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.