Oct 10, 2013 - Wolves Release 2014 Regular Season Schedule
October 10, 2013 (Monmouth, OR) - First year head coach, Steve Blair, and his Western Oregon University Wolves have their 2014 season schedule set. This year, the theme is all about the west coast. WOU has a 15 game regular season slate featuring teams from North Washington all the way down to Southern California. On top of their Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) foes the Wolves will feature games against the best teams from California including the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC) champions.
After a scrimmage against the Division I Ducks of Oregon, WOU will open the season with a four game home stretch. The home stand starts with the opener against Pacific Lutheran University on February 9th. Two weeks later Western hosts Humboldt State University, the 2014 Hogs have been slated to be the Preseason favorite of the WCLL. The start of March will also be the start of WOU’s PNCLL title defense as they get an early PNCLL South foe in Whitman College at home on March 1st.
WOU will play their first game away from home in very hostile territory as they head up to Bellingham, WA to face their PNCLL rival Western Washington University on March 8th. Western will then return home for another division opponent in College of Idaho on March 15th. A date that will certainly be circled on everyone’s calendar is March 21st when WOU will square off with the University of Portland. Both teams have battled for the league championship for the past three years and the winner will certainly gain a playoff upper hand with the regular season win.
The Wolves will cap off their March with a tough Spring Break to Southern California. On March 23rd, WOU will open their trip at St. Mary’s College. From there, Western will head further south to face Claremont College and California State University Fullerton before wrapping up the trip against, SLC Champions, Concordia University. The Wolves return home for a week before hitting the road again to take on Gonzaga University and Montana State University in Spokane, WA. WOU will play their last home game on April 13th against Division I Portland State University. Western wraps up their regular season on April 19th in Ashland against Southern Oregon University.
Jul 18, 2013 - Will Patton Named Defensive Coordinator
July 18, 2013 (Monmouth, OR) – Head Coach Steve Blair has named Will Patton as his Defensive Coordinator for the 2014 season. Coach Patton brings in nine years of coaching experience, most recently as the head coach for former MCLA member Willamette University.
Coach Blair was excited about bringing Coach Patton on stating, “I understand that there is going to be a great amount of pressure coming to a team that has won the conference the past six seasons, but adding a guy like Will, a former PNCLL Coach of the Year, sure helps. I believe we bring the knowledge and experience needed to continue the streak. Will and I have been itching to get back into coaching in the PNCLL. Will is a defensive genius who allows me to focus on other areas; I couldn’t do it without him.”
Jul 17, 2013 - Steve Blair Named Head Coach
July 17, 2013 (Monmouth, OR) – The Western Oregon University men’s lacrosse team has announced Steve Blair (WOU ‘08) as Head Lacrosse Coach. The Wolves will enter the 2014 season as the reigning six-time PNCLL Division II Champions and will look to capture a seventh title under Coach Blair.
When asked Coach Blair said, “it’s exciting to not only take over a team that has established itself on a national level, but also one that I was a part of for four years as a player.” Steve was instrumental in helping Western Oregon capture their first league title in 2008 and will once again play a large role if there is to be one in 2014.
Steve Blair brings in five years of coaching experience and a close knowledge of the current team that will surely help the Wolves continue their competitive traditions. Coach Blair went on to say, “I hope to keep the fun brand of lacrosse our fans love around for a long time.”
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