WINCHESTER, Va. - We get started today with our top 10 moments of the 2012-13 season with a look at our No. 10 highlight - Men's Lacrosse Starts Fast.
Coming into the 2013 season, SU men's lacrosse coach Mike Kruger had high expectations for his team. This past spring was Kruger's second at the helm of the program and it would be the first in which players he had recruited into the program would make up the majority of the roster.
This young squad, with 23 freshmen or sophomores on the 27-man roster, began to meet those expectations by starting the season with five wins in its first six contests.
This start, in which the team matched the combined win total of the past three seasons, makes it the No. 10 highlight of the 2012-13 athletic year.
Opening on a cold evening in Pennsylvania, the Hornets opened the year with an 11-6 victory over Alvernia.
Kruger's club fell behind early before initially taking the lead in the second quarter and finally pulling away in the third.
The home opener came next, a Saturday night affair against former CSAC foe Marywood.
The Pacers are one of the top programs in the CSAC and had doubled up the Hornets 14-7 in the squad's penultimate game of the 2012 season.
Shenandoah jumped all over MU for six of the game's first eight goals and coasted home to a 13-10 victory.
The win gave Kruger's club a 3-0 start for the first time in school history.
After dropping a road contest at Susquehanna (a team that would eventually advance to the NCAA Tournament), the Hornets completed this strong start with non-league home wins over SUNYIT and Southwestern (Texas).
The five wins served notice to the region that the Hornets have a program on the rise and would be a force to reckoned with in the future.
Freshmen accounted for the game-winning goals in four of the victories with Aaron Paul scoring two of those goals and setting up another.