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UCSB Men’s Lacrosse 2009 Schedule


2009 Schedule

Date Time Opponent Results
Sat 2/7 2:00 pm USC*
Sat 2/14 1:00 pm UC Davis
Fri 2/20 7:00 pm @ Cal Poly SLO
Sat 2/21 7:00 pm CSU @ Cal Poly SLO
Wed 2/25 7:00 pm Michigan
Sat 3/7 1:00 pm @ Sonoma State
Sun 3/8 2:00 pm @ Santa Clara
Sun 3/15 1:00 pm Univ. of Minnesota-Duluth
Mon 3/23 7:00 pm @ Arizona State
Wed 3/25 5:00 pm @ Arizona
Sat 4/4 2:00 pm @ Claremont*
Sun 4/5 1:00 pm UCLA*
Sat 4/11 2:00 pm @ Loyola Marymount*
Sat 4/18 2:00 pm @ Chapman*
Sat 4/25 TBD SWLC Quarterfinals
Sat 5/1 – Sun 5/2 TBD SWLC Final Four
Tues 5/12 – Sat 5/16 TBD MCLA Tournament

*Divisional Game (Los Angeles Division)

BYU Men’s Lacrosse To Face Division I Teams In 2008-2009 Schedule


The Cougars were the 2007 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association national champions and finished 2008 with a 16-5 record before falling in the MCLA semifinals.


The BYU men’s lacrosse team will host Denver University and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County today in the 2008 Intermountain Lacrosse Showcase at Alta High School.

The first scrimmage of the round-robin tournament begins at 4 p.m. and will mark the first time that NCAA Division I lacrosse teams have played in Utah.

Both UMBC and Denver bring impressive Division I resumes into the event. UMBC is the reigning American East Conference champions and competed in the 2008 NCAA tournament. Denver also qualified for the NCAA tournament and spent the majority of last season ranked in the Top 25. General admission tickets will be available at the gates for $10.

“This is a big thing for the state of Utah because these two teams coming in were top 16 teams in the NCAA tournament last year,” BYU head coach Jason Lamb said. “Their names might not necessarily stand out to everyone, but in the lacrosse community these are two premier teams.”

The regular season of lacrosse takes place in the spring, but it is customary for fall camp to be followed up with scrimmages or tournaments against other schools. While BYU’s lacrosse program is only at the club level, it has traveled back east for tournaments similar to today’s, to play against Division I programs.

The Cougars were the 2007 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association national champions and finished 2008 with a 16-5 record before falling in the MCLA semifinals.

“It is an opportunity to prove we work hard and know how to play the game,” Lamb said. “It is still a game of effort, and I am hoping that we can prove to our players and prove to ourselves that we can play at the highest level.”

Details Date Time Opponent Location Score
Game Info Wed, 9/24/08 3:30 PM Utah Valley University Brigham Young University – North University Fields  
Game Info Fri, 10/3/08 3:30 PM University of Utah Brigham Young University – North University Fields  
Game Info Fri, 10/10/08 4:00 PM @ Westminster College Westminster College – Dumke Field  
Event Info Sat, 10/18/08 4:00 PM UMBC vs. University of Denver Alta High School Stadium  
Game Info Sat, 10/18/08 6:00 PM University of Maryland – Baltimore County Alta High School Stadium  
Game Info Sat, 10/18/08 8:00 PM University of Denver Alta High School Stadium  
Event Info Fri, 10/31/08 7:00 PM Best of the West Tournament Kellogg Zaher Soccer Complex  

University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse Joins Eastern College Athletic Conference In 2009 Season

The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team will join the Eastern College Athletic Conference for the 2009-10 season, ECAC commissioner Rudy Keeling announced today. Along with the Pioneers, Air Force, Bellarmine, Ohio State and Quinnipiac will join existing members Fairfield, Hobart and Loyola.

The 2008 season was one of the most successful in Denver lacrosse history. The Pioneers finished 10-7 overall and 4-1 in the GWLL, including an upset victory over then seventh-ranked Notre Dame. They played in front of an NCAA regular season record 29,000 in the famed horseshoe in Columbus and earned their second NCAA tournament appearance in three years with an at-large bid.


A strong schedule helped thrust Denver into the tournament, giving them a date with Maryland in the first round. Denver had as much as a 5-2 lead before the Terps came back to win 10-7. Despite the loss, the Pioneers’ hard-fought battle silenced critics who didn’t think they deserved to be there.

