Lacrosse club prepares for upcoming season

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), has been home to the seawolfs 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 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. 

Last season, the seawolfs were faced with a very demanding schedule.  With tough competition in the WCLL and many skilled out of conference opponents such as Grand Canyon University, University of Florida and 2018 National Champions Michigan State University, the team was forced to perform at the highest level. 

They responded well to the challenge, eventually making it to the WCLL Conference playoff semi-final game. They went on to be eliminated by the University of California-Berkeley that game, finishing out their 2018 campaign with a record of 7-9 on the year. 

With the 2019 lacrosse season right around the corner, the Seawolves are looking to get back into the swing of things, and they are using the fall semester to do just that. 

This fall the seawolves will spend time practicing and scrimmaging in preparation for the spring season. 

Every new year brings with it a new recruiting class. Head Coach Panchito Ojeda is thrilled to acquire some new skilled athletes for the seawolf roster.

“21 new guys....they will help our team by providing good depth and competition,” said Ojeda.

The 2019 season will also bring some unique new rules to the MCLA, most important being the new shot clock.
      This will mean that each offensive unit will now have a 60-second time limit to shoot the ball on-goal. If they fail to shoot within sixty seconds, the ball will be turned over and possession will be rewarded to the opponent.
 This rule may change the flow of the game itself.

“The game may prove to be slightly faster up and down the field which also means you will see more possessions per game,” said Ojeda.

During the fall semester, the seawolves will be competing in preseason scrimmages.
     They will be showcasing their skill against five opponents: Notre Dame de Namur University, Biola University, East Bay Athletics Club, Dominican University and also an Alumni game. 

Although these games may not be in-season, they often prove to be a very crucial part of the seawolves’ growth.

“The goal is to really develop that confidence and drive,” said Ojeda.

 The 2019 spring season will be a very exciting time for the seawolves, it is no surprise that they have some unfinished business to take care of.

“I am looking forward to conference games and competing on the field, I am excited for our schedule,” Ojeda said.

Moreover, with the 2019 season in sight, it is challenging not to look down the line with thoughts of taking the new season one step further.

“My goal for the season is to be the best version of ourselves when we get to the WCLL championship weekend. My second goal is to really establish a culture, hard work at practice and outside of it,” Ojeda said.

Fans looking to follow what is already shaping to be a unique season can watch our home games next year on campus on the Beaujolais fields.
For more information visit ssulacrosse.com.