THE 2018 PILOTS SCHEDULE IS OUT

I am proud to announce that the 2018 University of Portland Pilots Lacrosse schedule is now set! With a plethora of games in the Portland area, we hope to see you all come out and support!

2018 Pilots Lacrosse Schedule

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ALUMNIS ARE BACK TO PLAY!

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The annual Pilots Alumni game brought a lot of familiar faces from the record book to town! Playing, for probably the first time since they hung up their sticks in the Spring, the Alumni showed the current Pilots roster what the “old men” can do.

With a few traditional Madison Pihl post up moves, and some solid passing and transition offense, the alumni came out victorious.  Our Pilots showed that we have the talent to continue the traditions that these men have created here; having all of our players show their abilities and their heart.

As always this game was about the loyalty and the heart that every Pilots player(current or alum) possesses.  This is always a great game and a great way to show how we have grown and continue to grow.

GO PILOTS!

PILOTS STROLL INTO BEND!

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The University of Portland Lacrosse team started their fall ball schedule out on October 21st in Bend, OR at the Rhino Lacrosse 2017 College Fall Shootout.  The Pilots got into town ready to play, starting their competition off against Humboldt State University on Saturday morning.  Lead by a solid defensive outing and a strong team-oriented play on offense, the Pilots came out victorious; 3-0.

In their second contest of the day, the Pilots went up against in-conference rival Southern Oregon University.  In a strong showing from both teams, the game ended in a controversial tie.  Portland showed their heart and intensity through out the game and proved that they can hold up against anyone in the PNCLL-Division 2 conference.

Day 2 was a hard push for the Pilots; only bringing 12 players to the tournament they were hampered with injuries and fatigue.  Playing a tough British Columbia team followed closely by the conclusion of the tournament against Western Oregon.

The team left this tournament having played 4 tuff games in 2 days; showing their determination and will-power to keep fighting and play together.  This is going to be a great fall and even better regular season in the spring!

 

Pilots Announce 2015 Captains

Portland, OR – The University of Portland Men’s Lacrosse Club has announced its captains, who will lead the Pilots during the 2015 season towards their quest for the program’s first PNCLL DII Championship.

#1 Chris Timm is a Senior Attack from Roseburg HS in Roseburg, Oregon. A 2-Time MCLA Honorable Mention All-American, Chris possesses athletic ability and competitiveness that separates him from the pack. “I am excited about the potential we have to do something great this season. There is no ceiling for the group of guys on this team.”

#7 Nolan Ripple is a Senior Midfielder from Brophy Prep in Phoenix, Arizona. This will mark the second season that Nolan has garnered Captaincy designation. He has also been recognized 3 years in a row by the PNCLL as an All-Conference midfielder and face off specialist. “As a Captain, I look to bring our team to the next level this year.”

#30 Kyle Michael is a Junior Defenseman from Mullen HS in Golden, Colorado. Kyle, or “KM” as he is known by teammates and coaches, brings to the table a hard work ethic and relentless style of play – no surprise for a member of the university’s ROTC program. “For a lot of our roster, this is their first year playing college lacrosse and I am excited to see not only their individual ability but the team’s ability.”

#25 Sean Gunn is a Senior Midfielder from City Arts & Tech HS in San Francisco, California. Sean has been a leader for this program both on and off the field. Throughout his time with the Pilots, Sean has played nearly every position, a testament to his hard work and willingness to do whatever it takes to help the team.  “My objective as captain is to emphasize that fun and hard work are not opposing factors and can coexist.”

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2015 Pilots Lacrosse Season Preview

Portland, OR: The University of Portland Pilots released their schedule for the upcoming 2015 season. The Pilots finished the season with a disappointing 6-6 record last year, but managed to make the playoffs where they lost a nail biter to Gonzaga in Spokane. The Pilots play a fifteen game schedule, pitting themselves against some of the top teams from the West Coast and the Pacific Northwest.

While the losses of key seniors provide sizable holes to fill, the Pilots bring back most of their roster and added a productive freshmen class to mitigate these losses. With a year of head coaching under the belt, head coach Jake Schuit looks to fine-tune an offense that scored 174 goals last season and retains its core pieces. Portland looks to rebound defensively, where the Pilots struggled for long stretches last season, with the appointment of Rich Cooke to its smothering pedigree.

