Lacrosse team off to a good start

The university men’s club lacrosse team has clinched three road game victories to begin their season undefeated.

“Being 3-0 is a nice way to start off the season,” head coach Michael Smith said.

In their opening game on Feb. 2, the Frogs defeated Texas Tech 11-7 in Lubbock.

“It was our first game, so we were a little rough. We are still trying to get acclimated to the new plays and get to know the feel for our teammates,” David Carlton, club president and senior political science major, said.

The team traveled south this past weekend to take on the University of Houston and Sam Houston State.

The Frogs defeated Houston 17-8 Saturday and Sam Houston State 17-14 Sunday.

Smith said he thought the weekend was a huge success.

“Our focus was to play 60 minutes of good lacrosse in both games, and I think we certainly accomplished that," he said.

Winning road games will be important for the Frogs, as nine of their 13 games this season are away. The Frogs will travel to Georgia next month for three of those away games to take on Georgia, South Carolina and Iowa in a tournament.

“I think it’s the farthest trip we’ve taken as a club lacrosse team,” sophomore midfielder Alec Whitman said.

The team’s goal this year is to win the division and get a bid to the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association tournament, Smith said.

In order to do that, the Frogs need to beat Texas, who is the defending Lone Star Alliance Champions. The Longhorns knocked the team out of the division playoffs in the semifinals last year, Smith said.

There is no reason the team cannot win the division this year, Smith said.

“I’m really looking forward to the playoffs and hopefully winning the LSA,” Whitman said.

The team travels to Baylor this weekend to take on the Bears before their first home game against Oklahoma State on Feb. 23.