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2012 Regular Season Schedule Release
Nov. 2, 2011
ROHNERT PARK, Calif.- Sonoma State Men’s Lacrosse is pleased to announce the Seawolves’ schedule for the 2012 regular season. The Seawolves 2012 spring campaign will feature 11 games, with five match-ups against non-league opponents and just four games at home.
“With only 11 games you don’t have much room for mistakes,” said junior defenseman Bobby Federighi. “We have to get it started early.”
SSU will open the season Feb. 12 on the road in Seattle against the University of Washington. The Huskies finished 3rd in the PNCLL last season with a 5-9 record (1-2 PNCLL).
“It should be cool traveling to Seattle for our first game,” said goalie Dylan ‘Whispers” Fannin, “but it would be nice to open the season at home.”
Sonoma will host its first home game against the University of Oregon on Feb. 19. SSU will be seeking revenge for their narrow 9-5 bout with the Ducks last season.
WCLL play begins for the Seawolves in March with two games away against the University of Santa Clara (Mar. 3) and Chico State (Mar. 10). Santa Clara was Sonoma’s lone WCLL victory last season, falling to the Seawolves 14-9 in last year’s season finale.
“We need to play better in league if we want to get to the tournament,” said Fannin, a native of Walnut Creek, Calif. and Las Lomas High graduate. “We played well early last season, but need to finish the games strong to complete our journey.”
Sonoma will be looking to improve a 7-7 record from last season hampered by poor play within the WCLL, finishing with just one league win (1-5 WCLL).
“It’s really important for us to play well in league so we don’t have to rely on an at large bid to make it to nationals,” said junior midfielder Casimir Morawski. “The better we play in league the more we control our own destiny.”
With the university rescheduling spring break, the Seawolves will get an opportunity to test their skills in Texas at the end of March with three tough games in the Lone Star State against the University of Texas, Texas State and Texas A&M. The three teams compete against each other in the LSA and finished the 2011 season in the number one, two and three spots, respectively. The Longhorns sat atop the divison last season at 13-1 (5-0 LSA), followed by Texas State (9-6, 3-1 LSA) and A&M (11-7, 3-2 LSA).
“Texas will be a tough test for us,” said Morawski, a 2011 co-captain. “We’re going to really need to stay focused over spring break.”
Noma Nation will have be patient to get their couches out and perch on Big Blue, as the Seawolves next home stand won’t come until April with Noma taking on league rivals Cal Poly (Apr. 7), UC Berkeley (Apr. 14) and Stanford (Apr. 21). Cal Poly won the WCLL last season, finishing with a 14-6 record (5-1 WCLL) and defeating the Stanford Cardinal 11-6 in the WCLL Championship. The Mustangs fell in the opening round at Nationals in an 11-8 loss to Oregon.
“Cal Poly will be one of our biggest league games,” said Morawski. “They’re a good team that we can beat, but we will need to play resiliently.”
UC Davis will mark the end of the regular season for SSU. The Seawolves are scheduled to play in Davis on Apr. 28.
“We’re excited about the season and the fresh start,” said Federighi of Livermore, Calif. “It’s time for us to play blue collar lacrosse and get this team back to Nationals.”
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