, they always play to their fullest.” Phillips said.
This season’s four remaining games are at home, and the team is hoping to continue its winning streak. The team is now ranked fifth in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) national polls.
“Playing a game like the one we did [on March 26] can make it easy for players to slack off and get sloppy on the field,” said senior and goalie Austin Farina. “I’m proud of how we always try to make sure we play our game and don’t lose sight of our goal of making it to nationals.”
Depending on the weather, the team’s remaining home games could be held at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno or at North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista. This winter’s heavy snow has made it impossible for the team to practice or play on its Tahoe Vista home field.
“I can’t wait to play on our own field again. These late night drives to Reno for practice have been pretty rough,” said sophomore and midfielder Jacob Dubyak.
The April 2 game was played on the team’s substitute field in Reno. Freshman Zoe Tuttle drove down the hill to watch the action. “It was nice to see a lot of our team relaxed and happy out on the field,” she said. “After they played some challenging teams in Minnesota, it’s nice to come home and have two complete blowout games.”
The Eagles have four more games at home. They take on Montana State April 7, Concordia-Irvine April 9, the banana slugs of UC Santa Cruz April 15, and St. Mary’s April 22. If they do well, they’ll head to the Division II championships at Novato High School in the San Francisco Bay Area April 29 and 30.