Matt Schneck, the head men’s lacrosse coach at Brigham Young University, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Cougars during the 2013 season. BYU competes in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference at the MCLA Division 1 level. Keep up to date with the BYU Lacrosse homepage (new page coming soon!).
|What are 3 words that describe your team this year?|
|Dedicated, Young, Talented|
|How many players tried out for the team this year?|
|Roster size by position|
|– Attack: 10
– Midfielders: 16
– Defenders: 12
– Goalies: 2
|Roster size by year in school|
|– Freshmen: 19
– Sophomores: 7
– Juniors: 7
– Seniors: 7
|Where do the majority of your players come from?|
|Utah, Virginia, California|
|Patrick Matheson is a senior midfielder from Holliday, Utah. Matheson was an honorable mention All-American and earned RMLC 2nd All-Conference Team in the 2012 season. Matheson averages 1.1 points per game and has made 44 goals during his career.
Mickell Walker is a senior defensive middle from Pleasant Grove, Utah. Last season, Walker earned 2nd Team All-American Mid Defense and RMLC 2nd All-Conference Team. Walker has played in 64 games throughout his career and has been a solid defender for the Cougars. Last season, Walker scored 11 goals.
Rob Ostler is a junior goalie from Manorville, New York. Ostler played for Utah Valley University before joining the Cougars in 2010. He has recorded 65 saves in his career.
|Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?|
|Our goals don’t vary much from year to year. Most importantly we want the players on our team to be successful both on and off the field. We want each member of the team to internalize the traditions and honors of being a member of the BYU Lacrosse program and display that in every aspect of their lives.|
|What’s one thing you’re most excited about?|
|We have a challenging schedule this year. As a team and coaching staff, we are excited for the challenge and hope to represent our program, alumni and school in a way that they can all be proud.|
|Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?|
|The RMLC is one of the toughest conferences in the country. I anticipate that both Colorado and Colorado State are going to be equally tough.|
|Are there any other MCLA programs that you would compare yours to?|
|What’s your prediction for the 2013 MCLA Final Four?|
|Difficult to predict this early in the year. No question, there will be 4 deserving teams playing on May 16th.|