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MCLA Lacrosse: Top Games Feature #3 Colorado Men’s Lacrosse At #6 BYU, #25 Simon Fraser At #24 Davenport And Clemson At #16 Georgia


No. 3 Colorado (10-0) at No. 6 BYU (11-1) – Saturday, 4 p.m. MT

COYNE: BYU is on quite a roll. There’s no underselling what they were able to do against three strong programs earlier in the week. However, as I assess this game, I have to take a peek back to the Arizona State loss. Sure, we can chalk that up to one bad game, but I think there are some clues we can take from that contest that will help selecting a winner here.

Both Colorado and Arizona State are teams predicated on their defenses, and the Cougars had trouble solving the Sun Devils backline. Tying into this, BYU was able to jump out to substantial first quarter leads against Oregon (up 5-1 after 15 minutes), Cal (4-0) and Stanford (3-1), which allowed the Cougs to manage the game. That’s not going to happen against Colorado. It’s going to be a grinder, and that does not play to BYU strengths. The Buffs leave Provo with a 7-5 win.

SCHOOLER: Every season has its low point, and for the Cougars, that low point was their trip to Arizona. Nearly losing to Grand Canyon and getting handled by ASU must have left a bad taste in their mouths because they ripped through northern California, beating three top ten teams in three days.

If that is not great practice for nationals, I don’t know what is. Should we just hand them the trophy? Probably not. Crazy things happen in the RMLC and the undefeated Buffs come to town this weekend. Can they knock off two undefeated teams in a row? I think the chances of that are likely. BYU wins, 9-8.

No. 25 Simon Fraser (5-4) at No. 24 Davenport (5-2) – Sunday, 2 p.m.

COYNE: Canada’s team travels to Michigan to play a squad that operates with Canadian flair. The save percentages are going to be low and the shot totals high when these two meet on Easter Sunday. Fraser’s Colton Dow (20g, 10a) and Sam Clare (18g, 7a) will square off with Jordan Richtsmeier (17g, 24a) and Dominic Baggiano (21g, 11a) to see who can put up the most goals, assists and style points.

Both teams will come into the contest a little tired as Davenport plays Indiana Tech for the WHAC Championship on Saturday while the Clansmen must contend with Michigan State. Fraser definitely gets the rougher end of that trade, allowing the Panthers to score the final three goals in an 18-15 victory.

SCHOOLER: This is a tough one for me. I have not been able to follow SFU very closely, but I have been impressed with what I have seen from Davenport. They have made a smooth transition to Division I and give hope to all of those teams hoping to make the move like Liberty.

I think this game will be close, but two tough games in row may be too much for the Clansmen to pull off this win. They may come out of this road trip with two losses, effectively knocking them out of the AL hunt for nationals. Panthers win, 10-8.

Schooler’s Pick

Clemson (4-3) at No. 16 Georgia (9-0) – Friday, 7 p.m.

SCHOOLER: I picked this game because there seem to be very few intriguing games this weekend and because I think Clemson has a chance to win this game. Or at least that is what I was hoping Jac would think.

A young team led by senior Trent Dean, the Bulldogs will just get better as the season progresses. The Tigers are the opposite with three senior attackmen led by team captain James McLoughlin (14g, 11a). The key for Clemson will be controlling Dean, but I do not see that happening. ‘Dogs win, 13-10.

COYNE: This one looks like an easy pick, with Georgia one of the six undefeated teams left in the Top 25 this week. The safe route is to go with the Bulldogs, especially with Dean (33g, 11a) hanging at least a hat trick on every team UGA has faced and David Lumsden operating a high level between the pipes. The Dawgs’ hot start has me believing that their trip to Colorado in a couple of weeks won’t be a complete whitewash.

Still, trap games come in different shapes and sizes, and this will be one for Georgia. The Tigers have spent the last two weeks game-planning this contest while UGA is undoubtedly taking a peek into April where three key conference games await along with the trip to the Rockies. Clemson’s goalie tandem gets hot and pulls a stunner, 7-6.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2012-13/news/032813_schooling_schooler_a_truly_national_organization

MCLA Div II Lacrosse: Davenport Men’s Lacrosse (MI) Ranked Preseason #1 By Lacrosse Magazine Followed By Dayton, St. Thomas, Westminster And St. John’s

1. Davenport (18-5)

Sure, Shawn Beer (71g, 35a) is out the door, but was he even the best player on the championship team? I’ll take junior Jordan Richtsmeier (41, 67) for that title. Add in sophomore attackman Dominic Boggiano (53g, 40a) and junior middie Sam Carlson (29, 18) and there’s plenty left for another title run. Throw in a pair of goalies – senior Zach Higgins (59.7 sv%) and Jose Buque (65.8) – who combined for a Minto Cup title, and the Panthers are the overwhelming favorites for a repeat.

2. Dayton (12-5)

The attack is stacked with the return of seniors Christian Furbay (51g, 17a) and Gerry Jehling (24, 32) along with junior Will McCormick (47, 11), the midfield is deep and the defense is loaded with the return of senior All-American Matt Dowd. The only question is in goal, where two sophomores, two top recruits and senior Ben Domyancic (60.2 sv% in 2010) will try to fill the final piece of the puzzle. If the Flyers don’t make it to the national championship game, it will be a big surprise.

