Mavs’ loss to Le Moyne a learning experience
The final score says the Colorado Mesa University men’s lacrosse team lost.
The Mavericks, though, felt like they accomplished something and learned a lot in Le Moyne (N.Y.) College’s 13-3 victory Tuesday at Walker Field.
“I think we definitely gained more than we lost from it,” CMU sophomore captain Josh Russell said. “A loss is a loss, but we figured out things we need to work on, things that are working for us. We can pick things up from this, learning experiences.
“The team has to be as one. No one player is bigger than the other.”
Mesa (1-1) learned it has to be more patient on offense and take better care of the ball. The Mavericks had 16 turnovers.
“This was a win-win for us,” CMU coach A.J. Stevens said. “This is a team that if they beat the snot out of us, nobody is surprised. I felt like we held our own. Physically, I felt like we were right there with them, we just made some poor choices. I think we have the athletes to play with anybody.”
The fourth-ranked Dolphins (3-0) demonstrated their superiority from the start, controlling the ball until they had a good scoring opportunity.
They scored three goals in a two-minute span in the second quarter to lead 6-0.
Mesa ended the shutout when Griffin Perkiel scored with 3:33 left in the second quarter. Le Moyne led 8-1 at halftime.
“I think we had a couple jitters in the first quarter, second quarter,” Russell said. “We’re still a young squad. Halftime we had a little pep talk, things we can do. We needed to make sure we do the little things.”
Kade Robinson scored less than two minutes into the third quarter for the Mavs. Daniel Caddo scored a goal in the fourth quarter.
Mesa limited the Dolphins to five goals in the second half.
“We went right back to what we were telling them to do in the first half and they didn’t do,” Stevens said. “A lot of it is focus. We want to run our offense and let it work.
“We had a lot of guys that are young and got antsy. We tried to push things that weren’t there. We were trying to force things early on.”
Sean Connors led Le Moyne with three goals and one assist. Andrew Chadderdon and Chris Button scored two goals each. The Dolphins were 1 for 5 in extra-man opportunities.
“They are a very talented team,” Stevens said. “Hopefully we learned a ton from them. That’s why we played them. They’re showing us where we want to be. If you ask me what the score would be and it wouldn’t have been 10 goals. A lot of people thought 19-20.
“We’ve come leaps and bounds. We feel like next year, we can make the same advance. When the sophomore class are seniors we can beat them. It’s just a matter of getting experience and maturity.”