MCLA Lacrosse: Chico State Men’s Lacrosse Looks To Improve On Fourth-Place Finish In WCLL Under First-Year Head Coach Dan Metoyer


The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 25 in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Top-25 to start the season, but a top ranking doesn’t mean much for the team, Metoyer said. The Chico State team finished last season with a fourth-place finish in the WCLL, an overall record of 8-5 and a 3-3 record in conference play. The 2012 season ended for the Wildcats in the first round of the WCLL conference playoffs with a loss to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s squad.

The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 25 in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Top-25 to start the season, but a top ranking doesn’t mean much for the team, Metoyer said. The Chico State team finished last season with a fourth-place finish in the WCLL, an overall record of 8-5 and a 3-3 record in conference play. The 2012 season ended for the Wildcats in the first round of the WCLL conference playoffs with a loss to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s squad.

With the start of the new season on the horizon, the Chico State men’s lacrosse team is on the hunt for victory, despite its youth. First-year head coach Dan Metoyer is also new to the team and is eager to see what the squad could possibly do this season, he said.

“Some new players that I’m excited for are Toby Harvey, Robby Blethen, Cooper Wilce and Curtis Bowden,” he said. “But really, every new person on the team has a lot of room to grow and make us better.”

Of the 25 players on the roster, 19 are new to the team.

“We have six guys from last year’s team who came back,” Metoyer said. “Everyone else is new.”

Of the six returning players, the Wildcats retained fifth-year player and two-time all conference defender Frank Cuneo.

“There is a lot of youthful energy right now compared to my last four years,” he said. “That is making everyone work harder and keep a good attitude.”

Every season, veteran players leave and new recruits join college teams throughout the country, Metoyer said.

“Technically, we are in the same place as most schools,” he said.

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