For Immediate Release – BYU Lacrosse
BOULDER, CO – This first week in March marks the peak of Brigham Young University’s Men’s Lacrosse 2014 regular season campaign. Currently ranked fifth by the MCLA Coaches Poll, BYU started their four day road trip to Colorado with a 6-5 win against ninth-ranked Michigan State University, Wednesday, but that was just the beginning of their three game test.
The four-time Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Champion Cougars play two more top-10 teams this weekend as they kick off the 2014 Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) schedule. Friday and Saturday the Cougars face-off against first place Colorado, and then play #2 Colorado State, the defending MCLA Division I National Champions. BYU and CSU have met in each of the last three MCLA Tournament semifinal rounds. Heralded as one of the best rivalries in collegiate lacrosse, the Cougars’ record is 7-7 against the Rams in regular and postseason play since 2008.
“This weekend we get to see three squads play against each other that were three of the final four teams in the national championship last year,” observed BYU head coach Matt Schneck. “Colorado and Colorado State are the best teams in the country right now, and are absolutely deserving of their rankings, but it is still early in the season. The way we view the poll’s rankings is that we’re playing against some great competition and we need to step up and give our best effort.”
Cougar co-captain Zac Jordan pointed out that the young team is improving every week, and that the most important thing for them is that they keep playing better each game than they did the game before. “One of the keys to good lacrosse is meshing as a team and playing together,” said Jordan, junior midfielder from Bountiful, Utah. “We have a lot of skilled, individually-talented players, but it’s important to try and put all of the pieces together so that we, as a team, can be successful on the field.”
All but one of the RMLC’s five division I members are currently ranked in the top 20 of MCLA Coaches Poll, but BYU junior Jack Arbon of Sandy, Utah sees the Cougar’s challenging regular season schedule as an opportunity for the team to grow. “Most of the teams in our conference are always at the top of the rankings, so the tough competition during the regular season prepares us for the end-of-year tournaments where every team is tough to beat,” Arbon said.
Being a part of the MCLA’s most powerful conference does have its drawbacks. “Every loss could affect our tournament seeding and make our road to the final rounds harder,” Jordan mentioned, “but in the end I think a strong conference is more beneficial than not. These games will give us an idea of the level of lacrosse we need to be playing at in order to be successful in the postseason.”
Neither game will be broadcast from Boulder nor Fort Collins, but live tweets and other updates will be provided through all three team’s social media platforms. Both Friday and Saturday nights’ games will start at 7:00 PM MST.
“Regardless of the outcomes of this week’s games we will undoubtedly face these teams in the postseason. Year after year we are playing one of these two teams in the semifinals of the national tournament for a chance to play against the other in the finals,” said Coach Schneck.
About BYU Lacrosse
The Brigham Young University Men’s Lacrosse Team is a proud member of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The Cougars have won four MCLA National Championship Titles – 1997, 2000, 2007 and 2011, and have been honored with more than 100 All-Americans who have proudly worn the Y.
To view the Cougar’s complete 2014 season schedule, click here. For more information about BYU Men’s Lacrosse like BYU Lacrosse on Facebook and follow the team on Twitter @BYULacrosse.
For Immediate Release – BYU Lacrosse