Laxcats start year with win

By Joseph M. Molina
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 19, 1996

Gregory Harris
Arizona Daily Wildcat

Junior tri-captain Josh Stasra battles with an NAU Lumberjack in the Laxcats' 26-4 victory to open the season.


The team was already cruising, but the Arizona men's club lacrosse team scored its biggest goal of the afternoon when sophomore Jason Stolar converted in the third period.

The Laxcats were already up 21-3 when Stolar scored, but it was a huge goal because the young player doesn't usually get too much playing time, head coach Mickey-Miles Felton said.

Arizona (1-0) went on to defeat Northern Arizona 26-4 on Saturday afternoon at Tucson Magnet High School.

"I didn't expect it to happen," Stolar said. "Sometimes good things just happen to good people."

The team calls Stolar "Red Shaft" because he has red tape on the shaft of his stick.

Felton said Arizona accomplished what they needed in Saturday's game, their season opener.

Felton said he was looking for the offense to step up this week. The team worked on offensive techniques that resulted in offensive explosion.

The team dominated NAU with their motion offense and successful fast breaks, Felton said.

Freshman Dan Price had a game-high six goals, adding two assists.

"This game helped to build up our confidence," said Price, who had more points than the entire NAU team.

Senior David Wilner had three goals and four assists.

"No real competition showed up," Wilner said. "This type of game brings down the team's intensity."

Senior Derek Clinton suffered a knee injury during a fast break in the second period. The severity is not known, Felton said.

Clinton said he was unsure if he would be able to play Friday against Bates College. The only real concern that resulted from Saturday's game is the status of Clinton, Felton said.

Junior Chris Stinson had four goals, while sophomore Max Webber and freshman Matt Alba each had three goals.

Senior goalie Justin Nels made seven saves.