Saint Mary’s Lacrosse Fall 2008 Recap
MORAGA. Calif.- The Saint Mary’s Men’s Lacrosse team recently completed a successful Fall season which included an excellent showing at the Chico tournament, a number of hard fought games, and a great turnout for the 4th Annual Saint Mary’s Lacrosse Invitational Tournament.
SMC Lacrosse Launches Fall Practice with a Strong Roster
Saint Mary’s Lacrosse began practice for the 2008 Fall Season in early September. The Gaels made a solid recruiting effort and launched into preparation for the Fall Invitational tournament at Chico.
The Gaels Open Fall Season at Chico Invitational
October 11, 2008-- Over the weekend, the Gaels traveled to Chico State for a Fall Invitational Tournament. They finished the day 2-1-1. In the morning the Gaels faced the first of three Chico teams participating in the tournament. Thanks to some key goals late in the game, the Gaels pulled out a victory by a score of 5-3. The next match-up pitted Saint Mary’s against the second team from Chico. Despite solid defense in the second half, the Gaels fell by a score of 7-1. Following the second game Saint Mary’s played a half game against the full Chico State squad, ranked 3rd in the WCLL Div I Preseason Poll. In a hard fought, defensive battle on both sides, the half ended in a 3-3 tie. In the final contest of the day, Saint Mary’s faced the University of Nevada in another half game. After falling behind 2-0, the Gaels went on a scoring rampage and put up seven straight for a 7-2 victory to end the day.
Team Cliff-Bar Visits Moraga for a Friendly Match Up with the Gaels
November 8, 2008-- The Gaels recently hosted Team Cliff-Bar, a post-collegiate men’s club team. Although the official score was not kept, Cliff-Bar won handedly. The Gaels had much to learn from the experienced club and look to put the experience to good use at the 4th Annual SMC Lacrosse Invitational on November 15th.
Lacrosse hosts the 4th Annual Saint Mary's Lacrosse Invitational
November 15, 2008-- The weekend brought the pinnacle of the Fall Season to SMC as the gaels team hosted the 4th Annual Saint Mary’s Lacrosse Invitational Tournament. Six WCLL teams: Saint Mary’s, Cal, Santa Clara, UC Santa Cruz, UC Merced, and Nevada, participated.
SMC vs. UC Santa Cruz
The Gaels started the day against their new divisional rival, the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs. The two teams didn’t waste time as they traded the first two goals for an early 1-1 tie. After that, it was all Santa Cruz in the first half. The halftime score was 5-1. A defensive dead-lock on both sides of the field in the second half saw only one more goal being scored as Saint Mary’s dropped its tournament opener 5-2.
SMC vs. Merced
Saint Mary’s then faced the newest WCLL team, UC Merced. Coming out flat from the grueling loss to Santa Cruz, the Gaels gave up two quick goals. They were quickly avenged as the Gaels went on a scoring run that lasted almost the entire game. The final tally saw Saint Mary’s over the young Merced team 11-3.
SMC vs. Cal
In the final game of the day, the Gaels faced the Cal Bears in a tremendously hard fought game. Both teams, tired from the full day, battled it out in the first half as it ended with Cal clinging to a two-point lead. In the end, Cal’s numbers were too much for Saint Mary’s and the Gaels fell 8-3. The tournament went off without a hitch and Saint Mary’s would like to thank the fans, referees, and all the other teams for a great day of lacrosse. The team to beat seemed to be Cal as they posted a 3-0 record including impressive wins over Santa Clara and Saint Mary’s.
SMC Beats DVC to Close Out the Fall Season 4-3-1
November 21, 2008--The Gaels closed out the Fall season with a Friday night scrimmage against Diablo Valley College of Concord. Everyone on the Saint Mary’s sideline saw action as the Gaels routed the Vikings 14-3 to close out a 4-3-1 Fall Season. Lacrosse season at Saint Mary’s will be back in full swing beginning in early January with Jan Term Two-a Days as the Gaels look towards a successful WCLL season and possibly a berth in the MCLA Championship Tournament in Denver on May 12th-16th.