By Edward Lee
The Baltimore Sun
12:00 PM EST, February 26, 2014
After St. Mary’s opened the season with a 12-8 victory over Roanoke on Feb. 18 that was pushed back from Feb. 15 because of snow, coach Chris Hasbrouck dismissed any suggestion that the team might be physically exhausted or emotionally spent for Saturday’s showdown with No. 6 Dickinson.
After the Seahawks was shut out in the first half en route to a 13-8 loss to the Red Devils, Hasbrouck stuck to that stance.
“The change of schedule, the plan, we don’t offer any excuses at all,” he said Wednesday morning. “[I]t wasn’t like we were getting blown off the field. We actually had the ball and possessed the ball more than they did in the first quarter. We just have to take advantage of our opportunities, and we didn’t do that.”
St. Mary’s (1-1) – which moved from No. 18 to No. 14 in the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll – trailed 1-0 after the first quarter and 4-0 at halftime against Dickinson (2-0), but Hasbrouck said he felt the team was still within striking distance of turning the tables.
“It’s 1-0 at the end of the first quarter and we had some great scoring opportunities,” he said. “We had the ball in our sticks within seven yards of the goal, and we didn’t capitalize on any of those. At the end of the quarter, we felt great. We were toe-to-toe with them. And even at the half, we were down 4-0, but we had great opportunities to capitalize, but we didn’t and that’s unfortunate. And then at the start of the third quarter, we went man down and they scored. That fifth goal was big. [Down] 4-0, I think we’re still managing it. The fifth goal, it was man down and it wasn’t the tide-turning goal, but it certainly made it seem like much more of an uphill climb because we were right there. We just didn’t execute the last thing, which was putting the ball in the back of the net.”
The loss to the Red Devils may have thrown a little water on the season-opening victory over Roanoke, but Hasbrouck said the potential is there for the Seahawks to rebound.
“As opposed to last year, this was a game where we could use this as a stepping stone to get better,” he said. “If we played our best game of the year in the second game, we’re in trouble. We learned a good lesson. Dickinson’s a heck of a team, but it’s unfortunate that we didn’t capitalize early to give ourselves a chance to win. But we feel we were toe-to-toe with them for the game, and I think we proved that we could certainly execute and score goals against very, very good teams.”
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