Kansas State hosts annual Fall Tillar Tourney
Kansas State hosts the Tillar tournament every year in honor of a fallen coach
and teammate, Donny Tillar. Donny was the first head coach in the history of the KSU
lacrosse program, he played college lacrosse at Army West Point Academy and was
stationed at Ft. Riley. One day when passing by Memorial Stadium, Donny happened to
see a practice going on and decided to see if he could help, turns out he could. Donny
was, as some would say, the momentum that kept the program going then and what still
propels the team today. Donny’s impact was cut short however when he was tragically
killed in action while deployed during Operation Desert Storm. Because of the
tremendous impact that Donny had the team hosts a tournament in his honor every year.
The Tillar Tournament is a Kansas State Lacrosse tradition dating back to the late
90’s that has hosted many different teams over the years. The 2017 Tillar Tournament
consisted of three teams, Kansas State, Nebraska, and Arkansas. The one day tournament
ended up with Arkansas on top 2-0 on the day, Nebraska in second with a 1-1 record and
Kansas State ending 0-2 on the day. Despite the 0-2 record, the cats were able to stay in
both games until the end and are looking forward to facing both teams again in the spring
Kansas State Names 2017 Captains
As we approach the 2017 season the Wildcats have named two captains, Seniors
Michael Cesena and Sam Toby were named the two team captains by their fellow
teammates. Both Michael and Sam are entering their fourth season as Wildcats and have
been team leaders both on and off the field over their 4 years careers. Michael is entering
his fourth season as a starter and Toby his third, with the experience there for both
captains the Wildcats look to these two players to help lead the team to a winning
Kansas State featured in School Newspaper
“The Kansas State Wildcats were featured in their school newspaper, “The Collegian” in an article that looks at how the team is preparing for the Tillar Tournament and features quotes from players Riley Curran, Anders Blomquist, and Sean Morris.” Read more at www.kstatecollegian.com
Kansas State Loses Home Opener vs Arkansas Razorbacks
The Wildcats opened their 2017 season against the Arkansas Razorbacks in a GRLC and LSA conference matchup. This matchup between the two teams began in 2015 and the Razorbacks had a 2-0 record going into this game. The Razorbacks came to Manhattan coming off of a home opening loss the week before to a tough Missouri State team 10-8.
The cats came out quick and notched the first goal, but Arkansas came back quickly and were up 3-1 at the end of the first and continued into the half leading the cats 7-3 at the break. The Razorbacks defense allowed no goals in the third which put a damper on the cat’s offense, but the wildcats were able to put in three goals in the fourth whilst holding Arkansas scoreless to put the final at 13-6.
Top scorers for the Cats were Anders Blomquist and Reid Claassen with 2 goals each, Sam Toby and Hal Hollingsworth both also put a goal in the net for the cats, while Riley Curran had two assists and 6 groundballs in the matchup.
Kansas State Beats Westminster College 14-1
Kansas State hosted Westminster College in a scrimmage on February 5th and breezed by with a 14-1 victory over the Blue Jays. The D3 program out of Fulton, MO is in its inaugural season and will face Other MCLA and NAIA programs like Kansas and Benedictine College this season.
The cats look to use the momentum from this game to propel them to two wins in Nebraska during the weekend of the 17th. The cats will take on fellow MCLA foe Creighton for a Friday night matchup in Omaha, from there they will travel to Lincoln to take on Nebraska for a GRLC match-up at noon on Saturday. With a successful weekend in Nebraska the cats have a chance to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Wildcats Will Face Creighton and Nebraska in GRLC Conference Opener this Weekend
The Kansas State Wildcats will face two opponents this weekend during their trip to Nebraska. The cats will play the Creighton Blue Jays Friday night in Omaha at 7pm and the Cornhuskers Saturday at noon in Lincoln.
The cats look to improve to 3-1 by the end of the weekend and in doing so notching a 1-0 record in GRLC conference play. The cats will need to be firing on all cylinders to get past a couple of tough opponents, after the weekend of gameplay against Arkansas the offensive play for the cats needs to be elevated in order to find success on the field.
The cats look to offensive leaders like Anders Blomquist, Sam Toby, and Riley Curran for increased production on the offensive side of the ball. On the other hand the defense has been tasked with backing up the newcomer in cage Reid Claassen, Senior Mike Cesena and Sophomore Cam Von Dyke will be key factors in the cat’s defensive front going into this weekend.
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