The Sonoma State University Lacrosse Club was founded in 1985 and they currently compete in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The MCLA consists of nine division one club conferences throughout the United States and the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) and has been home to the Seawolves since 1989.
This conference is stacked with many great schools such as University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, California State University-Chico, Dominican University and the University of Nevada, Reno. Since joining the MCLA, the Sonoma State lacrosse club has made history by earning its first National Championship Trophy in 2002.
Each year the fall semester provides a huge building period in preparation for the spring season. The club started their fall practices with a meeting in late August. Throughout the fall semester, they spend three days practicing.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday the team hits the field from 4-6 pm.
The combined six hours on the field each week helps build the team's chemistry in preparation for fall scrimmages and ultimately the spring season. The team also spends time together focusing on their academics throughout the fall. Each Tuesday the team gets together for a two-hour study sessions to make sure that all athletes are on top of their studies.
To wrap up the teams fall play, the team spent the month of October scrimmaging four opponents.
The team played showcased their skills against four team this fall. The club had their first test on October 6 when facing the Sonoma State Alumni team. The game was very laid back but competitive with the current club beating the alumni 11-8. The team’s second scrimmage came a week later when playing Biola University on October 12. The game was extremely one-sided with the Seawolves coming out on top 17-2. The next day the team traveled to Navato, California to play the East Bay Athletic Club lacrosse team. Their roster is decorated with former high-level players from the MCLA and NCAA. The Seawolves battled and won the game 13-8. The final test of the fall season was the Dominican University of California in San Rafael, California on October 19.. For years, these two teams have played in many competitive games against each other sparking a unique rivalry. It was a hard fought game but the Seawolves took their only loss of the fall semester 21-14.
The team went 3-1 this fall. Despite the scrimmage outcomes, the team grew as a family. The fall has always been a learning and building period for the club. When talking to Panchito Ojeda, the head coach of the team, he described the fall season for the team when saying, “We learned a lot about success, we learned about failure and what it takes to win.”
When asked what the team was focused on, everyone unanimously agreed it was to just work on getting better everyday. The fall semester provided the team with an opportunity to grow as a unit. Coach Ojeda described the team's growth when saying, “We grew as a team culturally...it will be important to play blue collar lacrosse.”
The team has now completed fall practices and will not practice again until next season. Since the club is a member of a very competitive league it is vital that the team continues their growth in the off-season. When asked what the team needs to do in order to prepare for the spring Ojeda explained, “We're going to be working on fundamental defense, fundamental offense, shooting, off-ball movement and other things like that.”
The team will start spring practices in the month of January. The Seawolves first spring game will be against Claremont on February 9 at Sonoma State. The club plans to continue their momentum from the fall season and have high hope of competing in Salt Lake City for the MCLA National Championships in early May. For more information about the upcoming season visit ssulacrosse.com.