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Mount St. Mary's men's lacrosse coach Tom Gravante anticipating motivated Georgetown

One of the highlights of Mount St. Mary’s sub-par 2013 campaign was a 14-6 demolition of Georgetown on March 12 that ended up being the team’s second biggest win via margin of victory.

Both sides will re-acquaint themselves on Wednesday at 3 p.m. when the Mountaineers (0-1) visit Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C., and Mountaineers coach Tom Gravante said he fully expects the Hoyas to use last year’s outcome as motivation.

“That was a great day for Mount St. Mary’s – not so much for Georgetown – but it’s a clean slate,” he said Monday. “It’s a new start and we certainly are a new team. We have changed some things up, and we’re trying to help our guys learn how to battle and how to develop chemistry, and that’s exactly what practice was today. It’s a new team, another year, and I’m certain that Georgetown hasn’t forgotten. I think it’s safe to say that they’re returning more starters than us. So they’re going to be ready to go, especially in a home game for them.”

The Mountaineers fared badly in their season opener last Saturday at No. 11 Maryland, getting outscored 11-2 in the first half en route to a 16-3 setback. The suddenness of Wednesday’s contest might give Mount St. Mary’s a chance to bury the memory of that loss to the Terps, but Gravante conceded that he would have preferred to have more practice time to tutor a youthful roster.

“Every coach would say that they prefer more time to prepare, but there’s only so much time to schedule 17 games,” he said. “And because these are out-of-conference games, we have to schedule what’s open before we get into late March and early April. As a player, I enjoyed playing two games a week, and I know that when we get to the conference games, the coaches take kind of a football philosophy and want to prepare for just one game a week.”

While the Mountaineers have one game under their belts, Georgetown will open its season on Wednesday. The Hoyas might have some preseason rust to them, but Gravante said there are a few factors that might be in their favor.

“They’re probably more healthy, they’ve got the practice experience under them, they’re ready, they’re excited,” he said. “That’s something we have to assume, that they’re going to be ready to go on Wednesday.”

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