Daily Archives: May 5, 2010

MCLA College Men’s Lacrosse National Championships Begins Play On May 11 In Denver As Michigan Is Ranked #1, Followed By Colorado State, Arizona State And Chapman

Division I

(1) Michigan vs. (16) Texas State, 4PM
(9) Michigan State vs. (8) BYU, 7PM
Winners play on 7PM, May 12th

(12) University of Florida vs. (5) Minnesota-Duluth, 7PM
(13) Illinois vs. (4) Chapman, 4PM
Winners play 4PM, May 12th

(14) Cal Poly vs. (3) Arizona State, 4PM
(11) Colorado vs. (6) Oregon, 7PM
Winners play 4PM, May 12th

(10) Simon Fraser vs. (7) Florida State, 7PM
(15) Boston College vs. (2) Colorado State, 4PM
Winners play 7PM, May 12th

Division II

(16) Sam Houston State vs. (1) St. Thomas, 10AM
(9) Grove City vs. (8) Western Oregon, 1PM
Winners play 4PM May 12th

(12) Western Washington vs. (5) Davenport, 1PM
(13) Cal State Fullerton vs. (4) Grand Valley State, 10AM
Winners play 1PM May 12th

(14) Briarcliffe vs. (3) Utah Valley, 10AM
(11) SCAD vs. (6) St. John’s, 1PM
Winners play 1PM May 12th

(10) Westminster vs. (7) Elon, 1PM
(15) Missouri State vs. (2) Dayton, 10AM
Winners play 4PM May 12th

MCLA College Men’s Lacrosse: Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse (16-2) Defeated BYU 15-10 On May 1 To Win Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference Championship And Will Play Boston College In The MCLA National Championships On May 11

After years of watching another team hoist the cup as champions of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference, the CSU men’s lacrosse team is once again on top.

The Rams (16-2) beat the defending champions, BYU, 15-10 on Saturday for their first conference title since 2006.

The road it took to get there, however, was not an easy one as the team came out a little sluggish in the first game of the tournament against Utah. CSU’s flat performance in the first half only had them up 5-2 before exploding to a 15-7 victory.

Head coach Alex Smith was not pleased with what he saw from his team, even though the win looked easy on paper.

“I did not think we played very good against Utah because we didn’t have a lot of energy,” Smith said. “It definitely wasn’t the type of game we would need to beat BYU, because they’re so much of a better team.”

Some of the adjustments had to come from a focus stand point, said senior co-captain Andrew Stein.

“Just as a team, as whole, we were a little slow in the first half especially,” Stein said. “I think a little bit of it was we looked past them more than we should have. We didn’t game plan for them as much as the other two teams, CU and BYU.”

The championship game between the Rams and BYU was the second meeting of the teams in as many weeks.

Once more, the Rams played a hard-fought first half, trailing 7-6, and had to make changes on the defensive end of the field. The changes worked to perfection, allowing only three goals the second half. The victory was only the second time CSU had bested BYU since 2006.

Much of the credit for the turnaround in the second half against Utah and into the BYU game can be attributed to junior Cooper Kehoe, the RMLC’s Offensive Player of the Year.

Kehoe continued his regular season dominance into the conference tournament, turning in a six-point effort against Utah with three goals and three assists. He followed it up with another spectacular performance in the championship game, racking up eight more points on two goals and six assists.

“(Cooper) is kind of the heart and soul of our team and plays that hard every day,” Smith said. “He doesn’t have an ego, he is a team guy and he’s a real pleasure to coach.”

Kehoe understands that he is important to his team’s success but remains humble and eager to help the team keep winning.

“It was cool, but I couldn’t have done it without everyone else, and it was just nice to dish out the love to everyone,” Kehoe said. “I feel like our whole team went really deep and a lot of guys got to drop some points.”

The championship is special to all the players and coaches, but for the seniors it’s just a bit sweeter.

“BYU always has a great program and gives their best, so it was really nice to get a championship under my belt (against BYU),” Stein said. “I’ve faced them about six or eight times before that without winning. It feels good –– really satisfying.”

With a conference title to their name, the Rams can take it all in and use the experience for the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Tournament in Denver.

“Oh it’s great. I haven’t had this experience yet, I mean I hadn’t beat BYU since I was first here,” Kehoe said. “It shows that we can play with anybody and I think it will help us later along the road.”


