UMD Bulldogs Ready for 2012 Season Openers

With weeks of practice under their belts, the UMD Bulldogs are more than ready to take on a competitive edge that only comes with facing off against another team.

"Our guys have been hustling up and down the field each and every practice. They've given each other a run for their money, but it's time to see how they play against a new opponent," said head coach Frank Clark.

The Bulldogs hit the road and will travel to Minneapolis-St. Paul area and will play against Marquette University at Vandais Sports Center in a UMLL conference Division I matchup on February 18th. The game starts at 4:30 pm.

"We always look forward to the first match of the season, and Marquette will be a good test for us," said Clark.

After late night practices, inter-team scrimmages and conditioning training, the Bulldogs feel ready to take on whatever Marquette, and every other Division I team, has to throw at them.

"Whatever the outcome of either match-up this weekend, the team knows we always have to be working. There are always things to improve upon, and with each game, we'll see new things to work harder on," said Clark. "I'm excited to jump out of the gates, and see what we can accomplish out on the field."

In the 2011 season, the Bulldogs won against Marquette 13-6. Marquette finished the 2011 season with a divisional record of 2-3, and an overall record of 5-8.

The Bulldogs have beat the Marquette Golden Eagles 6-0 out of the last six match-ups in previous seasons.

Immediately after facing Marquette, the Bulldogs will play Iowa State University on February 9th, also at Vandais Sports Center. The game, also a UMLL Division I match-up, starts at 3:30 pm. The last time the Bulldogs faced off with Iowa State, they walked away with a win 16-2.

"It'll take extra focus for our guys this weekend with two matches back to back, but I have no doubt each and every member of our team will walk onto the field ready to get the job done," said Clark.

For their 2011 season, Iowa State finished with a divisional season of 1-4 and an overall season of 2-9.


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