BYU Cougars Lacrosse has announced their schedule for the 2010 season. With out-of-conference games against Chapman, Michigan, Simon Fraser and Sonoma, first-year head coach Matt Schneck is taking the MCLA head-on.
Highlights from the news release:
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.”
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.”
@ Simon Fraser
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.
@ CSU, CU
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.”
Last game of the regular season: Colorado. New CU coach Peter Stevenson is a BYU grad and former offensive coordinator. In fact, he was the Cougars’ o-coordinator last time they won the national championship (2007). This will be an exciting one to have at the end of the schedule, and it could turn out to be the game that determines the 1st seed in the RMLC tourney.
To end Fall Ball, BYU Cougars played in the Best of the West tourney in Las Vegas earlier this month. Here’s some footage from their trip:
To hear more about the 2010 BYU team and their showing at the Best of The West tourney, you can listen to their most recent weekly podcast. Quite a bit of info in there.