The Boise State Men’s Lacrosse hit the road hard to start the season, Leaving Thursday the 20th for their Friday night game versus #12 ranked Simon Fraser. After a 14 hour bus ride the Bronco’s started a little slow versus the Simon Fraser Clan (yes, their teams really are called the Clan). Simon Fraser came out blazing behind strong play by 3-time All American middie Sam Clare and were up 7 – 4 at halftime. Things really heated up in the second half with Boise’s OC boys “gripping and ripping” their way to a 13-12 lead in the fourth quarter. A couple Freshman middies led the charge with James Murphy (Aliso Niguel High School) flaming two goals and battling for a couple GB’s while his pal, freshman Austin Lickley (San Clemente High School), added a goal of his own. Junior attack Adam “The Beast” Smith (Tesoro High School) continues to show why he’ll be tough to keep off the All American team this year. Smith’s dominating physical presence powered him 6 goals and 5 groundballs. ”The Beast” won’t soon be forgotten by the Clan. Boise State proved that they are a new team under Coach Jon Mundy as they battled to push the game to OT before losing 16-15.
From Simon Fraser, the Broncos headed south for a Sunday game with the 22nd the University of Washington Huskies. Well, the Broncos showed they had plenty left in the tank as they trampled the weary Huskies for an 18-6 win. “The Beast” was once again on the prowl and ravaged the Huskies for 6 goals, 1 assist and 5 groundballs. Lickley and Murphy kept their feet on the gas pedal as Lickley scored a goal and Murphy added 2 more groundballs and 2 assists. The Broncos head into a three game home stand at 2-1, healthy and confident. Smith is currently 4th in the MCLA D-1 in points scored per game with a 6.33 average. Last year’s honorable mention All American also has shown his utter domination on the offensive end of the field by amassing 18 groundballs in just 3 games.
The Broncos have a string of 4 very winnable games and could very well be 6-2 before heading on a Spring Break trip to So Cal for games against Cal Poly, USC, Cal State San Marcos and San Diego State. A strong spring back performance could put them on track for a return trip to So Cal in May to play in the MCLA Nationals Championship Tournament.
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