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Tigers defeat Missouri S&T and Illinois State, start season 2-0

COLUMBIA- The University of Missouri Men’s Lacrosse team defeated Missouri S&T and Illinois State at Stankowski Field on Friday and Sunday to start the 2017 season 2-0. 

This is Missouri’s first 2-0 start since 2014, the last season the Tigers won a GRLC West Division regular season title. 

On Friday evening the Tigers started of the 2017 season strong, shutting out the Miners 20-0. This is the second season in a row the Tigers shut out an opponent over the home opening weekend, as Missouri shut out Oklahoma State 13-0 in 2016. Missouri spread the ball well on offense as 14 different players scored points in the win.

Leading the way on offense was sophomore attackman Noah Iversen (St. Louis/Desmet Jesuit) who dished out an six assists while netting three goals. Also performing well for the Tigers was the face-off unit of freshman Collin Schott (St. Louis/Ladue) and sophomore Caelan Morgret (Columbia, MO/Rock Bridge) who went 10-15 and 8-8 from the X respectively. 

On Sunday the Tigers came out to avenge the team’s 6-5 loss in 2015 to Illinois State, defeating the Redbirds 15-3. The Tigers onslaught continued, with ten players scoring, five of the ten with multiple-goal games. Again leading the way for Missouri was Iverson, who tallied his second nine-point game of the weekend with a two-goal, seven-assist effort. Also helping out for the Tigers was sophomore attackman Grant Long (Wayzata, MN/Wayzata) who added three goals and two assists to the team’s stat line.

Up next for Mizzou is a road trip to Nashville to face Vanderbilt and Auburn. Vanderbilt is 2-0 on the season with wins over Tennessee and Texas Tech, while Auburn in 0-2 after falling to SMU and TCU opening weekend. This series will start a stretch for Missouri where the Tigers will play six of the next seven games on the road. 

Please visit Mizzou’s MCLA page at mcla.us/team/missouri for game and field information during the road trip and make sure to follow @MizzouLacrosse on Twitter for all the latest information and live updates during each game. 

Missouri names three captains for 2017 season

COLUMBIA-The University of Missouri Men’s lacrosse team will have three captains for the 2017 season, as announced by Head Coach Nick Anagnostis Tuesday. 

Seniors Kevin Boyle, Matt Needham and Alex Schott will captain the Tigers squad for the upcoming season, with Boyle and Needham returning as captains from the 2016 season. 

Boyle (Wellesley, MA/Wellesley) will be captain for Missouri for the second season in a row. Since transferring to Mizzou for his sophomore season the senior midfielder has been a constant presence on the Tigers’ first and second line midfields. Through 31 games, Boyle has 34 points (19 goals and 15 assists), the most of any senior on the team. 

#4 Kevin Boyle

Needham (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) is entering an unprecedented third year as a Missouri captain. The senior goalie will be the starting goalie for Missouri for the fourth season in a row. The two-time all-GRLC selection is coming off a season in which he was named to the second team, after a solid 2016 campaign. Needham will finish his career as one of the greatest goaltenders in program history and has a 64.5-percent career save percentage. With 406 saves entering the 2017 season, he’s on pace to break the 500-save plateau this season. 

#7 Matt Needham

Schott (St. Louis/Ladue) will be a Missouri captain for the first time this season. The senior defender is a two-time all-GRLC selection and a two-year starter for the Tigers. The Jacksonville-transfer has been a starter for the program since setting foot in Columbia and is the sole starting close-defender returning from 2016. Schott has 93 career ground balls and one assist through 28 games played at Missouri. 

#44 Alex Schott

The Tigers open the 2017 season on Friday against Missouri S&T at Stankowski Field. Please visit Mizzou’s MCLA page at mcla.us/team/missouri for rosters, stats and game information during the regular season and make sure to follow @MizzouLacrosse on Twitter for all the latest information.

Former Tiger Yacovino named Defensive Coordinator

Matt Yacovino

COLUMBIA-The University of Missouri Men’s lacrosse team has announced the addition of former Tigers defenseman Matt Yacovino as the team’s new defensive coordinator. 

Yacovino replaces Hatton Taylor, who moved to Nashville, Tennessee following the 2016 season. He will be in charge of a Tigers defense that has ranked as one of the best in the GRLC over the past few seasons. 

“It’s a great feeling to be named an assistant coach,” Yacovino said. “It gives me the opportunity to take what I’ve learned over the years and apply it to the team to help them succeed.” 

A native of St. Louis, Yacovino starred at Desmet Jesuit High School, garnering recognition as one of the top close-defenders in his grade in the metro-STL area. Following high school, Yacovino played at Division-III power Nazareth University in Rochester for one season before transferring to Mizzou for his final three years of eligibility.

A three-year starter, Yacovino played in 39 games for the Tigers and scooped up 106 ground balls, the highest for any Missouri defenseman over that period. In 2016, following a season in which he led all GRLC defenseman in ground balls with 64, Yacovino was named to the GRLC first team, the first Missouri defenseman to do so since Eric Chole in 2011. 

“It’s awesome to be able to coach for Mizzou.” Yacovino said. “Mizzou Lacrosse is a great program that I am proud to say I played for over the years. I’ve always wanted to coach at the high school and summer club levels, but I never imagined my first role would be as an assistant coach in the MCLA. Coach Anagnostis has began to implement a philosophy that I believe in and I look forward to learn more from him over the season to help me become a better coach.” 

With the Tigers starting spring practice next week, Yacovino says the team is ready to compete for a conference title in 2017 under new head coach Nick Anagnostis. 

“I believe Nick is the guy to take this team to the next level and create an winning program in the next few years,” Yacovino said. “We have a tough schedule this year, but I see it as a good test for the guys to learn a new system and become successful and win the GRLC.” 

Missouri opens the 2017 slate against Missouri S&T at Stankowski Field on February 4th. Please visit Mizzou’s MCLA page at mcla.us/team/missouri for rosters, stats and game information during the regular season and make sure to follow @MizzouLacrosse on Twitter for all the latest information.