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MCLA Lacrosse: Arizona Men’s Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Features Washington, Oregon State, USC, Westminster, Utah, Sonoma State And Arizona State
MCLA Lacrosse: Arizona Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Derek Pedrick “Ushers In New Era” For Wildcats; Former Coach At Notre Dame De Namur
Pedrick was hired as the Laxcats’ new coach after last year’s lacrosse team decided that changes needed to be made. Arizona parted ways with longtime head coach Mickey-Miles Felton, the founder of the current men’s lacrosse program, during the offseason.
Pedrick came to Tucson after serving as head coach of NCAA Division II squad Notre Dame de Namur. At NDNU, he led the Argonauts to a conference championship in 2011.
As the 2013-14 school year starts, Arizona men’s lacrosse is ushering in a new era with a new coach, New York native Derek Pedrick.
“I’m excited about being at a university that supports club sports and their student athletes,” Pedrick said. “I’m also excited that I have a big group of kids to choose from, and to really find … a legit team of kids that are really serious and want to be a part of it.”
“This team wanted to go into a more serious direction,” said junior attack Zach Johnson, the club’s vice president, “to have all the players be more serious and more committed to the program, and we definitely want to see more wins and hopefully go to a national tournament.”
With four years of head coaching experience under his belt, Pedrick is trying to lead the Laxcats in a new direction.
“Lots of big changes [planned],” Pedrick said. “Just kind of try[ing] to change the culture to where it’s a little more serious, held to some higher standards on and off the field. Be held a little more accountable for our actions, and really trying to make the team the best possible team that they can be, because there’s a lot of talent here.”
Pedrick said that he coaches because he likes to help student athletes better themselves both on and off the field and expects his players to represent Arizona men’s lacrosse well. Likewise, Johnson expects Pedrick to push the Laxcats to their highest level of play and to “turn the program around into a respectable and efficient lacrosse team.”
When the Laxcats held tryouts last Tuesday, more than 70 students came out, including about 40 freshmen.
“I was very impressed with the attitude and the intensity and the talent,” Pedrick said. “There’s a lot of good freshmen too.”
MCLA Lacrosse: Top Games Of The Week Feature #1 Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse At #4 BYU, #10 Sonoma State At #6 Stanford And UNLV At Arizona
No. 1 Colorado State (10-0) at No. 4 Brigham Young (11-2) – Friday, 7 p.m.
COYNE: Picking against No. 1 is such a fruitless exercise. You can convince yourself of about 17 different things that could happen to cause the upset, but in the back of your mind you know there is almost no chance of that happening. This is especially the case with a team with as few holes as Colorado State. It is further compounded when the team in question doesn’t have the necessarily requirements to exploit the opportunities that CSU makes available.
Long story short, as much I’d to see a good ol’ fashioned upset, it ain’t happening here. Rams, 11-7.
SCHOOLER: Until someone takes them down, I find it hard to pick against the Rams. But this will be a close game. And in a close game, anything can happen. Colorado State has been able to pull off the close victories over UC Santa Barbara and Chapman, but that cannot last. The Cougs find their groove again and take down the top team, 8-6.
No. 10 Sonoma State (7-3) at No. 6 Stanford (10-1) – Sunday, 2 p.m. PT
COYNE: It’s always fun when a pair of teams with contrasting styles square off, if only just to see which coaching staff makes the proper adjustments to make sure their tempo prevails. Sonoma will want to turn this into a half-field snoozer, where every possession is a test of your manhood. Stanford will want to operate at a slightly higher tempo, but not a complete shootout, as the Cardinal doesn’t have the depth for that.
When viewed through the prism of contrasting styles, it’s easy to see that Stanford has the advantage. The Cardinal will never be out of the game even if they fall a couple of goals behind because ‘Noma’s bland offense doesn’t have the juice to pull away from top teams. On the flipside, if Stanford does race out to a sizeable early lead, the Seawolves will be in trouble. While they showed a little grit against Pittsburgh, Sonoma is not a come-from-behind squad for the most part. A late rally keeps Stanford on pace in the WCLL, 9-7.
