Portland State University: 2013 Season Outlook

Photo from PSU Lacrosse Flickr
Photo by Shelley Toler Photography
Photo from PSU Lacrosse Flickr
Photo by Shelley Toler Photography

David Sanford, the head men’s lacrosse coach at Portland State University, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Vikings during the 2013 season. Portland State competes in the Pacific Northwest Lacrosse League at the MCLA Division 1 level. Keep up to date with the Portland State Lax homepage.

What are 3 words that describe your team this year?
Brothers, not bros.
How many players tried out for the team this year?
Roster size by position
– Attack: 4
– Midfielders: 8
– Defenders: 5
– Goalies: 2
Roster size by year in school
– Freshmen: 5
– Sophomores: 8
– Juniors: 1
– Seniors: 5
Where do the majority of your players come from?
Team Captains
Keith Jayne – Attackman – Senior
Peter Jones – Goalie – Sophomore
Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?
With a new coaching staff and very few players returning from last year’s squad, our main goal for the season is to change the culture of PSU Lacrosse. We have placed a strong emphasis on family and developing young men of character both on and off the field. We hope that in years to come this will bring more young men to PSU who want to play high level MCLA Lacrosse.
In establishing the new culture we have adopted a philosophy based on the principles of Kaizen which focuses on achieving success through a series of small steps, rather than a lofty goal. These small steps will lead to our ultimate goals on the field, which are to post more victories than any past Viking team and enter the PNCLL playoffs for the second time in school history.
What’s one thing you’re most excited about?
I’m excited to see our players embrace our new culture so quickly and push to make PSU lacrosse a competitive program in the PNCLL and beyond. We have a great schedule including trips to CA (UC Davis & Chico State) and Utah (Utah & Utah State) in addition to our conference opponents and we can’t wait for the season to start.
Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?
Traditionally the answer to this question has been Oregon, but Oregon State returns strong seniors and has a great recruiting class this year. The Boise State games are always battles as well. Let’s just say we’re excited for all of these contests.
Are there any other MCLA programs that you would compare yours to?
Any program that sees itself being on the rise and about to make moves.
What’s your prediction for the 2013 MCLA Final Four?
Arizona State, Colorado State, BYU, & Cal-Poly.