Laxcats 'learn how to win' in Calif.

By Joseph M. Molina
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 13, 1996

The Arizona men's club lacrosse team came away with just one win at the Maj. Mike Bradley Memorial Lacrosse Tournament over the weekend.

Arizona, ranked No. 5 in the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League, went into the tournament seeded fourth.

The team played two games Saturday, the first coming against No. 3-seed Whittier (Calif.) College. The Poets are the No. 1 team in the W.C.L.L

Arizona fell 8-6 in a physical contest.

"Whittier is our number one rival," Arizona head coach Mickey-Miles Felton said.

In the 1993 season Arizona was responsible for ending Whittier's 42-game winning streak. The Poets needed one more win to break the national record for most consecutive wins.

In the second game of the day Arizona held off Team San Diego 9-8. San Diego had defeated Whittier in an earlier game in the tournament.

"This was a tremendous win in that it helped us learn how to win," Felton said. "What this meant is that they were able to get a lead and hold on to it."

Sunday, the Laxcats played against No. 1-seeded Laxworld of Los Angeles and lost 10-4.

Felton said the team was hurt against Laxworld because of injuries suffered in the game against Team San Diego. Without much depth due to the injuries, Arizona couldn't keep up with Laxworld.

Felton said that some of the teams had the same problem as Arizona - a small team. UA started the fall with 36 players but is down to 20.

Although the tournament resulted in a 1-2 record for the Laxcats, Felton saw it as a good experience.

"This was good for learning. A team learns how to win by first learning how to lose," Felton said.

The key player of the tournament for Arizona was senior goalie Justin Nels, who provided the team with leadership during the weekend, Felton said.