Hogs return to playoffs after 4-year drought

Led by a pair of flashy freshman and an old-school goalie, the Humboldt lacrosse team is headed to the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League postseason for the first time in four years.

The Hogs (4-4) clinched a playoff spot after their win over San Jose State on April 15. With one game remaining in the regular season, the Hogs’ still don’t know who they will play in the first round; but regardless of the opponent, Humboldt will take the field on April 29 for their first playoff game since 2013.

Offensively, the Hogs are led by a trio of scorers. Rookies Michael Elliot and Richard Thomas, and senior attack Schuyler Honnen have booked in every game and account for more than 80 percent of the team’s points. Elliot (3.875 PPG) and Thomas (3.5 PPG) also rank among the top in the WCLL for points per game.

Elliot leads the team in scoring (31 points) and assists (17). Fellow freshman Thomas brings a balanced blend of offense to the Hogs, netting 14 goals and 14 assists in only eight games. Honnen returns to the lineup after a year’s absence and the senior from Del Mar has 21 points on the season, including 18 goals.

Senior goalie and team captain Dillon Sheedy has arguably saved his best for last. The Truckee native is again one of the stingiest netminders in the WCLL, averaging more than 14 saves a game with a 64.3 percent save average — a career-high.

Sheedy, a three-year starter and two-time all-conference goalie, has never played in the postseason during his time with the Hogs. But no matter how deep of a run he leads the team, Sheedy’s final destination in the Hall of Fame is assured.

UPDATE: T-Shirt sale extended for 10 days

“Look what they did to my boy!”

The team at CustomInk was kind enough to offer a suggestion to the “Black Hog” design from the 2017 Humboldt Lacrosse T-Shirt fund raiser.

The obvious change is the inversion of the logo. It make the Humboldt Hog stand out but does add to the print surface on the front.

The more subtle difference is with the wording. On the original shirt, the word “Humboldt” is curved. On the righthand sample, the word is arched across the top. On the bottom half, the word “lacrosse” is slightly larger.

The “Black Hog” is one of five designs on sale now until March 16. Show your Hog pride and support the team by wearing some of the new T-shirts.

  • Gray HogA fan favorite in a recent online poll, go Hog wild and buy a few of these beauties!
  • The O.G. The first Hogs wore black and yellow; this shirt is black and yellow.
  • Big HelmetDon’t leave home without it!
  • Humboldt Script Less is more, especially when it’s less big block letters.
  • Black HogWhen the founder of Humboldt lacrosse says “make a gray Hog shirt in alumni colors,” it was an offer we couldn’t refuse!

T-shirts cost $20 and all proceeds go to the HSU Men’s Lacrosse club.

Humboldt Lacrosse announces two-week T-shirt sale

Show your Hog pride and support the team by wearing some of the new T-shirts available online for the next two weeks.

  • Gray HogA fan favorite in a recent online poll, go Hog wild and buy a few of these beauties!
  • The O.G. The first Hogs wore black and yellow; this shirt is black and yellow.
  • Big HelmetDon’t leave home without it!
  • Humboldt Script Less is more, especially when it’s less big block letters.
  • Black HogWhen the founder of Humboldt lacrosse says “make a gray Hog shirt in alumni colors,” it was an offer we couldn’t refuse!

T-shirts cost $20 and all proceeds go to the HSU Men’s Lacrosse club.

Hogs field largest recruiting class in years, coach says

Hogs lacrosse is having a bumper crop this fall.

Fourteen new members have joined the club, including 10 with playing experience and 10 freshman.

“It’s our biggest recruiting class in my time here at Humboldt State and our biggest recruiting class of players that actually have experience,” Hogs head coach Tony Silvaggio said. “They run from up to Oregon to southern California. It’s really nice to have such a large class of students come in.”

Silvaggio said the incoming group is a testament to the growth of lacrosse and the team leaders’ effort to raise awareness about the club on the Quad.

“Part of our recruiting is going out on campus, because many students don’t know we have a lacrosse club so the first four weeks of school they went out and recruited a bunch of players,” coach said.

After losing all-American attackmen in back-to-back seasons, the Hogs are looking to reload on offense but have a solid short and longstick defense. Silvaggio said he wants to bring in a few more players by spring and is shooting for 22-man roster to help keep legs fresh late into the season. In 2016, the Hogs play four games at home and six games on road.

“It should be fun,” Silvaggio said. “We’re hoping to do a raft trip before the season and get the team bonded together.”