Lacrosse looks to end regular season on high note
A pair of weekend games against Texas teams is all that separates the Ragin’ Cajuns’ lacrosse team, 8-4, from the postseason.
Although Saturday’s 2 p.m. game against Texas A&M-Galveston (4-4) was initially the team’s only scheduled game for this weekend, the University of Texas-San Antonio joined the mix after a rain delay caused the two teams to move the previously scheduled matchup to Sunday.
The rescheduling of Texas-San Antonio (6-2) gives the Cajuns a chance to head into the playoffs with a strong opponent in their rearview mirror. The Sunday matchup boasts the two top teams in the Division II Lone Star Alliance conference.
“It’s perfect timing for us,” said Cajuns attacker Nick Midboe about UTSA. “We get to see how we respond to a little adversity. It’ll be nice to get a chance to see a team that we know we will probably see again in the playoffs.”
Midboe said both teams this weekend have strong defenses, but they don’t want that to dictate the way they play their game as they prepare for the playoffs.
“We’re just kind of focused on playing our game and getting all the little things right as we’re getting ready for the playoffs to see some of those northside teams we haven’t seen yet,” Midboe said.
Texas San-Antonio is riding a four-game win streak and has allowed just 4.88 goals per game on the season, making them one of the best statistical defenses in the conference. That defense will be one of the biggest tests all season for the Cajuns high-octane offense that averages 14.67 points per game.
The Cajuns will be led on offense by Tanner Castagna, who has posted 49 points on the season, and Midboe, who’s posted 48; both are top five in total points in the conference.
Although the Cajuns’ Sunday game against Texas-San Antonio has a higher number of cumulative wins, Midboe said they can’t look past Saturday’s game against Texas A&M-Galveston, who is playing for their playoff lives.
Midboe said Texas A&M-Galveston has one of the best players in the conference in their junior goalie, Raleigh Shepherd, who has 118 saves on the season. Much like Texas San-Antonio, Texas A&M-Galveston also plays with a strong defense.
“We know we are going to see a team whose strength is defense, so we want to control the pace of that game,” Midboe said. “We really wanted to dictate our tempo and not really worry too much about matching up with them or scheming for one of their guys, just more-so focusing on playing our game and getting ready for those tough playoff games coming up.”
The Cajuns have a home playoff game locked up in the first round regardless of what happens this weekend, but Midboe said that doesn’t mean they will take this weekend any less seriously.
“It’s huge for us,” Midboe said about clinching a home playoff game. “The biggest thing is we can’t be too complacent with that. We want to be the number one seed and we want to win out our conference games. It’s nice to know that we have that to fall back on, but it’s not like we’re just sitting happy with that.”