Editor’s note: After the success of our “Growing the Program” series last year, we knew we had to follow up with another league-wide update. So, this Fall we’re hitting the streets in search of new information about teams around the MCLA. We’re asking questions about try-outs, players to watch, team promotion, coaching changes and everything this side of the Mississippi. With that, here come our Fall Ball Reports!
Each report will feature a different MCLA team, touching on the importance of Fall Ball and anticipation of the 2012 season – which is just a few months away!
Today we’re speaking with Coach Lea of Cal Poly.
MCLA Fan: How many players attended team tryouts this Fall?[stu alias="fivestar1"][/stu]
Coach Lea: 70.
What is your team’s Fall practice schedule?
Three practices per week. Player run workout schedules.
What is your team’s Fall game/tournament schedule?
LVLS Best of the West Tournament. Potential scrimmage with UCSB. Annual Alumni game.
What aspect(s) of your team do you hope to most improve upon from last year?
Who are the top 5 players we should be paying attention to this season?
#1 Matt Graupmann, SR, Attack
#27 Scott Heberer, SR, Attack
#39 Olivier Schmied, SR, Attack
#29 Tim DeSimone, SR, Defense
#10 Tim Albo, JR, Midfield
What are you doing to promote your program on campus and in the community?
Although lacrosse has spread rapidly in California over the past decade, we are in one of the areas that still does not have youth lacrosse. We have several different youth clinics planned for the upcoming season in order to spread the game at the local youth level.
What are your program’s top 3 goals for the upcoming 2012 season?
1. Repeat as WCLL Champions.
2. Make it to the MCLA Final Four.
3. Win an MCLA National Championship.
Thanks so much for speaking with us Coach Lea. Good luck this season!