Head Coach John Andrysiak of the Mighty University of Idaho Vandals has been good enough to drop us a line on the Vandals’ upcoming 2012 season in the PNCLL conference of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association.
The 2012 season is underway and the Idaho Lacrosse team is back on the SprinTurf getting ready.
This season presents a bold transition for Vandal Lacrosse. The team lost key players to graduation, on both the offensive and defensive end of the field. In balance, however, we have been fortunate to reload with several exciting freshmen and transfers. Our roster is still relatively young, comprised of only four seniors — we will field mostly freshman and sophomores — but strong recruiting has given us a chance to compete immediately and we look forward to our season ahead.
The team’s fall ball momentum (1st Place at the Griz Shootout in Missoula, Montana / 2nd Place at the Gem State Tournament in Boise, Idaho) has carried over into our spring practices and we will continue to build on that early success until we reach our season opener on February 18th at UC Davis.
We have scheduled aggressively for 2012. We expect the high-caliber of our opponents to present the Vandals with a significant challenge, especially early in the season. Traveling twice to California to play a total of five games will have the team hungry and battle-tested heading into conference play beginning in late March.
This team has a lot of talent, but it will come down to dedication, trust, and fight. If every player on our team uses these words to fuel them on the field, we will undoubtedly be successful this year.
Before each season, the coaching staff sets goals for the team. We identify those goals, in part, by looking to the prior season’s accomplishments and deficits. Last year, our efforts culminated in two program-firsts: our first playoff victory, and our first trip to the PNCLL Final Four, which was a great experience for our guys. Every season we’ve been able to improve on the success of the season that preceded. This year will be no different. This year we strive to take at least one step further and not only make it back to the Final Four, but all the way to the PNCLL Championship game.
Though our goals may seem lofty, success demands that the scope of our aspirations exceeds common belief about the reach of our fingers.
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” -Vincent T. Lombardi
Each day, our staff and our players do all they can to ensure that Idaho Lacrosse is in position to compete at its highest level.