Washington College resigned to No. 3 seed in conference tournament

No. 12 Shoremen would need to win final two Centennial Conference games and hope that No. 2 Dickinson or No. 15 Franklin & Marshall lose three league contests

April 15, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Washington College’s 15-10 setback to Dickinson last Saturday was a double whammy of sorts. Not only were the Shoremen unable to avenge last year’s loss to the Red Devils in the Centennial Conference tournament, but they also found out that they are likely frozen out of the top two seeds in the upcoming league tournament.

With a 4-2 record in the Centennial, Washington (10-2) fell two games behind Dickinson (12-0) and Franklin & Marshall (9-3), which share identical 5-0 league records. Because the Shoremen have lost to the conference leaders, they must defeat Gettysburg and Swarthmore in their final league contests and then hope that the Red Devils or Diplomats lose their last three games.

It’s a scenario that Washington coach Jeff Shirk is not banking on.

“I think ideally, the perfect scenario is that we’re 6-2, and even if F&M loses two, of course they’ve got the tiebreaker, and I don’t think Dickinson’s going to drop three,” he said Monday afternoon. “I think the best case scenario is that we’ll be the third seed.”

The Shoremen dropped a significant opportunity to tag Dickinson with its first loss of the season. They took a 3-2 lead into the second quarter, but the Red Devils scored all five goals in the second quarter and then used a 4-0 run in the third quarter to take a 12-6 advantage.

Washington fell from No. 10 to No. 12 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and failed to secure a signature win for their NCAA tournament resume. But Shirk said he is confident that the team will build off the loss to No. 2 Dickinson.

“I don’t think it’s that damaging as long as we can learn from it,” he said. “So it’s one of those things to where we’re going to watch film and try to do things in practice today to get better so that when we go back on the field Wednesday against Salisbury, we don’t make the same mistakes. So I don’t think it’s damaging. I think we can only benefit from it. The key is we’ve got to look forward and not dwell on last Saturday.”

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