Missouri Baptist University: 2013 Season Outlook

Missouri Baptist Lacrosse

Andy Joly, the head men’s lacrosse coach at Missouri Baptist University, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Spartans during the 2013 season. MBU competes in the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference at the MCLA Division 2 level. Keep up to date with all things Spartans on the MBU Athletics website.

Missouri Baptist Lacrosse

What are 3 words that describe your team this year?
Young, Quick, Determined
How many players tried out for the team this year?
Technically zero, all the guys here are recruited to come play at MBU.
Roster size by position
4 attack, 10 midfielders, 7 defenders, 2 goalies
Roster size by year in school
9 freshmen, 4 sophomores, 6 juniors, 5 seniors, 0 graduate students
Where do the majority of your players come from?
Team Captains
Ian Brosch – Attack – Senior – Was re-elected team captain by his teammates for a second year. Ian is a 2 time All Amercian Face Off Specialist. Moved from midfield to attack this year to help lead our offense after graduating 6 senior offensive players, we believe he’s up to the task.Brett Johnson – LSM – Senior -First year as captain and arguably the hardest working player in the program on and off the field. received his first all conference award last season, Brett also has the ability to face offPhil Forsman – Defense – Sophomore -Phil is an outstanding vocal leader, although only a sophomore in school he is much older having started working and coaching youth and high school lacrosse out of high school which brings a great dose of experience and maturity to a young program.
Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?
First and foremost our team goal is to win the GRLC Title and gain a bid to the MCLA National Tournament.Other goals include but not limited to: we have a few sayings in this program that we try to live up to each year: “Play as a Family”, “Next Play”, and “Count On Me”.Each of these are open to individual interpretation but as you can see they all call for the same thing, we want to win as a team, don’t dwell on mistakes, and support your teammates on AND off the field.
What’s one thing you’re most excited about?
I think we are all very excited about our two road trips to the SELC in March, MBU has not been able to play an SELC since our first season in 2007.March 1-2: Tennessee Wesleyan and EmoryMarch 15-16: SCAD and Kennesaw State The coaching staff is extremely excited about the group of guys we have this year, this could be one of the most talented recruiting classes we have ever brought to MBU.Although its a smaller roster than what we are used to I believe this team is going to translate well to the new 2013 rule changes.
Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?
Wash U. is always a tough team to play, they have had our number for the last few games so we are very anxious to play them again and avenge the last loss in the GRLC title game.I think another team in our conference who is up and coming is Lindenwood-Belleville they have some good talent over there and I think they have the potential to make some noise this spring
Are there any other MCLA programs that you would compare yours to?
I think we are easy to compare with other NAIA schools: TN Wesleyan, SCAD, Westminster, etc.
What’s your prediction for the 2013 MCLA Final Four?
I think two easy picks are St. Thomas and Grand Valley StatePast that I think the other two spots are up for grabs and Davenport gone, I think Westminster will be strong again this spring, I think that Dayton will be exciting to watch with all the new and young talent they brought in. Should make for another exciting spring.

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