(November 23, 2009 – Provo, UT) Brigham Young University Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Matt Schneck has announced The Cougars schedule for the upcoming 2010 season. The schedule features 14 regular season games with 11 teams that were ranked in the Top 25 in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association last season.
The Cougars will kick the season off early this year with a trip to sunny California over President’s Day Weekend. Visiting San Diego State University for the first time on February 11th, BYU will take on the Aztecs in an early evening game. Two days later The Cougars will face the Chapman Panthers in a rematch of last year’s national semi-final game which saw the Panthers edging The Cougars with a 10-9 overtime victory.
“The BYU – Chapman series has become a wonderful on field battle every season”, said Schneck. “Whether we are playing at home, away or at a neutral location, this game always becomes one of the season’s best.”
The Cougars will travel up the coast where they will face perennial rival University of California – Santa Barbara on February 15th, before heading back to Provo.
Two weeks after returning home from California, the Cougars will face one of their toughest tests of the season as the defending MCLA National Champion Michigan Wolverines visit Provo on March 6th. Michigan and BYU have combined to win the last 3 MCLA National Championships, with Michigan posting back-to-back undefeated seasons the previous two years.
“We are excited to host the University of Michigan in Provo this year”, said Schneck. “Coach John Paul and his staff have done an exceptional job preparing their team the past two seasons to become the dominant force in the MCLA. We look forward to their visit and what promises to be an exciting challenge.”
BYU will play two more home games before hitting the road again. Local rival Westminster College will visit The Cougars on March 10th, and PNCLL Division 1 University of Montana will play at BYU on March 13th.
The Cougars will fly to Seattle to face the University of Washington Huskies on March 18th. The meeting with the Huskies will be the first between the programs and is slated to be a premier local event held in Husky Stadium. Two days later The Cougars will cross the border to Canada take on the Simon Fraser Clan. This will mark the third year in a row the Clan and Cougars have met in the regular season with each team winning once. The teams also met in one of the most memorable quarterfinal games in recent history in 2008 with The Cougars edging out the Clan 10-9 in a muddy game in Texas.
A 2-game home stand will follow the trip to the Northwest. The Cougars will face Utah State University on April 2nd, and Sonoma State on April 9th.
On April 10th, The Cougars will meet the University of Utah in the annual Lacrosse Classic at Juan Diego Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The match-up has become the most exciting lacrosse event in Utah and is poised to draw thousands to the game.
The final two games of the season will be against Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) rivals University of Colorado and Colorado State University. The Cougars will travel across the Rocky Mountains to face the CSU Rams on April 21st, and the Colorado Buffs on April 23rd. Both teams have been ranked in the top 10 for much of recent history, and both will provide stiff competition for the Cougars.
“This weekend is a great way to end the regular season”, said assistant coach Jordan Harris. “RMLC tournament placement will be determined by the end of the weekend.”
After a quick turnaround, The Cougars will host the RMLC Championships in Provo the weekend of May 1st as the Cougars vie for a spot in the National Championship Tournament hosted in Denver May 11th through May 15th.
“The RMLC has proven to be one of the best lacrosse conferences in the country” said Schneck. “I don’t expect anything less this year. We look forward to hosting the RMLC Championships in Provo and being a part an exceptional lacrosse weekend.”
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