SCHOOLER: Nobody has been hotter than these two teams this season. Stanford climbed from No. 20 to No. 2, but recently dropped down to No. 6. Sonoma has steadily climbed from No. 17 to their current spot at No. 10.
What impressed me most is that the Seawolves have not sat around at home. They went out and scheduled tough games around the county, putting their fate in their own hands. The trip to Oregon hurt, but the trek to Virginia really paid off and has prepared them for this game. The selection committee will recognize this and reward them.
Strong and, more importantly, smart defense from Sonoma will win this game. It is a given that Jack Farr (27g, 30a) and Peter Doyle (37g, 10a) will put up some points, but limiting that duo to five goals should do the trick. Sonoma pulls off the upset, 8-7.
UNLV (6-4) at Arizona (7-4) – Saturday, 1 p.m.
SCHOOLER: When I choose my game each week, I don’t look for the one that is going to make Jac slip up. I try to choose an intriguing game that might otherwise be overlooked. These two teams are looking to shore up the three seed in the SLC North and South for the conference playoffs.
Neither team has taken the easy road. They both put together tough schedules and have held their own. I am having a tough time choosing one over the other, but that normally leads me to pick the home team. Since both teams have played well on their own field, I’m going with the Laxcats, 10-8.
COYNE: This SLC friendly is the calm before the storm for these two teams. Next weekend, Arizona will travel to face San Diego and San Diego State in a pair of must-win games if the Wildcats want to make the SLC tourney. The following weekend, UNLV squares off with Loyola Marymount in another postsesaon elimination game. Nothing is on the line Saturday, but building momentum will be key for both teams.
UNLV has an extremely thin squad with just 16 players on the roster, but they’ve acquitted themselves well this spring, making BYU, UCSB and Colorado State work for narrow victories. Arizona has played the top squads equally tough and the triumph over Simon Fraser is looking better and better. Playing at home is a plus for ‘Zona, but I’ve got a good feeling about this scrappy bunch of Rebels. Vegas, 7-6.
MCLA Lacrosse Games: Arizona At #19 Simon Fraser, #9 Chapman At #2 Arizona State, #5 Colorado Vs #8 Oregon, #7 UC Santa Barbara Vs #1 Colorado State, #16 Boston College At #15 Texas and #17 Sonoma State At #12 Cal Berkeley
Arizona (1-2) at No. 19 Simon Fraser (4-1) – Friday, 1 p.m. PT
COYNE: They’re a little raw right now, but the Wildcats will be a handful in the SLC postseason when they have a little more experience. Much respect for making the trip to Burnaby, but the Clansmen will be a bit too much. SFU, 15-10.
SCHOOLER: Neither team has looked very good this season. All Simon Fraser has to brag about is a close loss to Oregon in a game where both teams played sloppily. But I don’t see Arizona winning this game. The Clan wins at home 9-6.
No. 9 Chapman (-2) at No. 2 Arizona State (4-0) – Friday, 7 p.m. MT
COYNE: If it doesn’t figure things out quickly, Chapman could conceivably be a seven-loss team in the regular season. Alas, Arizona State is an underwhelming team in relation to its ranking. Devils barely, 8-6.
SCHOOLER: Chapman has had a rough start, but they seemed to bounce back against UNLV. This is a toss up in my mind, but I don’t see the Panthers winning this on the road. ASU, 11-10. Possibly overtime.
No. 5 Colorado (2-0) vs. No. 8 Oregon (4-1) – Saturday, 1 p.m. MT (at Boise)
COYNE: Oregon enters this game with the advantage of having Colorado play the night before against Boise State and having played tougher competition so far this spring. Will that be enough? I think it might be. Ducks, 10-9.
SCHOOLER: Colorado is the most intriguing team since I graduated. You never know what to expect with them. So I am going out on a limb here and picking the Buffs, 10-9.
