The Grove City men’s lacrosse team had their home opener, facing Briarcliffe and Davenport on the weekend of May 24th and 25th. Unfortunately the homecoming did not go as planned. Grove City was looking to bounce back after a 16-5 loss at Dayton the previous week, but on a frigid Friday night they were ice cold offensively and often looked lost defensively. The result was a 17-1 dismantling at the hands of #4 ranked Briarcliffe.
The Wolverines started strong jumping out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Junior Attackman Kellen Quackenbush, but Briarcliffe responded with 17 straight unanswered goals. The Wolverines attack looked sluggish all night, failing to create dangerous movement or put themselves in positions to score goals. They also shot themselves in the foot by throwing the ball away and dropping easy passes. On the other end, senior goalie Andrew Dymski found himself being shot on from point blank range as Briarcliffe found ways to get themselves open on the crease all night.
The team experienced little more success the following day against Davenport. Quackenbush again started all scoring to spot the Wolverines a 1-0 lead. Davenport quickly responded and to tie the score. After 5 goals on un-releasable penalties by Bill Sigmund and Andrew Dymski, the Wolverines faced another sizeable deficit. Tim Irwin scored to cut the lead to 6-2 at halftime, but the lead proved to be too much as Davenport cruised in the second half to a 14-3 victory.
“Obviously, our results this past weekend weren’t what we were expecting. We didn’t play anywhere near our potential, and we didn’t play as a team and as a family,” said defender and team Vice President Bill Sigmund. “I think our problems stem from work ethic, focus, drive, heart, and attention to detail,”
With only 5 games remaining the Wolverines have to address these problems quickly if they want to salvage their season.