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MCLA Lacrosse: Chapman Men’s Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Features Whittier, Colorado, Boston College, Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, Colorado State, Texas, Cal Poly And UCSB

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NCAA Div III Lacrosse: Chapman Women’s Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Features UCSB, Occidental, Whittier, Redlands, Pomona-Pitzer, Claremont-M-S, Pacific And Colorado College

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MCLA Lacrosse: “2014-2015 MCLA National Championship Tournament” To Be Held In Orange County, CA With Chapman Hosting Final Four


The Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) is proud to announce the location of the 2014 & 2015 National Tournament as Orange County, CA.  The opening two rounds of the tournament will be held on the University of California Irvine campus recreation fields. The tournament will then move to the Chapman University campus in Orange, for the semi-final and final round games.

Chapman College Athletic FieldToday’s announcement of National Tournament venue was preceded by evaluation of three proposals to the MCLA Board of Directors, including Greenville and Phoenix. President Ken Lovic notes, “[The MCLA] wants to thank Greenville for being great hosts for our national tournament the past two seasons. It is a dynamic city and the whole city were gracious host. I also want to thank the tournament committee that vetted the three bids and looked closely at all of the proposals. Phoenix and Greenville were great opportunities for us and we appreciate their interest and support of the MCLA.”

In summation, Lovic remarked, “In the end the Board of Directors felt the Irvine invitation was the one they wanted to go with. It will be our first move to the west coast and I know our staff and local organizing committee will make it a great event for our member teams.”

The 32 team tournament is making its first appearance in the state of California. The Southwest Lacrosse Conference (SLC), lead by President Matt Holman, will host and is very excited to welcome the MCLA to the West Coast. Holman stated, “the SLC welcomes the event and looking forward to showcase the strong southern California lacrosse community. We really think the on-campus experience will help to make this a player centric event. Coupled with the new MCLA Event management team this is sure to be a success.”

About the MCLA The Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) is a national organization of non-varsity, college lacrosse programs. The MCLA is comprised of over 200 teams in 10 conferences with 2 divisions in 44 states and one Canadian Provence. http://mcla.us

For more:  http://mcla.us/news/2013/08/2014-and-2015-mcla-national-championships/

NCAA Lacrosse: Redlands Women’s Lacrosse Defeated Chapman 10-5 In SCIAC Tournamant Championship On May 4; Earns “At-Large Bid” To “2013 NCAA Div III Women’s Lacrosse Championships” And Hosts Augustana On May 8

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With Saturday’s 10-5 win over the visiting Panthers of Chapman University, the University of Redlands women’s lacrosse team captured the 2013 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship Tournament title while also securing the regular-season championship for the second year in a row. With an accumulation of points from the dual matches and the tournament results, the Bulldogs garnered 16 points to the second-place Panthers’ 13.

Equipped with a 15-4 overall record and the 2013 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) regular-season and tournament 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championshipstitles, the University of Redlands women’s lacrosse team garnered an at-large berth to the NCAA Division III Championships as the host of a first-round game against Augustana College (IL).  The Bulldogs welcome the Vikings to Farquhar Field on Wed., May 8, for a 7 p.m. game.

The Bulldogs make their third consecutive appearance at the NCAA Division III Championships, following last season’s historical run that included the program’s inaugural NCAA tournament victory.

On Feb. 21, Redlands knocked off Augustana in the Vikings’ season-opener by a score of 18-6.  The Bulldogs led wire-to-wire after rattling off seven unanswered goals to start the game.  Senior attack player Aimee Dewan (Alamo, CA), junior midfielder KK McCaslin (Portland, OR), and freshman midfielder Stephanie Garrett (San Diego, CA) led the onslaught with two goals apiece during the opening 20 minutes.

In only its third year of varsity competition, Augustana punched its inaugural ticket to the NCAA Championships by winning the Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference Tournament in a frenetic 10-9 win over North Central College (IL) on Saturday.  The Vikings held off a late push by the opponents to hold on for the championship and the automatic bid while recording their 13th triumph in a row.

Augustana also captured the regular-season title with an 8-0 run through the MWLC during the Vikings’ first season in the league.

