|Men’s Lax Loses Heartbreaker to Marietta in
by Channing Joseph
discouraging turn of events, the Oberlin men’s lacrosse team
suffered another defeat during a home game last Sunday, April 14, at
the hands of Marietta College.
contest ended with a final score of 3-2 after a foray into overtime,
when a shot by Marietta’s Adam Cervenka rolled into the goal for the
winning score at 3:11 in overtime.
seemed early in the game that the Yeomen might come out as the
victors, as Oberlin posted a 2-0 lead on goals scored by first-year
Mike McKenna and junior Sam Bryar in the first two
only during the contest’s third period that Marietta rallied
together for a tie that thrust the event into overtime, during which
the visiting team was able to make the final point that secured them
recently, the team lost 25-2 to Ohio Wesleyan University. Although
the Wednesday game was not close, it was significant in that it
marked the first time Oberlin had scored against a conference
loss, though, left the Yeomen 0-10, and they remain in last place in
the North Coast Atlantic Conference standings.
Oberlin’s players expressed some dissatisfaction with the
comparatively small number of players on the Yeomen’s team, citing
it as a possible reason for the recent loss. However, they were
generally optimistic about possible victory in the future.
play a team that’s ranked in the top 10 in the nation with 11 guys
is just hard,” sophomore Logan Hegg said. “We did it. We stuck
together. And we’ll just keep improving.”
their dearth of victories, the players seem to be taking some
comfort in the improvements and achievements of individual team
members, such as senior goalie Dave Smolev, who is ranked among the
national leaders in number of saves and save percentage.
recorded his 1,000th career save during Wednesday’s game and has
also made the most saves by any goalie in one game in the country
this year, with 34. He has recorded a total of four games with 30 or
said, “It was good to see Dave get his 1,000th save. That was
exciting for him and the team.”
similarly positive standpoint, Bryar commented on the match with
Ohio Wesleyan saying, “I was impressed with what the guys were
doing. It showed a marked improvement from where we started at the
beginning of the season. [First-year] Nate Beckett did an amazing
job. He worked well. And Dave Smolev recorded his 1,000th save,
which was just astounding.”
also expressed satisfaction with the promising development of some
of the newer team members, saying, “I am really happy about how some
of the new guys are coming along. I couldn’t be happier with their
progress right now. They have been crucial to our season, and we
wouldn’t be able to play if it weren’t for them.”
team’s next game will take place on Saturday against Medaille
College in Buffalo, New York.