Aug 302004
 
Authors: Scott Bondy

 

Not all students represent the green and gold through Division I

sports. Club sports have flourished around campus in recent years,

and CSU now boasts 28 teams.

While often under-appreciated and scarcely publicized, CSU’s

club sports continue to compete regionally and nationally. Five

teams have won national titles, including the baseball team that

won the 2004 National Club Baseball Association World Series while

going 27-1 on the year. Men’s lacrosse, which won 26 of 28 games in

2004, has been dominant annually and could easily knock off some

NCAA teams. Many consider the club sports program at CSU to be one

of the nation’s strongest.

“We’re a top contender with our club teams,” said Trineice

Durst, assistant director of club sports. “And we will only

continue to improve. There are so many teams this year that will

compete at a very high level, and we expect great things from

them.”

Two of the featured teams this fall can be seen competing on the

Intramural Field. Men’s and women’s soccer have begun tryouts and

are looking to improve on last year’s finishes. Both teams advanced

far into the postseason before losing in semifinal games at

nationals last year.

“This year we have hopes of winning nationals,” said Steve

Krebsbach, men’s soccer president. “With a lot of good players

coming back, we have a very strong team.”

The Green vs. Gold soccer games are set for Sept. 10 and are

always intense and physical matchups. These games, an annual event,

pair the different squads on the team against one another.

Club sports are improving because of better coaching and a

talent surplus. Many of these teams would be playing and competing

in Mountain West Conference games if the funding was available.

“Next year we plan to play some Division II teams including (the

University of Northern Colorado),” said junior Karen MacIver, an

officer and player on the women’s soccer team. “We can compete. We

just need the chance.”

Tryouts for some sports have already started, but there are more

to come. Additional information can be found at the Student

Recreation Center.

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