2010 Kennesaw State University Lacrosse Review

August 13, 2010

In 2010, the team slogan "raise the bar" was introduced by the coaches in an effort to improve on the 2009 record of 11 wins and 2 losses. Indeed, the team "raised the bar" and at the end of the season the Owls found themselves in the South Eastern Lacrosse Conference Championship game against Elon College from North Carolina. Despite a 12 - 10 loss to Elon, the KSU Owls can be extremely proud of their efforts and successes on the field in 2010.

The season opened with a tough one goal loss to division rival Tennessee Wesleyan 15 - 14. The game was the first competition to be held on their new synthetic turf field at the "Owls Nest." The facility includes locker rooms, weight training facilities, a training room, classrooms and a turf field strictly lined for men's and women's lacrosse. This facility is first class in every way. It has been anticipated by the team since the beginning of the program six years ago.

The Owls held a Top 20 national ranking for the majority of the season. Their final season record of 15 - 4 earned the Owls a number 15 national ranking within the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division 2. The team had some very memorable games last season. During spring break the team ventured out to Texas for three games against teams from the Lone Star Alliance. The Owls easily handled the teams from Texas in all three games. The Owls also challenged a number of out of conference opponents. These games were scheduled in hopes of gauging the play of teams from the SELC against teams from other conferences. These games included Missouri State (GRLC), Davenport University (CCLA), Harding College (GRLC) and three opponents from the (LSA) UT-San Antonio, Sam Houston State and Centenary College. The Owls won all of the out of conference games except for a disappointing loss against Davenport.

The Kennesaw State Owls had many players recognized for their outstanding play during the season. Six players earned All League SELC status, two players earned MCLA All American recognition and one achieved Scholastic All American honors.

Within the South Eastern Lacrosse Conference attackman Scott Schulze and defenseman Tom Mudrak earned first team honors. KSU midfielders Isom White, Mark Tortorello, and long stick defender Zack Statham earned second team honors. Owl team captain Charles Roland finished his career with a nod on the honorable mention SELC team.

Tom Mudrak and Scott Schulze both earned honorable mention status from the MCLA in May for their outstanding play in 2010. Zack Statham earned recognition for the second year in three as a Scholastic All American. This is truly an outstanding achievement for a student athlete to obtain.

The team had anticipated a possible at-large selection to the MCLA National Tournament in Denver, Colorado. The selection committee decided not to invite the Owls and the 2010 season came to an unexpected early end. This small set back has brought the battle cry for the 2011 season in focus. This year the team's slogan is "win it, to be in it" which means for the team to make the MCLA National Tournament they must first win the SELC title. The foundation has been laid for another season of thrilling victories and great games. The 2011 season is right around the corner and the KSU Owls are working hard at returning to the SELC Championship and win it all!