No. 7 UC Santa Barbara (3-1) vs. No. 1 Colorado State (2-0) – Saturday, 1 p.m. PT (at Las Vegas)
COYNE: UNLV is no pushover, and the Gauchos have to play the Rebels the night before CSU. UC Santa Barbara was a long shot to upset the Rams anyway, and the schedule just made it even longer. Colorado State, 10-6.
SCHOOLER: Gauchos win 12-9 and take the No. 1 seed. Boo-ya!
No. 16 Boston College (2-0) at No. 15 Texas (6-0) – Monday, 7 p.m. CT
COYNE: The Longhorns are staring at games against UCSB and Sonoma next week, so this should be a nice tune-up. Boston College will be playing its third game in four days, which can’t be downplayed. Texas gets a signature win, 12-9.
SCHOOLER: Boston College had a great season opener signature win against FSU, but from what we have learned, that Seminole team was not riding the success of past seasons. I hate to pick Texas, but I don’t see any other outcome. ‘Horns, 10-6.
No. 17 Sonoma State (1-0) at No. 12 California (3-2) – Saturday, 7 p.m. PT
SCHOOLER: What have you done for me lately? For Sonoma, that’s nothing. For the Bears, they played a great game against my Gauchos and Northeastern. For that, I have Berkeley winning, 10-7.
COYNE: This is a very important WCLL match-up and it comes at a point of the season that definitely favors the Golden Bears, who have played some of the best teams in the country already. The fact that the Seawolves are playing in Berkeley makes it more difficult for ‘Noma. Cal, 12-10.
MCLA Lacrosse: Top Games Of The Week Include #3 BYU Men’s Lacrosse Vs #9 Chapman, #4 Stanford Vs # 21 Northeastern, #15 Cal Poly Vs #18 Minnesota-Duluth And #24 Arizona Vs Grand Canyon
COYNE: Can anyone slow down the Stanford juggernaut? At this point, it appears that Colorado State and Arizona State are the only two with the goods to bring the Cardinal back down to earth. The two-headed monster of attackman Jack Farr, who had eight goals and two assists against Oregon, and midfielder Peter Doyle, who torched UCSB for a fiver, is proving to be nearly unstoppable.
Northeastern is certainly a program on the rise, and the Huskies Golden State trip to play No. 13 Cal, No. 4 Stanford and No. 7 UC Santa Barbara in a four-day span to start the season is commendable. With Chris Tecca (30g, 19a in ’12) returning up front, Northeastern will provide stiff competition, but I worry the Huskies might suffer the same fate as Boston College last year. The Eagles flew to California and played Chapman, Cal Poly and UCSB in four days and took the broom. It’s just too much, too soon for a New England team. Cardinal, 12-7.
SCHOOLER: It is only a matter of time until teams figure out how to stop Peter Doyle — or at least slow him down. The Gauchos were not prepared for the dual threat. But the question is whether Northeastern has the defense to stop Farr and Doyle. The Huskies keep most of their defense intact, but losing first team PCLL defenseman Kyle Bedell has to hurt. I am going against my Berkeley roots and picking the Cardinal, 10-6.
No. 15 Cal Poly (2-1) at No. 18 Minnesota-Duluth (3-0) – Friday, 9 p.m.
COYNE: There’s a lot riding on this game for both of these teams. Cal Poly bounced back from the UCSB debacle with wins over Grand Canyon and Loyola Marymount last weekend, but continued its poll nose-dive. The Mustangs need a ranked win to remind pollsters that they came up two goals short of all the marbles last year, as well give themselves a little confidence for the WCLL slate. Duluth needs a ranked win to give it a chance when selection Sunday rolls around without the AQ safety net.
New coach Sam Litman said Duluth will once again be predicated on its defense, and that has been confirmed so far with only 12 goals allowed in three games (albeit against some lightweights). In order to win this game, however, the UMD staff has to break free of the conservative Graff/Clark regimes and unshackle the offense, letting guys like attackman Ryan Butts (9g, 2a) and middie Stan Drutowski (5g, 6a) be creative.
