Boise State men’s club lacrosse wrapped up their season at home on Saturday, April 20 against conference rival University of Idaho. Almost exactly a year prior to Saturday’s game, the Broncos were on the losing end of a matchup with the Vandals in Moscow. This time at home, the Blue and Orange avenged their loss 8-7.
As with most rivalry games in sports, this one was physical. The two teams traded goals and hits back and forth for a majority of the game until late in the fourth quarter when an offsides call gave the Broncos possession. The call caught the Vandals off guard and Boise State’s freshman attack, Andrew Walker, put one in the net with no one but the goalie around and nine seconds left on the clock.
“It doesn’t matter how good they are, when it comes to a rivalry game anything can happen, no matter the records or how good the other team is. It’s all about coming into the game with a chip on your shoulder,” said senior Kolten Rosin. “We knew it was going to get chippy and we knew it was going to be a hard-fought game. It feels good to come out on top.”
Rosin finished the regular season with a team-leading 27 goals.
The win for the Broncos puts them at 8-5 on the season, an impressive turnaround from a 3-6 campaign in 2018. Head coach Adam Smith believes that the key to the turnaround was a result of the team’s leadership.
“We made a great improvement from last year to this year. I think that it comes down to the level of buy-in from the guys,” Smith said. “We have a senior class that has really led by example and has trusted us (coaches) every step of the way. The seniors have gotten their teammates to roll with them with the sets and systems that we’ve established.”
An 8-5 record makes Boise State eligible for the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) playoffs, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 2016. The Broncos will face the University of Oregon, a foe they are all too familiar with. The two met just recently on April 12 in Boise, where the Ducks were able to come out on top with a convincing 9-14 victory. Nonetheless, Boise State still expects the game to be competitive.
“I think that the Oregon game will be more of a battle than the last time we played them,” said junior captain Joe Peterson. “Especially since we’ve played them before, we’re going to get after it early and I know that Oregon will as well.”
The game versus Oregon will be played at a neutral site in Missoula, Montana on April 27 at 7 p.m. Boise State will not only be looking to avenge their loss but also to reach the championship against either the University of Washington or Simon Fraser University.