PORTLAND PILOTS’ 2015 SCHEDULE http://mcla.us/team/portland/2015/schedule.html

The Pilots hit the ground running against three consecutive Division 1 opponents against Oregon, Oregon State and Washington. A key non-divisional game goes down when the Pilots take on reigning PNCLL champions Western Washington under the lights on February 21st in Bellingham, WA, a series where the last three games have each been decided by a single goal.

Portland has a key divisional matchup when they head to Ashland for the second time in two weeks to play Southern Oregon on April 11th under the lights of Raider Stadium. The Pilots then conclude their season on the road against current South Division champions and PNCLL runner’s up Western Oregon on April 16th in Monmouth, OR.

“This season we welcome our largest freshman class in program history,” explains head coach Jake Schuit, “The sky is the limit for this group of guys and if we can play smart and prepare for each opponent, we feel good about our potential for success this year.  We have added some experience on the defensive end and return everyone on the offensive side of the ball.  With some strong senior leadership we hope to be competing in the playoffs come May.”

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The Home Stretch

What a long strange trip it has been. The past few weeks have seen a few decisive victories on the road, an unimaginable amount of nickname distribution, and one heartbreaking overtime loss.

On April 4, 2014 the Pilots hit the road for a multi-game weekend against two divisional opponents. First up was a much-improved College of Idaho team that looked poised for a playoff bid. The Pilots entered the game prepared for the matchup and were able to execut the game plan to near perfection. The first two minutes of the game saw College of Idaho pump in two quick goals, but after a stern talking to the boys got it together and went on to dominate the remaining three quarters. The game finished with a final score of 15-5. Junior midfielder Nolan Ripple had a solid day putting five goals past the opposing keeper. Freshman phenom Madison Pihl came up big with 7 total points. However, the shining star was senior midfielder Matthew “Rosie” Rosales who had one of the most dominating face off performances of his career.

Game #2 on the weekend was against the always-pesky Whitman College Missionaries in Walla Walla, WA. The Pilots dominated from the first whistle, heading into the fourth quarter up 14-1. You could see the back-to-back games wearing on the Pilots as they took some lazy penalties and let Whitman outscore them 6-2 in the last quarter. In the end, the Pilots walked away with a 16-7 victory and ended the weekend with two huge wins. Junior attackmen Kevin Bastien pumped in five goals on the day while junior standout Chris Timm tallied 7 points finishing with 3 goals and 4 assists.

We don’t need to talk about the Gonzaga game all that much… We lost in overtime 10-9. Chris Timm put the team on his back scoring 6 goals, while Sophomore Matthew “The Commodore” Perry played probably the best game of his career. He was a clearing monster and was flat out ruthless on his slides and on ball defense.

The Pilots take on the Gaels of St. Mary’s in an out of conference battle on Tuesday April 15 at 8PM on the turf field at Delta Park.

GO PILOTS!

A Lot Has Happened Since We Last Spoke

The last three games have seen the squad fall to 3-4 on the season dropping two divisional games against Southern Oregon University and the always pesky Wolves of Western Oregon University.  The Pilots were however, able to bounce back and unleash some built up aggression on cross town rival Portland State University.

On the first day of Spring break the Pilots hosted the Raider Hawks of Southern Oregon University.  Although SOU is a tough team, the Pilots have seen great success against them over the past few years.  The game was a back and forth battle and in the end, some foolish penalties and stelar face off work by SOU left the Pilots stunned on their home turf with a final score of 13-11.

After what appeared to be a relaxing Spring break (at least as far as Instagram can show) the Pilots had Western Oregon University come to town for a rematch of the PNCLL final from a year ago.  This was a much higher scoring affair but the Pilots fell on the wrong end of the final count.  The wolves of WOU were relentless and capitalized on a number of clearing mistakes leading to easy door step finishes.  The dynamic coaching staff of WOU were able to use high quality strategizing to come out with the win with the final score of 20-11.

