Mount St. Mary’s is fully aware of the implications of Saturday road contest at Northeast Conference foe Robert Morris.
Win and the Mountaineers (3-6 overall and 0-2 in the league) can vault into the race to finish in the top four and secure a spot in the season-ending conference tournament. Lose to the Colonials (8-3, 2-0) and the Mountaineers will be at risk of missing the postseason altogether after capturing last year’s tournament championship.
The idea of Saturday’s meeting looming as a must-win situation isn’t lost on coach Tom Gravante – or his players.
“I don’t have to tell them that. They know,” he said Thursday afternoon. “They read the websites, they know where we are and how important this game is on Saturday and what it does in terms of jockeying for a playoff seed. So I don’t pressure them about getting the W. I pressure them in practice to play well, and they know my philosophy that winning takes care of itself.”