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MCLA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Oregon Men’s Lacrosse 16-8 Victory Over Simon Fraser To Win The PNCLL Championship On May 8

Portland State Men’s Lacrosse Is Successfully Competing In The Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) At “Club A” Level

The team competes in the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) at the Club A level, which is commonly referred to as “virtual varsity.”

In just its second year of existence, the Portland State Lacrosse Club is already one of the most portlandstatemenslacrosseorganized, competitive and popular clubs at Portland State.

For years, lacrosse has been extremely popular on the east coast, but only in recently has it begun to gain popularity in Oregon and west of the Rocky Mountains in general.

Fielding a roster of approximately 24 players this season, the lacrosse team is always looking to expand—they are hoping to have 35-40 players next year—but joining the team is not for the faint of pocket book.

Club dues are around $1,200, which covers transportation costs (throughout the season the team travels to games in California, Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Colombia and other parts of Oregon), referee compensation and league dues.

Good collegiate level lacrosse gear, including helmets, sticks, gloves and upper body pads, costs an additional $700 to $800.

In addition to being somewhat expensive, being a member of the lacrosse team can be time consuming too.

The team practices three times a week in addition to traveling to some of the aforementioned destinations.

Team captain and club president James Taylor explains why the expenses and the time are well worth it to the players.

“First off it’s fun,” Taylor said. “But we want to be competitive. All of the guys on our team have a commitment beyond themselves to the sport and to the promotion of lacrosse in the Northwest.”

Head coach Danny Ernst agrees that one of the main objectives of having a club lacrosse team on campus is to promote the sport in the local and regional scope.

“We are planning to build this program,” Ernst said. He also noted another interesting effect that having a lacrosse club could have on the Portland State community.

“By having lacrosse here, I think we are actually pulling more students to PSU,” Ernst said.

The team has three more home games in the month of April before their season concludes. Opponents include Washington State, Gonzaga and Boise State, and all matches are at the Stott Center Community Field on campus.

Playing in their first home game of 2009, the Portland State Lacrosse Club was trounced by Montana on Feb. 28, 19-7.

After sputtering to an 11-4 deficit in the first half, Portland State seemed poised to make a comeback, but an injury to Vikings premier forward Chris Riedle left their offense stagnant. Riedle had three goals in the first half of a game that was much closer and more competitive than the final score indicated.

“We’ve had a tremendous increase [in quality of play],” said head coach Danny Ernst. Ernst noted that his team was much more competitive against Montana than they were against Idaho State in a Feb. 7 game that ended in an 18-5 loss for the Vikings.
The Vikings will next play at home on April 4 when they take on Washington State.


Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse: Canadian Lacrosse Team Plays In Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL)


SFU Lacrosse, Representing Canada

Simon Fraser University (SFU) Lacrosse provides the Canadian student-athlete a unique opportunity to play at the top-level of collegiate club lacrosse, while they stay at home to attend a great institution. There is no better combination of respected academics, top-ranked athletics and overall college atmosphere in the country. With some of Canada’s most innovative academic programs and cutting edge co-operative work placement programs, Simon Fraser Lacrosse alumni have an amazing network of professionals wherever they go. In addition to this, Simon Fraser Lacrosse offers: 


The only collegiate field lacrosse program in British Columbia.

The only opportunity to play for a Canadian collegiate field lacrosse team in a US league.

The only opportunity to compete for a National title (American or Canadian) as a member of a Canadian collegiate field lacrosse team.

