Washington State University: 2013 Season Outlook

Washington State Lacrosse

Washington State Lacrosse

Nick Lyon, the head men’s lacrosse coach at Washington State University, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Cougars during the 2013 season. Washington State competes in the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League at the MCLA Division 1 level. Keep up to date with the Cougs Lax homepage.

What are 3 words that describe your team this year?
Young, Fast, and Adaptive
How many players tried out for the team this year?
Roster size by position
– Attack: 5
– Midfielders: 9
– Defenders: 7
– Goalies: 1
Roster size by year in school
– Freshmen: 6
– Sophomores: 7
– Juniors: 6
– Seniors: 3
Where do the majority of your players come from?
Team Captains
Cory “Tron” Monaghancomes from Curtis High School in Tacoma, Washington. He is a second year defender who also helps out on the wing for faceoffs. He has the hardest work ethic I know and a motor that doesn’t quit.Oliver Thomas is a midfielder from Lynnwood, Washington. He is also a sophomore who took last semester off so he could work to afford school and lax. He was our 3rd leading scorer last year as a freshman. He can take some faces as well.
Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?
Well we are going a little short handed to LA for the Pac-12 tournament due to some injuries and kids that can’t afford the trip. We are still hoping to win at least one of our two games down there. Second goal we have set for ourselves is to finish in a position to make the PNCLL playoffs. Last year we would have made the playoffs but due to probation of being a new team, we were not allowed to attend.
What’s one thing you’re most excited about?
I’m most excited about conference play. LA will be a blast, but we should be at full strength come conference play. We lost one of PNCLL’s leading scorers from last year and want to show we can bounce back from losing 3 of our 4 leading scorers from last year.
Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?
I would have to go with OSU and SFU. We haven’t had to play SFU since ’09 and they seem to always be one of the tops and as for OSU, they seem to be on the up and up these last 3 seasons. Even though our program keeps getting stronger I feel they are a program that is making its way from a mid-level team, to a top notch program.
Are there any other MCLA programs that you would compare yours to?
Nope, too new to compare.
What’s your prediction for the 2013 MCLA Final Four?
Colorado State, BYU, Arizona State, & Chapman