UC Santa Barbara: 2013 Season Outlook

UCSB Gauchos

UCSB Gauchos

Mike Allan, the head men’s lacrosse coach at the University of California-Santa Barbara, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Gauchos during the 2013 season. UCSB competes in the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference at the MCLA Division 1 level. Keep up to date with the UCSB Lax homepage.

What are 3 words that describe your team this year?
Young, fast, and hungry
How many players tried out for the team this year?
Roster size by position
– Attack: 7
– Midfielders: 14
– Defenders: 14
– Goalies: 2
Roster size by year in school
– Freshmen: 10
– Sophomores: 7
– Juniors: 13
– Seniors: 6
– Graduate students: 1
Where do the majority of your players come from?
Team Captains
CJ Jacobs, Senior, Midfield – CJ is a “do it all” type of player who is a threat on offense, a solid middie defender, and great on ground balls. He will be a big factor for us this season. He’s a great leader and a great teammate.Conrad Carlson, Junior, Goalie – Conrad is a tremendous communicator and has a great presence on and off the field. He does a great job of commanding our defense, and he will be key to our success at that end of the field.
Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?
Our goals are to win the SLC North Division, win the SLC Championship, earn a top 4 seed to the MCLA Tournament, and win the MCLA Championship.We also want to go undefeated at home, and undefeated against our rivals from our former conference, the WCLL.

And we want to out-ground ball our opponents in every quarter of every game.

What’s one thing you’re most excited about?
I’m excited about how this team has come together. We really made a lot of progress this fall, and our upperclassmen did an amazing job of welcoming the young guys to the team and showing them what it means to be a Gaucho lacrosse player. We lost a lot of guys from last year’s team, so a great deal of our success will depend on how quickly we can develop chemistry on and off the field.
Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?
Chapman has finished in the top spot in the SLC North since 2009, so winning that top spot and earning a bye in the SLC Tournament is huge for us. We play them in the final game of the regular season, so both teams should be playing at a high level and it should be a great match-up.
What’s your prediction for the 2013 MCLA Final Four?
No comment.


  1. The fights were stupid. I thought I was watching a WWE event. Not spontaneous at all. They need to lose this crap or the 4700 attendance will dwindle quickly. Maybe it will be replaced with a minor league hockey crowd but the field laxers (especially, the ticket buying parents) won’t sticka round long with 4-5 scripted fights per game.