After an opening night victory over the University of Wyoming, the Skyhawks ran into a buzz saw out in California, taking on three of the best teams the SLC had to offer in #17 San Diego, #2 Concordia, and #10 CSU-Fullerton. Dropping each game out on the left coast, the team fell to a 1-3 record going into conference play.
Despite the set back, the trip provided good experience for the team and highlighted clear areas that need improvement. As noted by coach Mudrak, “We got to see where our deficiencies are and where we stack up compared to the level of competition that we want to get to.”
Even after dropping all three games, the Skyhawks remain in the MCLA Top 25 Poll, hanging in at #25 in the latest rankings. The club turns it’s attention now to the RMLC, traveling to Denver this weekend for a two game swing.
Saturday night, the Hawks square off against Johnson & Wales, which has huge implications as the winner almost guarantees themselves a spot in the RMLC Tournament. Sunday is marked by a trip to Colorado-Mines, who is quietly playing competitive lacrosse with some of the top teams in the conference.
“This is the most important weekend of the year so far.” Coach Mudrak said, “In the MCLA, the division games are the most important ones. You have to win those games for a playoff spot and it’s going to be a battle Saturday against J&W.”
The Skyhawks face off against Johnson & Wales on Saturday at 5:30pm at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Then at 11:00am on Sunday at the Colorado School of Mines.