SAN DIEGO, CA - When it's November, most lacrosse teams across the country are wrapping up Fall Ball in temperatures averaging 40 degrees. In San Diego, it couldn't be more further from that. At San Diego State University on Sunday afternoon, the sun was out in full force, reigning down on the teams as the battled it out on the turf.
With many returners studying abroad this fall, many freshmen saw ample playing time against SDSU and Grossmont. The brightest part of the scrimmages came from the goalie play of rookie goal keepers, Riley Freeman and Zac Markle. Freeman stood tall in the cage against a potent SDSU offense. His size (6 foot 210 pounds) and quick hands made it tough on SDSU and Grossmont. Zac Markle made a ton of fantastic door step saves as well. Both goalies proved to be quick with their hands however both need polish on their clearing game - something second year coach Matt Paur will look to work on before the spring season.
Senior midfielder Brandon Rausch, looks like he is in mid-season form, with a great individual performance, proving to the coaching staff he can score when needed. Another bright spot, rookie attackman Calmen Tihansky, who played for Scotland National Lacrosse's U23 squad, looked sharp from behind the cage as well.
The Toreros MLAX squad will open their 2017 campaign against Div 1 opponent Loyola Marymount University at USD, renewing an old rivalry, on February 4th.
ATLANTA – In its continuing effort to help its student-athletes make a positive impact both off the field and on it, the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) has endorsed the participation in the HEADstrong Foundation’s “Lax Stache Madness” initiative.
Lax Stache Madness encourages student-athletes, teams and supporters to grow or simply wear a mustache while raising funds to improve lives affected by cancer. Those MCLA programs interested in the campaign can visit LaxStacheMadness.com to register.
“MCLA programs have a long history of not only supporting HEADstrong, but numerous charities at the local and national levels,” said MCLA president Ken Lovic. “We feel growing a mustache is a fun way to help out those who are less fortunate.”
The campaign officially runs from Oct. 19 through Nov. 28. Team fundraising captains are encouraged to set up their team fundraising page and encourage their fellow teammates to join in their efforts. Teams set a fundraising goal before players use social media and emails to raise funds individually, which tally toward the team’s total goal.
As facial hair begins to take shape college teams begin to compete during the month of November leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. Teams will go head-to-head in a knock-out style fundraising bracket tournament to be named to National Lax Stache Champion.
For more information, visiting the website at LaxStacheMadness.com.
Originally posted on MCLA.us