Editor’s Note: Manny Chavez is back! Manny will be talking about lacrosse in Minnesota, and the topics he will cover are myriad! Check out his first post about the Land of 10,000 Laxers.
Since the University of Minnesota Mankato is coming off of a 6-9 season and rumors about the Mavericks moving into the Division 2 ranks have been shot down, how will the Mavericks compete in the GLLL and MCLA this coming season? Will the Mavericks be able to transition from the MCLA to the GLLL? Will they be able to compete with teams like UW-Platteville and their dominate long stick midfielder or with the depth of UW-Lacrosse along with the the bite of the Bulldogs and the Speed of the Gophers?
This season, Mankato brings back a high powered attack with a total of 110 goals from last season and Fogo that had the highest win percentage on the team as well as having the four the most ground ball pick-ups on the team. With one Maverick player studying abroad in Australia and playing for North Adelaide Men’s Lacrosse Team, how will Ryan Nelson’s experience down under help the Mavericks when he returns?
The big question this year will be how the numbers for Kato will stack up since they will be split between MCLA and GLLL? Will splitting the team into two teams hurt or help the Mavericks on the MCLA front? Will it help them develop the younger players and get them ready to compete at the MCLA level? With all of these questions surrounding the Mankato Lacrosse team, one can only speculate as to how the Mavericks will stack up against the Duluth Bulldogs or the U of M Gophers. The true test will come in the Spring.