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Video Highlights Of Colorado Men’s Lacrosse 13-12 Win Over Arizona State To Win 2014 MCLA Lacrosse National Championship On May 17


Colorado held off a comeback by Arizona State to claim their first MCLA Division I National Championship title.

The Buffs took a 13-8 lead in the fourth quarter before the Sun Devils stormed back. They got within a single goal but were unable to score the equalizer as CU went on to win 13-12.

Before taking down No. 1 ASU, Colorado beat Michigan State and UC-Santa Barbara to reach the tournament finals.

Colorado Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Arizona State 13-12 To Win 2014 MCLA National Championship


A late run by No. 1 Arizona State was not enough to defeat No. 2 Colorado in the 2014 MCLA Division I national championship game, as the Buffs captured their first title in a 13-12 win over the previously undefeated Sun Devils. Led by tournament MVP Riley Seidel’s six points, Colorado broke open a 5-5 halftime tie to lead 13-8 early in the fourth before ASU’s comeback attempt.

A late run by No. 1 Arizona State was not enough to defeat No. 2 Colorado in the 2014 MCLA Division I national championship game, as the Buffs captured their first title in a 13-12 win over the previously undefeated Sun Devils. Led by tournament MVP Riley Seidel’s six points, Colorado broke open a 5-5 halftime tie to lead 13-8 early in the fourth before ASU’s comeback attempt.

by Kevin Rowen via MCLA.us

Seidel scored the first goal of the game after tipping a pass during an ASU clear, getting the ground ball himself and finishing as the goalie rushed back to the cage. The Sun Devils responded with a Adam Beauchamp goal, and the teams then traded goals leading to a 2-2 tie with just under eight minutes remaining in the first.

Colorado Men's Lacrosse 2014 MCLA ChampionsColorado scored the next two goals, one from Mitch Erickson with 3:13 left in the first quarter and another from Greg Kelsic almost two minutes into the second. That goal was created by Tyler Dougherty, who reached into the crease to pull out a rebound from a previous Buffs shot, allowing Kelsic to scoop the ball and put it in the back of the net. Dan Davis of ASU then scored his first of the game off a Cooper Pickell feed, but Seidel drove around right handed from behind the cage to give the two-goal lead back to the Buffs. The next two goals were by the Sun Devils, with tallies by Adam Beauchamp with 5:26 left in the half and Logan Quinn with only 15 seconds in the half.

The second half started the same way the first did, as Seidel scored his third of the game, this time coming from behind the cage with his left hand. Colorado also scored the next two goals – on a Ryan Stoll dodge down the right alley and another Seidel score again originating from behind the cage – to increase the lead to 8-5.

The Sun Devils answered with two of their own to tie the game, but Jack Cranston, the hometown hero who led the Buffs in the semifinals, scored with just over five minutes left in the third to regain the lead. This goal was the first of a 4-1 Colorado run that ended the quarter with the Buffs ahead 12-8, as Davis scored again for ASU between multiple Colorado goals. The last of that run was produced by a great finalizer move from Seidel behind the net, out of which he fed Cranston for righty rip from up top.

In the fourth quarter, the pace seemed to slow down as each team only scored once in the first 11 minutes of the final frame. Jace Gan scored for Colorado on a perfect shot from the left wing that found its way to the top left corner of the net with 9:42 left in the game, and Justin Straker of ASU scored after a long Sun Devil possession with 4:10 remaining.

Davis then scored two goals 26 seconds apart, both assisted by Straker, to cut the Colorado lead to two with just over three minutes left to play. After a long possession by the Buffs where they ran out most of the clock, Arizona State finally got the ball back and was able to score with 16 seconds left on the clock with Davis’s fifth of the game.

On the final face-off, ASU initially won the draw but were called for a violation, giving the ball back to Colorado. The Buffs ran off the remaining time on the clock to win the championship.

“We played a great team in Arizona State,” Colorado head coach John Galvan said after the game. “Chris Malone and his group, they’re a great program, a great team. We had to work hard to get here and I think all the guys banded together and we played very well today.”

Seidel praised his teammates, saying “I couldn’t be more proud of all the guys on this team. It took all of us, it was a team effort. Everyone had a part in this.”

Ending with a statement that reflects the true heart of this league, Seidel nostalgically spoke of this being his final game: ”This is the last time stepping on the field for me and it’s been a long road. You don’t play this game in the MCLA unless you love the game, and each and every one of these guys on the team loves the game.”

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.