The Pilots bounced back against Portland State University winning in convincing fashion 23-4.  Longsticks Ben Murphy and Matt “The Commodore” Perry saw solid minutes and played exceptionally well.  Freshman Tyler “Donnie” Little tallied 2 goals on the day and Savon “Robo Cop” Sengsavanh found the back of the net and dropped a dime assist as well.

The Pilots have two weeks to prepare before hitting the road to play against divisional foes College of Idaho and Whitman College.

GO PILOTS!

The Glass is Half Full After a Weekend on the Road

The Pilots hit the road this past weekend for a few out of conference games in Ashland, Oregon against Neveda and Santa Cruz.  Saturday proved to be the tougher of the two games with the Pilots unable to dig deep and crawl back against a tough Nevada squad.  The half time score was 4-4 but a huge face off run to start the second half kept the defense tired and the offense unable to help.  The final score was 12-7 in favor of Nevada and while the Pilots were down they were certainly not out.

The first half of Sunday’s game against Santa Cruz was similar to the previous day in that Portland found them selves in a tie game at the half.  With the score knotted at 10, the Pilots rallied behind some serious energy from the bench and a much-improved face off performance to finish the game with a final score of 18-13.  Although the Pilots were looking for two wins on the road, the victory on Sunday made for a much easier drive home.

Junior midfielder Chris Timm led the charge tallying 11 points (8G, 3A) on the weekend.  Freshman goaltender Evans Lineweaver was a force in net accumulating 24 total saves between both contests.  A huge shout out to freshman midfielder Savon Sengsavanh for scoring his first collegiate goal!

The entire Pilots team sends their most sincere thanks to the Timm Family for hosting everyone on the way down to Ashland.  You guys are awesome!

Come out and support the Pilots on Saturday March 8, 2014 as they take on divisional rival Souther Oregon University.  The game is scheduled for 1PM on the University of Portland Campus.  GO PILOTS!

Under the Helmet: Tyler Mills

We know, we know, you need your fix of Under the Helmet.  Well, here you go!

This week our focus is on a seasoned veteran of the game, Mr. Tyler Mills.  He keeps his emotions in check on the field, but time and time again opponents have become victim to his ruthless checks the moment his quiet demeanor is taken as a sign of weakness.  This guy does everything.  He’ll snag ten ground balls in a single game and just when you think that was impressive enough, you’ll watch the game film and it turns out he also had two assists and five take away checks.  An all around solid player, the squad will look to Tyler for on-field leadership and experience to steer the ship in the right direction.  If you find yourself on the sideline for a game this season, keep your eyes on #6, you will not be disappointed.  Now lets take a closer look at what Tyler brings to the Pilots team off the field.

Full Name: Tyler Gordon Mills
Date of Birth: March 15,1992
Hometown: Sammamish, WA
Year: Senior
Major: Finance
Position: D/LSM
Jersey Number: 6

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Q: What is your favorite Food?
A: Steak cooked medium-rare and potatoes.
Q:  Who is your go-to musical artist?
A: Zac Brown and Eminem

Q:  Favorite movie? Why?
A: Fox and the Hound, because I like Tod (the fox). Also Blazing Saddles.

Q:  What is your favorite eatery around the University of Portland?
A: Eastside Deli 

Q: When did you start playing lacrosse?  What was your initial motivation?
A: I started playing in the 7th grade because I quit little league and my friend told me you got to hit people with sticks in this sport. That sounded pretty fun to me.

Q: What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?
A: When we win our conference this year, it’ll be that. Until then, probably honorable mention all-american or one of the all conference (PNCLL) teams. 

Q: Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.
A: Against Portland State University two years ago I tried hitting a guy that was 6’6″ 250 and it didn’t work out well for me. I got lit up and it didn’t even kind of slow him down.

Q: When are you the most nervous while you are competing?
A: During the pregame lineup, once we start playing any nerves just go away.

Q: What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing lacrosse, and why?
A: Golf. I play now but if I spent more time doing that and less at lacrosse maybe I’d be better at it which would be pretty cool.

Q: How would you give away $50,000?
A: I’d find a charity that gives aid to families that have a child with Down Syndrome or even create one of my own.  My sister has Down Syndrome and it can cost a lot of money to give the kids the resources they need to keep up in school as well as participate in sports and other activities that allow them to be treated as if they are just like everyone else. 

