Taylor University: 2013 Season Outlook

Photo by Elaine Moore
Photo by Elaine Moore

Cheyenne West, the head men’s lacrosse coach at Taylor University, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Trojans during the 2013 season. Taylor competes in the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association at the MCLA Division 2 level. Keep up to date with the Taylor Lax homepage.

What are 3 words that describe your team this year?
Family, discipline, blue-collar
How many players tried out for the team this year?
Roster size by position
– Attack: 4
– Midfielders: 14
– Defenders: 5
– Goalies: 2
Roster size by year in school
– Freshmen: 6
– Sophomores: 4
– Juniors: 5
– Seniors: 10
Where do the majority of your players come from?
Team Captains
John Radcliff – Senior Goaltender, 4 Year Starter, graduate of Heritage Christian, IN.Chad Mitchell – Junior Defenseman, 3 year starter, graduate of Fishers High School, IN.

Matt Witt – Senior Midfielder, 4 Year Starter, Northern High School, PA.

Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?
Our goal each and every year is to win the CCLA and the MCLA National Championship. We also seek to provide athletes with a complete and competitive experience that promotes emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual growth and fosters excellence in a commitment to both Christ and a craft, in order to develop lives of eternal significance.
What’s one thing you’re most excited about?
We are excited about several things this season. We have been blessed with a sponsorship through Warrior and Brine, meeting our equipment needs. We are also excited at the opportunity to compete in our new conference, the CCLA West. Grand Valley State and Indiana Tech are dominant programs, and we look forward to the opportunity of competing against teams of their caliber.
Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?
Indiana Tech and Grand Valley State are both ranked in the preseason top 25. They are established programs and are well coached.
Are there any other MCLA programs that you would compare yours to?
Being a first year Head Coach, I am unble to speak to this matter.
What’s your prediction for the 2013 MCLA Final Four?
St. Thomas, Westminster, Grand Valley State, & Taylor University