Regis Rangers Wrap Up the 2011 Season

DENVER, CO The 2011 season has officially come to a close for the Regis University Rangers lacrosse team. Finishing 4-8 on the year, Regis went into the season with determination, perseverance, and an uncanny attitude that rivals even the greatest athletes.

Though the team endured many setbacks throughout the year, the season brought several noteworthy firsts for this young team, including a trip to St. Louis, an annual Alumni game, as well as hosting their very first home tournament, "The Gold Rush." The team also launched their first youth lacrosse clinic, not just once, but twice, this 2011 Spring season.

With many new changes, including a new website and uniforms, hosting several large events, and with dedicated coaches, interns and players, the Regis team has grown tremendously over the past year.

"This year, so much was accomplished to help establish the legitimacy of the program." Coach DeMarie explained. "It was a great season for many of these players to realize exactly what it will take to become a premier team in the MCLA."

The tremendous effort put in by both the players and coaches alike did not go unnoticed within the RMLC either, as Coach Dave Leach was nominated for Coach of the Year along with 8 players also getting various nominations. Most notably, sophomore Ted Emery took home honors and won 3rd Team All-Conference for attack and freshman Morgan McDonnell and sophomore Sam Bishop both received Honorable Mentions.

Regis' dedication to the sport of lacrosse is evident in the fact that they retained all 22 of their original players throughout the 2011 season, even gaining one during their last month. For it was the effort and hard work put in day after day by the players both on and off the field throughout the season, that made this Regis team a strong opponent.

"These guys put in a lot more work than they've been asked for in the past, and their efforts have been, and will continue to be, rewarded." Coach Dave Leach said.

Unfortunately, the end of a season also means letting senior players go due to their graduation, this year is no different, as goalie Stuyvie Pierrepont and defensemen Tyler Hardy will move on from their Regis careers.

"It's unfortunate to see two solid leaders, in our seniors to go but they know that we are so appreciative of every ounce of themselves they put into it all," Coach Leach explained.

The Rangers will undoubtedly miss Pierrepont and Hardy but the remaining players will definitely live the legacy left by these two youngmen of discipline, hard work, and leadership in the many seasons to come.

Despite losing two teammates to graduation, Regis is determined to make a run at the playoffs again during the 2012 season which is made in part possible by the gracious support from the Regis community.

Thus, the Rangers team is extremely grateful for the many generous contributions and the support from parents, alumni, and the community and raised over $7,000 in additional funds, through different revenue-generating activities during the season.

"The players, parents, alumni, coaches and school are all proud of the Rangers for their efforts and growth this season and we look forward to the growth and possibilities in the future," says Coach DeMarie.

Certainly the Regis Rangers will work hard to maintain their status as a legitimate, competitive men's lacrosse team in the MCLA and it is through their effort that it will be made possible.

"Our guys are great. They want this program to be something they can be proud of, now and for years to come," says Coach Leach.

2011-05-11



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