Daily Archives: May 6, 2011
MCLA Lacrosse: 2011 National Championship Tournament Awaits Completion Of Conference Playoffs That Began On May 1
WCLA Lacrosse: UCLA Women’s Lacrosse Shocks #1 Colorado In 11-7 Victory On May 5 To Advance To Semifinals In WCLA National Championships In Scottsdale, AZ
On a night when upsets ruled the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I National Championship, none was bigger than UCLA knocking off top-ranked Colorado 11-7 in the quarterfinal round.
UCLA advances to Friday’s semifinals where it will meet league rival Santa Clara, an 18-10 winner over Cal Poly.
UCLA, back in the tournament after missing out on a bid last year, certainly wasn’t fazed by a seed number.
“What we have constantly been telling our team is if you look at the top teams in this tournament, anything is possible,” said UCLA head coach Shanta Loecker. “As long as they went in with that attitude, then that would be true.”
Colorado came into the game with a 16-1 record, but had played a number of close games through the season. The first half, however, was hardly close. UCLA jumped on the Buffaloes, taking a 7-1 lead after 30 minutes of play. Freshman Courtney Randall had three goals in the half, but the story was defense.
“Our defense decided to click today,” said Loecker. “We’ve been working on a lot of details with that defense. It’s kind of a high-pressure defense and it doesn’t always work, but today it did. I think it threw them off their game a little bit and they weren’t really to set up their offense the way they’re used to. They made some good adjustments at halftime, but the first half, our defense just shut it down.”
Colorado came out strong in the second half to cut the UCLA lead to 8-6 with plenty of time, 16:09, remaining in the game, but UCLA withstood the charge. Colorado’s Andie Solomon scored her second goal of the game with 11:31 to play to make it 9-7 UCLA, but that would be the last goal of the game until UCLA scored two empty-netters in the final minute as Colorado tried to double-team the ball with its goalie.
UCLA goalie Devon Comito made 13 saves to record the victory and Allie Simpson led the Bruins with four goals. Solomon’s two led Colorado.
NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Advances To ECAC Tournament Final Against Fairfield After 11-4 Victory Over Ohio State On May 5
University of Denver men’s lacrosse sophomore Chase Carraro(Louisville, Ky.) scored twice and was 10-of-16 on face-offs, leading the Pioneers in an 11-4 victory over Ohio State in the Eastern College Athletic Conference semifinal at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
The win advanced Denver to the ECAC title game on Saturday. “A lot of credit goes to Ohio State. They battled hard all night and gave us a great challenge,” head coach Bill Tierney said. “We were able to figure things out and play the game that we know best. Fairfield will be a good match-up on Saturday and we are looking forward to it.”
Junior Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) had two goals and an assist for Denver (12-2). Freshman Jamie Faus (Lakeville, Conn.) had 13 saves in the win, making it his fifth-consecutive double-digit save performance. Sophomore Hayden Schuette (Encinitas, Calif.) added two goals and senior Steve Simonetti (Dublin, Ohio) forced four turnovers for the Pioneers.
After 13 minutes of scoreless play Tyler Frederick gave Ohio State (8-8) a 1-0 lead after the first quarter. The Buckeyes shut-out the Pioneers for just the fifth time in a quarter all season. (84 quarters)
Denver then held Ohio State scoreless in the second quarter while scoring four unanswered goals. Sophomore Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) tied the game 1-1, followed by junior Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) who gave the Pioneers their first lead of the night. Schuette and senior Todd Baxter (Eden Prairie, Minn.) followed suit and Denver led 4-1 at intermission.
WCLA Lacrosse: UC Santa Barbara Women’s Lacrosse Makes Dramatic 4th Quarter Comeback To Defeat #2 Florida 11-10 In WCLA National Championship Quarterfinals
Sophomore Katie Mitchell (Lafayette, CA) scored the winning goal with 24 seconds left in overtime to give UCSB a WCLA National Championship Tournament quarterfinal win over 2nd seeded Florida.
The goal capped off an improbable comeback. Seventh seeded UCSB was down 8-10 with about four minutes left in the game but some hustle, effort and enthusiasm resulted in a 3 goal run. The second goal in that run tied the game with 8 seconds remaining in regulation. The win reversed the outcome from when the two teams met on February 19th. Florida won that game 11-7 in Santa Barbara. The weather cooperated again tonight in Scottsdale with the temperature dropping under 70 degrees by the opening draw at 8:00pm. Some fans went to their cars for jackets and sweatshirts. With everyone now acclimated to the 90 degree daytime temperatures the evening cool off to 70 seemed chilly.
The winning goal came after junior Jeni Centner (Tustin, CA) saved a point blank Florida shot for her second save of the extra inning. With time winding down Centner took a chance and ran the ball upfield before making a long clear that landed near Mitchell on the other side of the midfield line. The midfielder scooped up the ground ball to wheel and deal her way past her defender and then around another Gator over the remaining 30 yards down the field for an unassisted goal that gave UCSB the win.
“That was a heads up play by Jeni to cheap it upfield like that and it worked out for us,” said UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey about the winning play.
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California High School Lacrosse: St. Ignatius Prep Boys Lacrosse Trails Entire Game Before Defeating Coronado 9-8 In Battle Of Top Teams On April 30
Saturday the Islanders took their talents to Santa Barbara, which in theory is halfway between Coronado and San Francisco, the home of their weekend opponent from St. Ignatius College Prep. The contest featured Coronado, the No. 1 ranked team in California against the No. 2 team from St. Ignatius. Somewhat ironically about one week before, the girls lacrosse teams from the two schools, then both ranked No. 1 and 2, played each other. With a bit of foreshadowing, the Wildcats won that game as well.
Saturday’s boys’ lacrosse game was a 9-8 victory by St. Ignatius, a contest that Cade thought his team could have won. “It was a tough game and hard-fought. It came down to one play or one goal. We couldn’t muster a goal in the fourth quarter. We had the lead the entire game, from the opening whistle. When the fourth quarter came around, the boys needed to come up with a goal or a stop.
That is a lesson every team has to learn. It matters what you do at the end of a game. It was certainly a game we could have won.”
When asked who had good games for the Islanders, Cade responded, “Runyon, Alex Bookout and Shepherd had nice games. Sergio Flores was an absolute soldier. He is such an emotional leader and he gave everything he had out there. He hurt his shoulder and refused to be taken out. He left the game after a couple more quarters. It was Herculean. If everyone had his heart and motor, there isn’t a team in the country who would beat us. Andrew Woolf, our face off guy, played well. We need to try and find a few more of those guys.”
The Islander’s season has five games remaining and the team is currently 12-3. This week on Tuesday the team travels to Cathedral Catholic for a 7 p.m., game, Friday evening at 7 p.m., the team travels to Scripps Ranch and Saturday evening Coronado hosts Poway at 7 p.m.