Despite a slow start, the Geneseo men’s lacrosse team remains hopeful about the remainder of the season.
The Knights are 2-3, but considering that their three losses are only by three combined points and against two ranked teams, they have played well given the circumstances.
Due to the uncooperative weather in the Geneseo area for the past month, the lacrosse team has had the majority of its practices indoors. While in Walt Disney World over spring break, however, the Knights had very good weather that they took full advantage of.
“I think that it was a huge advantage for us [going to Disney]. We now have things that we didn’t when we went down there,” head coach Jim Lyons said. “Our depth is there now, and if the breaks go our way with the bumps and bruises, I think we’re primed for a good run, and I think we’re establishing ourselves as a team to beat.”
While playing and practicing indoors back in New York is not ideal, Lyons believes that this has not been the worst thing.
“We’re used to it. We do it every year, and everyone else has to adjust because they’re used to having it outdoors. We as a coaching staff have figured out how to prepare inside for how to play outside,” Lyons said. “We control what we can control, and the weather isn’t one of those things. We do the best that we can.”
In the coming weeks, the Knights will have to face a number of ranked opponents, including No. 1 Rochester Institute of Technology. Lyons doesn’t seem fazed by the prospect, nonetheless, and believes that the competition is a good thing going forward.
“I think that we played to the level of our competition, like when we played a better team in Clarkson [University], we just need to win those one-goal games,” Lyons said.
Injuries sustained by some of the players have hindered the Knights’ play, but with a healthy squad, this team looks to regain the ground lost thus far.
The team’s next game is at 5 p.m. on Saturday March 29 against SUNY Plattsburgh at Monroe Community College, due to the frozen field conditions.