About SBCC Lacrosse
SBCC Men's and Women's Lacrosse clubs are Sport Clubs competing under the Office of Student Life at Santa Barbara City College and the Recreation Department at UCSB. The men's lacrosse club competes as an independent. The women's lacrosse club competes regionally in the Western Women's Lacrosse League (WWLL) and nationally in the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) of U.S. Lacrosse, the National Governing Body for the sport. This association governs regular season and national championship tournament play and enforces the use of student-athlete eligibility rules similar to those of the NJCAA. The SBCC women are a WWLL D2 team and a WCLA D2 team and compete for both of those championships, the league championship and the national championship.
SBCC First Play-Off Appearance Leads To Championship Game - Apr 23, 2013
Santa Barbara, CA - For the first time in school history the Santa Barbara City College women's lacrosse club qualified for the Western Women's Lacrosse League play-offs. The Vaqueros finished the regular season with a record of 8 wins and 5 losses, winning the WWLL Division 2 South Conference with a 5-1 record in conference play. This outstanding regular season secured the #2 overall seed in the program's first post-season.
It has been a legitimate worst to first turnaround for the young SBCC program. The team was tied for last in WWLL South D2 in 2012 with a 1-5 record in conference and 2-7 overall. This year the team finished tied for first with a 5-1 record, 8-5 overall. Moreover, they finished tied with Fullerton, a team they had beaten 15-10, so the league tie-breaker put SBCC at the top. The only hiccup in South D2 play was a 9-8 loss to UNLV, at the Western States Tournament, a team Fullerton had beaten.
In the first round SBCC faced a very worthy University of Nevada, Reno club in the first meeting between the two programs. It proved to be a tough game for the Vaqueros. After a back and forth competition SBCC edged out the Wolf Pack 13-11 to advance to the WWLL Championship game against UC Santa Cruz. SBCC had faced Santa Cruz just two weeks before and had lost 11-7 in a game where they fell behind and couldn't catch up.
In the WWLL Championship game SBCC came out firing, scoring 4 early goals to take the lead. Then in the second half Santa Cruz clawed their way back to take the lead and showed why they won the WWLL North D2 Conference in the regular season. During a dramatic final five minutes the Banana Slugs were able to take advantage of a pressing SBCC team trying to break their stall and a one goal lead became a two goal lead for the final 11-9 score.
Even with the loss SBCC's performance was the best of the Vaqueros young lacrosse program. The outstanding effort the SBCC players put forth was noticed. UC Santa Cruz turned down their automatic qualifier spot in the WCLA National Championship Tournament and the WWLL offered it to SBCC. The Vaqueros accepted and will play for the WCLA D2 National Championship. SBCC was given the 8th seed and faces the club from James Madison University at the El Pomar Sports Complex in Colorado Springs on May 9th.
It was a season of firsts for SBCC and the biggest first is the one that keeps them playing a few more weeks, going to the national championship post-season.
SBCC Women's Lacrosse Club Open Try-Outs - Jul 23, 2012
Santa Barbara, CA - Beginner practices and try-outs for the 2012-13 SBCC women's lacrosse club will take place the first and second week of Fall Semester. This is an open try-out process and while experience is welcome it is not required. Beginners may play lacrosse at SBCC. The ability to commit to being on the team and incorporate this great team sport into your personal college experience is all that's required. Basketball, field hockey, soccer, softball and volleyball are among the different athletic backgrounds that help on a lacrosse field.
Experienced players may come out to help with the beginner lessons. Fall Ball continues after try-outs on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 2:00pm to 4:00pm schedule for six weeks. Fridays feature joint scrimmages with the UCSB Fall Ball Squad once they start practice.
Sticks will be provided for beginners who would like to give it a try. Fill out the Player Info Form on this website to get on the list to receive more information. Head coach Eric Valois will get a copy of your information from the form.
Class & Practice Schedule:
Contact Angela Warren for help with getting a class schedule that fits with lacrosse practice. SBCC women's lacrosse is a club in the Office of Student Life and Angela Warren is the team advisor and also the Director of the SBCC Transfer Academy. The best thing to do is clear TThFr 2:00pm to 4:00pm and Angela can help you do it.
We recommend that incoming lacrosse players consider Tropicana Gardens Residence Hall as a dorm option. It is close to the lacrosse field at UCSB where SBCC and UCSB teams run joint practices. Additional benefits include apartment style living, an unlimited access cafeteria, weekly housekeeping and an MTD bus stop for the express bus to SBCC.
Students who fashion a good class schedule of most classes on Mondays & Wednesday along with morning classes on Tuesdays & Thursday and who live in Tropicana Gardens will find participating in lacrosse a breeze.
Eric Valois Hired To Lead SBCC Women's Lacrosse - Jul 10, 2012
Santa Barbara, CA - Eric Valois, former head coach for the club at UC Davis, has accepted the head women's lacrosse coach position for the SBCC women's lacrosse club. Valois was head coach of the WCLA Division One National Champion UC Davis squad this past season. He replaces Ashley Antoon-Algieri who left the SBCC lacrosse club position to work full-time. Valois' career path brings him to Santa Barbara to commence preparation toward an advanced degree in Neurobiology with a focus on physiology and behavior. Valois, who is from Camarillo and prepped at Rio Mesa High School, will also be an assistant coach at UCSB with responsibilities as Defensive Coordinator and Goal Keeping Coach.
The Office of Student Life at SBCC and the UCSB Recreation Department are partners to create opportunities for SBCC students. Intramurals & Sport Clubs are open to SBCC students. As a result the SBCC women's lacrosse club administration is part of the UCSB women's lacrosse club administration and the two programs practice side by side at UCSB on adjoining fields.
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