The next team up in our preseason look at college teams around the state is the No. 8 BYU Cougars.
The Cougars have more postseason appearances than any other MCLA team and have been a title-contender and top-10 team in the MCLA’s Division-I for over a decade. Despite a No. 9 ranking and a 14-6 overall record, the Cougars had a disappointing end to 2015, losing to 12-seed Stanford in the first round of the national tournament. As such, BYU will look to right the ship and return to the top of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association in 2016.
Ranked number 8 in the MCLA preseason poll, the Cougs will have a chance to test their mettle in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference against ranked conference opponents No. 2 Colorado and No. 10 Colorado State. Things aren’t much easier out of conference, as BYU will face possibly the toughest schedule in the country, taking on Nos. 1 Grand Canyon, 4 Chapman, 5 Arizona State, 9 San Diego State, and 20 Simon Fraser.
“We work hard every year to put together a schedule that will challenge the team and this year is no exception,” observed BYU head coach Matt Schneck, “We are going to take every game one at a time and hope that we string together some great victories that will prepare us for the post season and a run at the championship.”