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
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