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MCLA Lacrosse: New Rules Have Not Increased The Pace Of Play According To Chapman Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Dallas Hartley

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When the new rules came out, Chapman head coach Dallas Hartley thought it would be a boon for his team. He figured it would force some of the grinding teams in the MCLA to play more at the pace that the Panthers’ were accustomed. As such, he and his staff went into the season conjuring up ways to maximize the team’s potential.

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After Chapman lost two of its first three games, it was clear the rules weren’t going to completely revamp the way the game is played.

“We had originally intended to play three lines as much as possible and not go with too many specialists,” Hartley said of his initial plan. “That was kind of hurting us. We feel like we have two really strong lines in the midfield, not necessarily three, and we’ve got some good specialists defensively. We tried to work with the new rules and play faster, but in reality, it was hurting us personnel-wise. I don’t think we’ve been playing great, necessarily, but we’re just playing a bit more consistently.”

Hartley admits to being a little surprised that the rules haven’t impacted the pace of play, but he feels that the contrasting tactics he’s seen this year have kept his team on its toes.

“I was under the impression there would be a lot more run and gun, but I haven’t seen much change in the speed of the game,” Hartley said. “There have been a lot of different styles. Grand Canyon has a couple of Canadian attackmen running sort of a pairs offense. We had never seen Richmond before; Oregon has a brand new coach. BYU has all new moving pieces. A lot of different teams we’ve seen in the past are doing new things. That’s kind of the beauty of the MCLA. There is so much attrition and turnover, you don’t know what you’re going to get from year to year.”

For more: http://www.laxmagazine.com/blogs/author/coyne/03.25.2013_at_10.02_a.m._by_Jac_Coyne

MCLA Lacrosse: #1 Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Rallies From Two Goals Down In 4th Quarter To Beat #5 Chapman 5-4 In 3 Overtimes On March 25

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Trailing the 5th ranked Chapman University Panthers by two goals, the #1 Colorado State University Rams rallied to tie the game in the last four minutes and Sean Smith (Amherst HS / Amherst, NY) stuck the game-winner with 2:43 remaining in the third overtime period to get a key out of conference victory on a cold night at the Loveland Sports Park.
With the game tied 2-2 going into the fourth quarter, Chapman broke through with two goals, including what looked like a back-breaker by Ryan Welch with 4:44 remaining to make it 4-2. But the Rams, who struggled to beat the Chapman defense and goaltender Warren Nielsen all evening, finally wore down the Panthers and got goals from sophomore Mike Wolff (Don Bosco Prep / Ramsey, NJ) and senior Austin Fisher (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) to tie the game and set up the dramatic overtime sequence.
The two teams combined for seven shots over the first two overtime periods as both Nielsen and CSU junior Koltin Fatzinger (Wheat Ridge HS / Thornton, CO) made several nice saves. After a key groundball by Chapman in the third overtime, Colorado State’s defense forced a turnover, drew a flag on the clear, and got the ball to Smith, who drove from behind the cage to beat Nielsen on a bouncer to end the game.
The Rams, who benefited from a stellar 11/14 night at the face-off ‘x’ by senior Dan Warfield (Smoky Hill HS / Aurora, CO), were unable to turn the extra possessions into production on the offensive end for most of the night. Nielsen recorded 15 saves in a stand-out effort for Chapman, turning aside several outstanding opportunities. It was only the second time all season that the Rams hadn’t scored double digits.
Meanwhile, the CSU defense held its own to keep the Rams in the game, holding Chapman’s dangerous offense to its lowest scoring output in almost two years. Seniors Hayden Porter (Heritage HS / Littleton, CO) and Tyler Zabor (Rock Canyon HS / Highlands Ranch, CO) led the charge while goaltenders Jack Regan (Sunset HS / Beaverton, OR) and Fatzinger combined for 10 saves on the evening.

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MCLA Lacrosse: Top Games Of The Week Feature #5 Chapman At #3 Colorado, #12 Sonoma State At #17 Virginia Tech And #6 BYU Vs #8 Oregon


No. 5 Chapman (7-2) at No. 3 Colorado (9-0) – Saturday, 7 p.m. MT

COYNE: Chapman was having trouble closing the deal earlier this season against Oregon and BYU, but the Panthers appear to have corrected that problem, rattling off six straight wins, including two one-goal triumphs against Arizona State and Grand Canyon and a two-goal victory over Richmond. That’s a big mental hurdle to have conquered, and should be a huge benefit once Greenville rolls around.

