The Benedictine men’s lacrosse team has been on a tear since the beginning of April.
The Ravens have won six in a row including the KCAC Tournament Championship Game propelling them to the number five seed in the national tournament.
Their first matchup will be against University of the Cumberlands in the opening round Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Coach Mark Blaise said that Benedictine’s 14-9 road defeat at Ottawa University March 28 helped the team realize that they simply weren’t doing what was needed to be successful.
“That was a wake up call for us that we just weren’t working hard enough,” Blaise said. “We kind of got back to the basics after that.”
Blaise said his team’s chemistry that really shined through this previous month.
“Chemistry wise we really kind of clicked and put everything together,” Blaise said.
Blaise said the Patriots possess depth on the field and can hurt you with a number of different players.
“They definitely have more than six weapons on the field at all times,” Blaise said. “They are really dangerous from kind of every position.”
Cumberlands lost in the semifinals last season and have returning experience from that team including eleven seniors.
“They’re a really experienced team with a lot of seniors,” Blaise said. “We’ll definitely get our fair moneys worth from them.”