ACU Club Lacrosse team is entering its first full year as a student organization on campus.
The beginning stages of the club team began just before Thanksgiving break last year.
Parker Tennet, sophomore nursing major from Houston and president of the club, said he is looking forward to this season.
“Though many of our guys last year had never played the sport, we were actually able to compete with some good programs,” Tennet said. “But we have 10 returning starters this year and I think we may surprise some teams out there.”
In a recent interest meeting about 15 guys showed up, all of which were players in previous years. Ten out of the 15 played last year, which forms a starting squad. Tennet said he is excited to see what new talent comes in this year.
The club will continue to compete in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association in the Lone Star Alliance, still classified as a Div. II team.
Tennet said that the Div. I jump didn’t affect who the lacrosse team would be playing this season. Teams the club will be playing this season include Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston St., St. Edwards, University of Houston and Oklahoma State.
Though the team is scheduled to face high caliber teams, a big problem the team is facing is the feeling that they aren’t being taken as a serious organization on campus, Tennet said.
Austin Mason, a sophomore environmental science major from Mt. Zion, Ill. and returning player from last year, said that the team is being shoved aside.
“It’s a little frustrating that we aren’t being taken seriously. We may not be too popular among the student body but I promise we’re pretty good,” Mason said. “I think one of the biggest things too, is that for our home games we’re having to play on the intramural fields, which we all know are pretty bad and potentially dangerous.”
The biggest problem that the club faced last year was in fundraising, which left the team concerned that they wouldn’t be able to get the club launched.
Despite this worry, they’re looking at an eight game season this year, with four home games and four away games.
Tennet said that if there are any other interested parties to contact him via Facebook or email at email@example.com.