Daily Archives: March 25, 2012

MCLA Lacrosse: #4 Cal Poly Men’s Lacrosse Defeats #1 Colorado State 9-8 In Overtime On March 23 In “Entertaining And Physical Game”

The campus of Colorado State University was abuzz on Friday night as #4 Cal Poly came calling to take on the #1 CSU Rams. In one of the more entertaining and physical games in several years, the two teams traded runs and battled to the end before Cal Poly finally came out on top with a game-winning goal by midfielder Peter Chiang with just :15 seconds left in the first overtime period to take a hard fought 9-8 victory over the home squad.

 The defeat spoiled CSU’s 9-0 start to the season and a huge on-campus crowd, not to mention marking the Rams’ first home loss since April 11, 2010.

After CSU raced out to a 5-1 halftime lead, Cal Poly scratched their way back in the game in the third quarter, scoring four straight goals to set up an epic fourth quarter and overtime session.  The Rams scored two goals in under 10 seconds to jump back out to a 7-5 lead with 10:22 remaining, but another key run by Poly put the Mustangs in front 8-7 with 4:36 remaining.  CSU’s Greyson Konkel (Regis Jesuit HS / Aurora, CO) tied the game with only :36 left to send the game to overtime to set up Chiang’s theatrics.

Colorado State won the opening face-off of the overtime period and had a terrific chance on the ensuing break, but Cal Poly’s Bo Dunnaho-Kirsch was up to the task and turned the shot aside.  CSU was unable to capitalize on the ensuing opportunity but held serve on the defensive end to regain possession.  After a frantic couple of minutes, CSU eventually turned the ball over on a clear and Chiang took advantage by beating his man down the right alley and ending the game with a snappy shot on the run.

Ultimately, the Rams were undone by 19 turnovers, including three in the overtime period alone and three in Cal Poly’s key third quarter comeback.  While the Rams won all statistical categories, including face-offs, shots and groundballs, they were unable to capitalize down the stretch and Poly gained momentum as the second half wore on.  The Mustangs relied on a relentless offensive attack and spread scoring, not to mention a very solid second-half defensive performance to secure the victory.

For more:  http://mcla.us/news/2012/03/no-4-cal-poly-stings-no-1-csu-in-overtime/

NCAA Lacrosse: Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse Defeated Virginia 11-10 On March 24 To Claim #1 Ranking

Few games that receive as much hype as Saturday's men's lacrosse matchup between top-ranked Virginia and second-ranked Johns Hopkins actually live up to the advance billing. After regulation and all but five seconds of a full overtime, it's safe to say that the Blue Jays' 11-10 win over the Cavaliers did - and then some. Johns Hopkins trailed by as many as three in the first half, led by two early in the fourth quarter and trailed by a goal with just over a minute to play in regulation - while playing a man down. That's when things really got crazy. Virginia turned the ball over with 11 seconds remaining on its extra-man chance and the Blue Jays needed one timeout and 27 seconds before junior Lee Coppersmithslipped inside a pair of defenders and scored from the high slot with 44 seconds left in regulation.