The Notre Dame de Namur Argonauts lacrosse team is back in action as the short, fall ball season is upon us.
The Argonauts kicked off the fall season with a big win against the Dominican Penguins 15-7. These young Argos moved the ball well, got everyone involved and attacked the Penguin defense relentlessly. The fall ball season is only four games long and doesn’t count towards the regular season record, but it’s always good to play some tough opponents and see the chemistry with the new players.
The team keeps getting younger with 7 freshman players and 1 junior transfer, so getting them in live action with the returning players is always a plus.
I caught up with junior attacker and one of the four team captains, Curtis Yokoyama to ask him a few questions about the upcoming season and some goals the team has.
“Like every team in DII, we all aim for one goal, National Championship. However, we recognize that winning a National Championship might be unrealistic at the moment. Some team goals would be to improve game by game through reducing our errors and capitalizing on our opportunities”, said Yokoyama when asked about the goals for the team this year.
Coming off a 3-12 record last season, there’s a lot of room from improvement and early in this young season, Yokoyama has noticed some improvements. “Even though it is still very early in fall ball, I can already tell that the team chemistry has increased greatly. Last year we were a very young team and even though we are still underclassman dominate, we have so much more poise and confidence”.
Yokoyama when asked about the expectations for this year stated, “Play hard every game, Grow as a team, and have no one hang their head”.
“The motto this year for us is Together, and I feel that perfectly encapsulates the attitude on this team”, said Yokoyama.
Go support the lacrosse team at one of their last couple fall ball games, with University of San Francisco coming to town at noon on Halloween and the alumni game being November 14th at 11 AM.