Q: If you could have super power, what would it be?
A: I’d want to fly because I hate planes and then I could avoid using them.

Q:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: I hope to have a successful career and coach lacrosse at some level.

Keep checking back for more Under the Helmet.  Pretty soon we’ll be on to our junior class, and you definitely don’t want to miss that.

Under the Helmet: Jonathan Lee

It’s time once again to go Under the Helmet with another member of the Pilots Men’s Lacrosse Team.  This week we look to a seasoned veteran to shed some light on what really goes inside that head of his.

Jon Lee is a local product of the Pacific Northwest and brings a ton of character to the team.  The Pilots missed Jon’s tenacious riding in a number of games last year because of a devastating injury.  A highly anticipated return to full strength has the Seattle native working harder than ever with a new energy and spirit.  Jon is committed to coming out strong and proving that when he is healthy, he can absolutely dominate his defensive counterparts.  The Pilots will look to Jon’s physicality on the ride, as well as his crease play and confident finishing to help push the team to greatness.  Let’s take a closer look at who Jon Lee is, under the helmet.

Full Name: Jonathan Lee
Date of Birth: 08/30/91
Hometown: SeattleJon Lee
Year: Senior
Major: Marketing
Position: Attack
Jersey Number: 10

Getting to know Jon:

Q: What is your favorite Food?
A: Naturally, a Tonkatsu Rice Bowl with curry…

Q:  Who is your go-to musical artist?
A:  Avicii or WhitePanda

Q:  Favorite day of the week, and why?
A: My favorite day of the week is payday because I can buy my Tonkatsu Curry Rice Bowl.

Q:  What is your favorite eatery around the University of Portland?
A: Javiers Tacos on N/ Lombard.  (Oregon Burrito) @ 2am

Q: When did you start playing lacrosse?  What was your initial motivation?
A: I started playing when I was in the 7th grade during the winter in a box league.  My friends told me I could hit people with a stick and I was sold.

Q: What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?
A: My greatest accomplishment in athletics to date was winning my high schools first lacrosse conference title.

Q: Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.
A: During a hit in a lacrosse game I lost my shorts and my compression shorts slid off too.  It was snowing…  Bare butt in the snow.  Another embarrassing moment was when I tore my ACL for the second time playing intramural football.

Q: When are you the most nervous while you are competing?
A:  The first time the ball is passed to me during a game and when my family is watching me.

Q: What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing lacrosse, and why?
A: I think playing polo would be fun. You know on horses…  With STICKS.

Q: How would you give away $50,000?
A: I would split it up and find projects on Kiva.org to give to.  Kiva does some awesome stuff with micro financing to combat socioeconomic issues in third world countries.  I actually funded a project through my company Karmada Lacrosse that has helped people in numerous African countries.  http://www.kiva.org/team/karmada_lacrosse/loans

Q: If you could take an all expenses paid trip to anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: I would go to Peru to visit my girlfriend who is serving in the Peace Corps for the next 2 ½ years.

Q:  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: I see myself either abroad or in Seattle in a high-rise condo making high six figures.  I know I will be playing lacrosse in some old man’s league.

Keep checking back in for more Under the Helmet.  Go Pilots!

Pilots and Beavers Clash in Fall Ball Scrimmage

On what looked to be a rough day for mother nature, the clouds broke just in time for the Pilots to take to the field in a Fall scrimmage against the reigning PNCLL Division 1 champion Oregon State Beavers.  The Pilots were coming off a successful Fall Tournament in mid October with the only loss coming at the hands of the Wolves of Western Oregon University.  With the Beavers coming to town, Portland looked to the battle at hand to compete with one of the best teams in the Pacific Northwest.

With a crowd of epic per potions on hand, the Pilots came out fast and were able to strike first. The experienced Beavers were not fazed and took off on a 10-0 run finishing the first half up 10-1.   Portland came together and relied heavilyIMG_4004 on their transition game to finish strong with final score of 13-5 in favor of OSU. Big thanks to the Beavers for making the trip up from Corvallis!

On Saturday November 2nd at 6 PM, the Pilots will tangle with the Vikings of Portland State University.  The game will take place on the PSU Recreational Facility just outside the Stott Center. The pilots look to have a strong week of practice in order to put the pieces together for the final battle of the Fall season.

