Mavericks face tough team today in lacrosse

The Colorado Mesa University men’s lacrosse program is in only its second year, but the Mavericks will find out today where they rate among the nation’s best.

Colorado Mesa (1-0) plays fourth-ranked Le Moyne (N.Y.) College at 4 p.m. at Walker Field.

“We’re excited to have them come out,” CMU coach A.J. Stevens said. “This lets us know if we’re there yet. We want to eventually compete for a national championship. The only way we’ll know if we’re there is playing a program like this.”

The Dolphins (2-0) reached the NCAA Division II national championship game five consecutive seasons (2006-10) and the NCAA tournament for nine straight years (2002-10).

“One thing that really helps them is the area is heavy with high school programs,” Stevens said. “The (high school) kids can drive and see them play. Plus, they’ve been established for a long time.”

Mesa captain Josh Russell will play after missing the first game because of transfer issues. The sophomore attacker from Denver had to sit out last year after transferring from Division I Stony Brook (N.Y.) University.

“Having him play will be huge,” Stevens said. “The last time he put on a game jersey was with a top-20 Division I program.”

Sophomore midfielder Kyle Wollenhaupt brings leadership and experience to the Mavericks after a year at Division I University of Denver.

Le Moyne plays Adams State on Thursday afternoon in Denver.

“We put out a request looking for a home game and they responded,” Stevens said. “It’s a perfect time for them being on spring break and an opportunity for them to get away from the cold weather in New York.”


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