The No. 1 ranked Chapman men’s lacrosse team had no trouble against the Claremont schools on Tuesday night, as it cruised to a 19-1 victory on Wilson Field.
The win improves Chapman to a perfect 14-0 on the season (3-0 in conference) with just two regular season games remaining.
“As the season winds down we are still just staying focused at the task at hand, which is winning a national championship,” said sophomore attacker Dylan Garner. “Everyone on our team has bought into the system and we all have a collective goal of reaching the finals.”
Chapman jumped out to an early 7-0 lead against Claremont (5-5, 0-2) Tuesday night, and extended that lead to 13-0 at halftime. Claremont did not get onto the scoreboard until late in the fourth quarter.
The win was Chapman’s ninth by at least eight goals on the season. Garner said the team enjoys those types of games because everyone gets an opportunity to play.
“Being able to have games like tonight is very nice because we are able to get all the players into the game and let our starters get a chance to rest,” he said. “It also is used as a chance for us to work on new things that we have worked on in practice and use it against a different opponent.”
Chapman is one of just two remaining undefeated teams, along with Southern Methodist University, in Division I of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association. Garner said that puts a little added pressure on them.
“We are the team to beat,” he said. “We have to show up every game and act like it’s the biggest game of the year because that is how other teams will be approaching it as well.”
Chapman next hosts Loyola Marymount University April 9 at 1 p.m.