The two-time defending North Atlantic Conference champion Spartans’ lacrosse team hopes to continue its winning ways this season as it comes into this season with a new head coach and a new conference opponent.
Even though the Spartans have had great success during the last two seasons, staying humble and working hard are still at the top of the agenda.
“We have to make sure we take it game by game,” coach Bo McDougal said. “And hopefully we can string a couple of wins together.”
The Spartans are off to an 0-3 start thus far with losses to non-conference foes Kean, RPI and Western Conn. St. But even with a shaky start, the Spartans returned five all-conference players from last year including 2011 NAC co-player of the year Nohea King and NAC rookie of the year Alex Green.
King led the Spartans with 26 assists last year and also added 41 goals and 67 points which were both good for second on the team.
Green set a team record with 70 points last season including a team leading 50 goals and 20 assists which was good enough for second on the team.
Along with King and Green, Adam Groot, who was selected to the first-team all-conference last year, returns after a great season last year where he accumulated 43 points by way of 29 goals and 14 assists. Also David DeGhetto, who kept opponents to only 7.54 goals a game last year, returns along with Adam Farmer who was a pivotal defensive presence last year.
“We have a lot of talent,” King said. “But we need to communicate and work together if we are going to go anywhere.”
The Spartans also have a new conference rival in New England College, who went 13-6 overall last year including an 11-5 victory over the Spartans.
But even with a new conference foe, the Spartans will continue to stick to their plan of living in the moment.
The Spartans hope to get back to their winning ways soon as they take on Plymouth St. on March 17 and then take on NAC opponent Johnson St. on March 24
“When we play unselfish that is when we are at our best,” McDougal said. “Consistency is the key for us we must be consistent.”