The BYU men’s lacrosse team opened up its fall season with two scrimmage wins this weekend in Grand Junction, Colo.
The team was led by returning juniors and seniors, and head coach Matt Schneck said he was pleased with the leadership they provided in the victories.
“I was extremely impressed by all of our returners,” Schneck said. “If the way that they performed over the weekend is any indication of what our potential is, this is going to be a really great year for us.”
In the first game of the weekend, BYU took on Adams State, headed by former BYU coach Jason Lamb. The Cougars opened up an 8-0 lead in the first half before coach Schneck pulled out the starters and gave the underclassmen and newcomers some valuable playing time. The backups kept the eight point advantage, winning the game 13-5.
The Cougars kept up the intensity in the second game against Colorado Mesa, winning 11-3.
While the coaching staff is pleased with the victories, Schneck said he knows the more important item of focus right now is developing the team.
“All of our scrimmages in the fall are designed around the development of our team,” Schneck said. “We want to make sure that our guys get the right attitude of winning. For many of these guys on the team, this is the first time they have played with each other in real competition.”
The Cougars next take the field on Oct. 28 in Salt Lake City against Westminster. The following day BYU hosts the Cougar Halloween Classic featuring Utah State, Utah Valley and Utah.
As the team continues its fall play, the players and coaches feel optimistic about where it is headed.
“We have a couple more scrimmages this fall that we’ll participate in and I think we’re going to see even greater things,” Schneck said. “Our objective now is to take our game to an even higher level.”