Written by Phil Cerroni
By Will Jukes
UD 16, CC 8
The University of Dallas (UD) men's lacrosse team beat Centenary College of Louisiana in a 16-8 win Saturday, March 16th at the University of Dallas’ Crusader Field. Junior attack Tony Lemos led the UD offense with 7 goals and 12 total shots on goal. The game was the first win of the season for UD, who are now 1-3 as they prepare for a home game against Southwestern University on March 24.
UD established their lead in the first half with 9 points and 28 shots on goal against Centenary's 5 and 16, respectively. UD expanded their lead in the second half, shutting down Centenary's offense in the third quarter and allowing 3 points near the end to bring the final score to 16-8. Freshman Goalie Ryan Murphy kept the score down in all periods, with 15 saves for the game. Murphy attributed this to strong defense from his teammates. “It's keeping it down to shots I can see, basically,” he said.
The victory and the second-half rally came in spite of UD's unusually small squad of 12 players. The team’s small size allowed virtually no substitutions for the hard-working midfielders. “We started … back in September with 9 guys, so we had even less than 12 in the off-season. But that's just kind of the daily grind, and the guys understand that. They get a lot more work in than they normally would get with a full size roster,” UD head coach, Jeff Guy, said.
Guy is a recent hire, brought in during August to head the Lacrosse program, which is now entering its third year of competition. It is hoped that his experience in the NCAA, as assistant men's coach at Princeton for their 2012 championship season, will be an asset to the fledgling program at UD, which will need more manpower to become a real presence in the division.
The players, however, are excited about their season and the future of their program, calling themselves 'The Dirty Dozen.' “There's no use in quitting,” Lemos said. “We know our team and know what we've got to do, so we might as well go for it. Everybody loves playing time.”