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University Of Idaho Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Portland State 18-5 And Loses To Montana 14-10 Over Weekend

The University of Idaho men’s lacrosse team opened its season against Portland State and Montana idahomenslacrossewith an expected victory and a frustrating loss. Idaho toppled the Vikings 18-5 on Saturday, but fell to Montana, led by former Idaho coach Ryan Hanavan, 14-10 on Sunday.




“The weekend went about as to be expected, and I am happy with both performances,” Idaho coach Mike Band said. “It would have been nice to win both games, but we can still make a run toward the playoffs.”

The Vandals kept up with Montana for a majority of the game, and trailed by one early in the fourth quarter after Jacob Ballard scored two goals in quick succession for the Vandals to open the period.

The Grizzlies rattled off the next five goals to put the game out of reach and condemn the Vandals to their first loss of the season.

Junior Eric Fletcher scored a hat trick against Montana and was Idaho’s leading scorer during the weekend.

“Everyone needs to step up and stop doing stupid stuff like committing unnecessary penalties,” Fletcher said. “Montana is a good team, but we made it easy for them.”

Goalie Gary Jurado had 15 saves against Montana after rarely being tested, against Portland State on Saturday.

“I just got into a groove out there,” Jurado said. “It is all about being ready to react quickly, and I was able to get into the right position to make the saves today.”

Idaho allowed Montana to score five power play goals and one shorthanded goal.

“We just made some dumb mistakes against Montana, and we need to start thinking a little more,” Band said. “All the mistakes are correctable, and we will be able to build off this loss.”

The Vandals did not have any trouble dispatching Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League newcomers Portland State a day earlier. It was the Vikings’ first league match.

“We showed up against Portland State and were able to do what we wanted,” Fletcher said. “It was nice to open the season with a win.”

Idaho travels to Burnaby, B.C. to take on PNCLL pre-season No. 1 Simon Fraser this weekend. Simon Fraser finished last season nationally ranked.

Cal State Fullerton Men’s Lacrosse Defeats UC San Diego 11-8 And Showcases Great Success As Club Team

calstatefullertonmenslacrosse1“Everyone at Cal State Fullerton should get on board because we’re never going to get a football team,” Lee said. “This team will live for years and years to come because the lacrosse community in Orange County is huge, and we’ve established ourselves as a strong program.”


The lacrosse team currently practices on the recreation field from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. – clearly not an ideal time considering the campus turns the lights off an hour before midnight.



Date Home Score Away Score
Jan 31 CSUF 19 Concordia University 2
Feb 07 CSUF 11 UC San Diego 8
Feb 14 CSUF Long Beach State
Feb 18 UC Irvine CSUF
Feb 21 CSUF Cal Lutheran University
Feb 28 Biola University CSUF
Mar 14 Willamette University (Oregon) CSUF
Mar 15 Southern Oregon University CSUF
Mar 21 CSUF Westminster College
Mar 23 CSUF Western Washington University
Mar 27 Occidental College CSUF
Apr 04 CSUF Saint Mary’s College
Apr 10 CSUF Pepperdine University
Apr 18 CSUF UC Santa Cruz

Four years ago, as Warren Lee trotted around campus, he noticed a poster which jolted the landscape of his collegiate career. It promoted Cal State Fullerton’s men’s lacrosse team, which was looking for students to join the club for its inaugural season.

Lee committed without much hesitation, or expectation.

“I didn’t think I’d be a part of it the way I am now,” Lee said. “When I first started to play I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll come to the games and show up to practice.’ I didn’t think I’d get involved with it as much as I did.”

Since then, the Titans have assembled a formidable team that could wreak havoc this postseason. It would be a fitting culmination to a strenuous collegiate career for seniors who had only three wins during their first two seasons on the team.

This season, the Titans have amassed a 9-3-1 record, highlighted by a win this past Saturday against UC San Diego, 11-8, at Capistrano Valley High School in San Juan Capistrano.

The next day, members of the Titans lacrosse team came on campus to post fliers, displaying the club’s game schedule.

“That’s something we didn’t do last year,” Jordan Michaels, team co-captain, said. “We’re putting the time and effort to promote the team around campus.”

The effort also includes vying for practice time on campus.

Because the lacrosse team is considered a club, it has to do some of the leg work other teams receive automatically, such as reserved practice time on the field. Because of this, team co-captains have to request time from the ASI office, Lee said.

The lacrosse team currently practices on the recreation field from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. – clearly not an ideal time considering the campus turns the lights off an hour before midnight.

“It’s just nothing but an uphill battle,” Lee said. “It’s always been a student-run organization, and that’s one of the hard parts. It’s not really discouraging, but it’s a little bit frustrating when you see that the baseball team has the nicest field on campus. For us, we have to go through the school to do everything.”

Lee believes the additional work has made the team’s success that much greater for those who have been with the club since it first started.

“It’s really rewarding to see something you’re a part of grow and succeed because we’re getting more recognition from the school,” Lee said.

The team was active during Discover Fest, and plans to continue taking part in other activities around school.

Because the lacrosse club does not receive much school funding, it raises money by selling game tickets to watch the Anaheim Arsenal, a minor league affiliate of the Los Angeles Clippers. It also generated $3,000 from Casino Night, which will help the team run its annual $45,000-$60,000 budget, Lee said.

“Every year it’s a new learning process,” Michaels said. “We’re just taking notes and looking to improve.”

On the field, the team has progressed.

It won one game in the first season, two in the second and last year it collected five wins. This spring, the Titans have won both conference games. The success so far has the team’s lone All-American, predicting great success for the Titans.

“I think we’re capable of going to the national championships,” sophomore midfielder Jesse Luchansky said. “We’re on the right path to success, and everything’s coming together.”

The team hopes its success can help gain more support around campus as well.