2019 SOONERS LACROSSE SEASON SUMMARY
The 2019 University of Oklahoma Men's Lacrosse Season opened with a Bedlam game on Super Bowl weekend at Jenks High School Stadium. Over 750 youth, adults and players were in attendance on a fabulous night of lacrosse. Even Oklahoma's Governer Stint made an appearance! This is a photo of the youth pre game throw around.
The second weekend of the season, your Sooners boarded a charter bus and departed for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We competed hard vs a tough Florida Gators team, that ended up pulling away in the fourth quarter 4-12. The next day, the Sooners showed reselence and bounced back vs LSU in a close game to get the win by a goal 11-10.
(Photo credit: Chris Black)
A quick turn around to travel back to back weekends, in order to play in Prosper, TX vs West Virginia. We got down early in a spirited game and didn't have enough time for Sooner magic to produce a comeback, losing 8-13. The next day, we had a double header playing Bedlam II winning 19-4 and then winning again in the afternoon vs LSA League opponent Texas Tech 11-7. It was one of the coldest weekends of the season, and after 5 games in 9 days, the boys were a little banged up.
Opening the next day with our first home game vs Arkansas, the sixth game in ten days turned out to be too much. Tired legs produced only five goals and we lost 5-9.
(Photo Credit: Eric Hamilton)
For the first time in Coach Enea's era and the first time since 1986, the Sooners hosted the University of Texas Longhorns in the John Crain Soccer Complex in Norman, OK. It was an awesome atmosphere to play the lacrosse version of the Red River Rivelry. It was a game of runs, as the Longhorns scored the first three and then your Sooners scored three in a row. It went back and forth and eventually tied at 6-6, headed to Overtime. It took a one in a hundred shot for the Longhorns to win in overtime 6-7. Thank you OU Athletics for renting us the field!
The next weekend, the Sooners (3-4) traveled to TCU for a LSA Conference game. There TCU went up 4-0 on the first five shots! before we got off the bus. We battled back to eventually tie it and then gutted out a one goal win 11-10, in a freezing cold, raining the whole game to get to 4-4 on the season and a must win vs an LSA North opponent.
Hosting our third home game of the season, the following weekend, it was an honor to host a stickball game in honor of Jermey Wallace. There was a terrific turnout on another freezing cold, never ending windy Oklahoma day. It all came together and was the most complete game the Sooners played so far this season vs Texas State winning 16-5. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported your Sooners!
The Spring Break trip was the second half for the Sooners and we met in the desert vs # 3 Arizona State. A humbling loss 4-20, it was good to see what a top 5 MCLA team looks like and compete against. They were very, very talented in all phases of the game. We had a huge sooner fan base in the desert, so thanks to everyone who showed up! It is our goal to break into the MCLA top 25 teams in the country, and we needed to experience teams outside our conference to learn. The next day we played # 13 Arizona and played better, but a respectable 5-16 loss. It was closer than the score indicated, all the boys had fun, and we finally got to wear a short sleeve shirt for a lacrosse game! Beautiful facilities, incredible live streaming services and all around great trip!
(Photo Credit: Chris Black)
Returning home and competing vs the University of North Texas on a soggy field with the sun coming out right at opening face off, got the w 17-3, and putting us even on the season with a 6-6 record.
The final home game vs LSA rivals SMU didn't disappoint. Finally, a beautiful spring day at 75 degree without any wind, had a huge home crowd, as it was also Parents weekend. Tied at 6-6 with five minutes left in the game, the Sooners couldn't finish, in order to host a first round playoff game. SMU scored at the end to win by one. Sooners still make playoffs, for the third season in a row, however they have to travel instead of host the first round of playoffs.
(Left to right: Dan Seelig '19, Nicholas Johnston '19, Kyle Fronckiewicz '19, Chris Bell '19, Matthew Cohen '19, PJ Donatucci '19, Bray O'Connor '19, Shane Fullbright '19)
Sooners Lacrosse is playoff bOUnd for the third straight season!
Back on the road for the first round in Austin, Texas for the Red River Rivelry part II should be another epic game in Austin, TX Sunday, April 14, 2019 with a 4PM Face Off.
(Photo Credit: Chris Black)
Saturday, April 13, the Sooners traveled to Austin, TX to compete vs the Texas Longhorns. It was a spirited first half with Texas leading 9-5. Pulling away in the second half to secure a final four spot beating the Sooners 17-7.
Good luck to Texas A&M, Texas, LSU and SMU as they battle it out in the final four this weekend at SMU, April 28 & 29th. Hopefully we will be in the final four next season! We have some incredible players arriving in Norman this Fall, who will make a tremendous impact for next Spring, so we will prepare for next season now.
A huge thank you to all the Seniors and their families for the support of OU Lacrosse these past four years. Everyone tells you that it goes by so quickly, and we will miss these guys next season. They left the program in a better sitiation than when they begin, and now the OU Lacrosse Alumni welcome you to the other side! See you in October 18 - 20 for OU Alumni Weekend. Until then-