Even though lacrosse is a spring sport, that doesn’t stop the Mount Union men’s lacrosse team from working out and preparing for the upcoming season. The NCAA allows Division III lacrosse programs to practice a certain number of times in the fall, and last week, the team concluded a successful series of scrimmages and practices.
The biggest event of the fall season for men’s lacrosse was the annual “Crosse Out Cancer” event, which stages games between Division I, II and III programs all day. The proceeds from attendance go to breast cancer research.
On that day, October 5th, Mount played two formidable Division II opponents: Walsh University and Mercyhurst University. Besides being two bigger, upper-division opponents, the Raiders also had to play these teams back-to-back.
Mount Union was able to play hard and beat Walsh by 1, but then they lost to Mercyhurst, who were ranked nationally in the top 10 last season. Regardless of the score, it was an important step for Mount to prepare for the season in spring.
“It was really good to see how the new freshman are playing” said starting defenseman Zach Trimper, “It was also good getting a look at the skill set we have for this year”. Trimper, who starts at defense for the Raiders, is one of many underclassmen who will step this year for a roster with only nine combined juniors and seniors.
Overall, though, the “lax” team is ready— not only to have an enjoyable spring season, but to prove the rest of the OAC that Purple Raider lacrosse is not a force to be reckoned with.