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New club sport brings more options to Tech students

February 10, 2017

 

The lacrosse team offers new opportunities for club sport participation. – Photo by Tes VanHoy

Alex Heard
Staff Reporter | amh072@latech.edu

 

A new sport has come to Louisiana Tech.

 

Though not yet a varsity sport, lacrosse is the new game Tech has to offer.

 

Tech is in Division II of the Lone Star Alliance (LSA) in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The LSA is composed of 22 teams throughout Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Other notable schools in Division II are: Southeastern Louisiana, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Rice and Baylor. Division I has: Texas Tech, Texas, LSU and so on.

 

John Watts, head coach for Tech, said the process of getting lacrosse to Tech started about seven months ago, while rumors have swirled for quite some time.

 

“It started in July,” Watts said. “There had been rumors of Tech lacrosse starting for several years. We were finally able to get it done and take the bull by the horns.”

 

Watts said Tech helped the process go smoothly.

 

“The university was very welcoming,” Watts said. “Both through the leadership of the intramural center and with field space. They were very accommodating and we really appreciate their help.”

 

Watts said Tech is perfect for those players who do not feel comfortable at small universities.

 

“For lacrosse players to play at the collegiate level you essentially have to go to a liberal arts, division III college,” Watts said. “Not everyone is a liberal arts, DIII kind of person where there are four hundred kids at the school. I am a Tech graduate and saw great opportunity so we wanted to give players who can get a great education at a reasonable price the opportunity to play a high level of lacrosse.”

 

Watts said the program already has a bright future despite being so new thanks to great local talent.

 

“The Shreveport/Bossier area has seven high school teams, a majority of those teams have all-state and all-district players with some all-americans — we can get to know the kids very well,” Watts said. “We have got eight to twelve seniors committed to Tech to play lacrosse. The sport is getting a lot of excitement, it has great potential.” 

 

Tech is currently 2-1 with wins against Dallas Baptist University and Texas A&M-Galveston. Its sole loss was to Rice.

 

Watts said the win is especially promising being that the players have no prior experience together and were thought, at first, to have growing pains and lack chemistry.

 

“For guys who had not played together, not in fall ball or anything, to play this way is very promising,” Watts said. “These guys had never played, much less a college game, one is a senior and had not played since high school. We are just having fun.”

 

Tech plays Sam Houston State University at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 in Huntsville, Texas.

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