Coach Jeff Shirk said Washington College men's lacrosse needed bye last weekend

While Centennial Conference teams Dickinson, Franklin & Marshall and Gettysburg battled for their playoff lives last weekend, Washington College had the weekend off after wrapping up a 13-1 overall record and an 8-0 league mark in the regular season with an 11-6 victory over Swarthmore on Wednesday.

It was a welcomed break for the No. 6 Shoremen, coach Jeff Shirk said.

“I do like the fact that we were able to give our guys a couple days off, having that bye,” he said on Monday. “On Thursday and Friday of last week, we got away from lacrosse, and the guys could concentrate on school. This is the last week of classes and finals start next week. So I’m hoping that helps our focus to where guys can get some schoolwork done and that can help them put that behind them so that they can concentrate on the game when it’s time to play.”

Washington College, the top seed in the conference tournament, will play host to fourth-seeded Gettysburg (9-6, 5-3) in a semifinal on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Bullets scored the final six goals to overcome a five-goal deficit and nip McDaniel, 16-15, on Saturday to edge Ursinus for the last berth in the playoffs.

Shirk said he was pretty certain that Gettysburg would be fully recovered and not plagued by fatigue from Saturday’s decision.

“I hope so,” he said with tongue firmly planted in cheek. “But I think when you get to this point in the season to where you’re in the playoffs, your adrenaline is so high and the nerves are there. So it’s one of those things where I don’t think they’re going to be fatigued from Saturday’s game. They’re young. … I’m sure they’re pretty focused. I don’t think it’s going to really affect them.”

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