Washington is 4-0 in the Centennial Conference for the first time in four years and 7-2 overall after registering a 13-8 victory over Muhlenberg Saturday. The Shoremen are a half-game ahead of No. 8 Dickinson and No. 20 Gettysburg – who are both 3-0 in the league – and enjoying their unfamiliar spot atop the standings.
“I think it’s pretty big because we’re all about conference play in terms of qualifying for the conference tournament,” coach Jeff Shirk said last week. “And anything can happen once you qualify for the tournament and the only way you’re guaranteed to get to the NCAA Tournament is with that automatic bid. I think with our focus and emphasis on conference play, being able to get a quick start is really big so that you’re not always playing from behind. I think it really helps because we have some veteran guys, but we also play a lot of young guys. So there’s that whole mentality of, ‘We might be OK,’ because we’re not playing tight. I don’t think it couldn’t have happened any better from a mentality standpoint to get off to the start that we did.”