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MCLA Lacrosse: Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Open 2014 Season Against Grand Canyon & Oregon On Feb 21, 23 At “Lax Coaches Vs Cancer” Event
MCLA Lacrosse: Grand Canyon Men’s Lacrosse (8-4) Captures SLC South Conference Title With 14-13 Win Over #3 Arizona State On April 11
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.
MCLA Lacrosse: Top Games Of The Week Feature #11 UC Santa Barbara At #5 Cal Poly, Grand Canyon At San Diego State, Texas State At Texas A&M And Boise State At Utah
COYNE: This game has certainly become even more interesting after the Gauchos’ opener. Prior to the start of the season, it appeared that Cal Poly had graduated way too many high-end players to hang with an ascendant UCSB program marked by Mike Allan’s return. But after the postponement of the USC game and the overtime loss to Stanford, the Gauchos look more vulnerable. It may be a short-term issue for UCSB, but it has certainly ratcheted up the importance of this contest.
I’ve got an inkling this one will boil down to goalie play. Both Conrad Carlson (60.5 save percentage last year for the Gauchos) and Nick Czapla (59.4% for the Mustangs) were part of a platoon situation, but this year they each will be the top dog in net. Both are excellent, but I’ll lean to Czapla’s championship game cred (six saves in the first half against CSU) plus, perhaps, a little SLO home-field advantage. ‘Stangs flip last year’s script, 8-7 in overtime.
SCHOOLER: This is not the same Mustangs team we saw last season. Lots of talent is gone, but the same can be said for the Gauchos. Both are young teams and will see improvement as the season progresses.
Stanford was a wakeup call for UCSB. The Gauchos have the firepower despite all of the talent lost to graduation. They just need to figure out how to sustain their initial push and play a complete game. That game would have been a blowout had the Stanford goalie, Josh Giglio (18 saves), not played out of his mind. The shots were there and they need to fall in this next game. Can they get the ball past Czapla? I think so.
The hunger after a tough loss to the Cardinal on the road and the fact that Cal Poly has yet to play a game makes me inclined to pick the Gauchos (along with the fact that I have never picked against them). I have UCSB winning, 12-9.
Grand Canyon (0-0) at San Diego State (1-0) – Saturday, 2 p.m. PT
COYNE: This is a reasonable game for Grand Canyon to commence its Division I excursion. Even more so when you consider there aren’t a whole lot of games left on the schedule in which the ‘Lopes will be favorites. San Diego State was 5-9 last season, with two of the wins coming over D-II teams, and the Aztecs are now breaking in a new coaching staff. Again, this seems like a good place for GCU to start.
With Carson Barton (55g, 25a) and Matt Mountain (22g, 15a), the ‘Lopes will get their goals, but their challenge will be to stop them from going in on the other end. Andrew Hunter is no longer around, along with his brother, pole Richard Hunter. In addition, GCU no longer has Fred Whistle’s faceoff dominance to give Manny Rapkin’s troops an advantage at the dot. And if there’s one thing that SDSU is used to, it’s the Division I grind, as they have been doing it for a while. It’ll be closer than what the Grand Canyon-ites think, but the ‘Lopes will notch its inaugural D-I victory, 12-10.
SCHOOLER: This is the game. Is Grand Canyon going to be able to compete at the Division I level? I can safely assume that the ‘Lopes will not win the SLC, but placing themselves in front of the mid-tier teams early would be a great statement.
The season is young, but I think the coaching change will work wonders for the Aztecs. They have so much potential at that school and always seemed on the verge of a breakout season. They also have a lot of young talent on the team with at least a season under their belts. It is unclear how either team has done with recruiting, but if I had to bet, I would go with SDSU and its ability to draw from the plethora of talented local high schools.
The Aztecs will welcome the Lopes to their first real Division I game with a loss. SDSU, 14-10.
