Welcome Back CSUSM!

Today marks the first day of the 2014-2015 school year, and the beginning of a new CSUSM Lacrosse team. While the Cougs did not have ANY graduating Seniors, there are many new recruits coming out and we look forward to an amazing Fall semester.

Here are the important upcoming dates for recruits, returning players, and anyone looking to learn more about CSUSM Lacrosse:

Fall Informational Meeting – 10:30am, September 5 at The Clarke Fieldhouse

Tryouts Day One – 7:00am, September 11, at The Lower Field

Tryouts Day Two – 10:30am, September 12, at The Lower Field

Tryouts Day Three – 9:00am, September 13, at The Multi-Purpose Field

Tryouts Day Four – 10:00am, September 14, at The Lower Field

Please email if you have any questions.

Go Cougs!



Long Beach Recap

CSUSM 13 – Long Beach 1

The Cougars went up to Orange County, CA last Wednesday to face CSU Long Beach in a game with playoff implications.  CSUSM was 1-1 against Long Beach and was expecting a hard fought game from the 49ers. The Cougs got off to a great start by burying five goals in the first quarter and keeping Long Beach scoreless through the half.  The attack unit continues to impress with six goals from Freshman, Austin Jenkin, and four from Captain, Dylan Perry.



After a rough loss to #14 Concordia, the Cougs came out hungry and ready to play against Long Beach.  The Defense stood strong and only allowed one goal the entire game.  Freshman Goalie, Andrew Castillo had eight saves.


The Cougars took on #12 Fullerton on Sunday, March 23 at CSUSM.


Concordia Recap

CSUSM 6 – Concordia 19

The Cougars faced another set of Eagles this past weekend as Concordia came down to San Marcos for an SLC match up.  Concordia is the defending conference champion and the Cougs knew that it would be a tough game.  The game started with a couple easy goals by Concordia but CSUSM was able to respond and keep the game close coming into the second quarter.  In the second, the Cougs brought the game within one goal, but Concordia continued to execute on their possessions and racked up seven goals to bring the score to 11-5 at the half.



Some crucial injuries really hindered the Coug offense and allowed Concordia to slip away through the second half.  The CSUSM attack were all able to score, but the midfield unit still struggled to find the back of the net.  Coach Hicks briefly stated after the game that, “we knew what to expect and we felt like we made the right adjustments, but we couldn’t manage to execute.  Penalties and injuries really shot us in the foot too.  The guys know the game plan, and I think we are ready to bounce back and take on Long Beach on Wednesday.


The Cougars travel to Orange County tomorrow night to face the Long Beach  49er’s at 7:00pm.  The game will be at Long Beach State.  The Cougars are 1-1 overall against the 49er’s.

Biola Recap

CSUSM 12 – Biola 14

This past Saturday, the Cougs took a short trip up to La Mirada to face the Biola Eagles.  These two programs had never faced each other, but CSUSM knew it would be a close game.  Easily the most physical game of the season, it came down to the final minutes to decide a winner.

A slow start for the Cougars had this one looking lop sided early.  Penalties and turnovers helped the Eagles jump out to a 6-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. Freshman midfielder, Rashid Jones, helped the Cougs bounce back with two first quarter goals.  With a lot of ground to recover, CSUSM took this momentum into the second quarter, tightening up the defense and sharpening the offensive attack.

The defense stepped up big in the second quarter and left Biola scoreless going into halftime.  Junior LSM, James Delaney led the team with 6 ground balls, and helped the Cougs keep the ball on the offensive side of the field.  CSUSM was able to put in two goals, closing the gap to 6-4 at the half.

CaptureBoth teams came out firing in the third.  Freshman attackman, Austin Jenkin, continues to lead the offense tallying 7 points on the game, 5 goals and 2 assists. Ian Hooks and Dylan Perry added 4 points a piece, 2 goals, 2 assists respectively, as the Cougars looked to claw their way back into this game. The Eagles did not make it easy as they tacked on 5 more goals in the third, making it 11-7 Biola, heading into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth, the Cougars went on a 5-1 run, tying the game at 12 a piece with five minutes left. The intensity was through the roof as the game counted down to the final minutes.  Unfortunately, a couple late errors and missed opportunities allowed Biola to respond with two goals, sealing the deal, 14-12.

CSUSM showed flashes of brilliance in this game. Tenacious defense and a fast paced offense were the positive take a ways for the Cougars. Improvements that need to be made include the tempo from the very first whistle, lacrosse IQ and winning the hustle plays.  Coach Hicks highlighted that “the fourth quarter really showed how our guys can mesh and buy into our system.  However, it was too little too late.  We need to bring the intensity from the very first whistle, which we did not do tonight.  Coming back from the early deficit really cost us.  Hopefully this adds on to the experience for some of these young players and correcting their mistakes.  We have a huge game next week and we have to play four full quarters to expect to beat Concordia.”

