Young Argonauts Look to Up Game

With only one senior on the team, the Notre Dame de Namur men’s lacrosse team will depend on 18 new players to step up in a big way this season.

Sixteen of the new players are freshmen, playing in their first college games.

“There’s a lot of pressure on the young players, but that’s why they’re here. They want the challenge, and they want to compete,” said Head Coach Kevin Arabejo.

A young team requires a lot of patience and hard work. The coaches have to see how the new players develop and where they fit on the team. Although the team has less experience than last year’s team, senior defender Kyle Milack expects this to be a good year.

“There’s no set stars on the team, so there’s opportunities for the younger guys to step up and make a difference, ” Milack said.

Coming off of an 8-8 campaign in 2014, the Argonauts look to improve their record with the help of the new talent.

“It’s exciting, it’s definitely exciting. To have this many more guys on the roster this year versus last year is huge. We have a lot more depth, which was a big problem for us last year,” Arabejo said.

However, the team hasn’t started off the way that they would’ve liked to. The Argonauts dropped the season home opener to Stanford, 7-12 on February 7.

“We came out flat against Stanford,” Arbejo said, “Competing from the first whistle to the end is something that is a necessity at this level.”

According to Arabejo, the team has worked to cut down on the little mistakes that lead to turnovers and bad shots in their first game. During practice, they work on the little details that will put the team in a position to be successful.

“Although we are young as a team we would like to take our skill sets to a higher level of play and go and win some games against some top teams,” said freshman Nick Gainer.

The Argonauts face the University of Nevada, Reno at Koret Field February 15 at 1 p.m.

Here’s a look at the 2015 men’s lacrosse schedule:

• Feb. 15 vs. Nevada Reno, at Home, at 1 p.m.

• Feb. 21 at Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA, at 7 p.m.

• Mar. 7 at Franklin Pierce, Rindge, NH, at 1 p.m.

• Mar. 9 at Assumption, Worcester, MA, at 4 p.m.

• Mar. 10 at American International, Springfield, MA, at 3 p.m.

• Mar. 12 at Dominican College (NY), Orangeburg, NY, at 4 p.m.

• Mar. 14 at Post University, Waterbury, CT, at 1 p.m.

• Mar. 20 at University of California, Berkeley, CA, at 7:30 p.m.

• Mar. 22 vs. University of Oregon, Belmont, CA, at 2 p.m.

• Apr. 2 at San Jose State, San Jose, CA, at 7 p.m.

• Apr. 13 at Washington and Jefferson, Washington, PA, at 5 p.m.

• Apr. 14 at Walsh, North Canton, OH, at 4 p.m.

• Apr. 16 at Alderson- Broaddus, Philippi, WV, at 7 p.m.

• Apr. 19 at Wheeling Jesuit, Wheeling, WV, at 12 p.m.

• Apr. 25 vs. Philippines Lacrosse (SENIOR DAY), at Home, at 2 p.m.

I am: A Collegiate Athlete

Being a student athlete is not only a privilege to a few, but it is also a full time job that not many can handle. With only so many spots open on a collegiate team, there are twice as many people competing to get the same spot.

Not only are you pushing yourself in the gym, on the field, on the court and in the classroom, but you are also pushing yourself physically and mentally to be the best that you can be.

Before you are even on the team at a collegiate level, you have to try and get your grades and test scores as high as possible so the college coaches will even give you the time of day to look at your profile. Many do not realize that even if you are a star player on your team, without at least a 3.0 GPA, many coaches will look for the next best player who has the better grades.

“During my time in high school, lacrosse gave me the motivation to succeed in the classroom so I could have the opportunity to succeed on the field”, freshman Griffin Van Baush told.

The reason for this is because a coach wants a player who is willing to put in the work not only on the field while balancing schoolwork and internships.

“Through these four years of college I have learned that time management is one of the most important skills to have”, emphasized NDNU senior Zach Ginter.

Many coaches stress the option that a majority of their players will not make it to the next level after college, which is the professional level. All the coaches want players to have a fall back plan of continuing to go to school and earning a higher college degree.

Junior Jalani Davis shared knowledge on the topic, “Though my first love is basketball, my back up plan is a career involving music and teaching the youth about the basics of music.”

While athletes are chasing not only a championship and a college degree, many do not realize the effort, time and energy that student athletes put into their everyday work.

It is shown through sports teams at NDNU. The daily morning routine consists of waking up at 6 a.m. to condition and run until the bodies are numb. With coaches pushing one’s limits, a day filled with classes are scheduled. Most have jobs outside of school, trying to make money so they can do various extracurricular activities during the little free time that they have.