The College’s men’s club lacrosse team defeated the Rutgers University’s club team, 13-11, on Sunday, improving to 2-0 this season.
“This is a big game because we only have two home games,” Senior attackman and coach Keith Glock said. “Rutgers is a division opponent and in order to make the playoffs, you have to win your division.”
The team had never beaten Rutgers, losing 4-3 in four overtimes two years ago, along with losing 16-3 at their field last year.
“We’ve come a long way,” said Glock. “In my opinion, this is the best team in TCNJ lax history, which has been around for about 14 years.”
Glock and attackman Jeff Martorana each scored three goals and had two assists. Glock said that their attack is the strongest part of the team this season.
“I was very upset as the coach (and player) that we came out so flat in the third quarter,” Glock said. “One of the things we struggle with is playing a full four quarters.”
“Our freshmen and defense are going to be a huge part of our team this year,” Glock said. “They always go out and bust their behinds for the team, and it shows in our record.”
Defensive midfielders Dave Porta and Jesse Daley were two of the components of the team defense that Glock was praising.
“I think as a team we showed a lot of character,” Porta said. “We had a past history of cracking late in games when we had a lead, and this was as big of a game as it gets for us. Our defense played really strong and created the opportunity for our offense to score two goals and help us pull away with the 13-11 win.”
The team’s main goal is to make the playoffs and go to the Final Four at Miami of Ohio in the first week of May. This win is just one thing accomplished on the way to their goal, Glock said.