RALEIGH — Cardinal Gibbons coach Alex Buckley looked at film of the Crusaders’ convincing 16-4 over Ravenscroft and saw plenty of room for improvement.
The Tuesday win moved Gibbons to 2-0 on the year, having outscored its opponents 32-12 to start the season, but the first-year coach’s sights were straight ahead.
“It is a long season and at no point can we ever get satisfied with our effort,” Buckley said. “There’s always things we can do better.”
Senior attack Gannon Morrison, a Marist recruit, had a direct hand in 10 of the Crusaders’ goals Tuesday, finishing with three scores and seven assists.
Buckley looked to Morrison and fellow seniors Robbie Lavelle and Daniel Geiger first to keep the team positive at all times this season.
“I thought it was going to take longer for these guys to trust each other and learn to play for each other, but they started doing that before our first scrimmage,” Buckley said. “I’m really pleased with the way that our guys have supported each other and that’s going to carry us through hopefully the whole season.”
For Ravenscroft (1-1), which has made it to final four of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association for the past two years, the loss served as an early-season measuring stick.
“(Nonconference play) is an opportunity to measure yourself against quality programs,” Ravenscroft coach Sandy Kapatos said. “Sometimes it’s good to take a trumping, as much as you hate to go through it. ... They are a program we aspire to be like and obviously we have a ways to go, but the year is young. We want to be playing our best lacrosse at the end of the year.”