As the team’s social media intern for the 2022 Spring Season, I’ve had the opportunity to watch and work with one of the best club lacrosse teams in the nation, day in and day out, as they compete on both the divisional and national stage. The URI Men’s Club Lacrosse team, led by head coach Larry Madeira and assistant coach Chris Gerstmeyer, boasts a 7-2 overall record, ahead of their final regular-season matchup against the University of Maine on April 23rd. The Rams are undefeated in their conference, Continental Lacrosse Conference DII, with a 4-0 record.
Coach Madeira’s men are one of the top-scoring teams in all of Division II, having scored 146 goals in 9 games while having only conceded 72. This goal-scoring prowess is thanks, in part, to the Rams’ illustrious attacking trio of Senior Captain Charlie White (18 goals, 11 assists), Junior Anthony Guarino (24 goals, 21 assists), and Senior Jack Duffy (14 goals, 15 assists). In addition, midfield engine Keegan Reilly has also been a huge attacking threat for the Rams this season, contributing a whopping 21 goals and 4 assists from attacking midfield.
The Rams started the season with a non-conference tournament in Foley, Alabama. There, the boys in Keaney Blue faced off against teams from Texas A&M, North Florida, and Florida Atlantic University. They defeated all three with relative ease. Their first matchup against Texas A&M was a rout of the Aggies, crushing the boys from College Station 17-1. That same day, the Rams took on North Florida, and put on another impressive offensive display, crushing the Ospreys 23-6. Then, to round off their stay down south, the Rams faced off against Florida Atlantic, comfortably dispatching them 15-10. The Rams left Alabama hyped, confident and victorious, all characteristics that would set them up nicely for their conference campaign back up north.
During the month of March, the Rams went 3-1, and 3-0 in the conference, with their only loss coming against D1 outfit Northeastern. On March 3rd, the Rams made the short trip north to Easton, MA for a freezing cold encounter with conference opponent Stonehill College. Rhode Island pummeled the Skyhawks on their own turf, winning 19-3 in front of a sparsely populated WB Mason Stadium. Next, they travelled west to Central Connecticut University. There, on a much warmer day, the Rams again embarrassed their opponent on their own field, massacring the Blue Devils 22-2. Following this matchup, though, would be where the Rams’ 5-game win streak would come to an end. In the Rams’ first home game of the season, Meade Stadium welcoming D1 Northeastern for a non-conference matchup. There, the Rams were simply outplayed, losing on the night, 10-19. The boys would, however, bounce back and finish the month on a high, taking on conference rival Bridgewater St in Kingston on March 31. The Rams managed to take down the Bears 19-10, grabbing a stranglehold of top spot in the conference in the process.
We currently sit in April, the final month of the regular season before both the divisional playoffs (April 30th-May 1st in Framingham, MA) and the national playoffs (May 9th-May 14th in Round Rock, TX). The Rams are 1-1 this month, having defeated UMass Dartmouth 13-6 in Kingston, and, just last night, losing out on Senior Night against D1 outfit UCONN 12-15. The Rams have one final game ahead of the CLC DII playoffs, and it’s against the University of Maine on April 23rd at 4:30 pm. Having originally been slated to take place at a neutral venue equidistant to the two schools, a compromise was made, and the game will now be held at Narragansett High School in Narragansett, RI. A win there would guarantee an undefeated conference record for the Rams, and would make them huge favorites to win the CLC D2 playoffs for the first time since 2019.
*All stats recorded at the time of writing, are subject to change.