Colorado School of Mines 2011 Schedule & Season Preview

The Colorado School of Mines men's lacrosse team, in conjunction with Intramural and Club Sports, is pleased to announce their 2011 schedule and season preview. A four-game road trip to Oregon highlights the schedule. The Oredigger's 2010 season ended in a loss to National Champion runner-up Utah Valley in the first round of the RMLC playoffs. The team finished with an 8-4 record and expects to continue their success into the 2011 season.

The Oredigger's lost several key players to graduation, including former All-American goaltender Mike Stone, starting attackmen Pete Stacey and Daniel Staton, former All- Conference LSM Steve Wheeler, and former All-Conference Defender and Defensive Captain Trent Noonan. However, several incoming players are expected to have an immediate impact, including: NCAA Division III transfer Ted Lee (Defense), freshman Zachary Towner (Attack Aurora, Colorado), freshman Nick Shipman (Attack Sugarland, Texas), and Tamer Elsayed (Defense Aurora, Colorado). In addition, several other new players will bolster the Oredigger's roster, a historical problem at a small engineering school.

Returning players with All-Conference honors include midfielder Tim Janke, faceoff specialist Ryan Marsters, and LSM Ross Eldridge. In addition, key returners include Midfield Captain and Team President Dan Janke, midfielders Adam Botts, Levente Sipeki, and Taylor Embury, and attackmen Ryan Eustance and Matt Alfano. Goal- tending duties will be split between Matt Nobles (Senior), Ben Norwood (Sophomore), and Patrick McPadden (Junior). Matt Nobles will look to solidify the starting goaltender spot after taking a year of absence.

Ryan Wallace is excited to return for his second year as head coach. When asked about the upcoming year, Coach Wallace said "I'm very excited to see what every single guy on this team can do. While we lost a lot of key players, we are returning the core leadership of our team, and all of our new players demonstrated a lot of promise in fall ball. I expect us to have a good year and return to the RMLC play-offs."

Highlights of the 2011 season will include a four game trip to Oregon, playing the University of Portland, Western Oregon, Williamette, and Southern Oregon. In a spirited rematch of last season's fourth-quarter thriller, the Orediggers will host Fort Lewis on March 26th. The team will begin Divisional play against Northern Colorado on April 2nd , followed by two Division I games: new RMLC member New Mexico and LSA member Texas Tech. The last game against conference rival Metro State on Apil 30th at Invesco Field will conclude the Oredigger's regular-season schedule.

2/26    4:00 pm    Wyoming

3/05 6:00 pm at CSU Pueblo
3/14 3:00 pm at Portland
3/15 4:00 pm at Western Oregon
3/16 7:00 pm at Williamette
3/18 4:00 pm at Southern Oregon

3/26 11:00 am Fort Lewis
3/27 11:00 am Western State
4/02 4:00 pm Northern Colorado *
4/03 1:00 pm New Mexico
4/09 1:00 pm Texas Tech
4/13 5:00 pm Regis *

4/17 9:00 am vs. Montana State at UNC *
4/30 TBD vs. Metro State at Invesco Field *

* Divisional


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