Lacrosse looks to build foundation for success

January 26, 2007

This article is originally from KSU Sentinel.

The KSU men’s lacrosse team, led by coach Ken Byers, hopes to build a foundation of success in 2007. After turning in a promising 8-4 record last spring season, the team is excited about the upcoming season. Returning for the Owls is Robert Witt, who led the team with 42 goals last year.  Also returning are Jeremy Douthit, who had 32 goals and 32 assists last season, and goalie Kyle Hansen.

Douthit and Hansen have been named this year’s team captains.

Most importantly, they gained valuable experience last season and seem poised to play competitively in the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference.

Byers often tells his players, “Last year was a nice dress rehearsal, but this year we’re playing for a championship.”

Employing a “student first, athlete second” philosophy, Byers strives to have a competitive team that still maintains the integrity of the game.

”Our goal is to play to our full potential as a team every game,” Byers said. “The wins will be there at the end of the season if that happens. Building a quality program and getting our recruiting efforts operational this season will add to the future campaigns of the KSU program.”

Byers has several goals for the upcoming season. 

The first is to make the SELC playoffs.  The second is to recruit players that want to be a part of a competitive lacrosse program in the Metro-Atlanta area.

Playing a similar schedule this year as they did last year, KSU’s lacrosse team has some tough games ahead of them.  UGA, Alabama, South Carolina and Central Florida are a few of the games on this year’s schedule.

KSU kicks off their season at home Jan. 27 as they take on UT-Chattanooga at 3 p.m. on the Intramural Field.