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MCLA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Arizona State Men’s Lacrosse 15-5 Win Over UC Santa Barbara In 2013 MCLA Championships Quarterfinals On May 14


Short highlight video of the ASU vs. UCSB 2013 MCLA Lacrosse Championship Tournament game, played in Greenville, North Carolina!

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MCLA Lacrosse: “2013 MCLA Men’s National Championship Game” Replay (Video)


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2013 MCLA National Championships: Championship: (1) Colorado St vs (2) Colorado

MCLA Lacrosse: Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Alex Smith Credits Play Of 14 Seniors For Program’s Sixth National Championship


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Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Alex Smith credits his seniors for leading the way.  “We had 14 seniors and they were really focused from the very start of the year.  We lost to CU in the fall and that really motivated us going into the spring.  Our senior class was definitely the strongest point of our team and they were a really special group.”

Colorado State Men's Lacrosse Head Coach Alex Smith

Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Alex Smith

For Coach Smith, 2013 shall be remembered at CSU for its midfield, a strong, deep group of players that solidified the team on game-days. “Midfielders, Alex Devlin and Tim Taggart were great for us.  They were part of an all-senior line with Braxton Campbell.  Dustin Grybinas was part of our second group this year.  I think we were one of the few teams at our level to be able to go three lines deep at the midfield and that really helps us in those long tournaments and back to back situations.”  That senior line combined for 67 points this season. Coach Smith continued to tout his midfield, “Logan Chandler and Josh Gregg, a couple of unsung guys most of the time. Both are defensive midfielders that really got a lot of the dirty-work done for us.  Josh was great as a clearing mid and wing guy, and Logan is as hard-nosed and smart as they come.”

Then you have the face-off specialist, Dan Warfield.  Second team All-Conference, as well as All-American, winning 65 percent of his draws, including nearly 60 percent in the National Championship game.  “He’s arguably our most valuable player and kept us with the ball on our offensive end in some very key spots.”

For more:  http://mcla.us/news/2013/06/2013-rmlc-season-in-review/

“2013 MCLA Lacrosse National Championships”: #1 Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse (21-0) Captures Second Consecutive National Championship With 7-2 Win Over #2 Colorado (18-3) On May 18


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Colorado State used a stifling defense to win its second consecutive MCLA national championship Saturday night, beating arch-rival Colorado 7-2 in the Division I final at Sirrine Stadium.

Colorado State Men's Lacrosse Attacker Austin Fisher

Godekeraw Award winner Austin Fisher notched his 51st goal of the season in Colorado State’s 7-2 win over Colorado for the MCLA-I championship Saturday night in Greenville, S.C.
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The Rams completed a 21-0 season. The only three losses for Colorado (18-3) came against CSU. This one, though, came more than 1,500 miles from either school and after four rounds of MCLA competition.

“It’s crazy, but I’m not surprised at all, though,” said Alex Smith, Colorado State’s coach. “I knew they were the second-best team along with us. I’m really proud it could have come against them. We have such a good rivalry. For our fans and out teammates, it just means so much.

“They’re really well-coached,” Smith said. “I have a lot of respect for them. … They did a great job defending us.”

The Rams’ defense was better, though, keeping the Buffaloes off the scoreboard until the first minute of the fourth quarter. Defenders Hayden Porter, Patrick Sullivan and Tyler Zabor shared the game’s most valuable player honor.

Colorado used a different defensive strategy from the two regular-season meetings, going with a zone defense. Smith wasn’t totally surprised.

“They played zone all last year,” Smith said. “I had a feeling they would break the zone out at the tournament. We saw it in some other tournament games zoning us. They were really good at it, so it took us executing really well to get it done.”

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For more: http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2012-13/news/051813_colorado_state_st_thomas_win_mcla_lacrosse_championships

“2013 MCLA Lacrosse National Championships”: #2 Westminster Men’s Lacrosse (CO) Faces #1 St. Thomas (MN) In Div II Finals On May 18


