The Guilfordian

Men’s Lacrosse

On a grading scale, the men’s lacrosse team had a C- year. They played well out of conference, going 5-2 with solid victories on the road at Southern Virginia and Ferrum, along with a big home victory over crosstown rival Greensboro College, 15-8.

But in conference, the team won the games they were expected to win, but could not step up the way they needed to in games against the top Old Dominion Athletic Conference teams. They took a hard.

20-5 loss at Washington and Lee University, a 17-6 against Lynchburg College and 16-9 loss at Roanoke College at home. They forced themselves to have to play from behind in the two-goal loss to Randolph-Macon College, 6-4, and their overtime thriller with Shenandoah University, falling 9-8. In both those games, they held their opponents to zero goals in the fourth period.

The most interesting part for the team this year was the play from younger guys. Last season, with the graduation of the senior class, they lost a lot of talent on the offensive end. Guilford this season had the second-least amount of goals (134) and second-lowest shot percentage (24.2). The team took a while to get going in several games and depended heavily on the play of their defense.

Sophomore goalie Parker Styles led the conference in save percentage (58 percent) and was third in the conference with 206 total saves. Styles started all 16 of the Quakers games this season. Defensively, the team was sixth in the ODAC in caused turnovers (140). The team could have showed more hustle, only picking up 445 ground balls, the lowest in the conference.

Offensively, though, there were bright spots to build off for next season. Sophomore Zach Berkowitz led the team in goals with 26 and points with 41. Junior Aswan Bland used his athleticism and versatility, leading the team in shots from the midfielder position with 85. He was second on team in goals (25) and points (32), and ranked third on the team with seven assists.