Fighting for a berth in the Centennial Conference tournament, No. 12
In the past, the rivals have met on a Saturday, but because of Centennial Conference obligations, Washington (10-2) could not meet the
"Gettysburg's got a whole week to rest up and prepare for us this Saturday, and we're getting ready to come off of Dickinson, Salisbury and then Gettysburg," he said Monday. "Ideally, we didn't want to play this mid-week, but unfortunately, with the conference changing when the conference tournaments are, this was the only date that we could fit it in. Hopefully, moving forward, we can get it back to a Saturday."
The arrival of 10-time national champion Salisbury is usually more than enough motivation for many teams, but Washington also is trying to snap a losing skid in which the program has lost the last 11 games and 14 of the last 15 meetings with the Sea Gulls.
Shirk has no doubt that the players will exert themselves fully Wednesday night, but he also admitted that he's worried about the players not having enough fuel in the tank for Gettysburg.
"It's absolutely a concern," he said. "It's one of those things where we're trying to get the guys' legs back with mandatory ice baths, and we're working with our strength and conditioning coach to make sure that we do everything we can to get the lactic acid out after each game, and we'll do it again starting Wednesday night after Salisbury, and hopefully, we'll have our legs back by Saturday."
Jim Berkman knows how Shirk feels. The Salisbury coach pointed out that his team endured a similar arduous stretch when it lost to No. 9