Tiger men's lacrosse: Lax team ends 2011 season with victory


Editor's note: Lewis Brown, the author of this article, is a member of the men's lacrosse team.

Men's lacrosse ended its season with a victory over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Wednesday.

The team consists of players of all ages and different skill levels and although they did not get the season started off on the right note, junior and coach Alex Grip is happy with the way the season ended.

"We knew we weren't playing our best lacrosse during the early games and everyone really stepped it up as soon as we got back from spring break," said Grip. "It was a really positive turnaround, ending the season with wins against Wabash and Rose-Hulman were absolutely a high note for us."

 One of the key players in the win was sophomore Jack Glerum, who finished with two goal and three assists. Glerum feels like the future is definitely bright for this program.

 "With a strong freshman class at attack and defense and without any seniors on the roster, I expect us to be even better next year," he said.

 Both players echoed the sentiments that it is sometimes hard to get people to come out and play but that the attendance improves year in and year out and that no matter who shows up, they are having a good time.

 "We have a very solid and cohesive team which creates a fun atmosphere people want to be a part of," said Grip. "The more support the team has, the more of a chance the program has of becoming a varsity sport - a clear goal of our club."

 The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference had its inaugural conference lacrosse tournament this year and with the switching of conferences, that goal seems to be in limbo.

 If the North Coast Athletic Conference does pick up lacrosse, there is one team that DePauw will not be afraid of.

 In the four-year history of the program, the team has yet to lose to the Little Giants of Wabash College and the team wants to keep it that way.

 "I'd say our best game of the season was played against Wabash. All our players came together to play as a team that day," said Grip. "We were playing unselfish lacrosse and everyone on the field was making big plays."

 Unlike last year's team, this one is relatively young and the future of the program is bright. With the weather causing some scheduling nightmares, the Tigers only competed in eight games this year and finished with a record of 5-3.

 Either way Grip wants to make sure that everybody knows that they are invited to come out and play, even if they haven't picked up a stick before.

 "It's a great sport and it can be pretty easy to pick up with a bit of practice," he said. "Give it a go and try something new. That's what coming to college is all about."