Lopsided victory puts Viking men’s lacrosse back in playoff contention
A sheer onslaught of goals was unleashed as Western’s men’s lacrosse cruised to a 23-3 victory over Pacific Lutheran University on Sunday, April 10.
It was the most lopsided game of Western’s season, but it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Having lost its last four games, the win puts the team at a 4-5 record, trailing Gonzaga University. Gonzaga leads the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League North Division with a 5-5 record.
It might have been easy to overlook a winless PLU team, but first-year coach Jacob Goodman made sure his team used the game as an opportunity to improve.
“I came out today trying to get some good looks and get our confidence back up,” Goodman said.
Goodman said the end result of Sunday’s game was pretty much what he expected to see from his team.
Senior attacker Alexander Rabin echoed his coach.
“We’ve been on a bad losing streak recently — losing four in a row — and we were looking to come out here and have a complete game,” Rabin said. “I think we did that.”
Rabin made sure his team came out on top, leading the way with 10 goals. Notching a hat trick during the first quarter, Rabin far exceeded his season average 1.9 goals per game.
Rabin credits his scoring outburst to the passing ability of his teammates.
“We had a lot of good play from the periphery,” Rabin said. “All the outside guys have been making good looks and I’ve been in the right spot, making good cuts and putting the ball in the cage.”
Goodman praised the Viking’s passing as well.
“We’ve been on a bad losing streak recently — losing four in a row — and we were looking to come out here and have a complete game.”
Senior Alexander Rabin
“Alexander had a good game, but even more so it was a testament to everyone else that was finding him on the crease, so they were finding him open and getting him the ball and finishing,” Goodman said.
While the offense was flashy throughout, the defense held PLU scoreless in the first half and were scooping up ground balls like it was serving ice cream. Junior goalie Burch Ault said the team’s pressure defense is a huge reason for its success.
“We’ve really been working on team defense and formations and I think we really executed that today,” Ault said. “Looking forward, we definitely need to shut down more outside shots, but as a whole I think we played really well.” Ault is averaging 10 saves per game.
“Now we just gotta win out,” Ault said.
Looking ahead, Goodman simplified what his team needed to do to be successful for the rest of the season: run hard, don’t give up and keep winning games.
*A previous version of this article misstated the score of the game. The score of the game was actually 23-3.