Laxcats earn split in southern California

By Julie Shiroma

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Over the past weekend, the UA's men's club lacrosse team suffered its first big disappointment of the season.

The Laxcats went on a two-game road trip to southern California to take on UC-Santa Barbara Saturday and Loyola Marymount Sunday.

They returned to Tucson after a 12-11 loss to UCSB and a 16-9 win over the Tigers.

Arizona's loss to UCSB was not as close as the score might indicate.

There was a point when the UA trailed the Gauchos 10-6 in the fourth quarter. The Laxcats were able to rally and end the game with a one-point deficit.

"The team never really got into the game plan," Arizona coach Mickey-Miles Felton said. "The team was prepared, but we did not play as a team."

A major problem confronting Felton is the fact that there is not much teamwork on the field.

"Players are trying to do too much on their own," Felton said.

Despite losing, Felton was able to see some positive aspects.

"We did not give up and we were able to fight back, which showed a lot of guts," he said. "And there is a lot of good that comes from this experience."

Additionally, the UA turned in some strong individual performances.

Pete Hamilton and Scott Carlin both scored three goals and Josh Sfara had two goals and two assists against UCSB.

The team was very happy about the victory over Loyola Marymount.

Carlin and Hamilton again had strong performances. Carlin scored four goals and had three assists and Hamilton scored three goals.

But Felton said his team still needs improvement.

"We are just not a very good team right now," Felton said. "We have good players and we will be good. We know what we have to work on and we will."

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