University of Illinois: 2013 Season Outlook


Ben Coughlin, the head men’s lacrosse coach at the University of Illinois, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Fighting Illini during the 2013 season. UI competes in the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference at the MCLA Division 1 level. Keep up to date with all things Illini on the UI Lax homepage.

Fighting Illini

What are 3 words that describe your team this year?
Focused. Experienced. Determined.
How many players tried out for the team this year?
Roster size by position
– Attack: 8
– Midfielders: 12
– Defenders: 8
– Goalies: 2
Roster size by year in school
– Freshmen: 4
– Sophomores: 6
– Juniors: 4
– Seniors: 9
Where do the majority of your players come from?
Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?
1. Beat all in-state teams
2. Undefeated in GRLC
3. Win the GRLC
4. Make it to Nationals
What’s one thing you’re most excited about?
I’m excited to see our seniors take this program to the next level. Their leadership and experience will be a driving force for this team. I’m also excited to see what freshman step up and make an immediate impact.
Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?
Mizzou. They are a very organized and disciplined program that get a lot of quality lacrosse players from the Kansas City and St. Louis areas.

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