Eugene, OR. – The University of Oregon Men’s Lacrosse team is laying the foundation for what they hope will be a run to the national championship. After securing their second straight PNCLL championship last season and returning to the MCLA National Championship tournament, the Ducks look to return to national prominence with a challenging 2012 schedule.
The Ducks look to test themselves against a very tough schedule that includes what some experts say will be as many as 8 preseason top 25 opponents. The team is looking forward to the challenge of the tough schedule and sees it as an opportunity to write their ticket to the national championship week in Greenville, SC.
Head Coach Joe Kerwin is excited about the upcoming season. With a solid group of returners including; Seniors Spencer Robertson and Stephen Brizie, as well as Junior Ben Smood, and Sophomores Even Merritt and Matt Samet to name a few. The Ducks will have a very good foundation to add the incoming group of freshman and transfers to.
The Ducks know the value of strength of schedule and show it by including two of last year’s top five teams and also add seven of last year’s top 25 for the 2012 season. The path is set for the Ducks this season to make a run for a national championship.
It sounds like things are on and popping out in Oregon! They’ve got a great slate of games lined up, and the coaching staff seems confident in the group of players they have there for 2012. The Ducks were up and down last season, and are looking to improve on their consistency, win totals, and how far they go in the MCLAs. That’s the goal. Anything less just isn’t enough.
Obviously, these are our words, but we’re excited to see what Oregon can really do in 2012. They had a good amount of hype and potential in 2011, but it never seemed to really come together for long, sustained periods of time.
We love that they have scheduled games with Cal, Cal Poly, Sonoma State, and Chapman early in the season. These are all tough games for the Ducks, all out of conference, and all good tests. Then they play two conference games against Simon Fraser (who has new helmets) and Washington. And THEN, they follow those games up with more great OOC games against Florida, BYU, Utah, Illinois and Texas. Oregon finishes out the regular season with the rest of the PNCLL games featuring Portland State, Boise State, and in-state rival, Oregon State.
If they win a lot of games, the Ducks seem well placed to make another trip to the MCLAs. If they drops some games early, like they did last year, they can still pull it off, but it will be an even steeper climb back up.
Full 2012 Oregon Schedule: