Regis Men's Lacrosse Fall Preview

By Natalie Adrian

The fall season brings a renewed perspective for the Regis men's lacrosse program and its players. Finishing last season with a 5-6 record, the Regis lacrosse team is looking forward to a new season, new players, and a chance to make the MCLA National Championship in 2011.

With such a young team, Regis faces many challenges but with talent coming from around the country, they are capable of competing with the best club teams in the country. For "the influx of tremendous talent both in the freshman class and in the way of transfer student is helping to paint a very optimistic picture for the spring 2011 season," Coach DeMarie says.

To further develop their talents, one must also embody hard work, discipline and commitment in order to build upon the fundamentals of playing lacrosse. The Regis players have risen to the occasion though, bringing their skills to practice every day and have been "pushing themselves harder than ever and it's really paying off. In the first three weeks of practice, the improvements have been impressive," Coach Leach explains. "I want us to be that team that if you don't bring your A-game... we'll take it from you."

Though Regis has faced their fair share of adversity, the fall season is about building camaraderie, strengthening the bonds of their lacrosse family as well as learning how to play better as a team and of course looking forward to another year of lacrosse.

For senior and defensive midfielder Tyler Hardy, "the time and commitment we have put into the Regis lacrosse program has proven far more rewarding than any of us could have imagined. Our expectations? Sure, we can say a trip to nationals but above even that, the continuation of what I can only call the closest family at Regis."

In his final year at Regis, goalie Stuyvie Pierrepont also looks to build upon his lacrosse skills and help his team with a trip to the playoffs. "My hope this year is to go out with a bang, to have a tight-knit, strong and hardworking team that puts up the fight that no team thinks we have," Pierrepont says.

Without a doubt this Regis team, along with the help of veterans like Hardy and Pierrepont, are strengthening their abilities with practice and training in hopes to "build on the success of last year and to build on the foundation of a tight-knit team that was formed throughout the strenuous season last year," explains DeMarie.

With their sights set on a trip to the playoffs in 2011, Regis must continue working hard and building their team as a whole, but first they must overcome the challenge of competing against some of the best club teams in the country. During the Pumpkin Shootout Tournament on October 30, Regis will play shortened games against Colorado State University, University of Colorado, and University of Northern Colorado, all of whom are nationally ranked MCLA teams.

Despite immense competition coming from the RMLC, Regis looks to become a lacrosse powerhouse and take their talent forward in the years to come. For Coach Leach knows that "year-after-year teams go through a lot of changes, but a program is consistent. And it's the consistent growth of the program that in turn leads to consistent growth by the team. By building it up, while also recognizing our past, present, and future, we will take the [Regis] program to new heights."

This Regis team is working hard to further develop their skills and is looking forward to playing games during the fall season, especially against three top-ranked Colorado teams in late October. It will take however, seniors and veteran players like Tyler Hardy, Stuyvie Pierrepont and T.J. Nixon to help lead their team to success.

"I hope that we as a team continue to learn, to get better at the game of lacrosse, to spread our passion for the game, and have a ton of fun," DeMarie explains. "After all, if you're not having fun, what's the point?"

Regis will continue their fall season Saturday, October 16 at home, when they host their own lacrosse tournament and put their hard work and training into action.

2010-09-30



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