START OF SOMETHING NEW
The 2014 lacrosse season doesn’t begin a few weeks before the first game of the season. It begins as soon as the 2013 season comes to an end. The College of Idaho Yotes are one of many teams that embody this idea. After going 4-4 overall and 0-4 in their division (PNCLL D2-South), we have set our eyes on making big waves in the 2014 season.
Coach Matt Gier’s main goal for this season is to make it to the playoffs. We want to take things a step further by upping the ante from just making the playoffs to advancing as far as we can go.
We are just keeping it simple and going for a season with only one goal. We’ve added the second task of beating Whitman College at home on April 19. It will take the entire season to find out if we can accomplish both goals, but the wait will be worth it.
The Yotes are off to a great start this season after some impressive games at the Gem State Tournament held over Halloween weekend at Boise State University. We opened up the tournament with a costume game against big brother to the east, BSU.This was a sight worth seeing at 10:30 on a Saturday morning. A field of lacrosse players dressed in costumes ranging from the traditional vampire to one of the Piggies from Angry Birds. The Yotes picked up the win with a final score of 11-6 thanks to solid offense and defense. There were a few schedule changes with Montana State unable to make it to the tournament.
The Yotes’ morning session ended and we got a break before coming back for an afternoon game against the University of Idaho Vandals. The boys struggled to come back from an early deficit and lost 16-5 in the final game of the day.
Sunday morning we faced off against BSU once again. BSU came out guns blazing and managed to take an early lead. They were obviously out for redemption from the 11-6 loss the day before. The score kept going back and forth, but our guys managed to take the lead going into the half.
The second half was pretty much the same with BSU able to tie up the game with four minutes left. The game came down to the wire, but we took the lead with two minutes left and pulled out the win with great defense.The two wins over BSU are huge for C of I going into the 2014 season.
3/1 – Seattle (Away)+
3/2 – Pacific Lutheran (Away)
3/8 – Central Washington (Home)
3/9 – Puget Sound (Home)
3/15 – Western Oregon (Away)*
3/22 – Utah State (Away)
4/5 – Portland (Home)*
4/12 – Southern Oregon (Home)*
4/19 – Whitman (Home)*
ON THE RISE
Expect big things from the College of Idaho Yotes over the next few years and feel free to join the #YoteFam and like the Yotes on Facebook. Cheer us on during the 2014 season starting March 1, when we take on Seattle University on the road.