Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse showed up for a fight on Saturday night against Gettysburg College and celebrated their 16 seniors. The two nationally ranked teams came out to win, but in the end, Muhlenberg lost 15-13. While Gettysburg is the ninth-ranked team and Muhlenberg is ranked nineteenth, their hard work was not reflected in their rankings.
The competitive energy was high on and off the field. Goalie Max May ‘23 commented, “I think we match up well with them. Unfortunately, the game didn’t go as we wanted it to; however, we hope to play them again in the conference playoffs.” As the Mules prepare to possibly play them in the playoffs, they are making sure to focus on the next game and not just the big picture. Their goal is “finishing out the season strong,” said Dominick Visintin ‘23.
Muhlenberg and Gettysburg have a deep-seeded rivalry, given each of the schools can be referred to as the “berg.” Still, the Mules are turning this loss into motivation. Jack Kraemer ‘23 commented, “Gettysburg ended our season a year ago and this result definitely hurt but will only motivate us to beat them more if we see them again.” This loss does not define the Muhlenberg men’s lacrosse team as they are emphasizing the positives surrounding their competitive game. Visintin ‘23 said, “Max May [‘23] played a great game, and James Dalimonte [‘23] shot the ball really well.” Mainly, the boys are looking forward to the rest of the season’s competition because they are consistently working toward a common goal–playoffs.
An additional characteristic of this team is composure. Not only do they attack their season game by game, but they divide the game into four components. Kraemer ‘23 said, “We constantly talk about putting together all 4 quarters of a game.” This mindset embodies their organization and calmness under pressure. Nonetheless, they are more than prepared to take on Gettysburg again, or any team that they may face on the road to the playoffs.