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