Owls lacrosse team looks to knock it up a notch in 2008

February 05, 2008

This article is originally from KSU Sentinel.

The KSU Lacrosse team heads into the 2008 campaign looking to improve on last year’s record after the Owls had started the season strong at 6-1.  However, a tougher South Eastern Lacrosse Conference schedule left the Owls at 8-6, missing the playoffs for a second consecutive year.

This year’s schedule will see the Owls facing some of the toughest competition the SELC (D-II) has to offer. With half of the games versus top ten opponents, KSU is out to prove that they can rise to the top and wrestle the conference title away from rival Emory University.

Having far exceeded the goal of gaining more recruits (12 incoming freshmen), Coach Ken Byers is committed to producing a winning season and getting the Owls Lacrosse team into the SELC playoffs. By finishing first or second in the central region, KSU can guarantee a playoff berth. He emphasized the importance of this recruiting class as the backbone for the future of Owl Lacrosse.

Our recruiting base and our returning players are what we are counting on to put us in the playoffs,” Coach Byers said.

Coach Byers is steadfast in his expectations for all of the lacrosse players at KSU.  He requires each player to maintain a 2.0 GPA and a course load of 12 credit hours     “All of my players are students first and athletes second.” Byers stated. “As much fun as it is for these guys to play out here, they’re really here to get an education.”

The season opener will be at the University of Alabama on Feb. 2. This will be the Owls’ first venture into Tuscaloosa, and marks an important inter-regional game for the Owls. The home opener will come one week later with the arrival of the Elon University Phoenix (North Carolina) at the Intramural Field on campus. The game will start at 11 on Sunday, Feb. 10.

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