January 7, 2010

Missouri State Beginning Practice; Eyeing Title

from press releases

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State Men's Lacrosse Team is gearing up for their spring season with practices starting Monday, Jan. 11. The Bears, which graduated two All-Americans and third all-conference player, brought in a 15-man freshman class and will field the school's largest-ever squad at 35. 

Missouri State will have five weeks of practice before their first exhibition game against NCAA DIII foe Fontebonne in St. Louis. The Bears will then play nationally ranked opponents Emory, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Kennesaw State, in the third weekend in February in Atlanta, which will set the tone for the rest of the season.

In 2009, The Bears won the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference Division II Championship and received an automatic qualifier to the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) National Tournament in Denver, Colo. This was the first ever trip for the Bears to the tournament after finishing the year 12-3 and ranked 10th nationally.

Founded in 2003, The Missouri State Men's Lacrosse team competes in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association's (MCLA) Division II, in the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference (GRLC). Since 2003, The Bears have competed with some of the best teams in the country and have fielded 41 All-Conference players, five All-Americans, two GRLC Tournament MVPs and two GRLC coach of the year recipients.

Missouri State Competes as a club team with the University and funds almost all of its budget from player dues.

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