Daily Archives: March 21, 2012

MCLA Lacrosse: This Week’s Top Games Feature #1 Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Vs #4 Cal Poly, #16 Minnesota-Duluth Vs #8 Arizona State And #3 BYU Vs #7 Oregon

No. 4 Cal Poly (6-1) at No. 1 Colorado State (6-0) – Friday, 7 p.m.

COYNE: When I correspond with CSU head coach Alex Smith, he displays the same quiet cockiness that John Paul had in his last couple of (MCLA) years in Ann Arbor. It’s easy to see why, as there aren’t many holes in the lineup and Greyson Konkel hasn’t played up to speed yet. If this game was in SLO, I actually might take a flyer on the ‘Stangs just to see if I could make up some ground, but not at altitude. Rams, 7-4.

SCHOOLER: Colorado State has not lost a game in Fort Collins since the 2010 season and that was against the eventual national champs, Michigan. Until they play UCSB on March 29, I will pick the Rams to win at home, 9-7.

No. 16 Minnesota-Duluth (4-4) at No. 8 Arizona State (5-3) – Friday, 7 p.m. MT

COYNE: If the Bulldogs had shown just a slightly higher proficiency on the offensive end of the field, I’d go with Duluth. As it is, they are going to play a style of game that will accentuate all of the Sun Devils strengths. ASU, 5-4.

SCHOOLER: The Bulldogs do a lot of traveling due to their lack of full-field space. It has to hurt in the short-term, but will pay off during the national championships in May. Playing in Scottsdale will be no different for Duluth. They have struggled to put together a complete game, and this will be no different. The Sun Devils win this, 7-4.

No. 7 Oregon (6-2) at No. 3 BYU (9-1) – Saturday, 7 p.m.

COYNE: The Cougars have flipped a switch since their California trip, but this will be the first true test of their new approach. The Ducks will make them work, but it’ll be BYU at the end. Cougs, 12-10.

SCHOOLER: I think BYU is better than people think. They started their season with a bunch of away games and struggled a bit. Now they are back in Provo. Oregon is a great team, as well. I see them keeping the game close, but coming up short, 14-13.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2011-12/news/032112_schooling_schooler_will_duluth_ever_break_through

Western High School Girls Lacrosse: “Lacrosse Magazine” Top Western Teams Features Cherry Creek Girls Lacrosse Followed By St. Ignatius Prep, Coronado, Bainbridge And Carondelet

1. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 1-0 The Bruins (18-1) continued their dominance by winning their ninth state championship with a 16-11 victory over Air Academy. Cherry Creek is the favorite to repeat with the return of All-American and Princeton recruit Anya Gersoff, who had 84 goals last season.

The Bruins started the 2012 season with a 23-2 thrashing of Grandview (Colo.).

2. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 5-0 The Wildcats, ranked 25th nationally last year, lost just one game last season — a 15-10 setback at Cherry Creek. St. Ignatius lost seven starters but will reload with seniors Tess Mattimore (Skidmore), Erin Cavalier (Catholic), Erin Geraghty and Alexa Robinson, plus junior Nicole Vincelette (Cal).

After rattling off five straight wins to open 2012, St. Ignatius meets Cherry Creek on Saturday.

3. Coronado (Calif.), 3-0 Coronado has the firepower for a run at its second straight CIF championship. The Islanders (22-1) are led Martha Byrne, Mollie Privett, Caroline Carlson, Sarah Anderson, Erica Keamy and Meganne Weissenfels.

Coronado is 3-0 after registering wins over California schools Cathedral Catholic, La Costa Canyon and Westview.

4. Bainbridge Island (Wash.), 0-1 The Spartans (14-0) took home their eighth Division I state title by knocking off the five-time defending champ Lakeside. Junior goalie Maddie Stevenson, senior middie Kelsey Mackin and senior defender Grace Deery-Schmitt were first-team All-State picks last year. But the Spartans suffered a surprising 11-10 loss to Issaquah (Wash.) to open the season.

5. Carondelet (Calif.), 2-1 When Carondelet won North Coast Section Division I championship in 2011, the players and coaches knew there was more history to be made. Some top players were just sophomores. An explosive lineup features nine returning starters and includes juniors Erin Jeffery (89g, 35a), Kerianne Hunt (55g, 20a, 65 DCs), Morgan Castelein (45g, 15a, 45 GBs) and Cali Castagnola (62g, 23a). Junior goalie Katie Merritt (201 saves, .634 GAA) will lead a stout defense.

Carondelet coach Rick Jeffery said his team’s success is indicative of the way the sport has grown in Northern California over the past decade. “They have been playing lacrosse now since they were in fifth and sixth grade just like the girls on the East Coast,” he said.

After wins over Acalanes (Calif.) and Menlo School (Calif.), the Cougars lost a one-goal game to Amador Valley (Calif.).

6. Air Academy (Colo.), 2-0 Air Academy fell just short to Cherry Creek in the state championship game. Navy recruit Miranda Beal returns after finishing last season with 71 goals and 23 assists. The Kadets have outscored their first two in-state opponents by a combined score of 47-6.

7. Kent Denver (Colo.), 2-0 Kent Denver (13-5) had an impressive run to the state semifinals last season and will continue to compete with the best teams in the region. Top returning players include Lucy Mower (Vermont), Lucy Dikeou (Stanford), Lizzie Strazza (Florida), Molly Coates (Cal) and Caroline Schlegel (Cal).

The Sun Devils could be 5-0 heading into an intrastate rivalry against Carondelet on April 10.

8. Alta (Utah), 2-2 Alta (16-0) is one of the nation’s most dominant programs, winning three consecutive Division I state championships and going undefeated in each of those seasons. Alta returns 12 players for 2012, including starters Malia Stephens, Regina Farley, Carly Steadmen, Shayna Hunt, Emerald Ward and Haysun Choi.

The Hawks lost back-to-back games at the season’s outset but quickly evened their record at .500.

9. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 0-0 The reigning CIF champion (18-2) lost a solid group to graduation and will rely on younger players. Sophomores Kacey McKinnon and Camille Doan should get quality minutes.

10. Lake Oswego (Ore.), 2-0 The defending state champs are young but talented. Senior Paige Timberg (Coastal Carolina) and Libby Nielsen and junior Alyssa “Dragon” Dragelin are the team’s most experienced players.

Emerging Rivalry

Cherry Creek (Colo.) at St. Ignatius (Calif.), March 24

The two West Coast powerhouses will play for the third time since 2009. Cherry Creek won the first matchup 19-8 in Colorado and won against last year 15-10 at St. Ignatius.

The third time could be the charm for the Wildcats. Either way, the matchup features excellent star power.

Cherry Creek has one of the region’s best players in Anya Gersoff, who had 84 goals last season and led her team to its ninth state championship. St. Ignatius has a solid core of returning players, including junior Nicole Vincelette (Cal). St. Ignatius coach Amy Harms said the key for her team is adapting to Cherry Creek’s solid stick stills and the quickness of their offense.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/girls/2011-12/news/032112_west_region_girls_outlook

MCLA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Oregon Men’s Lacrosse 20-13 Win Over Simon Fraser On March 3

Oregon lacrosse team had an out of the country experience as they go north to take on their PNCLL arch rivals, the Simon Fraser Clan, in Burnaby Canada.  Both offenses came out firing and the game swung back and forth fueled by several goal runs.  Along the way, the Ducks’ Matt Johnson and SFU’s Calvin Craig scored some sweet goals.  SFU’s chances faded late in the third quarter when they picked up a three-minute non-releasable penalty for the most egregious hit ever filmed by Bhsvideodad.