St. Mary's not making too much about Top 20 ranking

Recognition is nice, but Seahawks coach Chris Hasbrouck is reminding players that ranking is small step in right direction

March 05, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

St. Mary’s moved into a distinctly different – and enviable – zip code Monday morning after the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll placed the team at No. 20. It’s a significant step for a program that was 6-9 less than two years ago, but coach Chris Hasbrouck doesn’t want the ranking to overinflate the players’ egos.

“I did meet with the team,” he said Monday afternoon. “I said that it’s just one small step and we need to keep working hard. But it’s exciting, and it’s showing that the program is moving in the right direction.”

The Seahawks (2-1) will test their ranking Tuesday when Washington College visits. The Shoremen (2-0) defeated then-No. 9 Washington & Lee, 8-4, last Saturday to move from No. 13 to No. 8 for the school’s first top 10 ranking since March 23, 2009.

“[Coach] Jeff [Shirk] has done a great job there, and they’ve turned the program around,” Hasbrouck noted. “They’ve had what I would say for everybody else is not a couple of lean years, but for Washington College with its great tradition and history, if they’re not making the NCAA tournament and competing for the Centennial Conference championship, they get a lot of pressure. Jeff stepped in and has very quickly righted the ship. It’s another big game. It’s a great opportunity for us to see how far our program has come to compete against them.”

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