I may be the only person left in America right now outside of SLO who thinks Poly is far better than its No. 15 ranking, and I’ll stick to my guns. ‘Stangs, 10-9.
SCHOOLER: I don’t know how they do it, but the Bulldogs manage to put together a quality team every season. Maybe it’s the coaching. Maybe it’s the proximity to the Canadian border. Who knows?
But I know one thing for certain: this is not the Cal Poly team we saw last year. They had their chance and one bad game cost them. The Mustang’s performance against UCSB on their home turf was atrocious. This is Cal Poly’s chance to put their name back in the conversation. Unlike Jac, I do not see this being a one goal game. I have Duluth winning comfortably, 12-9.
No. 3 BYU (1-0) vs. No. 9 Chapman (1-1) – Friday, 7 p.m. (at Las Vegas)
COYNE: If we’ve learned one thing from the last two times these programs have met, it’s that Chapman has a hard time holding a late lead. In the regular season matchup last year, the Panthers held a 10-6 advantage going into the fourth quarter and lost, 12-11, in overtime. When they met again in the national quarterfinals, Chapman took a 9-7 edge into the final frame before allowing the Cougars to notch an eight-spot for the 15-12 win. The fact that Dallas Hartley’s squad had an 8-6 fourth-quarter lead over Oregon last weekend and still lost 9-8 doesn’t instill a lot of confidence in their closing ability.
Fortunately for Chapman, BYU is very different than last year’s senior-laden squad. In addition, the young Cougars only have one game under their belt and will have to play UNLV on Thursday night. Alas, considering its current late game woes, it’s difficult picking the Panthers. Percentages say they’re due to pull one of these out, however. Chappy, 11-10.
SCHOOLER: It’s a toss up. I would be lying if I said that I am confident with my picks this early in the season. My pitiful performance last week proves that point. Last week, I would have guessed that this game would be a close one, but Chaptown lost to the Ducks. I’m doubting just how good Chapman is. Could this be the year that my Gauchos get back on top on the Panthers? This game will be a good measuring stick.
You can never count BYU out. Year in and year out, they are a contender, and nothing changes this year. Cougars win, 14-11.
No. 24 Arizona (1-1) at Grand Canyon (1-1) – Saturday, 7 p.m. MT
COYNE: It’s easy to get blinders on when covering the MCLA. It’s routine to fall into the trap of seeing certain scores and extrapolating them out over the course of the season to predict outcomes. It wasn’t one of our picks last week, but based on its opening-game performance against San Diego State, I thought Grand Canyon could hang with Cal Poly. The Mustangs cured me of that notion with a convincing, 15-11 result over the ‘Lopes. Unfortunately, I just can’t quit GCU.
The ‘Lopes enter the game with Arizona as underdogs — the Wildcats boast a No. 24 national ranking even after being dispatched by California, 14-5. ‘Zona has proven weapons, notably Zach Johnson (3g, 3a) and William Stanaback (4g), but they are frighteningly young on the backline, with rookie Philp Pierce as the last line of defense. That’s spells trouble. Grand Canyon, 12-8.
SCHOOLER: I’m down by a few games and my gut is telling me to go with Grand Canyon. But doesn’t that go against what I said early in the season when analyzing the jump from Division II to Division I? So I am conflicted here. Arizona had a less than average season last year, so I am hesitant in picking the ‘Cats. Plus, I do not trust the voters this early in the season.
I picked the ‘Lopes last week over Cal Poly. That proved to be stupid, but I guess I should stick with my gut and take Grand Canyon again, 10-9.
SLC Game of the week featuring USD Torreros vs Arizona Wildcats at the “Jam By The Sea”. San Diego came out hot early but after the first quarter it was all Wildcats. Arizona eventually took the game 18-8