University of Minnesota Golden Gophers

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Rich Limpert, the head men’s lacrosse coach at the University of Minnesota, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Golden Gophers during the 2013 season. Minnesota competes in the Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference at the MCLA Division 1 level. Keep up to date with the Minnesota Lax homepage.

What are 3 words that describe your team this year?
Athletic, Competitive & Dedicated
How many players tried out for the team this year?
Roster size by position
– Attack: 9
– Midfielders: 17
– Defenders: 12
– Goalies: 5
Roster size by year in school
– Freshmen: 18
– Sophomores: 15
– Juniors: 2
– Seniors: 8
Where do the majority of your players come from?
Team Captains
# 4 – Sam Swanson – Sr. – M – White Bear Lake, MN
# 8 – Ben Gavin – So. – D – Eden Prairie, MN
#25 – Sean Lee – So. – A – Mounds View, MN
#40 – Dave Dickey – Sr. – D – Columbia, NY
Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?
Our team’s longterm goal is to continue to build on the heritage of the University of Minnesota Golden Gopher’s Lacrosse program and bring a level of professionalism to the field that positively reflects those that paved the way for us to be where we are this season.

We’re focused in the short term on doing all that we can win as many of the little challenges ahead of us as we can. One face off, one ground ball, one game at a time, until we’ve put ourselves in position to play for the U.M.L.C. Championship. If we’re not out here playing for that, then I don’t know why we’re out here.

What’s one thing you’re most excited about?
We’ve got a solid core of players that are focused on being the best they can be everytime they take the field. We also have that “next” group of players that want to be the “next” man when the time comes and who push their teammates positively while genuinely competing.

Our goal is to have a “new #1” at each position, at end of every single practice. The pulse of this group is contagious and the pace at practice has been bringing out the best in our roster from top to bottom.

Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?
U.M.D. Bulldogs – With 15 of the last 18 U.M.L.C. Championships, I’m not sure that any explaination is necessary about why they’ll be tough. They do it right on and off the field, they’re well coached and they’ve been consistant about how they approach their craft year in and year out. They’re a class organization that’s been able to reload at all of their positions, including Head Coach and continue to build on their successes annually.
Are there any other MCLA programs that you would compare yours to?
UMD Bulldogs
What’s your prediction for the 2013 MCLA Final Four?
Arizona State University, University of California, Berkeley, Colorado State University, & Brigham Young University