"With the way Division I lacrosse has gotten with all of the conferences, it really is about your conference," he said. "We want to play our best lacrosse as we get into conference play. I think we've challenged our guys with a very demanding schedule, and that was done to help us get ourselves battle-ready for conference play. We're playing a very good Marist team, a defending conference champion. When I scheduled them, I said, 'This will be a great opportunity for our guys and our program to play against a good team.' You want to win every time out, but it's also preparing our guys for the most important part of the season, and that's the conference."