Speaking of nationals, depending on how the seeds play out, this could very well be a semifinal preview. Chapman’s speed out of the midfield will be where it has to make its money against Colorado, but the Buffs have been excellent at matching up well with talented middies and has been equally consistent quashing transition opportunities – always a Chapman staple. It’s going to be close and low-scoring, but I’ll be the Buffs at home, 7-6.

SCHOOLER: Coming off a fresh viewing on the Buffs, I think they are a good team, but not the third best team in the league. That position lies with ASU or Chapman. Call it SLC bias, but the Panthers will shut down the Buff’s offense. Colorado has scored seven, eight, and six goals against Oregon, LMU, and UCSB, respectively. One of those teams is not even ranked. So unless Colorado can turn things around, I think Chaptown takes this one home, 8-5.

No. 12 Sonoma State (4-2) at No. 17 Virginia Tech (6-3) – Saturday, 5 p.m.

COYNE: The jury is still out on these two teams. Both came into the season with a lot of promise and both have underwhelmed to this point in the season, so it’s appropriate that they square off on the Seawolves’ trip to Virginia. Both of these teams have struggled on big trips this year — ‘Noma couldn’t handle their sojourn to Oregon and the Hokies were humbled in Colorado.

Both teams will get a chance to scout each other out — Sonoma plays Richmond on Wednesday and VT faces George Washington on Friday night — so there won’t be any surprises. With a pair of decent defenses, this one will come down to who can find a way to score. So far this year, both have been weak in that department, but the Hokies have more untapped offensive resources. Tech, 8-7.

SCHOOLER: I commend the Seawolves (still hard to call them this) for making a trip to the east coast in March. Not many teams would do that. While it is a bit chilly right now, it is supposed to warm up for the weekend to temperatures similar to that of Northern California. So I do not think weather will be an issue.

The key for Doug Carl will be shutting down the high powered Hokies attack. So far this has not been an issue for many of the top teams and I put Sonoma in that category. Seawolves win, 11-8.

No. 6 BYU (8-1) vs. No. 8 Oregon (7-2) – Monday, 7 p.m. PT (at Berkeley, Calif.)

COYNE: BYU brings some traditional family values to the bacchanalia of Nick’s hometown with the hopes of getting the ship back on course after stumbling against Arizona State over the weekend. Meanwhile, Oregon is trying to build on its modest, three-game winning streak with games against Cal on Saturday and then the Cougars on Monday.

Both of these teams have jelled a lot quicker to this point than I thought they would and now they are both in midseason form. Mike Fabrizio (5.1 ppg) has filled the shoes of the departed Ted Ferrin for BYU while the Ducks have kept their usual balance between midfield and attack scoring. As such, this game will come down to the little things. The biggest little thing is going to be faceoffs. The Cougars struggled against ASU in that department and it showed on the scoreboard while Oregon boasts one of the top draw-men around in Trey Norris. Extra possessions will be the key as the Ducks win, 10-8.

SCHOOLER: I don’t know what is going on with these two teams. Both have some consistency problems, so I guess this will make for an interesting game. BYU has been slipping recently with the loss to ASU and near loss to GCU. That must have been a tough trip to Arizona. Oregon has similar problems with a crushing defeat early in the season to Stanford and a close win over Simon Fraser.

So I like this game as the game of the week. This is a defining game for both teams. The winner moves up and the loser moves down. Senior Matt Johnson has been solid for the Ducks while Mike Fabrizio and Jake Ferrin have been a solid attack/mid combo for the Cougars. This is a coin flip, but my gut tells me that BYU will pull this off, 11-10.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2012-13/news/032113_schooling_schooler_handicapping_the_player_of_year_race

NCAA Div III Lacrosse: Chapman Women’s Lacrosse (8-2) Tops Puget Sound 22-7 On Mar 18

