Last year, the men’s lacrosse team finished with a record of 9 wins and 8 losses and made it to the ODAC playoffs. Although they ultimately lost, getting there is something the team can be proud of.
Coming off a decent year, the Marlins are ranked low in the ODAC Men’s Lacrosse preseason poll. They are ranked 8 out of a total of 11 teams.
The Men’s Lacrosse team looks to continue their hot streak after starting the year off right. On Feb. 15, the first game of the season, the Marlins took down the Greensboro Pride with a final score of 13 to 5. The next game of the season will be Feb. 22 against the Methodist Monarchs.
“They run the field pretty well, they’re pretty fast, fairly athletic, and they play pretty hard.” Coach J.P Stewart said about playing to their strengths against the competition.
Going into the 2020 season, this will be Coach Stewart’s 18th year coaching at Virginia Wesleyan. While being at Virginia Wesleyan, Coach Stewart has earned two ODAC Coach of the Year awards. “Our goal this year is to go 1-0 in every game. We preach that, we talk about it every week. I am a big 1-0 guy, I try to convince the guys that no matter what the record is, it is not important because 1 and 0 is all that matters,” said Coach Stewart
Stewart said, “Were at a really good team dynamic; obviously you have your stand-out players that do a little more than others, but in this sport there are so many different roles that are very important and they’ll be a lot of people that chip in.” about who will have a breakout year,” Stewart said.
“We need to find an edge, I have been telling them for the last couple weeks. I’ll give them credit they’re working on it. What I qualify as an edge is that little bit of push that makes you want to get better, Putting in extra work, and having fire in your belly.”