Hard Work and Dedication Lead to Success for University Recreation's Men's Lacrosse Club
The UREC Men's Lacrosse club is in the midst of a dominant season, boasting a 8-1 overall record and 4-1 conference record. Support from administration and coaching, as well as growing team morale and level of talent have led to their recent improvement. University Recreation hosts 28 student led club sports teams on campus. Club Sports give U of A students the opportunity to participate in these activities at a competitive level against other schools.
"I'm very appreciative of Coach Jenkins and Coach Kelley for providing tremendous positivity and influence to the team," said Jonathan Elliott, Assistant Director for Club & Intramural Sports. "Their difficult seasons before this year have paid off with such an awesome start to this year."
Their recent success would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the players themselves. Thirty one young men are balancing school with multiple practices a week in order to sharpen their skills and remain competitive in the league.
"I'm thrilled that all of their hard work is paying off," said Justin Jenkins, Men's Lacrosse coach. "In addition to the great student-athletes we have, the investment the university made in the turf fields at the UREC Sports Complex has greatly benefited our program. Being able to practice in all weather conditions has given us the advantage to compete and contributed to our recent success."
Operating a club sports team requires attention to detail on compliance, scheduling, and budgeting for equipment and team travel. Communication between the UREC Club Sports program supervisors, coaches and players must be constant and strong in order to have a successful club team.
"In the four years I have been a member of this club I have had the blessing of being able to watch this team grow tremendously," said Harrison Dance, president of the men's Lacrosse Club. "From barely competing in our respective conference four years ago to already having a gauranteed playoff spot for this year, it has been thrilling to be a part of this organization. Our growth has come from University Recreation guiding us day to day, and from our coaches and directors investing countless hours into us every week."
The next opportunity to support the Men's Lacrosse club will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the UREC Sports Complex on Mitchell Street as they take on Texas State. This event is free to attend. Participation in club sports is open to all University of Arkansas students. For more information on UREC Club Sports, visit urec.uark.edu.
Jonathan Elliott , assistant director
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