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An impressive second-half performance featuring a 13-2 run led the Chapman University women’s lacrosse team to its fourth straight win as they defeated Puget Sound, 22-7 on Monday afternoon at Wilson Field. Freshman midfielder Kelsey Mackin scored seven goals off the bench for the Panthers, four of which came in the second half.
With 10:35 remaining in the first half, senior Julia Schulman pulled the visiting Loggers within one on an unassisted goal, narrowing the score to 5-4. This was the closest Puget Sound would get as Chapman went on a 4-1 run to close the half with a 9-5 lead.
Schulman scored six goals for the Loggers, five of which came in the first half.
After allowing a goal to sophomore Rachael Silva to open the second half, the Panthers stepped it up on both sides of the field with a 12-0 run that started with 27:14 on the clock and a Shelley LaMotte free position goal. The Loggers were limited to 10 shots by the Panther defense in the half and were unable to score until 1:46 remained in the game.
LaMotte and freshman attacker Kylee Moore finished with three goals each and were two of 10 Panthers to score in the game. The second half run was held together by senior goalkeeper Anjali Thota, who allowed just two goals on eight shots-on-goal. She split time in the net with junior Kara Podesta, who collected eight saves in the first half.

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NCAA Div III Lacrosse: Chapman Women’s Lacrosse (6-2) Is Tied For Second Place In SCIAC Conference In First-Year After Jump From Club Team To NCAA

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It’s no surprise to see Chapman hovering near the top of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) standings in its first Division III season. The school is located five miles from Disney Land. Somewhere along the line the women’s lacrosse program must have hitched a ride on the back of a monorail, because, from Day One, they’ve forged ahead at an accelerated pace.
In 2007, Chapman had no women’s lacrosse program. Then they were one of the worst club teams in the country. By 2011 they were undefeated WCLA Division II champions. Last year they were highly-competitive in WCLA Division I.
Now they’re tied with Occidental for second place in the SCIAC. The Panthers are 5-2 with both losses coming to 2012 NCAA tournament teams, Redlands and Occidental, by a combined three goals.
The man at the wheel for this whole ride has been Brian Eisenberg, who grew up in Baltimore, played at Chapman and built its women’s program from the ground up. The vast majority of his first team had never picked up a stick before, but Eisenberg saw the success the men’s program had and thought he could follow its blueprint on the women’s side.
“I had a vision,” Eisenberg said. “But I never dreamed it would happen this quick.”
They’re used to quick transitions, on and off the field. So far in Division III, the Panthers have outscored opponents by an average score of 16-11. And the transition to Division III has been even smoother than expected. There a couple of rule differences, some new rivalries, but, overruling all of that, the team doesn’t have to pay dues this year.
And they’re taking their club experience and making an NCAA impact.
Tori Wilkinson, who transferred to Chapman from Louisville before last season, led the team in scoring last year. She currently leads the Panthers with 25 goals. Nine players return from the 2011 championship team including midfield grinder, Lauren Mah, and rotating goalies, Kara Podesta and Anjali Thota.
The Panthers will need to draw on that championship experience because the SCIAC is having its best season ever. Redlands is 8-2. Occidental (4-3) beat Redlands and Chapman. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (2-4) defeated Occidental. Pomona-Pitzer (4-3) defeated Oxy and CMS. Eisenberg said the only thing that’s surprised him about the league so far is that Whittier (1-6) isn’t also pulling upsets.

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MCLA Lacrosse: Top Games Of The Week Feature #4 Colorado Men’s Lacrosse Vs #10 Virginia Tech, #11 Sonoma State At #8 Oregon, #12 Texas At #6 UC Santa Barbara And #18 Cal Poly At #7 Chapman


No. 10 Virginia Tech (4-0) at No. 4 Colorado (4-0) – Saturday, 1 p.m. MT

COYNE: Virginia Tech is a good team, and is the odds-on favorite to win the SELC title, but they are going against two hurdles this weekend. The first is the altitude. I know a lot of people pooh-pooh the concept, but Michigan went out to Denver three days early each time they went to Denver. That kind of tells me there’s something to it, even if it’s just psychological. The Hokies will be getting off their plane on Friday night and playing their opening game in Boulder less than 24 hours later. Not good.

Second, Tech will have to deal with Brad Macnee, Colorado’s netminder and the best keeper in the country. Last year, I wouldn’t be quite as concerned because the Hokies were scoring goals. They are struggling so far this season to produce on the offensive end, and that’s trouble against Macnee, who is probably going to rob you of at least four markers. Virginia Tech will be in this game because they are good team, but they can’t fight these obstacles. Buffs, 10-6.

SCHOOLER: Props to the Hokies for finally making a trip out West. The RMLC has the best teams in the league and hopefully they can steal a win in the Rockies, but I don’t see that happening.