The Cougars are playing the defending SLC champions, Concordia University, this Saturday, March 15, at 11:00am.  The game will be at CSUSM on the Multi-Purpose field.


Occidental Recap

CSUSM 17 – Occidental 10

The Cougars traveled to Temecula, CA, this past weekend to participate in Great Oak High School’s College Night and take on the Occidental Tigers.  With torrential rains throughout Southern California, both teams were prepared for a wet one.  Just as expected, the rain started to pour down during pre-game warmups.  The CSUSM roster is entirely comprised of Southern California residents, so playing in the rain is not something that many of Cougs had experience before.  Regardless, CSUSM brought tenacity and vigorous energy from the very first whistle.

With three early goals from Occidental, Coach Hicks called a timeout to talk over the early mistakes.  After that, the Cougs came out firing and didn’t stop until the very end.   The game was evenly matched through the entire first half, but the Cougs took a one goal lead at the very end of the second quarter.  This energy boost carried through halftime and the Cougars were ready to roar in second half.  CSUSM outscored Occidental 6-1 in the third quarter.


The CSUSM attack unit brought their A-game and commanded the pace of play in this game.  The starting attack took care of 15 of 17 goals for the Cougars and facilitated a staggering 10 assists.  Dylan Perry and Austin Jenkin led the game with nine points each.  While the CSUSM midfield has yet to find their stride, the Cougs make up for in their ability to maintain possession.

Coach Hicks stated that “the bar has been set.  Our guys came out and played well for all four quarters.  I am very proud in what we did tonight and there is no more excuses for sloppy play.  This week we will definitely be committing some time to creating more opportunities for the midfield units as well as continuing to make adjustments defensively.  Our attack came out and did what they had to do, but we are making sure that we can fill the gaps in other areas.  We are remaining humble, but if we continue to elevate our play from here we are going to surprise a lot of teams throughout the rest of the season.”

The Cougars travel north this weekend to face the Biola Eagles on Saturday, March 8, at 7:00pm.  The game will be at Biola University in La Mirada, CA.  The Cougars have never played Biola.


San Jose State Recap

CSUSM 7 – San Jose State 8

In a hard fought game this past Sunday, the Cougars were given their first loss of the season.  With many missed opportunities and the game coming down to the final minutes, the San Jose State Spartans came away with an 8-7 victory.  CSUSM had 21 unforced turnovers and and the Spartans capitalized on many of their transition opportunities.

The game started with a quick goal from San Jose State and the Cougars never regained the lead for the rest of the game.  CSUSM was able to tie the score twice and with the game knotted at 7-7 in the final minutes, the Cougars were unable to execute.

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On the offensive end, Junior Attackman and Captain, Dylan Perry (on left), had four goals and one assist.  Current points leader, Austin Jenkin, was shutout for most of the game and only had one goal against the Spartan defense.  The midfield unit had trouble finding the back of the net, and with so many turnovers you can be sure that the Cougars are watching last Sunday’s film and practicing hard this week to prepare for a tough game this weekend against Occidental this weekend.

Coach Hicks had little to say after the game except that “21 unforced turnovers is absurd and the guys know that.  This week we will be correcting all of our mistakes on offense and pushing hard to tighten up our play in transition.  Defense is still playing well and we need to continue to do so if we expect to beat a solid Occidental team this weekend.”

The Cougars face the Occidental Tigers this weekend on Saturday, March 1, at 6:00pm.  The game will be at Great Oak High School in Temecula, CA following the high school varsity lacrosse game.  The Cougars have not faced Occidental in an official MCLA  match up.


Channel Islands Recap

CSUSM 14 – Channel Islands 3

This past Saturday, Cal State San Marcos traveled up North to take on the Dolphins of CSU Channel Islands.  This is only the second time the two teams have met after a CSUSM victory last year.  The Cougar defense really stepped up and commanded the outcome of this game from beginning and brought a win to San Marcos with a score of 14-3.

In the first half, the Cougars outscored the Dolphins 9-0.  There were many errors offensively, but due to the brick wall defense on the other end of the field, the team was able to hold them scoreless going into the second half.  At the beginning of the second half, Channel Islands put up three quick goals to end their shutout.  The Cougars only put up five goals in the final 30 minutes, but were able to begin executing plays offensively and eliminate some of the sloppy play.   With junior LSM, James Delaney, scooping up seven ground balls on the face-off wing and the defense consistently causing turnovers, San Marcos was able to have possession of the ball for most of the game.

