First Top 5 ranking since 2008 for Washington College

Shoremen ranked No. 5 in latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll for first time since May 5, 2008

March 20, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Washington College continues to reap the rewards of its success this season.

The team moved up to No. 5 in the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll, marking the first time since May 5, 2008 that the Shoremen are ranked in the top five. The accolade follows up the program cracking the top 10 two weeks ago for the first time since 2009.

“I always take rankings with a grain of salt, but I also think it gets the guys excited and the alums are definitely getting excited at re-engaging with the program,” coach Jeff Shirk said Wednesday morning. “It kind of gives everybody something to talk about and get excited for the next game. So it’s a pretty big deal around here.”

At 6-0, Washington is one of six teams ranked in the USILA’s top 20 with unblemished records. The level of success may be unfamiliar for the current crop of players and coaches, but Shirk said he wants the team to enjoy the moment.

“Yesterday, we really just stressed to them, ‘Let’s have fun with this,’” he said. “We have to enjoy the time now because we put in all the work in the offseason, and this is something that we’ve kind of been building for the last couple of years. I kind of sensed that guys were getting a little tight and guys were getting a little wrapped up in it instead of just enjoying the fact that we’re 6-0 and we’re 6-0 because we’ve been playing well and reaching our goals. So I think the big thing is, we’re stressing to the guys that we should have fun with this. We’re trying to keep it lighthearted and stay focused, but make sure we don’t put too much pressure on the guys.”

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