Westminster Men's Lacrosse vs St. Thomas MCLA Div II Championships

On Saturday, the Westminster College men’s lacrosse team will face St. Thomas (Minn.) in the MCLA Division II Championship Game from Sirrine Stadium. The action will begin at 3 p.m. (MT) and will be streamed live on the MCLA web site with links available at WestminsterGriffins.com.
Westminster enters the title game at 17-5 on the season and winners of six straight games. They advanced to the final with a 9-8 triple overtime win over St. John’s (Minn.) in the semi-finals. The Griffins also claimed wins over Briarcliffe (N.Y.) and Indiana Tech at the tournament.
St. Thomas is 16-0 this season and they have won 24 straight games dating back to last season. The Tommies are the defending MCLA DII champions and have won three of the four titles since the Griffins won in 2008. St. Thomas defeated Liberty (Va.) in Thursday’s semi-finals, 10-9, while also defeating DePaul (Ill.) and U.S. Coast Guard (Conn.).
These two teams have faced each other six times in the past with St. Thomas winning all six meetings. They played on February 16 of this season at the Full House Faceoff in Henderson, Nev. The Tommies won that contest 11-10 as they held off a late Griffins rally for the win. The last time they played at the MCLA Tournament was a 9-7 win for St. Thomas in the quarterfinals of the 2011 tournament in Denver.
It took a third overtime for the Westminster College men’s lacrosse team to defeat St. John’s (Minn.) 9-8 in the semi-finals of the MCLA National Championships on Thursday afternoon at Sirrine Stadium.
“I just told them to get to the (cage) and keep shooting,” assistant coach Brad Lavoie said. “It wasn’t pretty but we will take it any way we can get it.”
Brian Tyrrell sent the second-seeded Griffins (16-5) to the second championship game in school history as he scooped a loose ball into the net with 1:43 left in the third overtime session. The ball became free after an initial shot from Kyle Postler was turned away by St. John’s (13-3) goalie Michael King. Tyrrell was moving away from the goal when he chipped a shot in the cage and sent the Griffins into a celebration.

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“2013 MCLA Lacrosse National Championships”: #1 Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Faces #2 Colorado In Finals On May 18; Rams Return To Finals For Second Year In A Row & Ninth In School History


Colorado State (20-0 overall) moves to the MCLA championship game for the second year in a row and the ninth time in school history.  The win over the Cougars was the second this season and made the all-time MCLA playoff series 5-3 in favor of the Rams after CSU eliminated BYU in the 2012 semifinals as well.  The Cougars finish the season at 16-5 and with their sixth trip to the MCLA semifinals in the last seven seasons.

Colorado State (20-0 overall) moves to the MCLA championship game for the second year in a row and the ninth time in school history. The win over the Cougars was the second this season and made the all-time MCLA playoff series 5-3 in favor of the Rams after CSU eliminated BYU in the 2012 semifinals as well. The Cougars finish the season at 16-5 and with their sixth trip to the MCLA semifinals in the last seven seasons.

After spotting the #4 Brigham Young Cougars the first three goals of the game, the #1 Colorado State University Rams battled back in an emotional and physical MCLA semifinal contest to earn a 9-7 win and a berth in the MCLA championship game for the second year in a row. 

Colorado State Men's Lacrosse vs BYU in 2013 MCLA Championships Semifinal

Brigham Young’s Alec Taggart (16) tries to hold off Colorado State’s Benton Souers (4). Credit: EDDIE BURCH/Contributor

Nothing came easy for the Rams on a hot and humid day at Sirrine Stadium in Greenville, SC as BYU and CSU squared off for the third consecutive year in the tournament semifinals.

The game was nip and tuck throughout and featured four ties and four lead changes as the two perennial MCLA heavyweights duked it out with their seasons on the line.

Brigham Young came out firing in the first quarter, scoring the first three goals of the game as CSU struggled to gain its footing against their RMLC rivals.  But CSU bounced back in the second quarter, scoring three of their own goals to tie the game headed into halftime.  Braxton Campbell (Summit HS / Silverthorne, CO) scored the first of his two goals to jumpstart CSU’s offense, which had been otherwise held in check by the Cougars for the first 21 minutes of the game.

Headed into the second half, CSU took their first lead of the game at 4-3 when senior Alex Devlin (Langley HS / Langley, VA) spun and ripped home a shot with 10:54 remaining in the third.  But the Cougars would not go quietly, going on a two-goal run of their own to retake the lead just two minutes later.  After some furious back and forth action, sophomore Mike Wolff (Don Bosco Prep / Ramsey, NJ) tied the score at 5-5 with 1:03 remaining in the third as the teams went to the decisive fourth quarter all tied up.

BYU took the lead again at 6-5 when Jake Ferrin blasted one home, but the Rams were about to go on a decisive three-goal run over about seven minutes of game-time.  The run was punctuated when freshman Eric Uhl (The Masters School / Simsbury, CT) tore down the alley and slammed one home to put the Rams up by two.  Jake Arbon answered right back for the Cougars, but junior Sean Smith (Amherst HS / Amherst, NY)  got topside on his defender and stuck a shot nearside against BYU goalkeeper Rob Ostler to put the finishing touches on the scoring.

