The Houghton College Lacrosse team finished up their first full year of NCAA Division 3 Lacrosse, and when all things are considered, it was quite a successful campaign!
We got updates all season long from David Steves, who was playing on the team, and excited that his school was now sponsoring the sport at the D3 level. Here are David’s thoughts on this first year:
The Highlander’s season has come to an end after many hard fought games. Although the team did not come out with a win they did learn some important lessons that will help them in future seasons. Now that the season is over the Highlanders are getting right back into working on improving over the summer.
Something to look forward to for next year is the new Kerr-Pegula Sports Complex that should be finished this summer. This new sports complex will provide a new, up-graded weight room as well as a full sized indoor field that will come in handy during Houghton’s rough early season weather. The Highlanders are also looking forward to incoming freshmen, who will make a big impact for team right from the get-go.
All-in-all the Highlanders have set a foundation of hard work and determination that will become a factor in years to come.
Like David said, Houghton didn’t earn a win this year, finishing up 0-15 for 2014, but they did compete in the Empire 8 Conference, and benefitted from the excellent competition they faced all year. All of those E8 games were double digit losses, and Houghton clearly has work to do, but it also gives them a lot of room to improve and compete. The Highlanders might not be competing for an E8 title in 2015, but you can certainly expect them to be more competitive.
The most important aspect of a first season, in my opinion at least, is two-fold: the first part relates to playing all of your games, and the second half is setting a foundation for the future. It looks like Houghton College Lacrosse has accomplished both of these goals in year one, and we wish them the best of luck moving forward in the wonderful world of D3 lacrosse!