Davidson, NC – After starting the 2014 season strong with 2 wins in 3 games, the Davidson men’s lacrosse team struggled with a shortened season to finished ranked #52 in the country in the MCLA Division II. The struggles in divisional play meant the Wildcats were not able to return to the conference tournament to play for a spot in the national championships.
February started strong for Davidson as they won their season opener against eventual conference semi-finalist and #18 ranked College of Charleston in overtime 9-8. After coming up short the following day to The Citadel, Davidson traveled to Atlanta to take on former Wildcat goalie Karl Schmidt and his Emory Eagles. Despite an early deficit, Davidson rallied to take the victory.
In divisional play, Davidson dropped a couple of away games to Appalachian State and UNC-Charlotte in closely fought contests despite being short handed due to injury. Weather and field issues caused the cancellation of two season games against Wofford and Wake Forest and found the Wildcats missing out on the SELC playoffs, ending the season with a record of 2-6 overall.
“We struggled somewhat this season trying to find the form that we showed in the fall and early in the season” said head coach Ben Ralston. “I was proud of how these guys, especially the seniors, battled all season.”
Davidson graduates 8 seniors this year including 5 starters and all 3 captains. “Replacing that kind of talent and experience will be very difficult”, explained Ralston. “The amount that this team has grown and developed during their time here is immense and they should be proud of what they have accomplished.”