Colorado High School Girls Lacrosse: #1 Cherry Creek Girls Lacrosse (14-0) Defeated #2 Denver East 14-10 On May 4

It probably wasn’t the way Tori Link would have preferred to have gotten into the game, but the Cherry Creek freshman capitalized on the opportunity.

When starter Bailey Zerr exited the game with a right knee injury, Link stepped up, scoring one goal and assisting on another as the Bruins scored four consecutive goals en route to a 14-10 victory over East on Tuesday night at the Stutler Bowl.

The battle between the state’s top two teams was a back-and-forth affair after East (12-1) scored seven goals to rally from an early 4-1 deficit. Three times the No. 2-ranked Angels took a one-goal lead, and three times top-ranked Cherry Creek (14-0) tied it. The final time was on Link’s goal, and the Bruins scored six of the next seven to put the game away.

“I would say we all did it. I don’t think it was just my presence. We all brought it back,” Link said.

Kameryn Downing scored a game-high five goals and Shelby Barrett added three goals and four assists.

Date Opponent Result
3/10 at Kent Denver   W, 14-12
3/17 GRANDVIEW   W, 19-1
3/27 at Poway   W, 9-8
3/29 at Torrey Pines   W, 11-8
3/30 at La Costa Canyon   W, 10-8
4/10 at Chaparral, CO   W, 23-7
4/12 at Arapahoe   W, 18-6
4/16 at Heritage-Littleton   W, 19-6
4/19 at Colorado Academy   W, 18-3
4/21 MULLEN   W, 16-13
4/24 SMOKY HILL   W, 19-8
4/27 at Centaurus   W, 16-10
4/29 KENT DENVER   W, 13-11
5/04 DENVER EAST    
Coach: Cayel Dwyer

“We really struggled in our last few games to put a good second half together. So it was something we focused on,” Cherry Creek coach Cayel Dwyer said.

Maxwell Blair’s three goals — all in the second half — led East, but that was all the Angels could manage after halftime.

“We didn’t do exactly what’s been our strength — double the ball and make sure there’s not an outlet pass,” East coach Robert Romero said.


San Diego High School Boys Lacrosse: Torrey Pines Boys Lacrosse (12-1) Will End Outstanding 2010 Season Against Coronado And La Costa Canyon (Video)

Highlights from Torrey Pines’ 11-4 win over Cathedral on March 13, 2010.

Date Opponent Result
3/19 LA JOLLA HS   W, 14-3
3/24 LITTLETON   W, 14-6
3/26 BISHOP’S SCHOOL   W, 15-3
4/02 WHEAT RIDGE   W, 12-5
4/07 THOUSAND OAKS   W, 15-3
4/15 WESTVIEW   W, 11-1
4/20 MOUNT CARMEL   W, 18-1
4/23 at San Marcos   W, 15-8
4/27 at Poway   L,  8-7 (OT)
4/30 at Fallbrook   W, 11-1
5/04 at Rancho Bernardo   W, 6-4
5/07 CARLSBAD    
5/11 at Coronado    
Coach: John Principi

Northern California High School Girls Lacrosse: Foothill Falcons (Pleasonton, CA) Girls Lacrosse (10-6) Competes In CIF-North Coast Section East Bay Athletic League (Video)

Highlights from Foothill’s 12-10 win over St. Ignatius on March 19, 2010.

Date Opponent Result
3/02 ACALANES   W, 12-8
3/09 at Menlo School   W, 19-14 (OT)
3/12 at Davis   W, 16-8
3/19 ST. IGNATIUS PREP, CA   W, 12-10
3/23 at Livermore   W, 18-2
3/30 CALIFORNIA HS   W, 11-8
4/01 at Carondelet   L,  11-9
4/08 at La Costa Canyon   L,  10-7
4/09 at Torrey Pines   L,  15-10
4/13 at Granada   W, 15-7
4/16 SAN RAMON VALLEY   W, 18-0
4/20 at Amador Valley   L,  7-4
4/23 LIVERMORE   W, 10-3
4/27 at Monte Vista, Danville   L,  14-13 (OT)
4/30 at California HS   W, 17-13
5/07 GRANADA    
5/11 at San Ramon Valley    
Coach: Ken Cuozzo