The last half of the season for the VWC men’s lacrosse team will prove very important. In the last seven games of its season it will face six conference competitors. This won’t be the easiest run for the Marlins, with the final rankings of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) hinging on the last six games they have.
Though they will be facing some tough teams, the Marlins have proved that they are a strong team to battle. They are confident about what the rest of the season will hold, and rightfully so. The Marlins are currently ranked in four categories nationally: scoring offense, assists per game, ground balls per game, and points per game.
“I think we have proved to ourselves that we are a great team,” said sophomore attacker Josh Currier.
However, the Marlins aren’t letting the rankings go to their head. They will continue to stay focused on what is most important, a conference championship.
“It shouldn’t matter where you are ranked or in what category,” said junior midfielder Tim Gunn. “ The only thing that really matters is if you are ready to play and beat your next opponent.”
Members of the team have high expectations of themselves and the team’s high-powered offense. Senior attacker Nick Pappas, junior attacker Mike Moran and Currier have all contributed points in every single game played this season. These three are also the three leading the team in goals and assists.
“For myself, I expect to lead my team in the right direction in order for us to be successful and take this program to the NCAA tournament,” Pappas said. “I also expect my teammates to continue to grind away at what we’re trying to do here.”
This unstoppable trio will help push the team toward the ODAC tournament.
“Making the ODAC tournament and competing for the championship are our top priorities as a program,” said Coach J.P. Stewart.
“I expect that the rest of the season will wrap up pretty well as long as we keep learning about the things we do wrong or right and improve on them,” said Gunn.
The end of the season will be a nail-biter as the Marlins fight to keep a spot in the conference tournament.