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The close defense really took this control of this game, but the Cougar offense was able to continually execute even with a few unforced errors.  Freshman attackman, Austin Jenkin (on left), facilitated an easy win by having seven goals and one assist.  Other notable freshman were midfielders Brandon Bowens and Rashid Jones, putting up two points each.

After the game, Coach Hicks felt pleased with the cohesion and teamwork the Cougars were playing with and expect to clean up the offensive errors this coming week.  “Thankfully our defense came out strong and never let down all game, but we definitely have some things to work on offensively if we expect to beat our coming opponents.  Our schedule only gets harder from here, but I am confident that we can fix everything from today.  Overall, I’m happy with the win and how the team is buying into the system.”

The Cougars face the San Jose State Spartans in their home opener on February 23, at 12:00pm.  The Cougars are 1-0 against the Spartans, victorious in last-season’s match-up 13-8.


Men’s Lacrosse Wins Student Organization of the Year!


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The Tukwut Leadership Awards Night was held last week and we were nominated for Student Organization of the Year.  Not only was Men’s Lacrosse the first club sport to be nominated for this award, but it was the first to win it as well!  This is huge accomplishment for program and we look forward to continuing our success in 2014.  Big thanks to all of our sponsors, supporters and fans as well.  Go Cougars!


Weekend Recap – March 2

Cal-State San Marcos won it’s third in a row in convincing fashion Saturday, defeating visiting Channel Islands 21-5.

San Marcos has scored double figures in all three of its victories and is winning by an average margin of almost 15 goals. Channel Islands (1-5) has struggled both to score and to contain opposing offenses.

The Dolphins did lead in this game, scoring the first goal before San Marcos took control, building a 4-1 lead entering the second quarter. It’s the first time this season the Cougars didn’t score first.

“Channel Islands has a lot of fast players on the team, and they managed to take away a lot of our transition offense,” San Marcos coach Teddy Hicks said, “so we really had to settle into our offense and rely on running through our offensive formations. The boys responded well to the adjustment, and we were able to come out with the win.”

Kyle Peterson, Cal-State San Marcos

Kyle Peterson had another big day offensively. His 37 points and 12.33 ppg lead SLC Division II.

Once again San Marcos was led by the attack tandem of senior Kyle Peterson (Huntington Beach HS) and junior Dylan Perry (San Diego/Westview). Peterson had seven goals and eight assists; Perry had six goals and five assists. In all, seven Cougars found the net.

Goalie Alec Pagliaro recorded 15 saves. In three games he has a .720 save percentage and a 4.67 goals-against average.

The Cougars face Cal Lutheran and SLC opponent Cal-State Long Beach at home this weekend, but the team’s biggest test won’t come until March 16. That’s when San Marcos travels to Temecula to meet No. 16 Cal-State Fullerton in an SLC matchup that no doubt will carry some playoff implications.

And a week after facing Fullerton, San Marcos travels to Irvine to face No. 7 Concordia.

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Weekend Recap – Feb. 23

The Cougars got started fast and within the first 2 minutes of the game, Attackman Dylan Perry buried two quick goals off of fast break opportunities. Kyle Skachenko added another goal to take an early 3-0 lead.  Both teams then exchanged a pair of goals to end the first quarter at 4-1.

During the second quarter, a streaking Spartans offense quickly brought the score to 6-4.  Coach Hicks quickly called a time out as San Jose started to gain momentum, leaving San Marcos scratching their head. With the team gathered, the Cougars headed back on the field with a new game plan and quickly took back control. The Cougars buried some quick goals at the end of the second and again early in the third and never looked back as they were able to take control of the second half and finish the game with a 13-8 victory.


Coach Hicks said, “I was pleased with how well we responded to San Jose as they got
their legs back under them and started to slowly take the momentum away from us. We
were able to execute a new game plan and take control of the game. I’m really proud of
the the way our men played today.  San Jose was a great opponent and we’re very thankful they traveled
all this way to play us.”

The Cougars will continue to defend their undefeated season as they take on CSU Channel Islands this weekend.
The Dolphins will be traveling to San Marcos to face the Cougars on March 2nd at 2:00pm.


2013 Season and Home Opener!

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Our first game is coming up on Saturday, January 26, against UC Irvine.  The game is at 2:00pm on the Multi-Purpose Field at CSUSM.  We will be having some food, drinks and music before the game so we hope to see everyone out there.  Go Cougars!


