Tigers Celebrate Thrilling 2018 Season
Blow-out victories. Overtime thrillers. Superb individual performances.The Colorado College men's lacrosse team experienced a little bit of everything during the 2018 season.
Add in the program's first national ranking, the return of the Locker-Stabler Cup and a sixth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, it becomes obvious why 2018 will be remembered as one of the most successful and exciting seasons in 54 years of Tiger Lacrosse. Read More
It’s no coincidence that the most successful era in more than 50 years of Colorado College men’s lacrosse has occurred during Sean Woods’ tenure as head coach. A master motivator with an attention to detail, Woods has built upon the program’s status as the most dominant in the West Region to one that is making waves at the national level.
During his first six seasons, the Tigers posted a combined record of 69-29, good for a .704 winning percentage, and won 10 or more games every year. CC also has earned five consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship, including 2016 year when it played host to the program’s first-ever postseason home game and rallied to defeat Whittier College, 11-10, in overtime.
At the same time, Colorado College has controlled possession of the Locker-Stabler Cup, a traveling trophy awarded to the winner of the CC-Whittier regular-season showdown, by winning five of the six games during Woods’ tenure. In three seasons competing in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, Woods guided the Tigers to a 17-0 league mark and a pair of tournament championships.
Thomas Muldoon is in his first year as an assistant coach with the Colorado College men’s lacrosse program .Muldoon, a four-year starter at Brown University, serves as the team’s offensive assistant and recruiting coordinator.
A two-time honorable mention All-American and three-time first-team all-Ivy League selection, Muldoon currently ranks 13th in school history with 153 points (116G/37A). He received Brown’s Cliff Stevenson Award as Brown’s most valuable player during his junior and senior seasons and was named the team’s Offensive MVP as a sophomore in 2008.
Muldoon led the Bears to a pair of Ivy League Championships and a berth in the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship. At the end of his senior season, Muldoon was selected to play in the USILA’s North-South All-Star Game.
Scott Popelar, a fixture in the Colorado lacrosse community for nearly 20 years, has served as assistant coach and defensive coordinator for the Colorado College men’s lacrosse program since 2010.
During his first seven years, the Tigers posted a combined 84-26 record, good for a .764 winning percentage. The defense has limited opponents to a 6.97 goals-against average, and the Tigers have made five NCAA Tournament appearances, while receiving national and regional All-American honors.
Prior to joining the CC staff, Popelar served as an assistant coach at Kent Denver School, coaching the close defense and middies while helping coordinate the overall team defense. He helped lead the Sun Devils to the Colorado state championship in 2008, the state finals in 2011 and the semifinals in 2010, as well as quarterfinal appearances in 2009 and 2012.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Shawn Maloney is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Colorado College men’s lacrosse program. Maloney will serve as the team’s goaltender coach and will assist in scouting, recruiting and administrative operations.
Maloney, who graduated from Colorado College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, was a four-year starter as an attackman. He served as a team captain in 2007 and 2008 and was named CC’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2005. A native of Walpole, Mass., Maloney graduated as the all-time leading scorer at Walpole High School.
Maloney currently is pursuing a master’s degree in sport coaching from the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology. He coached previously at Berkeley High School and Oakland Lacrosse Club in California.