RHB In The News: The Official Unofficial Pre-Season Fall Ball Rankings...Unofficially
More great news from the internet. After getting off the phone with Coach Ryder, we here at RedHotBuffs have been informed of yet another pre-season ranking; this one coming from Lacrosse Magazine. We landed at the five spot behind Oregon, CSU, Michigan, and ASU. Other great news is that Senior Middie Steve Keyes' hometown team was not ranked #1. The Sun Devils from ASU took that spot. We lost to them last year in the quarterfinals by two. Hopefully next year will be a different story. Check out what lax writer Jac Coyne wrote about the Buffs after the jump. And one more thing, MCLA, where is our cover?
From Lacrosse Magazine:
Colorado (7-8, MCLA Quarterfinals)Key Loss: Mike Geocaris. An imposing pole, Geocaris gave the Buffaloes a confident presence on the backline who could match up with the top attackmen in the association. There are plenty of candidates to fill his role, but his loss, along with shorty Mike Britt, must be the focus of offseason preparations. Key Returnee: Mike Ryder. It’s kind of odd to name a coach as a key returnee, but in light of last year’s contretemps in Boulder, it’s appropriate. When I spoke with Mike after his loss to Arizona State in the tournament, he seemed like a poised guy who had a detailed vision of where he wanted CU to be in the ’11 campaign. If he can maximize the vast array of talent on the Buffs’ roster, Colorado should have a tasty seed when the field is announced. Wild Card: Composure. The Buffs are a combustible bunch. It’s just who they are. Sometimes it works for them, but if the team can act with more poise in the face of adversity, the sky’s the limit for this bunch. CU was a deadly 11-seed last spring. If they can keep an even keel this year and earn a better seed, they’ll be even more lethal. Reality: With high-end players at both ends of the field in goalie Brad Macnee and attackman James Blackburn, along with a host of young talent in between, Colorado has as much potential as any team in the country. Whether they can keep their house in order will determine how this season will play out for the Buffs.