Laxcats need 'chicken soup'
After a disappointing road trip last weekend in Michigan, the Arizona Laxcats will try to get back into the win column against Loyola Maramount University tomorrow at Wildcat Field.
"What we need to do right now is get healthy," head coach Mickey-Miles Felton said.
The Laxcats (8-5 overall) have been struck by a case of the flu this week with many players missing practice due to illness.
"The Laxcats are in need of a good bowl of chicken soup," Felton said. "It has been hard to practice this weekend with so many people out."
The starting defense was unable to practice on Wednesday, and junior mid-fielder Matt Wilkens and senior defenseman Laurance Bass are questionable.
Last season, the Laxcats were able to take care of conference opponent LMU in a 16-7 victory in Los Angeles.
"We should not have a problem with them (LMU) this year," Felton said. "Unless we make it one."
Last weekend in Michigan, penalties were a problem for Arizona in the 13-11 loss to Virginia Tech. The Laxcats committed 15 penalties compared to Virginia Tech's five.
"This week we need to play under control," Bass said. "We need to play conservative so we do not get ourself into trouble."
Tomorrow's game is also important because if the Laxcats can get a victory they will be the number one team in the playoffs.
"I think we need a win to get us back to the winning ways," Bass said. "With a win, it should bring our confidence back-up."
LMU (7-8 overall) is still in the playoff hunt, meaning they should be ready for the Laxcats.
"LMU is a scrappy team with some decent sucess," Felton said. "They are a team we should beat but it depends on how well the chicken soup will work."
Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.