Texas State University: 2013 Season Outlook

Texas State Lacrosse

Texas State Lacrosse

Michael Brand, the head men’s lacrosse coach at Texas State University, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Bobcats during the 2013 season. Texas State competes in the Lone Star Alliance at the MCLA Division 1 level. Keep up to date with the Texas State Lacrosse homepage.

What are 3 words that describe your team this year?
Texan, Tough, Hungry
How many players tried out for the team this year?
Roster size by position
– Attack: 6
– Midfielders: 14
– Defenders: 12
– Goalies: 4
Roster size by year in school
– Freshmen: 4
– Sophomores: 9
– Juniors: 12
– Seniors: 10
Where do the majority of your players come from?
Team Captains
Clark Dansby, who transferred from nearby St. Edwards in 2010, anchored the midfield in 2012 scoring a career-high 30 goals in 16 games. The Plano, TX., product has played in a 31 games as a Bobcat. In 2011, Dansby led Texas State with career highs in assists (26) and points (55). He has twice been named to the All-LSA second team.Gus Amann, a defender from Houston, TX., has played in 20 college games and collected 32 ground balls for the Bobcats. Coming off a redshirt season due to injury, Amann was named a 2011 honorable mention All-LSA defender.Jason DiGiovanni, who transferred from Penn State University, exploded on the scene in 2012 with 27 points on a balanced 16 goals and 11 assists. A true two-way midfielder, DiGiovanni, an Austin TX. native, also won 57 percent of the faceoffs he took in 2011 and 2012.

Will Laurel, a two year starting goalie from Austin TX., has a .511 save percentage over his career. Manning the cage since his freshman year in San Marcos, Laurel was named to the All-LSA second team in 2011.

Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?
Win the Lone Star Alliance and qualify for the MCLA national tournament. Portray a positive image on campus and in the state through community outreach such as volunteering and clinics.
What’s one thing you’re most excited about?
We are most excited about our spring break trip to Rhode Island where we play Northeastern and UConn. Both games will be played at Brown University and the Northeastern game will be part of a triple header with Amherst vs Bowdoin and Brown vs Harvard.
Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?
UT is our natural rival due to proximity and the fact that they beat us 12-10 in the conference final last year. We travel to SMU and TCU the same weekend in February and they are both much improved. Sam Houston State a perennial D2 power will be a good match up as well.
Are there any other MCLA programs that you would compare yours to?
Colorado State
What’s your prediction for the 2013 MCLA Final Four?
Colorado State, Arizona State, Chapman, & UCSB