3. St. Thomas (19-3)

There are two schools of thought. 1) The Tommies were derailed by 20 minutes of inspired lacrosse that was not to be denied. 2) The Davenport debacle was emblematic of the waning of UST’s hegemony in MCLA-II. I can make a case for both scenarios, but either way, St. Thomas gassed out in the clutch – an eventuality every bit as monumental as Michigan faltering at the MCLA Division I level. St. Thomas will still have enough talent, but perhaps not enough to get back to the title game.

4. Westminster (13-7)

The Griffins say goodbye to goalie Dallas McLellan, but a good chunk of the team that peaked at the end of 2011 returns to Salt Lake City. Whoever assumes the starting netminder role will have an experienced group of poles in front of him. Senior middie Gian Sexsmith (38g, 10a), the leading scorer in ’11, also returns with junior middie Jake Arthur (38, 4). Top attackman Josh Condas is gone, but there is a young group of frontliners who are ready for their chance.

5. St. John’s (15-4)

The Johnnies name has become synonymous with defense and that will once again be the case with the return of lockdown junior pole Steve Johnson, junior goalie Michael King (62.8 sv%) and many other returners and incoming players that give SJU depth in the back. Sophomore attackman Jacob Helmer (44g, 28a) will lead a competent offensive group. If the Johnnies can improve their production on faceoffs, they could very easily win the UMLL for a second straight season.

6. Briarcliffe (12-1)

The wipeout at the hands of Davenport in the national quarterfinals doesn’t look quite as bad now and the Bulldogs again return just about the entire roster. The upward trend should continue for this program. The schedule is stronger, meaning junior attackmen Matt Karp (35g, 15a) and Jon Bonacore (23, 30) will be more polished for the postseason. Briarcliffe needs to improve its roster numbers – they only had 19 non-goalie players on the roster – if it has real plans for a championship.

7. Grand Vaalley State (19-1)

GVSU was a massive favorite last spring, led by Cam Holding – one of the best players in MCLA D-II history – but the Lakers were out-schemed in the third meeting with Davenport. They’ll be operating as underdogs in the stacked CCLA this spring, but they will still be dangerous. Senior attackman Jack Dumsa (59g, 75a) is a player of the year candidate and junior attackman Jeremy Pouba (50, 18) should fill some of the scoring left by Holding. An unheralded defense should still be a strength.

8. Western Oregon (14-2)

The Ian Bohince era is over for the Wolves, but the All-American middie is the only player on the 2011 roster who runs out of eligibility heading into this spring. Ian’s younger brother, junior Jacob Bohince (41g, 21a), leads an offensive corps bolstered by senior Spenser Brock (52, 16) along with a deep midfield. If sophomore goalie Ronnie Rothstein (56.4 sv%) can improve the numbers from his rookie campaign, Western Oregon should easily clear the PNCLL again and return to the nationals as a decent seed.

9. SCAD (15-5)

The SELC champs will have to find a way to replace outstanding long pole Dan Comite, but they have a troika of senior attackman – George McKay (32g, 24a), George McManus (54, 15) and Shelton Polka (39, 20) – that should be the top unit in the conference. The goalie platoon of Kreyton Polka (56.1 sv%) and Wade Winebrenner (55.8) returns again this spring, which should allow the defense to catch up to speed. The Bees will again be tested in the SELC, but enter the season as the favorites.

10. Utah Valley (8-4)

After the Wolverines’ run to the national championship game in 2010, there was a huge attrition rate for UVU – both through graduation and transfers. Even with a roster dominated by 19 freshmen, Kevin Perkins managed to guide his team back to the tournament – no small feat. Assuming the roster remains static, Utah Valley should reprise its past form and be a threat to win the RMLC. Sophomores Wesley LeFevre (66.7 sv%) and Jordan Gerber (27g, 12a) will be key assets for the Wolverines.

For more:  http://laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2010-11/news/090911_midsummer_nights_power_ranking_mcla_div_ii

MCLA Lacrosse: Davenport Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Defending Champion St. Thomas 14-9 To Win 2011 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Div II National Championship On May 21

The Panthers used a strong fourth quarter to pull away from St. Thomas 14-9 in the MCLA D2 National Championship. DU outscored the Tommies 7-1 in the fourth quarter to win the championship, their first in the programs four-year history.

In the first half, both teams struggled to find the back of the net as the two teams combined for six first half goals. The Tommies scored first then Shawn Beer (Aurora, Ontario), who was named MCLA Tournament MVP,  responded with his first goal of the game to tie the score at 1-1.

St. Thomas scored three of the next four goals with Jordan Richtsmeier (Grand Rapids, Mich.) tallying the Panthers goal as DU trailed 4-2 at halftime.

The Tommies scored two quick goals after halftime to open up a 6-2 advantage. However, the Panthers scored 12 of the next 15 goals to finish the game.

