Westminster College Griffins: 2013 Season Outlook

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Mason Goodhand, the head men’s lacrosse coach at Westminster College, stops by the MCLA Fan office for a quick rundown on what to expect from the Griffins during the 2013 season. Westminster competes in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference at the MCLA Division 2 level. Keep up to date with the Westminster Lax homepage.

What are 3 words that describe your team this year?
Dedicated, Focused and Fun
How many players tried out for the team this year?
Roster size by position
– Attack: 6
– Midfielders: 17
– Defenders: 9
– Goalies: 4
Roster size by year in school
– Freshmen: 9
– Sophomores: 8
– Juniors: 14
– Seniors: 5
Where do the majority of your players come from?
Utah (21)
Team Captains
Matt Hearn(M/A) Junior, Transfer from CCBC in 2012, Dulaney MD product who played Attack in 2012. Solid leader and off the chart on Lax IQPat Hagan (LSM) Senior, Transfer from Utah in 2012. Relentless competitor, leader in the weight room and on the GB chart.

Collin Madsen (M) Junior , Transfer from Dominican, NY in 2012. Flexible style of play and dangerous with or without the ball. Has moved back to Attack after a solid year at the midfield.

Detailed stats available www.westminstergriffins.com

Can you tell us a little about your team’s goals for the upcoming season?
Compete, compete, compete. We’ve managed to create our most challenging schedule to date in anticipation of moving into the D-I in the 13-14 school year. According to Max Magazine’s preseason poll, the RMLC has three top Ten D-I programs (CU-1, BYU-5 and Colorado-7) . We’ll play them all this year to test the water. We’ve also scheduled 5 x Preseason Top -20 MCLA D-II opponents (St Thomas-1, North Dakota-4, Concordia-9, St Mary’s-15 & Cal-Fullerton-18). Our conference has several teams I expect to make a run on the Top 20 this year. In Alphabetical order: Fort Lewis, Montana State and Northern CO always give us a four quarter war in the Rocky Mountain conference run.

Finally, we are keeping our eye on the NCAA teams in the region with games against D-II opponents: Adams State College on the road on Feb 26th and Colorado Mesa University at home on March 16th.

What’s one thing you’re most excited about?
I think we’re ready to raise the bar for this program. Our players have bought in to the training and preparation needed to up the ante. Our recruiting interest has really jumped and the future rosters will continue to highlight new regions of the country as we meld together talent from around the nation. This season will help us find out where we stand for the challenges ahead.
Who will be the toughest teams to play in your conference this year? Why?
Toss up between UNC (Mar 8-road game), Montana State (Mar 22-Home) & Fort Lewis (Mar 23).
Are there any other MCLA programs that you would compare yours to?
St Thomas has a similar coaching philosophy and Student Athlete. They have their eye on the future and always look to raise their game. They try to schedule as aggressively as possible.
What’s your prediction for the 2013 MCLA Final Four?
UST vs. Concordia & GVSU vs. WC