May 7, 2018

Lacrosse team finishes second full season

By Brian Hradek

The Cleveland State University Vikings Lacrosse team finished its second season as a program on Saturday, April 28 with a tough loss to the University of  Detroit Mercy.

However, the Vikings had extra support for an away game from fans who traveled by a charter bus arranged by the university.

The Vikings came into their second season with plans to improve from the inaugural season.

“Our preseason objectives were to win as many games as we could,” said sophomore midfielder Nick Wendel. “We lost a couple I thought we could have won and I know we would like to have those back, so in that regard it is a little disappointing.”

The team finished with a 4-10 record, representing an improvement on the team’s mark — with only one win against Division 1 competition — in its first season.

Even though 4-10 may not look good on paper, the Vikings played some very tough opponents throughout the campaign.

The team finished the season playing a total of five teams that are now in the NCAA Coaches Poll top 20 rankings.

Playing top-notch teams like Duke University and Denver University showed the Vikings where they are at as a program.

“More than anything,” Wendel said, regarding playing some of the toughest teams in the country, “It showed us that we’re not far off from where those teams are. We were in one- or two-goal games at halftime with Duke, Penn State, and Ohio State.”

In all of the games against top competition this season, the Vikings let one bad quarter get the best of them.

This can be a learning experience for the young Cleveland State program.  Other than senior defender Parese Williams, everyone else is either a freshman or a sophomore.

Michael Wilson, who led the team with 35 points on the season, is only a freshman.

Wendel said he believed the program showed growth and improvement this season.

“I thought we really matured as a group and became closer,” Wendel said. “It was awesome to see many of the freshmen come in this year and make an immediate impact, I can’t wait to see the program continue to grow.”

 



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