The Pioneers will be without two offensive starters in Brett Koll and Jon Paulson who both played major leadership roles. They also suffer some key losses on the other side of the field in defensemen Carlos Navarro and Dustin Palmer. But don’t let the departure of some of DU’s clutch players fool you: they have a lot of returning talent and experience and should be a major contender once again this year.

Fresh Faces

Mark Matthews is one of the big names on Denver’s list of up-and-comers. The Canadian lefty is tall and has a quick finish but is still working on fitting into Denver’s chaotic offensive style.

Attackman Alex Demopoulos played opposite of Jamie Lincoln during practice, creating plays from the low right side. Head coach Jamie Munro described him as a potential quarterback of the offense, “a Brett Koll type of player.”

Midfielder Kyle Wollenhaupt is focusing on face-offs but is also creative with the ball.

Greyson Konkel really stood out in practice and not just because he was wearing a different helmet than his Pioneer teammates. Konkel, a lefty, is an excellent two-way midfielder with good field sense and anticipation. He can play defense but is also talented enough to play offense.

Top Dogs


Jamie Lincoln proved a force in his freshman season with 48 goals
Jamie Lincoln proved a force in his freshman season with 48 goals

Jamie Lincoln (48G, 4A) set Denver’s freshman scoring record last season on his way to earning 1st team All-GWLL honors. Munro says Lincoln has picked up right where he left off and is now learning how to bring the speed of the game to every practice and “get it cranked up on a daily basis.” Another major returning starter on offense is senior Cliff Smith, another Canadian player who has not only a cannon of an outside shot but the ability to work in close around the crease.


The Pioneers also get a lot of their leadership back in the midfield. Joey Murray and Ilija Gajic provide the spark to Denver’s unconventional run-and-gun style. Both are good finishers who also have the ability to see the field and distribute the ball, not to mention Gajic’s stick is out of this world.

At 5-7, twin brothers John and Charley Dickenson are small, quick, elusive players. Having trouble telling them apart? Charley is the distributor, leading the team in assists last season (21) and John was number four on the team in goals (15).

Despite some key losses on the defensive end of the ball, Denver has a lot of returners on D who saw legitimate playing time last season and should have no trouble carrying on DU’s aggressive pressure style of defense that many coaches across the country have said is one of the hardest to match up with. Junior Dillon Roy is Denver’s best shutdown defender and will lead the defense along with fellow junior Payton Sanders. Brendan Deblois will take on a larger role after earning All-Conference accolades as a freshman, as will Jamie MacDonald, who backed up Carlos Navarro last season.
The Pioneers also get their starter in goal back, senior Austin Konkel, who will look to build on a solid 2008 season. Konkel’s leadership and athleticism is an indispensable part of Denver’s defense.

Key Battles

Munro says that aside from Ben Wahler at the X, most of the field is pretty wide open for competition. A couple battles to keep an eye on:

Attack: Smith, Lincoln, Matthews and Alex Gajic will all be fighting for spots. Three guys in that group are lefty’s and although left-handed players are a valuable asset, you can’t really run an attack with three. Someone will get moved to the midfield.

Short stick D-middies: Four guys return that are all strong at this position. Emerson Eichler, Kyle Wiederstedt, Cameron Kerr and Alex Drexler. Adding to this battle is the fact that Greyson Konkel and Joey Murray are also great two-way players.

Three Things to Know

They’ve Got Talent

To put it simply: Denver is stacked offensively. There are plenty of guys, both returners and rookies who can put the ball in the net.

“We have a lot of talent and we’re going to have to figure out how to get it all on the field,” Munro said. “That’s going to be one of our biggest challenges.”

The key here will be chemistry. Denver’s coaching staff will have their work cut out for them in figuring out who works best together and where. Then, not only will they get all their talent on the field, but also put them in a position where they can be successful.

New Defensive Headliners

With two defensive starters moving on, a lot of guys who played backup roles last year will become the core of Denver’s defense. This isn’t necessarily a weakness, as these players still got in a lot of time last season.

“When you play pole and back someone up, it’s pretty much like splitting time,” Munro said. “With the way we pressure, you really need to play a few extra people.”
Steve Simonetti and Taylor Platt are excellent athletes and played alongside Dillon Roy in a recent scrimmage. Jeff Brown also looked impressive in practice, getting into passing lanes and showing some skill with the ball in his stick.

Attitude at Altitude

Denver has now made it to the NCAA Tournament twice but simply making it in won’t satisfy the Pioneers anymore. Munro has been pleased with the high energy level and strong work ethic in practice and thinks this positive attitude is what will take them to the next level.