The University of Idaho men’s lacrosse team recently released a new recruiting video that sheds a nice light on the MCLA program up north in Moscow, Idaho. Take a few minutes to watch it, assessing the highlights you see and listening to the comments from Colton Raichl, the club’s president. If you’re a high school junior or a parent starting to look at colleges in or around the Pacific Northwest, does this video draw your interest?
Over the past decade, the UofI men’s lacrosse team has worked diligently to establish itself as a competitive MCLA program, complete with great University relationships. And now, slowly but surely, the team is developing into a true showcase of homegrown talent. Fourteen of 20 players on the roster were born and raised in Idaho, including a few who had opportunities to play at the NCAA level, while the remaining 6 come mainly from places like Spokane (WA) or Bend (OR). There is just one East Coaster on the squad.
Idaho finished the 2013 season with a 4-10 record, ranked 4th in the northern division of the PNCLL, and over 50% of the players were underclassmen. Had it not been for a midseason coaching change and a few injuries, we may have even seen the Vandals make the conference playoffs. If recruiting videos like this drive more talented local (and not so local) players to commit the program, the PNCLL could have a new champion in its midst.