Sam Houston State University: 2013 Season Outlook

Sam Houston State Bearkats (LSA D2)

Sam Houston State Bearkats (LSA D2)

Jim Perouty, the head men’s lacrosse coach at Sam Houston State University, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Bearkats during the 2013 season. SHSU competes in the Lone Star Alliance at the MCLA Division 2 level. Keep up to date with the Bearkats on the SHSU Lax homepage.

Sam Houston State Bearkats (LSA D2)

What are 3 words that describe your team this year?
Seasoned & Hungry
How many players tried out for the team this year?
Roster size by position
– Attack: 5
– Midfielders: 10
– Defenders: 6
– Goalies: 2
Roster size by year in school
– Freshmen: 4
– Sophomores: 8
– Juniors: 4
– Seniors: 7
Where do the majority of your players come from?
Team Captains
Michael Mann – SR – 2009 1st Team All MCLA 2009 Midfielder, 2011 3rd Team All MCLA Attack, 2012 2nd Team All MCLA Attack, 2012 Leading Scorer MCLA – 121 Points / 8.067 Pts Per Game. LSA MVP 2011 & 2012.

Michael is the finisher of the Bearkats fun & gun offense who posted 274 goals in a 16 game season averaging 7.13 PPG.

Travis Tabb Soph Attack Honorable Mention All MCLA 4th leading scorer in nation with 90 points and a 6 PPG. Travis Quarterbacked the 2012 BearKat offense where 67% of the goals were assisted.

Zach Fry – Sr – 2010 3rd Team / 2011 – 2012 2nd All MCLA Midfielder Zach who has been the heart & soul of the SHSU midfield could possibly be the top midfielder in the MCLA’s D-II for the 2012 season.

Wil Nielson – Sr. – 2010 LSA MVP shifts between attack & midfield (24 pts) for the Bearkats as a vocal high spirited leader. Steps up to any challenge.

Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?
SHSU’s first goal to to win our 4 consecutive LSA Championship and to represent Texas in the MCLA Division II Champioships.

Secondly it is necessary for us to make a good showing when playing SELC D-II powerhouses SCAD, Elon, and the SELC’s newest powerhouse Palm Beach Atlantic in the Sailfish Tournament in Palm Beach.

In addition to the rough road schedule to the sunny skys of FL, SHSU needs to fair well against the six of the Lone Star states LSA D-I teams on this year’s Bearkat schedule.

What’s one thing you’re most excited about?
Sam Houston State returns practically the entire 2012 team losing only one starter from the 2012 LSA D-II Championship team.

SHSU return’s the #1 & #4 leading scorers in the MCLA D-II with Michael Mann 2nd team AA & Travis Tabb HM AA , & Brendan Gawronski All – LSA (30 pts) leading the attack.

They are joined by a strong middie group of Zach Fry (38 pts), Logan Holmes (43 pts), Matthew Mann (39 pts) & Patrick Furdon (35 pts).

The defense is anchored by Sr. leader Tyler Tyson, Evan Freed, & Mitch Lundquist. 1st & 3rd Team All LSA Goalies Mikey Candler & Camron Stout return in the nets for the Bearkats who surrendered less than 7 goals per game in the 2012 season.

Sam Houston is playing six LSA Division I teams to complement its LSA D-II schedule. The highlights of the 2013 regular season campaign are SHSU trip to Palm Beach, FL to face perennial SELC powers SCAD, Elon, & Palm Beach Atlantic. SCAD & Elon are both fresh off strong showings in the 2012 MCLA Tournament in Greenville, SC.

Upon returning from FL, Sam Houston State will host the “Texas Civil War” in a 2 day battle where 4 Houston & Dallas Varsity & JV squads faceoff for Texas bragging rights. Sam Houston State will face Stephen F. Austin U. in the “Battle of the Piney Woods” in the Saturday night cap.

The Bearkats return Head Coach Jim Perouty, Offensive Coordinator Robert Tabb, and have added Taylor Brooks from LeMoyne University as Defensive Coordinator.

Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?
St. Edwards University is coming off of 4 LSA D-II Final Fours in the past 5 years. Coach Ryan Schmidt returns a hungry squad in search of their first LSA Championship. The Hilltoppers return 17 lettermen, Co-Head Coach Andy Godbold, and added former Bearkat assistant coach Travis Cottle as Defensive Coordinator.
Are there any other MCLA programs that you would compare yours to?
I would compare Sam Houston State to the squads who have played against the DII powerhouses and been bounced in the first round. Our team strength grows each season and hopes reach greater heights with SHSU’s toughest schedule in team history
What’s your prediction for the 2013 MCLA Final Four?
St Thomas, Grand Valley, Westminster, Davenport