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MCLA Lacrosse: Idaho Men’s Lacrosse 2013 Schedule Features Utah State, Gonzaga, Oregon State, Oregon, Simon Fraser And Washington
Idaho High School Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Bishop Kelly Boys Lacrosse 8-6 Victory Over Gonzaga Prep To Win 2011 Idaho State Boys Lacrosse Championship
Bishop Kelly vs. Gonzaga Prep in the 2011 Idaho Boys Lacrosse State Championship Game
MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Idaho Men’s Lacrosse Coach John Andrysiak Attracts Top Recruits By Running Team As A “Virtual Varsity Sport”
Fundraising is vital to the Idaho lacrosse team. The team gets some funding from the club sports program, but two-thirds of its budget comes from team fundraising. Andrysiak said without the funding, his team wouldn’t exist.
University of Idaho lacrosse coach John Andrysiak doesn’t like the term “club sport,” and said his team is more like a “virtual varsity sport” because of how competitive it has become.
Though it is not NCAA affiliated, Idaho lacrosse is part of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, an intercollegiate league that spans the U.S. and Canada — it also has a national championship televised each year.
|3/13||at Chico State||1:00||pm|
|3/15||vs. Texas Tech||6:00||pm|
|3/16||at San Diego State||6:30||pm|
|4/23||at Boise State||2:00||pm|
Andrysiak recruits players from all around the Northwest, a process that can be difficult since there are no scholarships offered, but Idaho still attracts quality players. Andrysiak said his players have to be dedicated because he runs his team like an official university sport.
“We try to mirror what the athletic department does because we want to get our program to that level,” Andrysiak said. “We run our team as if it were a varsity sport.”
Lacrosse combines qualities of different sports, making it a unique experience for spectators.
Washington State Club Boys Lacrosse: Spokane, Northern Idaho And Gonzaga Prep Lacrosse Teams Play Summer League Games (Video)
8/7/10 – Dwight Merkel Sports Complex. The game was initially dubbed as a match for bragging rights (Spokane vs. CDA), but instead Spokane and Northern Idaho united to soundly defeat current and former Gonzaga Prep players.
Idaho Youth Lacrosse: “Get Stung!” Lacrosse Clinic Held By Arizona Sting Of The National Lacrosse League In Boise, ID (Video)
Get Stung! Lacrosse Clinic, Boise, Idaho, National Lacrosse League, Arizona Sting, Bob Hamley, Scott Self, Peter Lough, Jason Clark, NBC
Idaho High School Boys Lacrosse: Boys Lacrosse Programs Are Increasing In Number And Trying To Compete With Utah Programs
There was no place to buy equipment for the few players who were interested in the game. They had to buy everything online. The facilities didn’t exist yet, and there weren’t enough teams to form leagues.
Team jerseys? Baker’s team would just show up wearing white shirts. Then, they would draw numbers on the shirts and call those their jerseys.
That was just a decade ago. Now, Utah boasts about 130 high school programs. Sporting goods stores sell lacrosse equipment. An indoor facility was built just north of Salt Lake City. Interest is high and the sport is on the cusp of being sanctioned at the high school level.
In Idaho, however, only Pocatello, Idaho Falls and the Treasure Valley field teams. Those programs are strong, but leagues like what exist in the Beehive State aren’t coming to the Gem State anytime soon. Baker thinks he knows why.
“It didn’t get introduced in Idaho until a little later,” he said. “So Utah has had more time to develop its programs. Once kids see good lacrosse, they actually want to play. About five or six years ago, everyone started playing.”
Baker admits that Utah still trails Colorado as far as Western states go, since Colorado already has the sport sanctioned at the high school level and has colleges competing on the Division I level, while Utah’s universities only play it as a club sport. But Mike Henderson, who coaches the Pocatello Bandits’ middle school team, would be very happy to see Idaho reach the level of its southern neighbor.
The Bandits are much further along than the bare-bones level that Baker’s teams were once at, but they do have some shortfalls that are beyond their control. With the exception of Idaho Falls, the Bandits lack opponents in their own state. To get games, they have to travel south to Utah and play the established programs there.
The Bandits hold their own but would love to play some road games that are closer than 100 miles away if they could. That’s why the Austin Langhaim memorial tournament that they hosted this weekend at O.K. Ward Park is an important event for them.
“This is the only significant tournament in the area,” Henderson said. “The kids get a lot of playing time without all the travel for a change. Most of the teams (we play) are in Utah. This is our third year, and when we started, we barely had enough guys to fill a team. I now have the middle school and have 30 kids this year.”
