Each week, The Baltimore Sun publishes a Q&A with an area college lacrosse player to get you more acquainted with the player and his/her team. Today's guest is St. Mary's senior attackman John Dehm, who recorded career highs in goals (three) and assists (two) in the team's 12-9 upset of then-No. 3 Dickinson on Saturday.

How important was that victory over the Red Devils for the state of the Seahawks program?

It was a big win for us, that's for sure. Dickinson is a good team, but I think it's more important that we move on and take it one game at a time and keep winning.

How much confidence did the team have about that contest?

We believe in each other. We did that against Roanoke as well [a 12-6 loss Feb. 19]. Everything started clicking, and we were fortunate to get the win.

What did the team learn from that loss to Roanoke?

I mean, they do a lot of similar stuff — Dickinson, I mean. They're fast between the lines, and they like to push the ball. They have two really good crease guys.

Did the loss to Roanoke motivate the team?

Yeah, definitely. I think it made us a little more eager and urgent to get the win.

Were you able to enjoy the win against Dickinson?

Yeah, definitely. The win felt good, but like I said earlier, we need to forget about it and look to the next game and beat [Franklin & Marshall on Saturday].

Do you feel like the program is moving in the right direction?

Yeah. We play, I think, one of the toughest schedules every year, and we see three of the best teams every year. We're finally clicking on defense and between the lines, and the attack is playing pretty well.

So what's the next step?

We have to make sure that we take care of whoever is the next team ahead, and then it should all come together. If we're able to do that, we might be able to make the NCAA tournament.

How long have you been playing lacrosse?

I've been playing since the fourth grade.

Have you been an attackman for your entire career?

I was until I came to college, and then I switched to middie for a year and a half. And then I moved back to attack.

How did you feel about moving to midfield?

I just wanted to get on the field, and at that time, that was the best opportunity for me.

Is moving back to attack a more comfortable proposition for you?

Yeah, definitely. I would say that this is my natural position.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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