You never know what you are going to get with the Buffs early in the season, but they pulled out an impressive win against the Ducks last week. Even with the return of Matt Giannelli for his final season, coach Galvin and his defense will be able to shut down the one dimensional Hokies. CU wins, 12-9.

No. 11 Sonoma State (2-0) at No. 8 Oregon (5-2) – Saturday, 1 p.m. PT

COYNE: It wasn’t much of a trip, but the road win for ‘Noma against California was a big deal. It showed that the Seawolves could match some of the preseason hype that was surrounding them. I’m sure it also gave them a good confidence boost, along with a pivotal WCLL win. However, now Sonoma is on the brink of the Top 10 and is heading to play No. 8 Oregon on the road. I’m afraid it’ll have to prove itself again.

Trey Norris (70-for-114 on faceoffs) has been a weapon all season for the Ducks, and he should dominate once again versus the Seawolves. And while Cal’s Dan Cohen and Sean Hayden are a dynamic one-two punch on attack, Oregon’s Matt Johnson (16g, 15a) and Benton Souers (17g, 6a) have proven it against some of the top teams in the country. Sonoma won’t get embarrassed, but they’ll struggle to keep up with the Ducks for four quarters. UO, 10-7.

SCHOOLER: This will likely be the best game the weekend has to offer. I think these are evenly matched teams. I have heard a lot of good things about Sonoma throughout the offseason. Until they took down Cal, that’s all it was…talk.

The Ducks have a strong attack while Sonoma has a strong defense. So get ready for a battle. I see another overtime game with the Seawolves coming out on top. 10-9.

No. 12 Texas (6-1) at No. 6 UCSB (4-2) – Sunday, 1 p.m. PT

SCHOOLER: Texas came through Santa Barbara in 2010, but was too scared to play the Gauchos. They plays FSU instead, taking the W and setting the tone for their whole season. All kidding aside, I really wish I could have seen the ‘Horns take on the Gauchos. Three years later, I’ll have my chance.

I dog on Texas and the LSA a lot, but I actually have a lot of respect for the Longhorns. They have stepped up their game over the last few seasons and elevated themselves above everyone in the conference. The Gauchos have no trouble coming out hot against teams. Their issue is sustaining that fire for all four quarters. I can see UCSB going up early and Texas clawing back. But I have the Gauchos holding on for the 10-8 win.

COYNE: If Texas had pulled out the win over Boston College on Monday night, I would have been more inclined to take a flyer on them in this game, but it should still be competitive regardless. I won’t build up the suspense — UCSB will win — but this game, along with Tuesday’s matchup with Sonoma State, are important for the development of the UT program under new head coach Andy Garrigan. Not only does it put the program on a different plane in terms of respectability, but just making this West Coast swing will be good for a seed or two at nationals, regardless of the outcomes.

Nick has it spot on with the flow of this game. The Gauchos will jump the ‘Horns early, and then coast home for the win. UCSB, 11-8.

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No. 18 Cal Poly (2-3) at No. 7 Chapman (4-2) – Saturday, 1 p.m.

COYNE: Is there really a chance that this Cal Poly team can go down to Chapman and knock off the Panthers? Absolutely. I know the nine-goal loss to UC Santa Barbara sticks in everybody’s mind, but the Mustangs were neck-and-neck with Duluth in an overtime game and gave ASU everything it could handle. This team isn’t very far off. Plus, this Chapman edition isn’t quite as complete (yet) as it has been in the last couple of years.

If this game is played in SLO or even at a neutral field, I’m take Poly in an heartbeat. Alas, Chapman is traditionally a much different team at home than on the road, and that saves the Panthers here. Chappy, 9-8.

SCHOOLER: Chapman has had some crazy and close games this season. Take last weekend for example. They beat ASU by a goal then turn around and barely beat a lesser Grand Canyon by a goal. Earlier in the season, they crush San Diego then lose to Oregon. What team are we going to get?

While Cal Poly has improved since they were stomped by the Gauchos (you knew I would have to bring this up), they have improved. A two goal loss to ASU is commendable, but not enough to convince me that they can put together what is needed to beat Chaptown. Panthers win, 12-8.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2012-13/news/030613_schooling_schooler_is_duluth_already_in_trouble