While most Colorado College students are hunkering down for the winter, men’s and women’s lacrosse players are staying warm, coming off successful fall ball campaigns and gearing up for the spring season.
The Tigers brought their successful ways from last spring straight into the fall. The men went 2-0, beating Colorado State University- Pueblo and University of Colorado Boulder, and the women also won both of their scrimmages.
“My favorite part of fall ball has been playing with the team again and getting to know the freshmen,” goaltender Alena Stern ’21 said. “We have so much talent and potential that fall ball just gets everyone really excited for spring season. Even over the past two blocks, it’s been fun to see how much everyone has improved.”
With 17 freshmen this year, the women’s team has been focusing on team bonding to get ready for the spring. In addition to new faces, Stern is anticipating the return of a few teammates who missed last season due to injuries. The Tigers will continue to work out three times per week during Blocks 3 and 4 before practices start in January.
After ending last season ranked No. 20 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll and defeating Claremont-Mckenna College in the playoffs, they are hoping to replicate and surpass last season’s success.
“We have an opportunity to be even better this year,” captain and midfielder Ellie Meyer ’19 said. “We do well, but we enjoy every day and everyone wants to work for each other.”
The men’s team achieved similar success last season, receiving the first No. 20 ranking in program history and appearing in the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight year.
The Tigers are excited to get back on the field, but know that the work they put into workouts during the next two blocks is key to helping them achieve the same high levels of success.
“Blocks 3 and 4 are the most crucial time,” attackman Coby Petau ’20 said. “The coaches push us in the weight room to become better athletes. Better athletes become better lacrosse players.”
Fall ball is an important part of the year for the men because it allows them to get to know new players and gives first-years time to adjust to college level play before the season gets started.
“It’s a time for them to learn what it’s like to be a CC lacrosse player,” Petau said. “We have a lot of freshmen who are going to be huge contributors for us.”
Even as the cold winter descends upon Colorado Springs, lacrosse players will be awaiting the return of spring and vigorously preparing for the season. Look for them to begin games in February 2019.