BYU outshot CSU on the evening, taking 30 to the Rams 27.  Clearing was a relative struggle for both teams, who failed on five different occasions each throughout the game.  CSU’s man-up unit, which had been running at a 50% clip going into the game, didn’t register a goal in its three chances while BYU went 1-4 with the man advantage.

“2013 MCLA Lacrosse National Championships”: Semifinals Feature #1 Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Defeating #4 BYU 9-7 And #2 Colorado Outlasting #4 Arizona State 5-4 On May 16


The MCLA Division I finals will have a familiar feel, as RMLC foes Colorado State and Colorado meet for the third time this spring. It's also a rematch of the 2006 national championship game, won by the Rams, 8-7. On the D-II side, the top two seed will be playing for the title, but it wasn't easy, as both had to survive overtime scares from their semifinal opponents. The championship games will be played on Saturday, May 18, in Greenville, S.C.

The MCLA Division I finals will have a familiar feel, as RMLC foes Colorado State and Colorado meet for the third time this spring. It’s also a rematch of the 2006 national championship game, won by the Rams, 8-7. On the D-II side, the top two seed will be playing for the title, but it wasn’t easy, as both had to survive overtime scares from their semifinal opponents.
The championship games will be played on Saturday, May 18, in Greenville, S.C.

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No. 1 Colorado State 9, No. 4 Brigham Young 7

In the third meeting between the two squads, Colorado State used a big fourth quarter to distance itself from its biggest rival. Locked up at fives after three quarters of play, the Rams managed to outscore the Cougars, 4-2, in the final frame to complete the sweep and ensure a revisit to the national championship game.

Braxton Campbell and Eric Uhl each scored a pair of goals for CSU while Koltin Fatzinger made five stops in the second half. Jake Arbon was the top gun for the Cougars with two goals while Rob Ostler was solid in net with 10 saves in the loss.

No. 2 Colorado 5, No. 3 Arizona State 4

In the lowest scoring MCLA semifinal game since 2005, when UC Santa Barbara edged Michigan, 4-3, Colorado advanced to the national championship game for the first time since ’06. Arizona State struck for the first two goals of the game, but the Buffaloes managed to rebound in the second quarter to send the game into halftime tied at three. After trading goals in the third quarter, Colorado got the deciding marker in the fourth frame. The Sun Devils entered the game averaging 16 goals in the tournament, but could not solve the Colorado backline.

Ryan Haines and Riley Seidel led CU with a pair of goals while Tyler Dougherty added the fifth. Payson Clark produced half of Arizona State’s goals. ASU’s Preston Anderson made three stops in the loss while Brad Macnee was credited with no saves to pick up the win.

MCLA Division II

No. 2 Westminster 9, No. 3 St. John’s 8 (3ot)

Brian Tyrrell won a scramble in front of the net with 1:43 left in the third overtime and buried it into the St. John’s goal, giving the Griffins the victory and sending them to the title game for the first time since 2008. Westminster raced out to a 6-1 lead to start the game and appeared to be on pace for its third rout of the tournament, but St. John’s clawed back, outscoring the Griffins, 5-0, in the third period to take a 7-6 lead after three. With the Johnnies still leading by a goal and under a minute to go, it appeared St. John’s would get the ball back in their own zone, but a dubious call awarded possession to Westminster. The Griffins cashed in, sending the contest into overtime.

Kyle Postler led the way for Westminster with three goals and two assists while Tyrrell chipped in with a pair of goals. Miles Armitage and Conlan Meade had hat tricks for St. John’s. Chris Burckle was solid in net for the Griffins, turning away 14 shots – although he got some help from defender Matt Lambourne, who took a shot off the chest in overtime when Burckle was caught out of the net. Mike King was credited with five saves for the Johnnies.

No. 1 St. Thomas 10, No. 4 Liberty 9 (ot)

This game closely followed the script of the first semifinal, with Will Hersman playing the role of hero for St. Thomas as he delivered an overtime strike to send the Tommies back to the title game for the fifth straight year. Like Westminster before it, UST tried to put the game away in the second quarter when it ballooned the lead to 8-4 at halftime. Liberty, however, scored five of the six goals in the second half to knot the game at nines, forcing overtime.

Peter Carbonneau (2g, 3a), David Chilpala (2g, 2a) and Nikolas Colpitts (2g, 2a) led the St. Thomas offense and Steven Bang came on in relief to make six saves in the second half. Joe Gargiulo paced Liberty with four goals and a dime while Ryan Miller had two goals and three helpers. Ethan Kamholtz was strong for the Flames, turning away 15 shots. This was Liberty’s last game in MCLA Division II, as they will bump up to the senior circuit next spring.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2012-13/news/051613_mcla_tournament_semifinal_recaps