|02/07||Washington St.||Moscow, ID|
|02/22||Oregon St.||Missoula, MT|
|02/28||Portland St.||Portland, OR|
|03/07||Texas A&M||Boulder, CO|
|03/14||Boise St.||Boise, ID|
|04/25||Simon Fraser||Missoula, MT|
2009 PNCLL Playoffs – Date: TBA – Curtis HS – Tacoma, WA
2009 MCLA National Tournament – May 12 – 16 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Denver, CO
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On its face, the 2009 season appears to symbolize a substantial changing of the guard for The Griz who are hoping to reload their historically high-powered offense after losing a core group of seniors to graduation including 2008 MCLA Div. 1 All-America Third Team & PNCLL Div. 1 All-Conference 1st Team Midfield Townsend Hall, 2008 PNCLL Div. 1 All-Conference Second Team Midfield Jake Bagley and 2008 PNCLL Div. 1 All-Conference 1st Team Attack Zander Ault.
Back on the field for The Griz this season will be 2008 PNCLL Div. 1 All-Conference 1st Team Attack Sam Cameron (2009 Captain), 2008 PNCLL Div. 1 All-Conference 1st Team & MCLA Div. 1 All-America H.M. Face-off Specialist Tucker Sargent, 2008 PNCLL Div. 1 All-Conference 1st Team Defense Henry Sulzbacher (2009 Captain), Senior Midfield Wes Armstrong (2009 Captain), Junior Defender Brogan Ballard and Senior Goalie Colin Connery. The Grizzlies’ roster also includes a strong group of freshmen and transfer recruits.
Change also extends to the sidelines for The Griz this season as former University of Idaho Coach and Griz Lacrosse Founding Father Ryan Hanavan takes the reigns from 2007 MCLA Div. B National Champion Coach Kevin Flynn.
“I’m excited to open up the 2009 season,” said Hanavan. “We’ve had a lot of changes since last spring … It’s always a challenge to bring in a new coaching staff and the graduating class from last year was pretty significant. We had a good fall and have had a great spring. The team has been working hard and our freshman and transfer students will have a great opportunity to find their roles when we take the field this weekend.”
Recent favorable weather in western Montana has given The Griz the chance to get out on the field and feel out the new team dynamics.
“The sun has been shining and the days have been getting longer,” Hanavan said, “it’s time for the bears to hunt.”
Former assistant coach Phil Rohlfing rejoins the coaching staff as well.
Generally recognized as one of the top teams in the PNCLL-1, The Griz will look to compete this year with nationally ranked conference opponents Simon Fraser University and the University of Oregon. Including those teams, The Griz are scheduled to compete against five national Top 25 teams this season with an early-March trip to Colorado to play Texas A&M, Colorado, and Colorado State.