However even though the majority of the campus seems to be oblivious to it, the men’s lacrosse team has just done both of those things. Since the beginning of March, the lacrosse team has beaten Vermont, Drexel, Albany, and Stony Brook. This season the Bulldogs have received votes in both of the nation’s top 20 polls multiple times. This week marks the third straight time the Bulldogs have received votes in the USILA Coaches Poll.
In the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Poll released on Monday, the Bulldogs were voted the Number 20 team in the nation behind schools like Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, North Carolina, and Duke. Nike/Inside Lacrosse also recently released a ranking of the nation’s lacrosse freshmen. The Bulldogs faceoff specialist, Huntington NY native and John Glenn High School alumni, Kevin Massa was voted to the number 5 slot.
This week Massa received his second straight Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week award, his fourth on the season. Massa’s faceoff winning percentage on the season currently sits at 64 percent. This is not only good enough to pace the NEC, but it also ranks Massa as third in the country, tops among Division I rookies. Massa also currently leads the nation in ground balls per game averaging just over eight per game.
The Bulldogs as a team currently lead the nation in faceoff winning percentage with Massa having taken all 156 faceoffs this season. Nationally, the Bulldogs also rank second in ground balls per game just slightly behind Virginia.
Senior goalie Jameson Love won his second NEC Defensive Player of the Week award this week. In the Bulldogs victory over Stony Brook, Love posted eleven saves including five in the fourth quarter. In the game Love also added a game best three caused turnovers. On the season, Love leads the NEC in goals against average and save percentage. Love ranks third in both save percentage and saves per game in the nation.
Last weekend, the Bulldogs had a thrilling 10-9 double overtime victory over Stony Brook. That day the Athletic department was hosting an alumni event so over 1,100 people were there to see the victory. In the Bulldogs four home games they are averaging just under 700 fans per game. My question is where is Bulldog nation?
As a senior I understand the pain Bulldog fans have experienced over the past four years. We have all witnessed some painful individual losses and some painful seasons. But if there was ever a time to hop on the Bulldog bandwagon, the time is now.
The Bulldogs have three more home games this season. Each is against an NEC opponent; the outcomes of these three games will be vitally important to the Bulldogs’ success in the NEC Championships held the first week in May.
Never been a fan of lacrosse before? Now is the time to become one. Your team is one of the top 20 in the country.
The Bulldogs open up NEC play, Saturday March 31 at 1:00pm, against Sacred Heart. Pack the pound Bulldog nation and show our top 20 team the love it deserves. Let’s go Bulldogs.