#2 Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Heads To MPSF Championships On May 1-4; Cardinal Will Face Winner Of #3 Colorado Vs #6 San Diego State


MPSF Women's Lacrosse banner

Stanford has received a first-round bye in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse tournament and will open play Friday in the semifinals in Denver. Stanford (13-3 overall, 7-2 MPSF) completed its regular season with an 18-7 victory over California on Thursday, but needed a loss by Oregon in either of the Ducks’ final two games to receive a first-round bye in the six-team conference event. The Ducks obliged Friday, with an 11-5 loss to first-place Denver, ensuring that the winning Pioneers will receive the No. 1 seed at home. Oregon lost again on Sunday, to Colorado, 10-9, finalizing the seeding. Stanford has won eight of the past nine MPSF tournament titles. The tournament winner earns an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.  Here are the MPSF tournament matchups, in Denver (all times Pacific): Thursday First round Game 1: No. 3 Colorado (10-7) vs. No. 6 San Diego State (7-9), 3 p.m. Game 2: No. 4 Oregon (10-7) vs. No. 5 USC (9-8), 6 p.m. Friday Semifinals Game 3: No. 1 Denver vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m. Game 4: No. 2 Stanford vs. Game 1 winner, 6 p.m. Sunday Championship: Semifinal winners, 10 a.m.

Stanford has received a first-round bye in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse tournament and will open play Friday in the semifinals in Denver.
Stanford (13-3 overall, 7-2 MPSF) completed its regular season with an 18-7 victory over California on Thursday, but needed a loss by Oregon in either of the Ducks’ final two games to receive a first-round bye in the six-team conference event.
The Ducks obliged Friday, with an 11-5 loss to first-place Denver, ensuring that the winning Pioneers will receive the No. 1 seed at home. Oregon lost again on Sunday, to Colorado, 10-9, finalizing the seeding.
Stanford has won eight of the past nine MPSF tournament titles. The tournament winner earns an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
Here are the MPSF tournament matchups, in Denver (all times Pacific):
Thursday
First round
Game 1: No. 3 Colorado (10-7) vs. No. 6 San Diego State (7-9), 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 4 Oregon (10-7) vs. No. 5 USC (9-8), 6 p.m.
Friday
Semifinals
Game 3: No. 1 Denver vs. Game 2 winner, 3 p.m.
Game 4: No. 2 Stanford vs. Game 1 winner, 6 p.m.
Sunday
Championship: Semifinal winners, 10 a.m.

Colorado Women’s Lacrosse (8-6) Win Second Straight 1-Goal OT Game 7-6 Vs San Diego State


Though the conditions couldn’t have been more different, the finish was nearly the same, with University of Colorado sophomore Sarah Lautman netting an overtime game-winner to help her lacrosse team to victory. After an extra minutes buzzer beater on Friday to push the Buffaloes over the USC Women of Troy, Lautman once again gave CU its late push, scoring the sudden victory goal here Sunday to give CU a 7-6 win over San Diego State.  “I think it’s really big for our team,” Lautman said. “It shows that we can dig deep and when it matters, we can play hard and play hard through everything until the last minute.” With a reading of 34 degrees on the thermometer at opening draw, snowy and overcast conditions seemed to slow both teams’ rhythms. SDSU went into the break up 4-2, but the Buffs, who managed just 11 shots in regulation, outscored the Aztecs four to two in the second half to send the game into extra minutes.   The Aztecs took six shots in overtime play, while limiting the Buffs to two, but CU once again showed its late game strength. Over four minutes ticked away as the teams both pushed for a sudden victory in the final minutes of overtime, and Lautman hammered one home to claim the win.  “In all honesty, we have struggled a lot in the other games we played when it was cold and snowy,” CU head coach Ann Elliott said. “I thought we came out hard in the beginning and we were playing well, the best we’ve played in the cold weather. As the snow picked up you knew it was going to be an ugly game on both sides and you had to just keep fighting and you needed someone to pick up and make a play. Sarah did that for us.” After recording her second hat trick in Friday’s 12-11 OT win against USC, Lautman had another performance for the books against SDSU. She netted a career-high four goals and took six of CU’s 13 shots.  “She’s a fighter,” Elliott said of Lautman. “I think and when the pressure’s on, she can step up and make plays. We have a lot of kids on this team that can do that and it’s exciting to see her do that back-to-back.”