Sam Carlson (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Taylor Keyworth (Grand Rapids, Mich.) scored back-to-back Panther goals to pull to within two goals at 6-4. St. Thomas scored to increase the margin to three, but Keyworth and Beer scored twice more for the Panthers to close to one goal at 7-6. The Tommies scored to end the period with an 8-6 score.

The Panthers opened the fourth quarter on fire, scoring the first eight goals of the quarter. In the quarter, DU outscored the Tommies 8-1 to take the 14-9 win.

DU used balanced scoring as six different Panthers tallied scores in the fourth. Beer, Carlson, Cody Cross (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Keyworth, Dominic Boggiano (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Quintin St. Clair (Grand Blanc, Mich.) all scored in the final stanza.

Beer and Keyworth led DU with four goals apiece. Boggiano had five assists to led the team in helpers.

Zach Higgins (Courtice, Ontario) started in goal for the Panthers, while Alexis Buque (Whitby, Ontario) played the final 30 minutes between the pipes. The two combined for 17 saves. 

For more:  http://dupanthers.com/news/2011/5/21/MLAX_0521113448.aspx

MCLA Div II Lacrosse Rankings: St. Thomas Men’s Lacrosse Is #1 In Latest Poll Followed By Davenport, Dayton, Grand Valley State And Western Oregon


  W-L Points (1st) Previous Result Next
St. Thomas (Minn.) 0-0 499 1 vs. No. 3 Dayton
Davenport 4-0 475 2 W, Emory at No. 11 Elon
Dayton 1-0 451 6 W, Kentucky vs. No. 1 St. Thomas
Grand Valley State 0-0 418 5 vs. Butler
Western Oregon 4-0 412 10 W, UC Santa Cruz vs. No. 25 W. Washington
St. John’s (Minn.) 0-0 391 7 vs. St. Olaf
Utah Valley 2-1 359 3 W, UC Santa Cruz at Montana St.
Westminster 1-1 343 4 W, No. 18 Fullerton at No. 24 Concordia
Briarcliffe 0-0 316 13 Bridgewater St.
Grove City 0-1 303 8 L, Pittsburgh vs. No. 20 Mo. Baptist
Elon 0-1 294 9 L, Wake Forest vs. No. 2 Davenport
SCAD 2-1 290 12 L, Clemson at Emory
Kennesaw State 3-0 282 11 W, Ga. State at No. 19 Tenn. Wesleyan
Northern Colorado 0-0 191 17 vs. Kansas
Hope 0-0 181 15 vs. Calvin
Sam Houston State 3-0 160 NR W, S.F. Austin vs. Austin
Missouri State 1-0 156 20 W, Missouri S&T at Missouri
Cal State-Fullerton 1-3 146 18 L, No. 8 Westminster vs. CS-Long Beach
Tennessee Wesleyan 0-1 142 14 L, No. 2 Davenport vs. No. 13 Kennesaw St.
Missouri Baptist 0-0 124 NR at Missouri
St. Mary’s (Calif.) 5-2 108 19 W, Gonzaga vs. So. Oregon
Indiana Tech 3-0 96 NR W, Liberty vs. No. 5 GVSU
North Dakota State 2-0 86 NR W, St. Olaf at. So. Oregon
Concordia (Calif.) 4-0 79 NR W, Biola vs. No. 8 Westminster
Western Washington 0-4 36 16 L, Simon Fraser vs. No. 6 W. Oregon

RECEIVING VOTES: Emory (25), Cal State-Long Beach (24), Appalachian State (18), Fort Lewis (14), Montana State (13), Colorado Mines (7), Gonzaga (7), Metropolitan State (7), Portland (6), Biola (6), Coast Guard (6), UC Santa Cruz (5), Davidson (4), Ferris State (4), St. Louis (3), Harding (3), Occidental College (3), Palm Beach Atlantic (3), St. Olaf (2), Centenary (1).

MCLA Div II Men’s Lacrosse: St. Thomas Men’s Lacrosse Ranked #1 In 2011 Preseason Poll Followed By Davenport (MI), Utah Valley, Westminster (UT) And Grand Valley State (MI)

St. Thomas finished one of the most dominant seasons in the history of MCLA Division II and returns LM’s preseason player of the year in attackman Joe Costello. Davenport, Utah Valley, Westminster and Grand Valley State round out the top five.


1. St. Thomas (Minn.)
2. Davenport (Mich.)
3. Utah Valley
4. Westminster (Utah)
5. Grand Valley (Mich.) State
6. Dayton
7. St. John’s (Minn.)
8. Grove City (Pa.)
9. Elon (S.C.)
10. Western Oregon
11. Kennesaw (Ga.) St.
12. Savannah (Ga.)
13. Briarcliffe (N.Y.)
14. Tennessee Wesleyan
15. Hope (Mich.)
16. Western Washington
17. Northern Colorado
18. Cal State Fullerton
19. St. Mary’s (Calif.)
20. Missouri State

Preseason Player of the Year: Dallas McLellan, Westminster

MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Davenport University Men’s Lacrosse (MI, 12-3) Is Looking Forward To Competitive 2010-2011 Season (Video)