While the sport has had no trouble growing in the Gate City, it hasn’t caught on elsewhere in southeast Idaho. Henderson said that Idahoans haven’t had much exposure to the sport, even in Pocatello, because the teams don’t play at home very often.
Despite that handicap, Henderson’s hopes are high. Baker said that he thinks Idaho could get to where Utah already is in three years, and Henderson said that’s a very realistic goal. But he admitted it wouldn’t be easy to get lacrosse as a high school sport sanctioned in Idaho.
“You’d need a Blackfoot, perhaps a Soda or Malad picking up teams,” Henderson said. “But those teams would have a tough time playing because they have snow on the ground so much longer.”
Utah doesn’t have that problem, allowing its players to start playing much earlier in the spring. The SportsPlex in Kaysville, Utah, allows teams to play indoors if the weather doesn’t cooperate, and Brigham Young and Utah field excellent club teams, putting all the pieces in place for lacrosse to thrive in Utah.
“We had six players go D-1 last year in Utah,” Baker said. “That’s the most we’ve ever had. It’s growing big and just getting better and better.”
Henderson hopes that he can say the same one day about all of Idaho, not just Pocatello. But for now, he’ll settle for the Bandits growing and thriving, as they did this year.
“I was suprised at the number of kids who came out,” he said. “It’s great. They have a lot of enthusiasm for the game, and hopefully, they recruit a few of their friends.”
By the time Joe Strickler was in eighth grade, he’d already played plenty of youth baseball, football and soccer. That’s when he saw a poster on the wall of his middle school advertising a new sport in Pocatello.
Strickler joined the Pocatello Lacrosse Club at its inception five years ago and fell so fast and hard for the sport that his other athletic interests quickly became a distant memory.
“I got bored with them and found lacrosse,” he said. “I like how fast-paced it is and I can hit people.”
The hitting, of course, is something more akin to hockey than football and, like hockey, is called checking. That could be one of the reasons the sport is often called a mix of hockey and soccer.
“It’s probably more similar to basketball,” he said.
He said many of the plays to set up scoring opportunities are similar to basketball, including the frequent setting of screens.
Wall plays the attack position, which means he’s part of the group looking to score the goals, something he does particularly well. Wall led the Utah High School Lacrosse League, with which the Pocatello Lacrosse Club is associated, in scoring last year, averaging 6.5 goals per game.
Originally from Portland, Ore., Wall began playing lacrosse when he was in fifth grade. He said the sport is so popular in Portland that most high schools there field four teams — freshman, junior varsity, junior varsity 2 and varsity.
“I think more people play it there than baseball,” he said.
Finding few words to describe why he enjoys the sports so much, Wall said simply that he believes the contact appeals to a lot of people. When the Century junior moved to the Gate City just before starting high school, he joined the Pocatello Lacrosse Club.
With the departure of Ray Langhaim, founder of the Pocatello Lacrosse Club, the team went on a search for a new head coach. Taking over those duties this year was Mike Rose, who also serves as an assistant coach for Century’s football team.
Rose is a former Idaho State University football player who was the defensive end on the opposite side from Jared Allen in the early 2000s. He’s spent several years coaching youth football and basketball and has been involved with the Century program since 2006.
He said several Pocatello Lacrosse Club players’ parents sought him out for the position based on what they knew of him as a youth and high school coach in the Gate City.
But he’s never even played lacrosse.
“I told them I have never played, and they said, ‘Yeah, but your leadership skills and philosophy,’” Rose said. “They sought me out because they are familiar with my coaching philosophy.”
Rose said Langhaim was gracious enough to help at length with the transition and there were several training classes provided by the Utah High School Lacrosse League that he was required to attend.
He also spent a lot of time watching the sport and getting to know its nuances.
Bottom line, he said, is that his philosophy, which is centered around a belief that playing sports at that level is as much about learning life lessons, means he has the skills to teach them what he most wants them to get from the sport.
“I am there to support them, and my hopes are high for the season,” Rose said. “But I also want the kids to have fun and stick with it. I want them to understand that the most important thing is the effort they put out there.”
He said key to that is understanding that the sport isn’t about any one player or team.
“It’s the ‘we.’ It’s the parents. It’s the league,” he said. “It’s not just you. It’s not just me. It’s everybody involved in the program.”
The Pocatello Lacrosse Club’s varsity team is struggling early on in its season. The team started play with an 18-1 loss to Bonneville on Friday. The Bandits played two more non-division games on Saturday, losing 9-6 to Logan and 14-11 to Northridge of Layton, Utah.
The Bandits start division play on April 2 when they host Mountain Crest of Hyrum, Utah, at 5 p.m. at Hawthorne Middle School.