Justin Rich, the head men’s lacrosse coach at the University of Houston, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Cougars during the 2013 season. Houston competes in the Lone Star Alliance at the MCLA Division 2 level. Keep up to date with the Houston Lax homepage.
Editor’s Note: Make sure to check out Houston’s recent news on their potential move to NCAA D1.
|What are 3 words that describe your team this year?|
|Young, Local & Eager|
|How many players tried out for the team this year?|
|26… However, we lost six prior to the season start due to injury.|
|Roster size by position|
|- Attack: 4
– Midfielders: 10
– Defenders: 4
– Goalies: 2
|Roster size by year in school|
|- Freshmen: 8
– Sophomores: 7
– Juniors: 1
– Seniors: 4
– Graduate Students: 2
|Where do the majority of your players come from?|
|Greater Houston area|
|Turner Harris, Ronnie Ripkowski, & Tim Hilbe
|Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?|
|- Beat every D2 team on our schedule
– Be competitive in every D1 game
– Win the LSA D2
– Make the transition to the LSA D1 South
|What’s one thing you’re most excited about?|
|As an alum, I’m just glad we are playing lacrosse at the University of Houston again.|
|Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?|
|SHSU, they have won the LSA D2 the last few years and have made the trip to the MCLA National Tournament. They are hands down the most experienced team in the LSA D2. Coach Jim Perouty was also my coach in college and is someone I truly respect in the lacrosse world.
TCU, they finished second in the LSA D1 North last year and have ton of talent and depth on their roster. I expect them to compete for the LSA D1 title.
Texas State, last year they finished second in the LSA D1 South. They are also fairly deep and recently acquired my good pal Mike Brand as their Head Coach. His coaching experience at the NCAA D1 level (Brown) will definitely elevate their game this year. Another contender for the LSA D1 title.