Tonight marks the beginning of the fourth annual Central Iowa Lacrosse Association Box Lacrosse League! Des Moines’ longest running lacrosse league returns to the Soccer House for another winter of hard-hitting action.
After fielding five teams for the last two seasons, the league has contracted to four. The Bulldogs team, representing the Drake University lacrosse club, has opted to not participate this season. Further dwindling our ranks, several long time players have moved from the metro.
Central Iowa lacrosse fans may remember that last year’s freshmen-heavy Tigers team struggled to score and failed to win a single game. A new rule requiring experience and prior approval for high school freshmen went into effect this season in order to preserve the competitive nature of the league.
With four teams, it was much easier to make a balanced schedule. Each team will play nine regular season games – three against each opponent. The top two teams will face off in the league championship with the other two will meet in either a consolation game or a mixed squad scrimmage (to be determined).
There will be a break on Thanksgiving. A second break stretches from December 13 through January 10. We are planning a variety of activities during that time, including a youth clinic and pick up games! Information about the winter break schedule will be posted in the near future.
The league resumes on January 17. The championship is scheduled for February 7 with Valentine’s Day reserved as the make up date.
Due to travel issues, the Cyclones will play in the first game (8:00 pm) all season.
Cyclones: Not much is known about the depth of the Cyclones this year. Jake Van Dyke leads the team yet again. Expect big things from the only team in the league’s history to never lose a game.
The biggest question is whether the Cyclones can swing a fourth straight championship…
Macaques: Former Cyclone Dave Woodcock and crew are prepared to end the Cyclones’ reign. Woodcock is a proven goal scorer in this league and often hovered near the top of his former team’s stats. Binghamton attackman Clark brings even more firepower to the league’s newest team, which boasts solid players all around.
On the defensive end, the monster known as Nick Blay is known terror and can net a goal or three when the opportunity arises. Meadows is a solid goalie but may be a bit rusty after a year of inactivity.
Still, the overall composition of the Macaques make them a force to be reckoned with. This looks like the team that will finally wrestle the trophy from Van Dyke’s hands.
Singha: Rising from the ashes last year’s last place Tigers team, Singha brings a tougher mindset to the league this time around. Chad Thompson takes over as captain to afford him an opportunity to develop his leadership ability. Voggesser will be the team’s primary goalie with Thompson or myself filling in when needed (gulp).
The core of the team consists of younger Valley players supplemented by a rotating crop of dads and coaches. With a couple of confirmed part-time players, the defensive make up and physical presence of this team will change weekly.
If Singha can solve last year’s scoring issues and get back on defense when needed, they should be able to contend. After an additional year of playing for most of the boys, this issue should be nearly sorted out…
Tropics: The youngest team in the league, the Tropics are comprised of some of Valley’s best and brightest. Griess and Arends are tough nosed scorers; both have an acuity for scoring on the smaller cages. Coleman continues to improve on the draw. Smith and Burmester are solid players and are continually improving. Davis is still relative new, but showed flashes of brilliance on Saturday.
Marcum is a competent goalie on the field; it will be interesting to see how he transitions to the indoor game. Tornberg, Thompson, and McEntee are well rounded defensive players. Mundus and Halder bring a physicality to the team.
Like the Macaques, the Tropics are extremely well rounded with quality defensemen and strong offensive players. Even if they do not knock off the Cyclones, the Tropics should have some rather interesting games this winter.
**Official league rules can be found here.