Weaver ready to take charge learned a lot and I got bigger, faster, stronger, Weaver said. had a great mentor in front of me and I just psyched about being part of this team and getting out there and playing. I want to show my family here what I can do. referring to his team as his family isn just one overexcited player espousing the virtues of team chemistry. It part of a new attitude for the Mavericks. One of the criticisms leveled at the men lacrosse team in past years, first year head coach Vince Smith said, was that the team never really jelled despite its talent. done a whole lot more team building stuff than we ever done before, Smith said. working with (Mesa County) Partners here, locally, as well as just doing things as a group. Hikes, backpacking events and different things. So, as a group, we more about being a family and playing for the guy next to you. easy to play in the fall and have fun. But come spring, with depth charts, it gets harder to play for the guy next to you. We hoping to build a family, and that what we say coming in and out of every huddle. was the program top assistant last season, when the Mavericks missed the playoffs after a late season Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association loss to Dominican University. Colorado Mesa finished with a 9 3 record, 5 1 in conference play. The Mavericks went 4 0 at Walker Field. But CMU now looks like the top dog in a still small, but more regional, conference. The Mavericks were picked to win the league by WILA coaches, but California schools Dominican and Notre Dame de Namur have left the conference, leaving only Colorado Mesa and Adams State as original members. Rockhurst University, a small Jesuit college in Kansas City, Missouri, left the Great Lakes Valley Conference to join the WILA. CSU Pueblo also joins the conference for its first year as a varsity lacrosse program. Stephen Dunn, a senior attackman for the Mavericks, is the preseason WILA offensive player of the year and long stick midfielder Eric McCoster is the preseason WILA defensive player of the year. Almost 90 percent of the points scored last season by the Mavericks were scored by players returning this season. Accompanying Dunn is senior Michael nike 2 in 1 Beimford who transferred from Ohio State before the start of last season and junior Daniel Caddoo. Senior midfielder Griffin Perkiel, who scored nine goals last season, also returns. David Solomon, formerly of the University of Maryland, scored 20 points in only nine appearances for the Mavericks and is back for a full season. On defense, senior long stick midfielder Zach Bullett is back. He joined by former Grand Junction nike 8097 defenders Ryan Arnold and Stuart Foster. Colorado Mesa also signed 19 players during the early signing period, one of the largest hauls in program history. New additions for eligible to play in 2016 include Nikolas Lund Murray, a 6 foot 3 goalie who was a member of Canada U16 national team and Logan Olmsted. Olmsted attended Nike Blue Chip camp and played in an all star game featuring some of the top 200 prep lacrosse players in the country. Smith said the preseason accolades and hype around recruiting is nice, but the Mavericks goals are set much higher. hope is to win the WILA, Smith said. continue to climb the ranks nationally. It nice that we were selected in the conference poll, but nike shoes green we want to be a program that will get into the top 15, top 10, every year.