Editor’s Note: Welcome to our NAIA lacrosse season-in-review series. Each day for the next month or so, we will be recapping last NAIA lacrosse season in advance for the 2020 season. Today, we are looking at Missouri Baptist out of the KCAC conference.
READ MORE: Catch up on our previous season review of Saint Mary here.
2019 Missouri Baptist Review
A season that had Missouri Baptist finish with a 5-7 record that many would consider a step back included an impressive win over Lourdes University. The KCAC is the strongest it has ever been. Can Missouri Baptist rise to the top in a crowded landscape?
Hunter Filla started all 14 games in net for the Spartans, with a 42 percent save percentage and posted a 10 goals against average. Who will take his place in net? The most notable losses on offense are Andy Coulter and Josh Zion who combined for 66 points. Defensively they’ll miss Garrett McKelvie (18 caused turnovers and 38 ground balls).
2020 Missouri Baptist Outlook
While they did graduate a healthy senior class, the Spartans return a strong group of contributors in Sean Hess (22 goals, seven assists) and Alex Todd (13 goals, ten assists) on offense. Fisher Nuss returns on defense with 43 caused turnovers and 67 ground balls. At the faceoff-X, Noah Campbell returns after a 57 percent win percentage last season. There are big questions for Missouri Baptist that remain — can they find a new goalie and can they find more contributors on offense?
Way Too Early Prediction
In a crowded KCAC filled with new and up and coming programs, MoBap has another average year but misses the conference tournament.
Team Info: mbuspartans.com
Team Twitter: @mbulacrosse