Prepare for the Future…

Now that the CSUSM Men’s Lacrosse season of 2012 has ended, it is time to start preparing for next season.  Practice, study, and educate yourself with anything that can increase your level of lacrosse.  Next season is ours for the taking, but only if you want it.

Here is a very inspirational video of a NCAA DIII team that that had a very underachieving season this year, but big dreams of being a national contender next year.  This is the same as CSUSM.  While we did not make the playoffs, we have the opportunity to create a powerful and competitive team for next year.  Get focused, and start playing lacrosse.


Westside Lax: Building a College Program

Editor’s note: Chase Allvord (left) is currently a junior attackmen at Cal State University San Marcos. Chase is the founder of the lacrosse team at CSUSM, who recently finished their first season of competition. In 2012, CSUSM will join the SLC Division II conference in the MCLA. WSL sat down with Chase and found out just what it takes to start and build a first-year collegiate lacrosse team. 

WestSideLax: How did you go about first starting the Cal State San Marcos team?
CA: Well it was really just about wanting to play lacrosse. I played in high school at Cathedral Catholic and I had a buddy who was on my team who is actually going to San Marcos with me, and we decided we want to play again so we started to figure out how to get it started. We went through all the channels at the school and got it done that way. It was just a lot of phone calls and paperwork.

 How did your initial season go in 2011?
CA: In 2011, we were independent, we played teams that were in the SLC, Division II. We went 2-5, but we had three very close games with playoff caliber teams. We definitely surprised a lot of people, and we did well considering we had limited roster size, and first-year goalie with everything coming together.  Its our first year, and I’m happy with the result overall.

 What was your prior background with lacrosse?
CA: I think this is my 10th year playing lacrosse, I stared playing back in 4th grade when I lived in Newport, Rhode Island and the grade school that I went to had a lacrosse team. It was just what most of the kids did there, as the in-season sport. I picked up a lacrosse stick in 4th grade and wasn’t very good, but you get better every year and I played all through grade school and high school. I was a baseball guy originally and it was hard to make that choice; either baseball or lacrosse but I think I made the right one. I enjoy playing, and I’m very glad we had this team started because of that.
WSL: Who are some of your key players that have really made great impact for you on the field this year?
CA: The first guy that comes to mind is attackman Kyle Peterson, he’s one of our top scorers, played in every game and had a great impact in bringing up the level of play for the rest of the team.

WSL: Obviously building any program takes time, but what would you like to see happen in the next five years for San Marcos program.
CA: I think my objective would be to find a coach a coach that will be with the team for the foreseeable future around for the next five, ten years. A solid coach who wants to grow with the team, because the situation we have and most other club teams have, is that person running it is a student, and is not going to be around in two or three years in that position. My goal is to leave the program in someone’s hands that will let it grow and be there to support it. For the program itself, I definitely think we have the potential to be a playoff team, and to win in the SLC. I would to see us make the playoffs and win the SLC within the next five years. I think that it is a definite possibility for us.

WSL: What type prospective student athletes are you looking to bring into Cal State San Marcos if you could talk to some of the high school players out there?
CA: The number one thing is to just get the high school kids to know about the SLC, and the teams in San Diego. When I was in high school I had no idea what the SLC was, I had never heard of it before. I talked to a bunch of my teammates, and they had no idea either. They didn’t know that SDSU had a team, or UCSD. I don’t know if that’s changed since I left high school three years ago. There’s a lot of people that really have no idea what’s out there, especially in Southern California as far as college lacrosse goes. As far as the athletes that we can target, Cal State San Marcos is definitely not SDSU, or UCSD those are pretty difficult schools to get into. I think Cal State San Marcos get some high-quality players that don’t want to leave home and stay local and couldn’t get into those other schools. I know I couldn’t get into SDSU and I had great grades, so it’s hit or miss. Guys that played at schools like Torrey Pines, or Cathedral Catholic, or Coronado who want to stay local and play lacrosse then I think our school is definitely a good fit.
WSL: Anything you would like to add about 2012 season?
CA: For guys who don’t know about west coast lacrosse, who don’t know about college level lacrosse in California, just give it a chance… give it a shot. I think guys just assume that the NCAA the place to play. I definitely think that the SLC is expanding, and I think the MCLA, is expanding and the guys that give it a shot and want to stay local at our school, or the other schools I mentioned would be a great choice for them. I don’t think you have to go all-or-nothing in terms playing lacrosse on the east coast, you can definitely play great lacrosse and have a great college career right here in San Diego. As far as the season goes, we’re going to compete, we’re going to be in the SLC, and will be looking to make the playoffs this year. I hope for a good year, no injuries and all of that good stuff.