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2014 MCLA Men’s Lacrosse Championships Start May 12 Featuring #1 Arizona State Vs #16 Indiana, #2 Colorado Vs #15 Minnesota-Duluth


The 2014 edition of the MCLA National Tournament will begin on Monday with 32 teams vying for two championships. Sunny Southern California will play host to the 6 day long event with UC Irvine hosting the first two rounds and Chapman University hosting the Semifinals and Finals. On Monday, May 12, there will be 8 games in each division as teams look to carry the momentum from their season in hopes of advancing. The quarterfinals will be on May 13 with the semifinals on May 15. The championship games will be on May 17 at Noon (D-II) and 3pm (D-I) Pacific Time.

The 2014 edition of the MCLA National Tournament will begin on Monday with 32 teams vying for two championships. Sunny Southern California will play host to the 6 day long event with UC Irvine hosting the first two rounds and Chapman University hosting the Semifinals and Finals. On Monday, May 12, there will be 8 games in each division as teams look to carry the momentum from their season in hopes of advancing. The quarterfinals will be on May 13 with the semifinals on May 15. The championship games will be on May 17 at Noon (D-II) and 3pm (D-I) Pacific Time.

No. 1 Arizona State v. No. 16 Indiana

The Sun Devils punched their ticket to the tournament when they won the SLC conference last Sunday with a 13-10 win over Chapman. ASU will look to continue it’s undefeated streak after they finished the season and playoffs with a perfect 16-0 record, scoring 13.875 goals per game and only allowing 5.813 goals per game. Indiana is entering the tournament as the GRLC Conference Champion after a 7-6 win over Illinois on Sunday. The Hoosiers are 10-3 with losses to tournament teams Michigan State and Minn-Duluth as well as 9-6 loss to Minnesota in late March. Junior Midfielder and Captian Alexander Eaton leads the way offensively, averaging 3.308 points per game. This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

No. 2 Colorado v. No. 15 Minn-Duluth

The Buffaloes are ready to revenge a 2013 championship loss but will face a tough Minn-Duluth team in the first round. The Buffaloes are the RMLC Champion, beating BYU 15-8 on Saturday.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to play a little more lacrosse,” said Colorado Head Coach John Galvin. “It’s always a great accomplishment for our players, coaches, administration, and University. We will do our best to represent CU.”

The Buffaloes went 14-2 on the season with losses to Arizona State and Michigan State. Colorado is dangerous in every position with Senior Attackmen Riley Seidel and Jack Cranston leading the charge.

Minn-Duluth earned a ticket to the tournament with a 7-3 win over Minnesota in the UMLC Championship. The Bulldogs are 9-4 and, like the Buffaloes, lost to Arizona State and Michigan State. The Buffs and Bulldogs are not strangers to one another having played each other four times in the past few years. Colorado holds a 3-1 advantage in the series.

No. 3 BYU v. No. 14 Virginia Tech

The Cougars and Hokies will meet for the second third time with one previous meeting in the 2012 tournament with the Cougars winning 19-12.

No. 4 Chapman v. No. 13 Northeastern

Chapman will be hoping to get to the semifinals in hopes of playing on their home field but a tough Huskies team will be their first challenge.

No. 5 Colorado State v. No. 12 Simon Fraser

Despite a ‘down year’ for the Rams, they come in as the No. 5 seed and looking to three-peat. Simon Fraser will hope to thwart their plans after going 14-3 in the regular season.

No. 6 UCSB v. No. 11 Cal Poly

The Gauchos and Mustangs are very familiar with each other, having matched up nine previous times. UCSB holds a 7-2 record over Cal Poly. A February meeting between the two squads saw UCSB win 6-5.

No. 7 Michigan State v. No. 10 Texas

The Longhorns and Spartans have similar stats and records so this match-up is intriguing. Both teams played Colorado and Colorado State this season. The Longhorns dropped both contests and Michigan State beat Colorado while losing to Colorado State.

