While fans and the media are most familiar with NCAA lacrosse, collegiate lacrosse is also played across the country in a variety of other settings from casual pick-up clubs to “virtual varsity” programs. Organizations other than the NCAA which sanction competitive collegiate men’s lacrosse include the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA), and the National Collegiate Lacrosse League (NCLL) which features local club teams from RPI, the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and UAlbany. In fact, UAlbany currently is ranked #4 nationally in the NCLL’s Division 1.
Bobby Hall, a 2012 graduate of Fayetteville-Manlius High School and a Senior at UAlbany is in his second year as President of the club. A four year starter on the team, who also previously served a year as Vice President, Hall recently took the time to answer some questions for Capital District Lax.
Tell us a little about the UAlbany club lacrosse team.
BH: The men’s club team has been a steady and recognized club at UAlbany since 2011. We are a part of the NCLL (National Collegiate Lacrosse League) in the Empire East conference. The other teams in our conference are Syracuse, Cortland, and Cornell. Our division is usually one of the most talented conferences.
We have a fall ball program that goes from September till the end of October. Our spring season runs from February till the end of April, and then playoffs run through the second week of May. We practice four days a week. Monday through Thursday from 7-9 PM. This year we are off to the best start in school history at 6-0 and are ranked 4th in the country.
What responsibilities do the players and officers have in the day to day operations of the team?
BH: We are self-coached and operated. As a club team it is entirely run by the captains and eboard members. We schedule games, take care of the budget, and run practices. There are four eboard members. Currently they are Mike Almes, Mike Geremia, and Jack Caserta, and me.
Tell us about the skill and experience level of the players on the team.
BH: We typically have between 30-40 players each year. We have a vast difference in skill level. We have many players from prominent lacrosse backgrounds from the Syracuse, and Long Island backgrounds. We also have some players that are new to the game.
As a club sport, what support and assistance does the team receive from the University?
BH: We receive financial support and field space from the school. Our expenses include league fees, referee fees, and travel expenses.
Does the club have any regular interaction/relationship with UAlbany’s nationally ranked D1 lacrosse team?
BH: As our seasons are at the same time, it is hard to really do much with the varsity team. We do go and support them during their home games.
Would you recommend club lacrosse for someone who wants to keep playing after high school?
BH: I would definitely recommend club lacrosse. It offers the competitiveness of playing other schools without the incredible commitment of playing at the D1 level.
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