Daily Archives: March 28, 2012

NCAA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse 11-10 Overtime Win Over Virginia On March 24 In “Game Of The Year”

The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays defeat the top ranked Virginia Cavaliers in a thrilling 11-10 overtime victory.

MCLA Lacrosse: Top Games Of The Week Feature #1 Cal Poly Men’s Lacrosse Vs #5 Chapman And #2 UC Santa Barbara Vs #3 Colorado State

No. 5 Chapman (11-2) at No. 1 Cal Poly (8-1) – Saturday 2 p.m. PT

COYNE: Cal Poly went on the road and beat the then-No. 1 team last week, so hosting the No. 5 team should be no problem, right? Think again. Part of it is the scheduling. Cal Poly has doubled itself down, playing San Diego State on Friday night while Chapman will come in fresh. In addition, Chapman is a different team than the one that lost to BYU in overtime and CSU up in Oregon. The defense has solidified and the confidence is sky high.

I know SLO is not a fun place to play, but Chapman races out to an early lead and parries a late charge from the ‘Stangs. Panthers, 12-11.

SCHOOLER: Chaptown has been on a bit of a hot streak, winning their last seven games. Cal Poly just knocked off the top-ranked team for the second time this season. This will be an epic match-up between two well-coached, disciplined teams. This will be a great game between one of the best attacks in the country pitted against one of the best defenses, but the Mustangs finish on top, 11-9.

No. 2 UC Santa Barbara (8-0) at No. 3 Colorado State (8-1) – Thursday, 7 p.m. MT

SCHOOLER: I am not going to act like I am totally confident that UCSB will win this game, but what kind of alumni would I be if I didn’t pick them? Jac was happy when I asked him to throw a Thursday game into the mix because he thinks this will be a gimme.

He has a point. UCSB has not played a game in two weeks because they have been in finals. They have also had minimal practice time. On the other hand, Mike Allan and his coaching staff have had plenty of time to get a game plan together. But will they have enough time to implement and execute it?

I think they will, but they need to shut down any hope for CSU. The Rams are fired up after losing to Cal Poly. UCSB has not beaten CSU since the 2004 national championship game. Nothing would be better for the Rams than beating the Gauchos again, but that is not going to happen. UCSB wins, 10-8.

COYNE: The Gauchos are a good team, and should make some noise at nationals, but this is a terrible match-up. There are the X-factors such as limited practice during finals, playing at altitude and the Rams being loaded for bear after losing to Poly. It’s also a stylistic mismatch. The Rams will be more than willing to play at the Gauchos’ methodical pace, and it will mean big trouble if UCSB falls behind. I think they will, and CSU will be in control from the start. Rams, 11-7.

MCLA Lacrosse: Latest Polls Rank Cal Poly Men’s Lacrosse #1 Followed By UC Santa Barbara, Colorado State, BYU And Chapman

The Mustangs went to Fort Collins and handed formerly top-ranked Colorado State an overtime loss, which was good enough for Cal Poly to leapfrog UC Santa Barbara (which beat the 'Stangs earlier) and snag the top spot in the polls this week. The Gauchos are at No. 2, but they have the Rams breathing down their necks (just one point back).

Western U.S. High School Lacrosse: “Lacrosse Magazine” Ranks Kent Denver Boys Lacrosse (CO) #1 Followed By Torrey Pines (CA), St. Ignatius Prep (CA), Palos Verdes (CA), And Mercer Island (WA)

1. Kent Denver (Colo.), 3-0 The Sun Devils are off to a quick start with three consecutive victories, including an impressive 6-5 win against New Brunswick (Mass.) in three overtimes. Kent Denver doesn’t play again to April 3, against George Washington (Colo.)

2. Torrey Pines (Calif.), 6-0 The Falcons already have solid wins over Rancho Bernardo (Calif., 10-5) and Cathedral Catholic (Calif., 15-6), which are two of the stronger teams in the region. Attackman Lucas Gradinger led the way with six goals and five assists in those victories. Torrey Pines then knocked off another tough opponent, San Marcos (Calif.), 11-7, on Saturday.

3. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 7-0 The Wildcats bolstered their national standing with 7-6 victory over Dallas Jesuit, one of Texas’ top teams. JW McGovern led the way with four goals, but he got great support from his teammates. “Joe Lang and Chad Cohan round out the most productive trio at attack we’ve had at [St. Ignatius],” coach Chris Packard said. “They flat out produce. Our defense has been downright stingy.”

4. Palos Verdes (Calif.), 7-0 The Sea Kings, paced by midfielder Zack Fixen, have dominated the competition so far. Attackman Tony Romeri has also been solid, posting five goals against Palisades Charter (Calif.). The Sea Kings also added a strong 20-6 victory over rival Mira Costa on March 23.

5. Mercer Island (Wash.), 6-0 The Islanders look primed for another state title. Mercer Island picked up a solid victory over Oregon rivals Lake Oswego and Lincoln in the Northwest Invitational over the weekend.

6. Bellevue (Wash.), 5-0 The Wolverines had an impressive showing against some out-of-state competition. Bellevue knocked Lakeridge (Ore.), 10-6, and then Guilderland (N.Y.), 9-5. A big showdown against undefeated Issaqiah (Wash.) waits on Friday.

7. Arapahoe (Colo.) 5-0 The Warriors are well-equipped for a deep playoff run. Arapahoe knocked off Chatfield (Colo) 13-1 and then put together another stellar defensive effort with a 15-2 victory over Grandview (Colo.). All eyes are focused on April 16, though, for the much-anticipated matchup with Kent Denver (Colo.)

8. Monte Vista Danville (Calif.), 5-0 The Mustangs’ defense has been solid this season, especially in 10-2 victory over Amador Valley (Calif.). Monte Vista also had recorded a 10-7 victory over De LaSalle (Calif.).

9. San Ramon Valley (Calif.), 5-1 The Wolves picked up a huge victory over De LaSalle (Calif.). Coach Peter Worstell is confident his team has continued to grow after suffering its only setback this season, a 12-7 loss to No. 3 St. Ignatius (Calif.) on March 9.

10. Cherry Creek (Colo.), 7-1 Cherry Creek knocked off Cherokee Trail (Colo.), 11-6, on Saturday. The team then packed its bags Saturday for a trip to the Baltimore-metropolitan area for three games against some of the top teams in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. Cherry Creek lost to Loyola Blakefield (Md.), 8-3, and plays Severn (Md.) School and St. Paul’s (Md.) this week.

National High School Lacrosse: “Lacrosse Magazine” Ranks Conestoga Boys Lacrosse (PA) #1 Followed By Calvert Hall (MD), Jamesville-DeWitt (NY), Deerfield Academy (MA) And Salisbury (CT)

It took only one week to get a new No. 1. Blame it on theLacrosse Magazinecover jinx. Denver, our NCAA Division I men's preseason No. 4, graced February's cover, then suffered a season-opening loss to Ohio State. A month later, Calvert Hall (Md.), featured on the magazine's March issue with U.S. U19 midfielder Stephen Kelly, was upset by Conestoga, 11-10, last Friday. As a result, Conestoga moves up two spots and is now LM's top-ranked team in the country. The Pioneers have won two straight Pennsylvania public school championships and went 25-1 last season, losing only to consensus national No. 1 Haverford School.