This Is Sparta

Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to Sparta.

The guys at LAS and I came to realization that I’m in a unique situation. The school I play for, UNC Greensboro, is in what one could easily call a transitional period. Throughout the season, I’ll be offering all of Lax Nation a peek inside of what it takes to make the transition from true club team to our ultimate goal of MCLA program and beyond.  Along the way, you’ll get insight from various people involved in the program, such as players, coaches, and anyone else I can get.

Editor’s note: Also take a look at THE LAX’s rundown of each for every MCLA D2 conference in the Nationwide Indiscretions series:

This isn’t just a transitional period from independent club to a league.  We are transitioning our leadership.  This whole process began about 4 years ago when Noah Downs decided to start up a team on campus. Since then, he has been our teams coach, executive board, captain, and a player as well.  With the addition of Coach John Wright this season, some of Noah’s responsibilities have decreased.  There’s still a lot that needs to be done

Coach Wright's first game resulted in a W

John makes his regular season debut as the Spartan’s coach this weekend when we face off against Southern Virginia (who we also play in another tournament at the end of the month) is a tournament held on the campus of Winthrop University. The other game will be Winthrop vs Wofford, followed by the losers of each game facing off and the “championship” game closing out the day.

I’m hoping we have a solid week of practice leading up to it, but I have a feeling we’ll only get in one decent practice by then. When it snows down here, pretty much everything shuts down and makes for a bunch of laughs for all us northerners who grew up in this weather.

Some notes about our team

  • Captains: 3 seniors, 1 junior. 1 Attack, 1 Middie, 2 Poles
  • We have a game every weekend in February, including 2 tournaments
  • People say we could go undefeated. I’m gonna be a bit more conservative and say we finish with at most 2 losses.  It’s not that I don’t think we can go undefeated, it’s just that I’ve played with and against some of our opponents and know what they’re capable of.

About the Author: The Lax picked up his first stick when he stepped on campus at MCLA D2 school UNC Charlotte. After taking a short break, he returned to the field for independent UNCG. The Lax enjoys flowers, pictures of unicorns, long walks on the beach, and above all else, beating people with his D-Pole.

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Hilsgen is a former MCLA D2 defender. After his playing career ended, he turned to the sidelines where he was briefly on staff at UNCG. Now, he's a nomadic lacrosse fan, looking for his next coaching and playing opportunity.