Men’s lacrosse drops final home game to Ferris State with a 12–7 loss
The Carnegie Mellon men’s lacrosse team played its final home game at Gesling Stadium on Saturday against Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Mich.). The Tartans played tough but were unable to come away with a win against the bulldogs. After a grueling 60 minutes of play, Carnegie Mellon left the field with a 12–7 loss.
Ferris had some strong shooters on the team, and defensively the Tartans struggled with outside shots. Ferris was also an extremely physical team as shown by the high number of penalties acquired during the game. The Tartans attempted to capitalize on those penalties, but were largely unable to do so.
The Tartans have a limited number of players this year, with only 14 on the roster, which has made it difficult to compete against squads of 35 or 40 players. However, this has not stopped them from playing hard on the field.
Sophomore goalkeeper Nadir Sidi is extremely proud of his team. “The biggest strength on our team right now is our tenacity," he said. "Our guys run the whole game and never quit fighting for the ball, and that's a strength we are truly proud of.”
The biggest challenge for Carnegie Mellon now is to finish the season with a win next weekend against the Taylor University Trojans in Upland, In. The Tartans are not only a small team but also a young one that has high hopes of improving as players settle into their positions.
While the Tartans are now focused on next weekend's match up against the Trojans, they are not content with Saturday's defeat. “We're not happy about it and I can guarantee you [that] we'll be ready for them when we travel to Ferris State next year," Sidi said. "This was not a very friendly meeting, and we'll be looking forward to another competitive meeting with them."
Carnegie Mellon, along with Ferris State, is a member of the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) and plays at the Division II level. This past weekend's game brings the Tartans' record to a 1–6 overall and a 1–2 in league play.
Carnegie Mellon is ranked fourth in the South Division of the CCLA with 44 goals scored this season. The Tartans will conclude regular season play this Saturday, April 12 at Taylor University.
The Carnegie Mellon women’s lacrosse team was scheduled to play Saturday at 4 p.m. against Penn State Berhand, but referees were unable to officiate the game due to scheduling conflicts. The teams decided to scrimmage, and the Tartans used this opportunity to prepare for their next game against West Virginia University.