The Reinhardt University Eagles Men’s Lacrosse Team finishes up their 2nd of two preseason matches against DIII opponent Huntingdon College (Ala.) February 2nd. Saturday’s game is key in Reinhardt’s preparation for another national title run for the 2019 season that starts on Feb. 19 against AAC foe and rival the University of the Cumberlands (Ky.). The Eagles bolster a strong roster with 9 of the 10 starters returning to the team. As the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) continues to grow in strength and size, having an experience laden team should help push the Eagles to another conference and potential national championship title.
For the past three years, the Eagles Men’s Lacrosse team has maintained its tight grip on the AAC, winning the highly coveted conference title all three years. The last two years of AAC dominance has resulted in the team hoisting the NAIA National Invitational trophy, both of which can be seen proudly presented in the front lobby trophy case inside the Brown Athletic Center.
Back-to-back AAC Coach of the Year John Snow understands very much what is at stake and is excited for the challenge ahead of his team. “We’re looking forward to the very difficult and challenging road we have ahead of us to repeat as the NAIA National Champions.”
Coach Snow also reflected on his senior leadership and how pivotal chemistry will be to his national championship run and the challenges that will be associated with it.
“We have great experience on our roster, we just need to find the right chemistry that allowed us to be successful the last two years. I’m confident in our senior leaders, and the guys that have been with me for years, that we’ll work as hard as possible everyday to stay the course. We know we have a huge target on our back, and we’re always going to get an opponent’s best game, all we can focus on is getting better every day [in practice] and staying humble and hungry. We’re very excited to get started and see how this new journey unfolds. It’s going to be difficult, but I know my guys will rise to the challenge… like they always do.”
Coach Snow and his veteran squad look to bring in that same humble confidence against Huntingdon College this Saturday. Last year, Reinhardt won a thrilling 8-7 contest at Ken White Field in overtime. That same year, Huntingdon finished with a record of 16-3 for the 2018 campaign, losing in the second round of the NCAA DIII National Tournament. Just like our Eagles, The Hawks return a senior ridden team with a program that averaged just over 10 goals a game. Reinhardt, who defeated Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Division I program Georgia Tech 10-9 in overtime last weekend, are certainly looking to finish their preseason just the way it started.
The Reinhardt Eagles take on the Hawks of Huntingdon Saturday, February 2 at Ken White Stadium at 2 pm.