Chapman’s men’s lacrosse team remains undefeated after an easy win over Loyola Marymount University (0-10, 0-4) on senior day. Loyola Marymount was able to score one goal in the first quarter, but the rest of the game was completely dominated by Chapman as it would go on to score 20 goals.
Head Coach Dallas Hartley said the team’s game-to-game focus prevents it from getting too worked up over one game over another.
“We stay focused because we are truly taking this season one game at a time,” Hartley said. “Ultimately, many of our players have played in big games that are extremely important and they know that those are the games we are practicing and playing for. It’s important to stay focused on the little things.”
Chapman (15-0, 4-0) got on the board early with a surprising goal from senior Gus Gradinger, who is normally a goalkeeper, but was playing defense at the time. The Panthers were able to spread the wealth as 15 different players found the back of the net.
The game felt more like a lopsided scrimmage, but that didn’t detract from the atmosphere of senior day. The Panther seniors include Gradinger, attackers Steve Koressel and Dave Apruzesse, defensive midfielder Alex Siegel and midfielder Connor Reily. Each player received a welcoming applause from the crowd as he entered the game.
The Panthers now look toward their final regular season game against the only other undefeated team in the conference, the University of California, Santa Barbara (9-3, 4-0). The game will be played in Santa Barbara on April 16 and it should prove to be a more competitive game as Santa Barbara is ranked No. 12 in the nation.
Meanwhile, Chapman looks to finish off the season undefeated and remain ranked No. 1, as Georgia Tech, also undefeated and right behind the Panthers’ heels, received a couple of first place votes in the most recent poll.