Concordia Recap

The _DSC7514-99-X3SLC and national powerhouse #6 Concordia Eagles (8-0) were hosts for the Cougars’ eighth game of the season on Saturday. Both teams came into the contest with identical 7-0 records, but the Eagles proved to be too tough for the Cougars, as they ran away with it, 19-4. The Eagles have dominated most challengers this season, taking down multiple MCLA Division I opponents, including: #4 Chapman, #23 UCLA, USD, and LMU.

The Cougars look to bounce back this weekend as they host Nevada (1-0), who will be finishing up a three-game swing through Southern California. The game will be at Fallbrook High School on Saturday at 2:00 pm.


Cougars Crack Top 25

For the first time in the young program’s history, Cal State San Marcos has been ranked as one of the top 25 teams in the nation. The Under Armour Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll is published weekly throughout the season, with teams in Division I and II ranked by the coaches in their respective division. After wins last weekend against Northern Arizona and #21 Fort Lewis brought them to 7-0, the coaches recognized the Cougars’ excellent play thus far in the 2015 season and awarded them the number 21 spot. San Marcos is a member of the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference, which features two other teams in the top 25: Concordia University at #6, and Cal State Fullerton, who came in at #10 .

Assistant Coach Chase Allvord, who is also the program’s founder, expressed his great satisfaction with the release of Tuesday’s poll, “This is accomplishment is a testament to all of the hard work every student-athlete, coach, and staff member has put into this program from the beginning. Everyone who has been involved with this team since 2010 should be very proud of this milestone. I cannot wait to see what the next 5 years has in store for us.”


Weekend Recap

The Cougars traveled to Flagstaff, AZ on Friday for a round robin-style weekend against Northern Arizona University and #21 Fort Lewis College.  Following # 13 Cal State Fullerton’s 14-7 win over #21 Fort Lewis, San Marcos took on the Lumberjacks in a rematch of last season’s first-round SLC playoff match-up which saw NAU come out victorious, 13-10.


#7 Clade Vlacos and #23 Austin Jenkin teamed up for 8 goals on Saturday

With remnant snowfall covering portions of the field, the Cougars played what was their most complete and balanced game of the season thus far, winning the rematch 12-8.  Attackmen Cade Vlacos and Austin Jenkin again stole the show on the offensive side of the ball, scoring 8 of the team’s 12 goals. Vlacos attrbutes his success to the offensive unit working in concert, “The off-ball timing was there for us today. It has taken us a few games to get to this point, but we really gelled as a unit. Everyone was working at full-speed and taking advantage of the opportunities as they came.” San Marcos took a 6-3 lead into halftime and remained in the driver’s seat for the duration of the afternoon, building to as much as a 6-goal lead in the 4th quarter.  “We were patient with the ball, we didn’t force looks and took advantage when they came. Our effort on the ride and time of possession wore down at their defense all afternoon  and created a lot of chances in the second half.” Vlacos finished with a game-high 8 points on 5 goals and 3 assists.


#6 Jesus Rojas slides to help #17 Luke Hoerer

Not to be outdone, the Cougars’ defense really demonstrated their ability to play shut-down lacrosse in settled situations, holding the Lumberjacks 5 goals under their average of 13.5 goals per game. Consistently assigned to the opponent’s standout attackman, senior defenseman Jesus Rojas led his defense in shutting down a dangerous Lumberjacks’ offense. When asked what has made the defense successful, Rojas said, “We haven’t done anything special. We’re playing solid as a unit because individually everyone is doing what is expected of them to make us successful. Our communication is getting better, and we’ve been improving on our slides and recoveries all season.”

San Marcos faced off against #21 Fort Lewis in the early game on Sunday morning. With each team playing their second game in as many days, the squad from Durango, CO seemed to be better acclimated to the elevation than the Cougars. When asked what impact the unusual elevation had on his team, Coach Hicks said, “We were definitely taking account for it as coaches. Substitutions needed to be quick and more frequent than we’re used to, but we have been doing heavy conditioning work since fall so we knew we would be able to play at a high level. The boys came out and played hard, they were not going to make any excuses.” Freshman midfielder Iain Holman was a standout at the face-off “X”, winning possession for the Cougars on 20 of 25 contests and scooping up an astonishing 17 ground balls. Holman has stepped up in a huge way following a season-ending injury to freshman face-off specialist Austin Halligan, taking the vast majority of the team’s face-offs.


#2 Iain Holman dominated the face-off match-up

The Cougars took a 6-5 lead into halftime in what was a tightly contested, lead-swapping first half. Fort Lewis came out hot in the 3rd quarter, scoring 2 quick goals to take a 7-6 lead. San Marcos responded in a big way, finishing the 3rd quarter on a 4-1 run and taking a 10-8 lead into the 4th. The two teams traded scores in the 4th and Cougars held on to win, 13-11. After the game Coach Hicks expressed his great pleasure with the way his team played over the weekend and during the course of the first month of the season, “We had a solid game plan coming into each match-up and the guys executed very well. We have won a few close games so far this season, I think that will help us down the road once we get closer to the playoffs. The games are just going to get tougher and tougher, there is still a lot of lacrosse left and much for us to improve.”

San Marcos will take on undefeated divisional opponent #9 Concordia Univeristy (7-0) on Saturday, March 14th.


Irvine Recap

Cal State San Marcos hosted the UC Irvine Anteaters (1-6) on Sunday in their second divisional game of the season. The Cougars now lead the all-time series between the two teams 3 games to 1 after defeating the Anteaters handily, 18-8.


#15 Scotte Susalla

San Marcos began the rainy Sunday afternoon with an offensive charge. Freshman attackman Adnan Swilley got the scoring kicked off with a goal on the Cougars’ first possession, followed by a helper to midfielder Chance Stahura (Jr) on the next.  Irvine stayed in the game for the first half, scoring five while keeping San Marcos to just one goal in the the second quarter, making the score 7-5 at halftime.

The Cougars came out strong in the second half, as senior Jesus Rojas and the rest of the defensive unit stifled the Anteaters offense, creating multiple chances for the Cougars to capitalize. Attackman Austin Jenkin (who was named SLC player of the week for last weekend’s performance against Occidental) took advantage of the opportunities, scoring 4 of his 5 goals in the second half.

#22 Rashid Jones scored 3 goals on Sunday


San Marcos travels to Flagstaff, AZ this weekend to take on the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks and Fort Lewis Skyhawks of the RMLC. NAU knocked the Cougars out in the first round of the SLC playoffs last season in a snowy contest that ended 13-10.