Provo, Utah — The BYU Lacrosse team has announced their 2013 schedule, which includes 17 regular season games. The Cougars will play seven games at home and ten on the road.
The No. 3 ranked Cougars will face eight ranked opponents in the MCLA Division 1 pre-season rankings and a total of thirteen teams that received top 25 votes, including defending national champions and conference opponent, No. 1 Colorado State University. Other ranked teams the Cougars will face include: No. 2 Arizona State, No. 4 Chapman, No. 8 Colorado, No. 9 Oregon, No. 13 California, No. 21 Stanford and No. 22 Arizona.
The Cougars will kick-off their season Friday, February 8th at home against Boise State. The team will then travel to Las Vegas to play 3 games in 3 days February 21st-23rd to face UNLV, Chapman and Loyola Marymount.
BYU will start March with home games against conference foes Utah State and New Mexico. They will then have road trips to Arizona to face Grand Canyon, Arizona State and Arizona, and to the Bay Area to play Oregon, California and Stanford. The Cougar’s trip to California will be the second time during the season that they will face 3 opponents in just 3 days. The month will wrap-up with a home game against conference member Colorado.
The Cougars will face defending national champion Colorado State on April 5th in Provo. The team will then travel to Salt Lake to play Westminster. The regular season will conclude with home games against Rhode Island and Utah on April 26th and 27th.
“We are excited about our 2013 schedule” said Head Coach Matt Schneck. “We are playing an extremely difficult schedule this year that not only includes some of the best competition in the country but also a rigorous travel schedule.”
This season the team will feature three returning MCLA All-Americans, six seniors, seven juniors, six sophomores and nineteen freshmen.
Members of 2013 team reign from 12 states including Utah, Washington, Illinois, Oregon, Virginia, California, Nevada, Arizona, Connecticut, Ohio, New York and Colorado.
“This year’s team is diverse and talented” said Schneck. “Many of our players were reserves last year behind some of the greatest talent to ever play at BYU. This year they will have an opportunity to shine together as a team while being challenged every week. It’s what every athlete dreams of, an opportunity to showcase their talents, rise above challenges and to be a part of successful program.”
The Brigham Young University Men’s Lacrosse Team is a proud member of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The Cougars have won four MCLA National Championship Titles – 1997, 2000, 2007 and 2011, and have been honored with more than 100 All-Americans who have proudly worn the Y. For more information, please visitwww.byulacrosse.com and follow at www.twitter.com/byulacrosse.