Daily Archives: May 20, 2011
MCLA Lacrosse: The “2011 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Championship” Semifinals Feature #1 Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Vs Arizona State And #2 Colorado State Vs BYU On May 20
NCAA Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Faces Duke In 2011 NCAA Lacrosse Championship Quarterfinals On May 22, Live On ESPNU
No. 4 seed Notre Dame (11-2) will face fifth-seeded Duke (13-5) on Sunday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship. Faceoff is slated for 2:30 p.m. (ET) inside Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. Eamon McAnaney will handle play-by-play duties, while Quint Kessenich and Mark Dixon will serve as analysts. • This will be the second meeting of the season between the Irish and Blue Devils. Notre Dame claimed a 12-7 season-opening victory over Duke in Jacksonville, Fla. The Fighting Irish are 3-5 all-time against the Blue Devils. Sunday will be the fourth meeting between the two schools over the past two seasons.
MCLA Lacrosse: Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Defeated Boston College 14-9 To Advance To The “2011 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Championships” Semifinal Against BYU On May 20
The Rams led 6-5 at halftime before going on their decisive run in the third on their way to a 14-9 victory. CSU was led by sophomore attackman Austin Fisher’s four goal performance and a balanced effort from a midfield that put pressure on the Eagles all game long.
With a one-goal lead at halftime, Colorado State blitzed the Eagles in the third, scoring three goals in the span of 2:14 to push the lead to four. Midfielders Greyson Konkel, Tim Taggart and Spencer Morrison all got in the act as the Rams started to take over the game. After some back and forth play in the middle portion of the quarter, CSU went on another three goal run, this time scoring goals in just 1:47 of game-time to put the game out of reach.
“That was one of the better defenses we’ve seen this year,” said CSU coach Alex Smith. “They made us work for everything, but the offense was just having a great day. I thought Austin Fisher just played outstanding. When he is going at that level, other teams can’t just focus on Cooper (Kehoe) and we are a tough team to stop.”
Fisher’s four-goal performance comes on the heels of a three-goal first round game against Minnesota-Duluth on Tuesday afternoon and is his best scoring output since tallying six goals against Lindenwood back in March. CSU also got three points from Kehoe on one goal and two assists and two goals each from Garrett Fugier, Taggart and Konkel.
Boston College came into the game after a dominating game at the face-off ‘x’ against Colorado in the first round, but Scott Gelston and Dan Warfield turned in an impressive day on draws, going a combined 15/26 against BC’s impressive long pole Justin Katchis. BC also had a balanced day scoring with six players notching at least two points. Midfielder Alexander Prostano led the way with two goals and an assist.
CSU advances to the MCLA semifinals for the first time since 2007 with the win and will play the rubber match against RMLC rival #3 Brigham Young on Friday afternoon at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Stadium. The Rams and Cougars split 8-5 wins already this year with BYU winning in the regular season and CSU taking the RMLC championship game in Grand Junction two weekends ago.
NCAA Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Faces Johns Hopkins In 2011 NCAA Championship Quarterfinals On May 21
But this is familiar territory for Pioneers coach Bill Tierney, who led Princeton to six national championships before moving to Denver two years ago.
“It’s all happened so fast, we can just kind of continue to say what we’ve been saying to these guys all along,” Tierney says. “Everything’s been new. Some of our away games have been at new places. I guess if you keep doing these new things over and over again, it becomes old.”
This will be only the second meeting between Denver and Johns Hopkins, but Tierney and Blue Jays coach Dave Pietramala are anything but strangers. Tierney was an assistant on the Hopkins staff and recruited Pietramala to the squad that won the 1987 NCAA title. It comes as no surprise to Pietramala that Tierney has the Pioneers in contention this quickly.
“He and his staff inherited a talented group of individuals, and they’ve taken them and made them into a good team. That’s not surprising at all,” Pietramala says.
The Blue Jays won championships in 2005 and 2007 with Pietramala at his alma mater. His youthful team hopes to make it back to the Memorial Day weekend festivities after a two-year absence. They’ve rattled off eight consecutive wins despite a starting lineup dominated by underclassmen.
“The key to this group has been the senior leadership,” Pietramala says of starting attackmen Kyle Wharton and Chris Boland, as well as face-off man Matt Dolente. “We’re young as can be, but those three guys have been so critical to this team’s growth. They made sure the mistakes we made a year ago — not getting things done on the practice field — didn’t happen, and now the freshmen and sophomores see things being done a certain way and understand why they’re being done. That’s been invaluable.”