For the second consecutive summer, Head Coach Shawn Swords will take his Laurentian Voyageurs to the beautiful Central American country of Costa Rica for a series of games against NCAA Division 1 opponents. Recall Vees went 1-3 last summer in Costa Rica including a 76-67 victory over Montana. The D1 Grizzlies ended up going 26-8 this past season, capturing the Mountain West tournament championship before losing to eventual NCAA championship game participant Michigan in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Vees also lost by 2 to Kent State and by 6 to Western Kentucky during last season’s trip. Laurentian finished 16-7 in fourth place in OUA East this past season, losing in the OUA quarter-final at Carleton.
This summer Laurentian will face off against D1 opponents Troy Trojans (16-17 last season in Sun Belt Conference; Troy, Alabama), Eastern Kentucky (11-20 last season in Ohio Valley conference; Richmond, Kentucky) and San Diego Toreros (20-14 last season in West Coast Conference).
Swords returns Moser Award winner Kadre Gray who led Laurentian to their most successful season in several years before breaking his foot late in the season. Vees must replace starters 6’3″ David Aromolaran and 6’5″ William Yengue plus part-time starter 6’7″ Joe Sykes and key 6’3″ reserve O.J. Watson. Expect Swords to name his most recent recruiting class in the coming weeks.