Though the conditions couldn’t have been more different, the finish was nearly the same, with University of Colorado sophomore Sarah Lautman netting an overtime game-winner to help her lacrosse team to victory. After an extra minutes buzzer beater on Friday to push the Buffaloes over the USC Women of Troy, Lautman once again gave CU its late push, scoring the sudden victory goal here Sunday to give CU a 7-6 win over San Diego State.
“I think it’s really big for our team,” Lautman said. “It shows that we can dig deep and when it matters, we can play hard and play hard through everything until the last minute.”
With a reading of 34 degrees on the thermometer at opening draw, snowy and overcast conditions seemed to slow both teams’ rhythms. SDSU went into the break up 4-2, but the Buffs, who managed just 11 shots in regulation, outscored the Aztecs four to two in the second half to send the game into extra minutes.
The Aztecs took six shots in overtime play, while limiting the Buffs to two, but CU once again showed its late game strength. Over four minutes ticked away as the teams both pushed for a sudden victory in the final minutes of overtime, and Lautman hammered one home to claim the win.
“In all honesty, we have struggled a lot in the other games we played when it was cold and snowy,” CU head coach Ann Elliott said. “I thought we came out hard in the beginning and we were playing well, the best we’ve played in the cold weather. As the snow picked up you knew it was going to be an ugly game on both sides and you had to just keep fighting and you needed someone to pick up and make a play. Sarah did that for us.”
After recording her second hat trick in Friday’s 12-11 OT win against USC, Lautman had another performance for the books against SDSU. She netted a career-high four goals and took six of CU’s 13 shots.
“She’s a fighter,” Elliott said of Lautman. “I think and when the pressure’s on, she can step up and make plays. We have a lot of kids on this team that can do that and it’s exciting to see her do that back-to-back.”

Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Tops USC 12-11 In Overtime In Key MPSF Match On April 11


Colorado Women's Lacrosse vs USC

As the horn was sounding the end of the overtime period, Sarah Lautman hammered one into the net to give the University of Colorado lacrosse team the 12-11 victory and hand USC its first conference defeat of the season. The Buffaloes and Women of Troy were tied eight times, with USC grabbing a three-goal lead on two separate occasions. Colorado scored four of the final five goals of regulation, and Cali Castagnola tied the game at 10-10 with 2:29 remaining. The tie would hold at the end of 60 minutes, sending the game into overtime (which consists of two three-minute periods and an extra six minute sudden victory period if the game remains tied). As the first three minutes of overtime were winding down, Castagnola powered through once more, scoring off a Marie Moore assist 18 seconds before the teams switched sides. USC looked to force a sudden victory after tying the game back up off a free position shot in the final 42 seconds. But as they’ve shown all season, the Buffs thrive in late game situations. With the last seconds ticking away, Castagnola shot from the left, forcing a diving save from USC keeper Liz Shaeffer. Despite coming up with the solid save, the low shot got back on the ground, and Lautman capitalized on the bounce. One second remained on the board as she forced the game-winner in from just right of the crease. “I really just saw the ball on the ground and all you can do at that point is pick it up,” Lautman said. “I saw the [USC] goalie wasn’t in the net and I just tried to get it in, and it went in. It was totally just a reaction, Cali did the right thing by taking that shot and we got the rebound. When you see a rebound, you want to get it; you want to get that goal.” The win is the biggest of CU’s inaugural season. In their first ever taste of overtime play, the Buffs got their fourth Mountain Pacific Sports Federation win and ended USC”s four-game winning streak, giving the Women of Troy their first loss in conference play. The Buffs improve to 7-6 overall, 4-2 MPSF as CU head coach Ann Elliott gets her first win over a former teammate. After facing two Northwestern alumni in the Buffs’ losses to then-No. 9 Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Elliott and the Buffs take down her former teammate and NU coaching staff companion Lindsey Munday.

Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Hosts Saint Mary’s On March 28 In Inaugural MPSF Conference Opener


The University of Colorado lacrosse team looks to bounce back from a three-game losing skid as it hosts its first ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation home game. The Buffaloes (4-5 overall, 1-1 MPSF) take on the Saint Mary’s Gaels on Friday, March 28 at Kittredge Field. First draw is at 3 p.m. SCOUTING THE SAINT MARY’S GAELS: The Gaels are still searching for their first win at 0-5 overall, 0-3 MPSF. Each of the Gaels’ defeats have been by six of more goals, with their closest match a 20-14 loss to conference opponent California to open the season. Last week, St. Mary’s fell 16-4 to No. 15 Stanford. St. Mary’s is last in the conference in shot percentage at .378, and ranks ninth in shots per game (22.20), goals per game (8.40), assists per game (3.20) and points per game (11.60). The Gaels do find success on the ground, ranking third in the MPSF in ground balls, averaging 17.20 per game. Though the Gaels turn the ball over a conference-high average of 23.20 times per game, they also cause a nation-leading 15.00 per game. The Gaels have scored just 42 goals this season, nine coming from free-position shots, with senior Allie DeBruhl leading the way with 12 goals. Eight other Gaels have scored, with four scoring four or more. Junior Jaclyn Biggers has taken a team-high 28 shots, netting eight goals and contributing three assists. Senior Rachel Minarovich soundly dominates the draw, winning 30 draw controls, which rank sixth-best in the nation. Freshman goalie Sydney Pinello (a Colorado Springs, Colo. native) has grabbed a nation-leading 11.00 saves per game, while allowing a conference-high 18.13 goals per game. LIVE STREAM: Can’t make it to the game? Watch the live stream at buffs.me/buffslive. LAST TIME OUT: Despite the Brown Bears outscoring the Buffs nine to zero in the first half (marking just the second time CU has had a scoreless half - the first was against then-No. 18 Denver), CU closed the game on an 8-1 run, but it wouldn’t be enough, falling 11-8 last Saturday. The Bears had a defense as cold as the below freezing weather conditions, holding CU to just two first half shots. The Bears took just 50 seconds to score their first and would overpower the Buffs for the first 30 minutes. Brown took 12 of its 17 shots in the first half, netting nine goals and holding Paige Soenksen to just two saves. Following the intermission, Brown looked primed to continue dominating the game, extending its lead to 10 with 25:30 remaining, but the Buffs refused to go down without a fight. Taking over goalkeeping duties at halftime, Sophia Gambitsky held Brown to just two second half goals. Marie Moore recorded a hat-trick and Johnna Fusco scored a career-high four goals to lead CU on an 8-1 run in the final 12:30, though Brown’s lead would be too much to overcome in the final minutes of regulation. CU dominated in ground balls, picking up an even 12 each half to Brown’s 13 total, but the Bears showed their strength on the draw. Averaging 15.83 draw controls per game, the eighth best in the nation, Brown won 13 draws to CU’s eight. Turnovers proved a problem for both teams, with Brown and CU turning it over 21 and 19 times, respectively. WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM: The Buffs are 2-1 at home this season, defeating Regis 13-10 at Folsom Field in their inaugural home game and taking down Temple 15-6 in their first ever home game at Kittredge Field. Last Saturday, CU suffered its first ever home loss, falling to Brown 11-8.

