Wednesday, January 26, 2005
OU lacrosse ranks 10th in nation
By Rebecca Wyatt, OU Web Writer
After winning the Midwest championship last year, OU’s men’s lacrosse club team is ranked number 10 nationally going into the 2005 season and is anxious to get back on the field.
“I’m anticipating one of the best seasons Oakland has ever had,” said coach Dwayne Hicks.
Last season, OU defeated the University of Michigan to win the Midwest championship. It was Michigan’s first loss in 56 conference games against CCLA teams, and the first time OU beat the Wolverines in the team’s history.
After winning the championship, OU became an attractive option for lacrosse players and added 10 new players to the roster.
“It’s a lot easier to recruit when you can say you’re one of the best teams in the country,” Hicks said. “Not only do they get to play for a nationally ranked team but they get a solid education as well.”
OU also lost only one player since last season.
“The core nucleus of the team is probably the best in the country,” said Hicks, who expects to have a few all-Americans on the team.
Last year, OU player Billy Binge received offensive most valuable player from the CCLA. Binge and Matt Kosek also were named to the CCLA first team. Joseph Opron III and Nick Panza were on the second team, while Nathanial Reynolds, James Gregg and Jeff Serra earned honorable mentions.
“A lot of people are excited about this Oakland team, and we really can’t wait for the season to start,” Hicks said.
The team’s biggest home game is Wednesday, April 13, against Michigan, as it could be a precursor to the Midwest championships.
The team travels to South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Feb. 5, for a scrimmage against the University of Notre Dame. The regular season starts Sunday, Feb. 20, in Ann Arbor against Saint Vincent. Oakland also will travel to Houston, Texas, Feb. 25-27 for the Sports Authority Tournament.
For more information on the team, visit the Men's Lacrosse Club Team Web site