Long Beach Rebuilding Project Enters Year 2

It wasn’t that long ago that Cal-State Long Beach was a playoff team. The Beach finished 10-3 in 2011, winning a first-round Southwestern Lacrosse Conference Division II tournament game before being eliminated in the second round.

The next four seasons, though, were pretty rough — a 10-30 overall record and two coaching changes. Last year, in Coach Chris Brignola‘s first season, The Beach finished 1-8.

Heading into Year 2, Brignola is optimistic CSU Long Beach can turn things around. He took time out this week to share his thoughts on The Beach in 2016:

Outlook

“After no surprises last year, Long Beach State is looking to focus on divisional matchups this year. We are in our second year of rebuilding a competitive program. With an influx of freshman talent, players returning from injured status and a solid core of returning senior players, we rely on our cohesion as a team to generate intensity before, during and after our games.”

Players to Watch

  • Nate Wilson, senior, middie (Coronado HS): A workhorse of a player capable of greatness at any position on the field. Led The Beach last year with 19 goals and 5 assists.
  • Cory Shrimpl, junior, middie: After two injury red shirt seasons, Corey is ready to show he can lead the offense from the midfielder position.
  • Tony McElroy, senior, middie: Faceoff specialist who plays with heart and wants victory more than his competitors. Had 14 goals and 7 assists last year, along with 51 ground balls.

2016 will be a successful season if …

… we play as a team, and strive to challenge and defeat teams that are perceived as stronger than us.
— Chris Brignola, Long Beach head coach

Local Ties

More than half of the 18 players listed on the Long Beach roster hail from Southern California high schools.