Marie Collop, Campus Carrier Assistant Sports Editor
The men’s lacrosse team has started out strong this year, winning all three of their games thus far. The team has had wins against Young Harris College, Alma College and Milwaukee School of Engineering. Most recently, the Vikings defeated Milwaukee on Monday by a score of 10-3.
Senior Cory Hall said his overall expectations matched the results of the game.
“My expectation for every single game on the schedule this year is to win,” Hall said. “For every single game we play in, our team has goals that we try to complete. Against Milwaukee we did not complete all of them, and if we did, then I think it would have been a higher scoring game on our side.”
Hall also said that he was happy to see everyone get playing time in Monday’s game.
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“It is nice to have depth and players on the sideline that you can trust to perform,” Hall said.
Head coach Curtis Gilbert said he was happy to see the young players step up and play well, but hopes that the team will improve on their finishing opportunities.
Junior Christian Akers said he was glad to see execution on the offensive side of the ball.
“We were able to practice our zone offense, and got a lot of goals through executing well in the offensive set, which helps us to be a better, well-rounded offense,” Akers said.
Hall said that he cannot ask for much more than going undefeated in the first three games. He said he wants to see improvement in execution at both ends of the field. Before conference play starts in mid-March, Hall said he wants to see the offense play to their fullest potential.
“I think our offense has the potential to be the best in the Southern Athletic Associtaion but currently isn’t playing to our potential. If we continue to work hard at practice and execute coach’s system then I feel like we will get there quickly,” Hall said.
Akers also said he would like to see the team execute a little better.
“I think that we have a very talented team that can go very far this year, but we are still fine-tuning some components of our game,” Akers said.
Gilbert said his goals for this team are for them to win the conference tournament and make an appearance at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament.
Hall also wants to win the conference and attend the NCAA tournament.
“My goals for the team this year are to go undefeated, host the conference tournament at home in front of our friends and family, win conference, make the NCAA tournament and make a couple statement wins for Berry putting us on the map,” Hall said.
Akers said that this year’s dynamic is different from last year’s, in that the team is more balanced.
“This year it is definitely more of a full team effort to win each game rather than relying on a couple of players to get the job done. I think that we are stronger than ever, and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for us,” Akers said.
The team will travel to Colorado and California over spring break to play Colorado College and Whittier College.