The University of Colorado lacrosse team looks to bounce back from a three-game losing skid as it hosts its first ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation home game. The Buffaloes (4-5 overall, 1-1 MPSF) take on the Saint Mary’s Gaels on Friday, March 28 at Kittredge Field. First draw is at 3 p.m.
SCOUTING THE SAINT MARY’S GAELS: The Gaels are still searching for their first win at 0-5 overall, 0-3 MPSF. Each of the Gaels’ defeats have been by six of more goals, with their closest match a 20-14 loss to conference opponent California to open the season. Last week, St. Mary’s fell 16-4 to No. 15 Stanford. St. Mary’s is last in the conference in shot percentage at .378, and ranks ninth in shots per game (22.20), goals per game (8.40), assists per game (3.20) and points per game (11.60). The Gaels do find success on the ground, ranking third in the MPSF in ground balls, averaging 17.20 per game. Though the Gaels turn the ball over a conference-high average of 23.20 times per game, they also cause a nation-leading 15.00 per game. The Gaels have scored just 42 goals this season, nine coming from free-position shots, with senior Allie DeBruhl leading the way with 12 goals. Eight other Gaels have scored, with four scoring four or more. Junior Jaclyn Biggers has taken a team-high 28 shots, netting eight goals and contributing three assists. Senior Rachel Minarovich soundly dominates the draw, winning 30 draw controls, which rank sixth-best in the nation. Freshman goalie Sydney Pinello (a Colorado Springs, Colo. native) has grabbed a nation-leading 11.00 saves per game, while allowing a conference-high 18.13 goals per game.
LIVE STREAM: Can’t make it to the game? Watch the live stream at buffs.me/buffslive.
LAST TIME OUT: Despite the Brown Bears outscoring the Buffs nine to zero in the first half (marking just the second time CU has had a scoreless half – the first was against then-No. 18 Denver), CU closed the game on an 8-1 run, but it wouldn’t be enough, falling 11-8 last Saturday. The Bears had a defense as cold as the below freezing weather conditions, holding CU to just two first half shots. The Bears took just 50 seconds to score their first and would overpower the Buffs for the first 30 minutes. Brown took 12 of its 17 shots in the first half, netting nine goals and holding Paige Soenksen to just two saves. Following the intermission, Brown looked primed to continue dominating the game, extending its lead to 10 with 25:30 remaining, but the Buffs refused to go down without a fight. Taking over goalkeeping duties at halftime, Sophia Gambitsky held Brown to just two second half goals. Marie Moore recorded a hat-trick and Johnna Fusco scored a career-high four goals to lead CU on an 8-1 run in the final 12:30, though Brown’s lead would be too much to overcome in the final minutes of regulation. CU dominated in ground balls, picking up an even 12 each half to Brown’s 13 total, but the Bears showed their strength on the draw. Averaging 15.83 draw controls per game, the eighth best in the nation, Brown won 13 draws to CU’s eight. Turnovers proved a problem for both teams, with Brown and CU turning it over 21 and 19 times, respectively.
WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM: The Buffs are 2-1 at home this season, defeating Regis 13-10 at Folsom Field in their inaugural home game and taking down Temple 15-6 in their first ever home game at Kittredge Field. Last Saturday, CU suffered its first ever home loss, falling to Brown 11-8.