Editor’s note: After the success of our “Growing the Program” series last year, we knew we had to follow up with another league-wide update. So, this Fall we’re hitting the streets in search of new information about teams around the MCLA. We’re asking questions about try-outs, players to watch, team promotion, coaching changes and everything this side of the Mississippi. With that, here come our Fall Ball Reports!
Each report will feature a different MCLA team, touching on the importance of Fall Ball and anticipation of the 2012 season – which is just a few months away!
Today we’re speaking with Coach Andrew Joly of Missouri Baptist University.
MCLA Fan: What is your team’s Fall practice schedule?
We began this fall on August 31st and we will end October 22nd.
During game weeks we practice Monday through Friday 3-5pm and on non-game weeks we are at the field Monday, Wednesday, and Friday… Tuesday and Thursday we condition and lift as a team.
We also watch film and hold chalk talks the Monday following a scrimmage weekend.
What is your team’s Fall game/tournament schedule?
We play University of Dayton, Missouri, Lindenwood (DII), and Fontbonne (DIII) the weekend of September 23-24th at Lindenwood University. Also on Friday, October 7th we play Missouri State at home at 5pm. On Saturday, October 15th we have a Navy vs. White inter-squad scrmimmage and then finally on Saturday, October 22nd we play Wash U. at home at 1pm
What aspect(s) of your team do you hope to most improve upon from last year?
We hope to improve our patience and execution during our settled offensive sets. We have a tremendous amount of talent in our offense and we need to learn how to be more patient and seek out the best match ups.
We also hope to improve our transition game, I’m very pleased with our riding and clearing from last year but I would like to see us be more of a threat coming into the offensive area.
Who are the top 5 players we should be paying attention to this season?
David Justvig – Senior – Attack – #2 – two time all american, 2010 GRLC Offensive player of the year, 50g, 25a last year.
Ian Brosch – Junior – Mid/FOS – #6 – 2011 1st team all american FOS – He didn’t have the offensive numbers last year that he set out for but I expect Ian to rack up points this year.
Ryan Zimmer – Senior – Attack – #28 – quarterback of our offense, 22g, 26a last year, Ryan and Justvig play incredibly well together, after another big season from David I expect Ryan to have his coming out year in 2012.
Tyler Smith – Senior – Midfield – #10 – two time 1st team all conference middie – Tyler had to move to attack last year which hurt him in the awards category but he still averaged 3 points a game and ended with 18g, 31a.
Brandon Horschig – Senior – Midfield – #3 – First team all conference middie, 30g,12a last year, after a frustrating 2010 season Brandon worked very hard on his game going into his Junior year and it paid off. Expect to see more of the same this year.
What are you doing to promote your program on campus and in the community?
We are very fortunate to have the full support of the athletic department and the MBU administration, this allows us access to our full time Sports Information Director here.
We issue press releases to local media whenever possible, family, friends, and lacrosse fans can follow us on twitter @MBULacrosse or log on to our Missouri Baptist Men’s Lacrosse Facebook page.
Another way we are looking to get our name out is hosting the First Annual St. Louis Lacrosse Invitational, the best teams in MCLA DII will be here: Davenport, St. Thomas, NDSU, Kennesaw State, NO. Colorado, and Missouri State.
What are your program’s top 3 goals for the upcoming 2012 season?
1. Win 2012 MCLA National Tournament
2. Win 2012 GRLC Tournament
3. Not to just play as a team, but play as a FAMILY
Thanks so much for speaking with us Coach Joly. Good luck this season!