Texas State (2-0) at Texas A&M (0-2) – Saturday, 7 p.m. CT
COYNE: Did you know that Texas A&M has more MCLA tournament berths than Arizona State, Boston College or Florida State, and just one fewer than Oregon or Cal Poly? If you’re new to the association, probably not, because since its last tourney bid in ’08, the Aggies are a combined 33-37, including last year’s 5-12 mark. As its schedule is currently configured, A&M isn’t even eligible for an at-large bid to nationals this spring. Times have changed.
On the flip side, Texas State is starting the Mike Brand era with an ambitious (by LSA standards) slate featuring ranked foes Boston College, Connecticut and Northeastern. As competitive as the Bobcats hope to be in ’13, they are still in Texas’ rearview mirror within the conference and several recruiting classes behind the top guns in the MCLA. So will this be a competitive game? Normally I’d think so, but Texas State smashed the Aggies, 15-3, last spring, and I’m not sure that much has changed to flip the result. B-cats, 12-7.
SCHOOLER: There is nothing tougher than picking the outcome of a game between two teams from the LSA at the beginning of the season. It is usually a toss-up. Jac has probably chatted with the coaches and studied their rosters closely, but as a fan, I do not have the resources (or time) to do that.
As a general rule, I root against any Texas team, but in this instance I don’t have that luxury. So it looks like Texas A&M has been off to a rough start and we know that Texas State has experienced some success in the past. For that reason, I am going with the Bobcats, 16-8.
No. 13 California (0-0) at No. 11 UC Santa Barbara (0-1) – Sunday, 1 p.m. PT
SCHOOLER: I didn’t want to pick two UCSB games, but the Gauchos have a great back-to-back weekend, including this home opener against the Bears on Sunday. How did I get suckered into a weekend of skiing when I could be enjoying it by the ocean for the first game to ever be played at the….the…well, we will have to come up with a name for the new field?
This game has me a bit worried. Both teams have lost a lot of talent. While I am not familiar with the Bears’ rookies, I know that UCSB has a talented group of freshmen from all over the country. Several of these rookies are starting and will only get more comfortable with the more games they play. The-difference maker will be Conrad Carlson in goal for the Gauchos. He once split time with Andrew Noto, but with his departure, it opens up a whole new door and I expect Carlson to shine.
This will be an excruciating game to follow for me on Twitter during a long car ride back from Mammoth Mountain in the Sierras, but it will be well worth it when the Gauchos come out on top, 13-12.
COYNE: You know it must be one helluva ski trip if our boy Nick is going to miss this contest, or perhaps he’s just boycotting the team now that “The Pit” has been retired. Either way, he’s missing out on a gem of an early season game. If the two teams were playing under similar conditions, I’d just punch in the Gauchos at home and move on. However, UCSB will be coming off a huge road rivalry game the day before against Cal Poly while the Bears will have chipped off the rust with a ‘friendly’ against Division II Pepperdine.
Cal would probably benefit from a UCSB win against Poly as the Bears would have the whole “let-down” thing going for them, but either way, the they have a very good shot to pull this out. Cal lost some key ingredients from last year like John Hofinga (35g, 5a) and goalie Casey Keenan (59.4 sv%), but head coach Dan Nourse had a sanguine outlook for his team when I spoke to him in the offseason. This one will be a grinder, but in the end, the Gauchos will lean on their defense to save the day. UCSB, 6-4.
Boise State (0-0) at Utah (0-0) – Sunday, 2 p.m. MT
COYNE: This is an important season for both the Broncos and the Utes. Boise State is a program trying to break into the next level of the MCLA, and showed a flash of brilliance last year with the upset victory over Simon Fraser. Utah is desperately trying to hold onto its upper-tier status within the RMLC after posting a 6-8 mark in ’12 where the six wins came against teams with a combined 22-48 record.
Last year, the Utes raced out to a big first half lead and coasted home against the Broncos for a 12-8 win. I’d be more willing to go out on a limb on this contest if not for the fact that Boise State will be playing Brigham Young on Friday night. While the weekend excursion to the Beehive State will be beneficial for the Broncos, Sunday’s contest against a fresh Utah squad will be a bit too much for this young team. Utes, 13-10.
