- The expectation level surrounding the Concordia
University Wisconsin men's lacrosse team has risen, following a
successful first-year of competition as a program. The Falcons
increased their roster size and will again face difficult
competition heading into the 2012 season.
Second-year head coach Jeff Roberts returns 11 letterwinners, including two All-Midwest Lacrosse Conference performers, from a team that finished 8-6 overall a year ago. With the addition of 15 freshmen, Roberts sees his team getting better each day on the practice field.
"It was difficult at times last season having a roster with 19 players," Roberts said. "We had players who played every minute of every game, but this year our depth is going to be a key factor in our success."
Leading scorer Danny Dahms (sophomore, Calgary, Alberta) returns to guide CUW's offense after being named Second Team All-MLC last season. The 5-foot-6 midfielder scored a team-best 39 points and 30 goals. He scored in 12 contests, including a season-high six tallies in an 18-3 victory at MSOE.
Similarly, sophomore Justin Krause (Hartland, Wis.) earned MLC postseason honors after leading the Falcons in faceoffs won, 73, while recording 22 points. In addition, sophomore Ben Bobowski (Shelby Township, Mich.) returns as a defender and is one of three team captains, along with Dahms and Krause.
The Falcons' sophomores have a year of experience under their belts, but the freshmen have been transitioning nicely according to Roberts.
"Our newcomers are doing a great job of learning the system and playing hard each day in practice," he said. "They are adapting to college life and learning the importance of time management while playing a collegiate sport."
CUW's start to the 2012 season will be difficult with three-consecutive games against NCAA Tournament teams. The Falcons begin the season on Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. (CST) as they travel to Ohio Wesleyan University. The Battling Bishops advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season after putting together a 10-4 overall record.
CUW returns to Mequon for its home opener on Mar. 3 at 1 p.m. against Wittenberg University who put together a 14-2 record last season.
"I want to give my players a chance to compete against the best teams in the nation," Roberts said. "Our non-conference schedule is always going to be difficult because it prepares us for the challenging MLC portion of our schedule."
The Falcons then travel to Adrian College on Mar. 11 for a 1 p.m. (CST) MLC opener. The Bulldogs won the regular season and MLC Tournament titles a season ago, and finished their season with a 15-3 record. CUW won't have a scrimmage prior to its season opener, but competitive practices have not changed the program's goals.
"This may sound cliché, but our goal is to get better every day," Roberts said. "We want our athletes not only to be more complete lacrosse players, but also to be outstanding students, teammates and sons. We believe that as a program; stressing the importance of the spirit, mind and body."
May 27, 2012 Final NCAA Men's Lacrosse statistics released
May 2, 2012 Men's Lacrosse season ends in MLC Tournament
April 28, 2012 Men's Lacrosse routs Alma
April 25, 2012 Aurora downs Men's Lacrosse
April 23, 2012 Dahms named MLC Player of the Week
April 21, 2012 Men’s Lacrosse takes advantage of Augustana penalties
April 20, 2012 Men’s Lacrosse hosts Augustana on Saturday
April 19, 2012 Dahms leads Men’s Lacrosse to defeat of Carthage
April 18, 2012 Men’s Lacrosse hosts Carthage on Thursday
April 15, 2012 Men’s Lacrosse defeats Fontbonne
April 7, 2012 Men’s Lacrosse falls to Mount St. Joseph
April 4, 2012 Men’s Lacrosse cruises in home victory over MSOE
April 3, 2012 Men’s Lacrosse hosts MSOE on Wednesday
March 31, 2012 Trine controls first half, defeats Men’s Lacrosse
March 24, 2012 Men’s Lacrosse hangs on for home victory over Albion
March 23, 2012 Men’s Lacrosse looks to continue winning streak on Saturday
March 18, 2012 Men’s Lacrosse set to play Dallas, Southwestern this week
March 16, 2012 Men’s Lacrosse hosts Hanover on Friday
March 11, 2012 Adrian defeats Men’s Lacrosse
March 10, 2012 Men’s Lacrosse travels to Adrian for Sunday showdown
March 3, 2012 Men’s Lacrosse drops home opener to Wittenberg
March 2, 2012 Men’s Lacrosse hosts Wittenberg in home opener Saturday
February 25, 2012 Men’s Lacrosse drops season opener at Ohio Wesleyan
February 23, 2012 Season Outlook: Men’s Lacrosse
February 1, 2012 Men’s Lacrosse picked for sixth in MLC preseason poll
December 15, 2011 InsideLacrosse.com releases pre-season polls
September 22, 2011 Falcons welcome large freshman class
September 22, 2011 Falcon lacrosse to scrimmage against D1 competition
August 21, 2011 Fahey joins CUW Lacrosse Staff