Spring Season Winding UP

The Pilots have been working hard the past few weeks to get ready for an exciting year of lacrosse.
 
Pilots lacrosse is starting the season with a blarge_2013_FHFOang.  Their first game is against Portland State on Saturday.  The Pilots are honored to be the first game of Laxx Tv’s MCLA Schedule.  The game will be recorded and streamed on Laxx TV’s website (http://laxx.tv/).  Another important weekend to pay attention to is February 15-17.  That weekend the Pilots will be playing three tough teams in the MCLA Vegas Full House Face Off.  For a full schedule of all the games played this weekend, check out the Westminster website ( Click Here ).  Pilots lacrosse will also be hosting key conference games on April 14th and 20th.  

Fritz Hayes Memorial Invitational

This past weekend the Pilots competed in their first tournament of the fall at the Fritz Hayes Memorial Invitational. This fall tournament took place over two beautiful, sunny days in Hillsboro, Oregon. On Saturday, the Pilots played Portland State, Humboldt State, and Central Washington University at the 53rd Street Fields. On Sunday, the Pilots faced Division opponents in Western Oregon University and Southern Oregon University. Portland finished the weekend at a perfect record of 5-0, establishing a good foundation for the rest of the fall season. The Pilots next fall scrimmage will be at home against Oregon State University on October 27th.
Scores from the Fritz Hayes Memorial Invitational:

  • UP-7   PSU-3
  • UP-4   Humboldt State-2
  • UP-4   CWU-1
  • UP-5   WOU-4
  • UP-4   SOU-0

The University of Portland squad would like to thank SOU, CWU, and Humboldt State for all making the long trek for these scrimmages.

Kyle Michael – Under The Helmet

With the beginning of the 2016 regular season right around the corner, we begin our Under The Helmet segments by getting to know one of the best defenders this program has ever seen. Kyle Michael has made a tremendous impact from the moment he stepped on campus. Always reliable, always giving every ounce of effort he’s got. KM, as everyone knows him, earned All Conference Honorable Mention LSM last year as a Junior. Despite playing mostly close defense, the Pilots rely on KM to lock down the opponents more prolific offensive threat. Kyle leads by example both on and off the field, so let’s get to know him a little bit better.

Quick Facts:
Full Name: Kyle Michael “KM”
Date of Birth: August 1, 1993
Hometown: Golden, Colorado
Year in school: Senior
Major: Electrical Engineer

Position: Defense
Jersey Number: 30

Getting to you know KM:

Q: What is your favorite Food?
A: My dad’s spaghetti.

Q:  Who is your go-to musical artist?
A: Linkin Park

Q:  Favorite movie? Why?
A: Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I am a big fantasy nerd!

Q:  What is your favorite eatery around the University of Portland?  What do you usually order?
A:  Thai Ginger. Chicken Pad Thai with a side of rice.

Q: When did you start playing lacrosse?  What was your initial motivation?
A: Freshman year of high school. A friend convinced me to give it a try and it was a break from basketball.

Q: What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?
A: Receiving Honorable Mention All-Conference LSM.
Q: Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.
A: When I was first learning the rules of lacrosse I was confused about the rule for the broken equipment. One game my shoe came off and I didn’t know what to do. I stopped, pondered for a moment, then dropped my stick and ran off the field, one shoe missing.
Q: When are you the most nervous while you are competing?
A: The nerves start during the warm up lap. They start to build during stretches and the rest of warm-ups, till they reach their peak during the introductions. However, as soon as the whistle blows they all go away and it is time to go to work.

Q: Which game are most looking forward to this season? Why?
A: Western Washington. To get payback for the championship game last year.

Q: How would you give away $50,000?
A: Wounded Warrior Project because we owe our veterans so much.

Q: If you could have super power, what would it be?
A: I have always wanted to fly!
Q:  What would be your dream job, and why?
A:  Fly the A-10 Thunderbolt II for the United States Air Force. I have always dreamed of being a pilot since I was in third grade. I am currently working to make this dream a reality and will find out if I got a pilot slot for the Air Force in February of this year.