Monday, February 28, 2011

Simon Fraser set to go

Despite an appearance in last year's MCLA semifinals, the loss of six players to graduation, including three All-Americans, and an additional seven players not returning this season, makes it easy to write the Clan off as young and inexperienced heading into 2011. Add to that a roster of only 19 players, 14 of which are underclassmen and themes of rebuilding can only come to mind. 
Talk to SFU co-head coaches Jeff Cathrea and Brent Hoskins, however, and a different pursuit of reloading quickly overshadows any misconceptions of this season being focused solely on development.
"We can't deny the fact that we are young and have traditionally low numbers again this year, but coming out of what has been a very positive off-season, we have the feeling that our youthfulness has only made us hungrier in our preparation and more determined to maintain our spot amongst the MCLA's elite," Hoskins said.
"With such a small roster, there is a much greater sense of accountability that the guys have with each other," Cathrea added, when talking about the Clan's low numbers. "We feel that we still have the athletes capable of making another run again this season. Everyone is expected to contribute to that success and, with that, no one wants to let the team down, so guys come to practice looking to push each other every day."

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