2009 Regular Season
Date Opponent Location Time Result
Feb 7 Boise State University Mercer Stadium — New Westminster, British Columbia 7:30PM  
Feb 14 Washington State University Mercer Stadium — New Westminster, British Columbia 7:30PM  
Feb 15 University of Idaho Burnaby Lake Sports Complex — Burnaby, British Columbia 10:30AM  
Feb 20 Brigham Young University BYU — Provo, Utah TBA  
Feb 21 University of Utah University of Utah — Salt Lake City, Utah TBA  
Feb 28 University of Washington Mercer Stadium — New Westminster, British Columbia 6:00PM  
March 28 Portland State University** Mercer Stadium — New Westminster, British Columbia 1:00PM  
April 3 University of Oregon University of Oregon — Eugene, Oregon 7:00PM  
April 5 Oregon State University Oregeon State University — Corvallis, Oregon 12:00PM  
April 10 Arizona State University Arizona State University — Tempe, Arizona TBA  
April 12 University of Arizona University of Arizona — Tucson, Arizona TBA  
April 25 University of Montana University of Montana — Missoula, Montana 1:00PM  
April 26 Gonzaga University Gonzaga University — Spokane, Washington 12:00PM  
May 2 PNCLL Final Four Tournament, May 2-3
Semi Final vs TBA TBA TBA  
May 3 PNCLL Championship vs TBA TBA TBA  
May 12 MCLA National Championships — Denver Colorado, May 12-16
MCLA Opening Round Denver, CO TBA  
May 13 MCLA Quarter-Finals Denver, CO TBA  
May 15 MCLA Semi-Finals Denver, CO TBA  
May 16 MCLA Championship Final Denver, CO TBA  

** Denotes Senior Day

University Of Idaho Men’s Lacrosse Opens 2009 Season Ranked 8th In Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) After Best Season In Team History In 2008

“The expectations for the team are high this year,” Band said. “We had a good season last year, and universityofidahomenslacrossewe are looking to make the playoffs this season.”

The PNCLL pre-season poll ranked the Vandals eighth in the ten-team league. The four teams with the best conference records at the end of the regular season will qualify for the playoffs.


Six hours each week practicing, six hours each weekend at games, more time spent outside of practice doing conditioning and stick work exercises, plus $650 each season in dues — these are commitments for every player on the 21-man roster of the University of Idaho men’s lacrosse team.

Idaho coach Band said this has helped form the best team in the program’s history.

“The expectations for the team are high this year,” Band said. “We had a good season last year, and we are looking to make the playoffs this season.”

Band founded the Vandal lacrosse team seven years ago and took over as coach at the start of this year after former Idaho coach Ryan Hanavan left to take a job in Montana.

“For the first couple of years, we had a pretty slim roster,” Band said. “And realistically, it can be pretty hard to get guys in Moscow, Idaho away from a can a beer and out to a lacrosse practice. Once we had a little bit of success and found our feet it just sort of snowballed from there.”

Vandal lacrosse is a family affair for the Bands. Band’s younger brother, Grant Band, rejoined the team after leaving Idaho following his first season.

“The change from when I first started to where the program is right now is amazing,” Grant Band said. “Everyone out here is dedicated, they want to be out here, they want to win and this team is going places.”

Senior Grant Band is now the team’s president and spends several extra hours each week taking care of the club’s organizational and logistical issues.

“We play because we want to play, not because we are on scholarship, and that means the team is what we make it,” Grant Band said. “To see the program’s hard work come to fruition is really satisfying, and I think of everyone out here as a true student-athlete.”

Last season’s point leader Jacob Ballard is in his fourth season with the Vandal lacrosse team and will be looking to help the team improve while finishing his senior year at Idaho.

“Being on the team has definitely been worth it for me because it is a good break from school,” Ballard said. “You get to come out here and hang out with your buddies while playing a game you love. It’s great.”

Ballard was part of the Vandal lacrosse team that toppled Boise State for the first time last season. This spring, Idaho will have home games against Montana, Gonzaga and five other Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League foes.

“Of course I want to beat Boise State again but this year I definitely want to beat Gonzaga too,” Ballard said. “We have had some close games against them and my sophomore year they beat us in the last second so I really want to beat Gonzaga.”

Last season, Idaho finished seventh in the PNCLL to conclude its best season in team history.

“This season it is important to expand on what we did last season,” midfielder Nate Strom said. “We have a very realistic chance to make the regional playoffs if we keep up our momentum.”

The PNCLL pre-season poll ranked the Vandals eighth in the ten-team league. The four teams with the best conference records at the end of the regular season will qualify for the playoffs.

“Making the playoffs would be huge for the team on a few different levels,” Strom said. “It will help legitimize us in the eyes of the other teams in the league, it will help us attract a higher level of player to the school and it would be a great reward for everyone who has put in so much effort to bring the team to the level it is at.”

Idaho lacrosse opens the season with home games against Portland State on Saturday and Montana on Sunday.