St. Mary’s got off to the start it was looking for by beating Roanoke for the second consecutive season. And the Seahawks – ranked 18th in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association preseason poll – will next clash with Dickinson on Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville for the second straight year.
But unlike 2013, coach Chris Hasbrouck would prefer if St. Mary’s avoided a repeat of the 19-5 drubbing the Red Devils delivered. To do that, Hasbrouck said the team has to refrain from enjoying Tuesday’s 12-8 victory over the Maroons too much.
“That’s going to be our main point of emphasis right now,” he said Wednesday. “We can’t afford to take any games off. Every team is good, every minute is extremely competitive. That’s what happened a little bit last year. We had a good win to start the season, and we just were not ready to play that Dickinson game.
"I think we were thinking about, ‘Hey, that was a good win against Roanoke, and we’re doing great things.’ We went in there and were just not prepared. I’m not saying we could have done anything different because on that day, Dickinson was clearly the superior team. ... We got back last night after the game and the first thing we talked about was, that game is over."
Dickinson went 18-1 last season en route to capturing the Centennial Conference regular season and tournament championships before falling to 10-time national champion Salisbury in the quarterfinal round.
The Red Devils – who walloped Lycoming, 17-4, on Wednesday in their season opener – are a dangerous opponent for a Seahawks team with just a few days to prepare.
“If you had a week to prepare for a team like Dickinson, you’re going to wish you had more time,” Hasbrouck half-joked. “We’re kind of on the same footing. It’s going to be about which team makes plays when they have the opportunity. We wish we had more time, but it was a great day yesterday. … I think we were sharp.
"With Dickinson, it doesn’t matter how much time you have or don’t have. You’re playing one of the best teams in the country. So we’re going to have to play at our very best on Saturday.”