On a brief aside, if you haven’t seen this video about what Boise State did for a local family, take a peek. You’ll become an instant BSU fan.
SCHOOLER: Give me a break. There is no question here. Utah is like the NBA’s former best sixth-man, James Harden. If you put the Utes in a different conference, they would make the tournament every year. The same cannot be said about Boise State.
I see this as a light appetizer for Utah as they head into a more challenging conference schedule. Utah wins, 15-7.
MCLA Div II Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Cal State Fullerton Men’s Lacrosse 11-9 Win Over Grand Canyon On March 24
SLC Game of the Week on the Lacrosse Network went down to Temecula, CA to watch a great MCLA D2 matchup between Cal State Fullerton and Grand Canyon University.
NCAA Div II Men’s Lacrosse: #1 C.W. Post Men’s Lacrosse (NY) Travels West To Play 3-Game Series Against Notre Dame De Namur, Grand Canyon And Mesa State Of The Newly Formed WILA
Encouragement has come from inside the D-II community as well, as defending national champion and preseason No. 1 C.W. Post will play the Mavericks on Tuesday as part of a three-game swing that will also include games against Notre Dame de Namur and Grand Canyon.
Mesa State, in Grand Junction, Colo., school won’t just be starting its NCAA lacrosse program this year, but an entire new conference. The Mavericks have joined with Grand Canyon University – which will host this weekend’s games – as well as Notre Dame de Namur, Dominican University of California and Adams State to form the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
The WILA will also include a women’s league, comprising Adams State, Mesa State, Fort Lewis College and Regis University. The men’s league, however, brings NCAA men’s lacrosse to a part of the country where the sport’s growth at the collegiate level has previously been limited.
“It’s exciting,” Stevens said. “There’s a ton of high school lacrosse out here, and so there’s a big demand for [NCAA opportunities]. It’s really exciting to be one of the first teams to really commit to one of the first NCAA programs in the west.”
The excitement seems to be matched elsewhere, as the Mavericks will have the opportunity to play against Adams State in April at Invesco Field, home of the NFL’s Denver Broncos and Major League Lacrosse’s Denver Outlaws, in what will be the first of annual trips to the Mile High City’s most famous venue.
“We’re excited about that,” Stevens said. “The whole lacrosse community in Denver, they love lacrosse, and I think it’s going to be a great experience for us as far as getting in front of that crowd, and I’m sure it’s going to help us in recruiting, when a kid knows that every year, he’s going to have the opportunity to play at Invesco.”
“I think it’s great,” Stevens said of Pace and Post traveling to take on the WILA teams. “Both coaches are great, in that they’re willing to make the effort and come out and play us and help us grow the game and give us some competition in the West.
NCAA Div II Lacrosse: Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Is Formed To Include Adams State, Mesa State, Dominican Of CA, Grand Canyon State And Notre Dame De Namur
Five men’s and four women’s teams founded the association, which has the philosophy “to promote men’s and women’s intercollegiate lacrosse for the mutual benefit of its member institutions by providing scheduling and recognition opportunities,” as stated in the recently ratified WILA bylaws.
The men’s contingent includes Adams State College and Mesa State College, who are both sponsoring the sport of lacrosse for the first time, Dominican University of California, Grand Canyon University and Notre Dame de Namur University. Adams State and Mesa State, also new sponsors of the women’s game, are joined by fellow Colorado institutions Fort Lewis College and Regis University on the women’s side.
The teams will play home-and-home series with each of their fellow association opponents. Those results will determine the WILA Champions for each gender. Those institutions will then possess the WILA Cup for the next year.
The organization will also honor Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week throughout the season. Those awards and the post-season all-association team, which will be coined the “All-Western Team”, will be selected by a vote of the members’ head coaches and sports information directors.
A WILA Coach of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and a Freshman of the Year will also be selected for each gender.