For Immediate Release – BYU Men’s Lacrosse
PROVO, UT— The BYU Men’s Lacrosse team has announced four captains for the 2018 season. Zach Labrum (Libertyville High School - Libertyville, IL), Tanner Johnson (Chaska High School - Chaska, MN), Arty Walters (Alta High School - Draper, UT) and Jake Hougaard (Timpanogos High School - Orem, UT).
Zach Labrum is a senior from Libertyville, IL. Zach served a 2 year, Portuguese speaking, LDS mission to Brazil and will be graduating from BYU this Spring with a degree in Finance. Labrum, an RMLC All-Conference Midfielder is excited to for the upcoming season. “We're a young team,” said Labrum. “Everyone, including our stellar freshman class has bought into the culture of hard work and accountability that we're trying to build. We couldn't be more excited about the potential that we've shown as a unit and the chance to work towards an RMLC and MCLA Championship.”
For Labrum, he is appreciative of the BYU Lacrosse experience. “This team has given me far more than just a collegiate athletic experience,” said Labrum. “I've had so many teammates current and past that have positively impacted my life and our program.”
Tanner Johnson is a senior from Chaska, MN. Tanner served a 2 year, Portuguese speaking, LDS mission to Brazil and will be graduating from BYU this Spring with a degree in Business Management. Johnson, an RMLC All-Conference Attackman is expecting the team to do well this year. “We expect to compete for a national championship,” said Johnson. “I think that’s the focus going into every season. It will be important for us to take it one game at a time and learn from our mistakes. If we can learn and grow as the season continues, we’ll be in a good spot come May.”
Johnson is grateful for BYU and the support of the lacrosse program. “Playing lacrosse at BYU has become something I will never forget,” said Johnson. “Playing here has allowed me to surround myself with guys that are better than I am. Building a comradery with guys like that is very special. It’s awesome playing at a school that supports your program and expects you to put the best product on the field. It’s very motivating.”
Arty Walters is a junior from Draper, UT. He served a two year, English speaking, LDS mission to Portland, Oregon and is studying Math Education. Walters, a highly recruited athlete from Alta High School has been a two-year defensive starter for the Cougars and is grateful for the opportunity to serve his teammates. “I am honored for this opportunity to serve this team which has become a brotherhood,” said Walters. “I am looking forward to a successful season and a return to the RMLC and MCLA Championships.”
Walters feels that playing lacrosse at BYU is unique. “I chose to play for BYU because I knew I would have a chance to win championships while becoming a better man on and off the field.”
Jake Hougaard is a sophomore from Orem, UT. He served a two year, Spanish speaking LDS mission to Ecuador and is studying Mechanical Engineering. Hougaard, an RMLC All-Conference Defensive Midfielder feels the 2018 Cougars have a strong foundation. “Coming out of last year with such a strong foundation, I am stoked to see how this season goes,” said Hougaard. “So many guys put in hours of work during the offseason to be ready for this year. We have all the potential in the world. If we can figure out how best to harness, develop and direct it towards consistent playing at a high level, the sky's the limit for our us this year.”
Hougaard feels that it is a privilege to serve as a team captain. “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to play lacrosse at BYU with the men on this team,” said Hougaard. “Being able to spend so much time with them I have the great blessing of learning from them, looking up to them, and forming what will hopefully be lifelong friendships with many of them”.
“I am very happy that Zach, Tanner, Arty & Jake will be representing our team as captains this year,” said BYU Head Coach Matt Schneck. “Since their selection, they have helped create a tremendous team culture and have provided additional “behind the scenes” leadership that is meaningful to both their teammates and the coaching staff. I have no doubts that they will be successful in their efforts both on and off the field this year.”
Matt Schneck (BYU ‘97, GWU ‘02) is entering his 9th year as the Cougar’s head coach, has a record of 124-38 and has coached 53 MCLA All-Americans. Schneck and the Cougars are looking forward to a successful 2018 season.
The Brigham Young University Men’s Lacrosse Team is a proud member of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) and the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC). The Cougars have won 4 MCLA National Championships and 10 RMLC Championships. For more information, please visit BYU Lacrosse social media @BYULacrosse.