Beyond The Game: Bison Lacrosse TeamFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Football, basketball and wrestling usually dominate the headlines coming out of NDSU these days, but there's another team that may be just as good and no one has heard about, tonight on Beyond The Game we introduce you to the Bison lacrosse team.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Football, basketball and wrestling usually dominate the headlines coming out of NDSU these days, but there's another team that may be just as good and no one has heard about, tonight on Beyond The Game we introduce you to the Bison lacrosse team.
Zach Bosh/ Head Coach: “It was a club in its truest sense, now it's a varsity program anyone looking from the inside out wouldn't know the difference of any programs at NDSU.”
It's been an interesting first ten years for the Bison lacrosse team, from starting as a bunch of guys just hanging out to a well-oiled machine, challenging for a national championship and the current senior class says they started to notice a change about four years ago..
Luke Thiele: “When we were freshmen things were starting to pick up transformed we were taking vans to coach buses to planes to California, cool to see it transform.”
Kyle Sturgeon: “When we won our first big game our freshman year it was just crazy, thought of national tourney was hope, now we play to strive to get to national championship not to make tourney.”
This NDSU lacrosse team is celebrating a 10th birthday this year and have already received some big time presents, a number two ranking in the nation and some well-deserved notoriety for an undiscovered team.
Your biggest question may be where do they find players? Bosh says since the sport became sanctioned in Minnesota a few years ago that task has certainly gotten easier.
Bosh: “A lot of guys are looking to play because they like the guys so much, comes to recruiting guys tough to recruit best of best, isn’t' tough to get guys that want to play lacrosse because there’s that drive and desire to keep going.”
Sturgeon: “I think we're kind of a novelty, I don't think they assume we're throwing sticks around, we don't get a whole lot of communication with them, they understand we're bringing something to school that's beneficial, we have 40 guys that come to school they'd find somewhere else to get their education without lacrossse.”
The team raises money thru different raffles to support their program, they head to the National Tournament in a couple weeks.