“We are thrilled to have earned another opportunity to compete in the national tournament,” said Michigan State Head Coach Brandon Schwind. “Obviously last years loss to Colorado was tough but it is way behind us now and not in our thought process. We are looking forward to making it further in the tournament than last season but our focus still has to be one game at a time.”

No. 8 Boston College v. No. 9 Westminster

In just their first D-I season, the Griffins have had a stellar year and landed an at-large spot. Boston College and Westminster have two common opponents this year in BYU and Colorado. Each team lost to the Buffaloes but the Eagles beat BYU 12-8 while Westminster fell to the Cougars, 14-11.

Denver Women’s Lacrosse Falls To Florida 19-9 In NCAA Tournament Second Round; Pioneers End 2014 Season With Record-Breaking 19 Wins


Despite four points from junior Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.), the Florida Gators were too much to overcome as the Pioneers fell 19-9 in the NCAA Tournament Second Round on Sunday evening. For the second-consecutive year, Florida (18-2) ended the Pioneers’ (19-2) record breaking season. Denver’s 2014 campaign saw the most wins in school history, as well as a 17-game winning streak. Last year was the previous mark for most wins in a single season at 18, as well as the previous record for the longest winning streak at 15. “I am really proud of how hard the girls played despite the changing weather conditions,” said head coach Liza Kelly. “Florida is a great team, but I don’t think the final score is indicative of the battle we had today. For our four seniors, thank you for a wonderful four years. You all have left an incredible legacy at DU.” With two assists, Remenapp climbed into sole possession of the fifth spot in NCAA career assists, passing Maggie Tamasitis’ mark of 151. Remenapp now has 153 career assists, just 11 shy of Katie Rowan’s mark of 164. Additionally, Remenapp set a new career high with six groundballs against Florida. “It was a huge team effort today,” said Remenapp. “We came out strong through the first part of the game. We showed a lot of grit today against a tough team. Even with the loss, we still accomplished a lot as a team this season.” The matchup originally scheduled for 11 a.m. MT saw multiple rain delays, causing just over six hours of a pause in action. “We had a long trip and a tough game against Jacksonville to start the tournament,” said Kelly. “To sit around and wait for the game to restart was hard for everyone, Florida included. Still, the girls came back with great attitudes and were excited to play.” After falling behind 3-0 in the first four minutes, Denver would come out strong following the first rain delay, bringing the score to 4-3 with 19:51 left in the first half. Both would exchange goals before the Gators went on a 5-0 run after the second rain delay. The Pioneers would put up three-straight goals to end the first half and start the second, cutting the UF lead to 11-7. However, the Gators would continue to challenge Denver and hold onto the lead for the remainder of the game. After securing the ball five times, junior Kiki Boone (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.) broke the DU record for most career draw controls. Boone entered the day tied with Karen Morton (2006-09) at 162. Senior Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) put up two goals for Denver, moving her into a fifth-place tie with Patience Baldwin for the most career goals in Pioneer history. Etzel and Baldwin (2001-04) both ended their DU career with 148 goals. Senior Sonorah Vinyard (Denver, Colo.) paced the Pioneers on the draw, securing the ball five times. Vinyard’s 64 draw controls on the season tied Kate Broderick’s mark set in 2005 for the second most in school history. Florida would outshoot Denver 34-23, despite the Pioneers holding a 15-11 advantage in the second half. Denver held the edge in draw controls, 15-14, while redshirt junior Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made 10 stops for DU. “We have an amazing group of girls,” said Kelly. “I think they are a true family and they showed it today with the fight they had. I’m extremely proud of everything they’ve accomplished on and off the field.” Despite a freshmen season that finished 7-11, the senior class composed of Etzel, Vinyard, Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) and Annabelle Gilbride (Alexandria, Va.) ended a four-year career with a 56-19 record, including two appearances in the NCAA Tournament and Denver’s first MPSF Tournament Championship.