College Lacrosse in the Bluegrass!






   We are going to preview all of the College teams that are here in our home state of Kentucky. There are currently 3 NCAA programs and 3 NAIA programs in the state. Lacrosse has grown so much here at the College level it is insane. Now all we need to do is get Louisville and Kentucky to field teams and we will be on another level!

 

Bellarmine

     Bellarmine is the only DI program in the state of Kentucky and they compete in the SoCon. We did a SoCon preview a few weeks ago so we are just going to have the same thing that we had for that in here.

 My hometown Bellarmine Knights! Bellarmine has been a program that just can't seem to get over the hump. They made it to their first conference tournament in 2016 and almost beat Richmond but lost down the stretch. Last year was another disappointing season as they were one win away from making it back to the SoCon tournament and lost to Jacksonville on senior day to end the season. The Knights need to get over the hump soon or those rumors of them dropping to DII are going to become reality. I know that nobody wants that to happen, except for the GLVC conference. 

    As I said Bellarmine had a disappointing season last year after what seemed like a trend setting 2016 campaign. The Knights should be one of those middle teams in the SoCon this season just as they have been for the past few years. The only real struggle will be experience with this 2018 squad. Coach Burns gained 22 freshman from the 2017 recruiting class including two local products, Blake Roshkowski and Luke Niebrugge. They are just two of four local guys from Louisville, KY on the Knights roster this year. So again shout out KY products! So, back to what we were saying about this team being very young. That will be the biggest challenge that the Knights will have to face. The Knights only have 6 seniors on this years roster. Also, they have lost a few guys who left the program for personal reasons. They also lose their all time leading scorer in Tucker Ciessau. Ciessau was a beast at the attack position and I saw him do things on the field that I had never seen before. He was a one of a kind to come through Bellarmine and his name will be right up there with the greats like Dillon Ward.

    Bellarmine should have a decent season this year and I hope they do a lot better than most people think they will. I believe that Coach Burns and his staff can produce some great results if everyone buys in. They start out the season with Robert Morris at home and then they travel to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan. After that they play Cleveland St. at home and then they start a five game road stretch where they play Manhattan in Philadelphia, Detroit Mercy and Marquette in the Midwest Classic, then High Point, and Jacksonville to start conference play. They then have Air Force at home, Richmond away, Mercer at home, VMI away, and end the season at home against Furman.

  So, what is my prediction on what Bellarmine's record will be this season. Well, I think that could possibly win 7 games. In reality with this much youth there will be a ton of learning so I feel that they will finish the season with a record of 5-8. I think that they could win more and they could also lose more. You really never know what is going to happen with this young of a team. I feel that they will beat Robert Morris after losing by 2 last year and they will also beat Cleveland St., Manhattan, Mercer, and VMI. 

  I hope that the Knights have a good season and wish them luck. There are some great people over there and I wish nothing but the best for them. I believe that Bellarmine will eventually get over that NCAA tournament hump but it may be a 3-5 years down the road. Also, I will be attending all of their home game yet again this season! We will be live tweeting all the Bellarmine games we go to as well.





Centre 

   Centre College is a DIII school in Danville, KY. They have actually made it to the DIII tournament. That was  a few years ago when they did that. They have had some success with getting local guys from Louisville and Lexington to stay close and go to Centre. That is basically how this program was built.

    Centre finished last season with a record of 5-9 overall and went 2-5 in conference. They compete in the Southern Athletic Association.  This was for sure a down year for the Colonels and I know they are looking to bounce back in 2018.

   Here is Center's schedule for the upcoming 2018 season.
http://centrecolonels.com/sports/mlax/2017-18/schedule


Transylvania

    Transylvania is another DIII school that has lacrosse. They are out of Lexington, KY and they have been growing very much. Transylvania actually have won the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference every single year since the conference began. That is impressive. Transylvania actually made the NCAA DIII tournament last season after they expanded it and now the ORLC champion is an automatic bid.

     Transylvania has grown similar to Centre as they have a ton of local guys as well. Transylvania finished last season with a record of 13-4 and they went a perfect 7-0 in conference. I know that the pioneers are for sure looking to repeat their success again this season.

  Here is Transylvania's schedule for the 2018 season.


Asbury

  Asbury is a small NAIA school in Wilmore, KY. They have played three seasons of lacrosse there already. Asbury is the oldest NAIA program in the state of Kentucky. 
   Asbury went 2-10 last season. They enter 2018 with a new head coach and hopefully a new plan as I know they want to have more success this year than last.

   Here is Asbury's schedule for the 2018 season.


University of the Cumberlands

    University of the Cumberlands are another small NAIA school in the bluegrass state. Cumberlands is a school from Williamsburg, KY. Cumberlands is the second oldest NAIA program in Kentucky as they are about to enter their 3rd season. 

      The Patriots went 9-5 last season and I am sure that they look to grow upon that this season.

  Here is U of Cumberlands schedule for the 2018 season.


Union

    Union College is another NAIA school from Kentucky. They are from Barbourville, KY. This is actually Union's very first season of lacrosse so it should be very interesting to see how they play. I am very excited for another college program in the state and can't wait to see how much they grow this year and in the years to come.

   Here is Union's inaugural schedule.



    Thank you all for reading today and we will for sure update you all on how each program fares as the season starts up and progresses. 




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