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MCLA Lacrosse: USC Men’s Lacrosse Returns To Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC) For 2012-2013 Season After Suspension Due To Forfeiting Games In 2011

After a year away from the organization, the University of Southern California men’s lacrosse program has reapplied for admission to the MCLA for the 2013 season. The Trojans will be accepted back into the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC)– one of the 10 conferences that comprise the MCLA – on a tentative basis this spring, according to SLC president Matt Holman.

“[USC] will be a ‘provisional member’ for 2012-13,” Holman said. “Should they fulfill all required game and administrative tasks, then the membership can vote to move them to full membership for the 2013-14 season. They will not be considered for playoffs or MCLA tournament play in 2013.”

Southern Cal was ousted from the SLC after the 2011 season when they forfeited a pair of games, including failing to show up for a road game against conference rival UC Santa Barbara on Senior Day.

Non-conference games against USC in 2013 will not count toward a team’s three non-league contests necessary to be considered for an at-large berth to the national tournament and will not be considered by the MCLA selection committee, according to Doug Carl, the association’s vice president of eligibility. Carl did say that policy would be revisited in an upcoming conference call.

The return of USC isn’t a game-changer within the MCLA –the Trojans haven’t had a winning record since prior to the ’05 season – but it is a tantalizing turn of events for an institution thought to be considering adding lacrosse as a varsity sport.

Last year, USC senior associate athletic director Mark Jackson– who oversaw the addition of the varsity women’s program that will start competition in ’13 – told LaxMagazine.com’s Corey McLaughlin that men’s lacrosse was on the athletic department’s radar.

For more: http://www.laxmagazine.com/blogs/author/coyne/09.04.2012_at_2.45_p.m._by_Jac_Coyne

MCLA Lacrosse: #7 Cal Poly Men’s Lacrosse Defeated #8 Oregon 15-12 On Feb 18; Mustangs Host #1 BYU On Feb 20

The #7 ranked Cal Poly Mustangs rallied past the #8 Oregon Ducks on Saturday knocking off the team that handed them two of their six losses last season, including a season ending loss in the 1st round of the MCLA National Championship tournament.

The Mustangs had plenty of motivation coming into Saturday’s contest against the Ducks in Novato, but it was the Ducks that led through much of the first half. Despite a lead in possesion time and shots, Cal Poly trailed 6-4 at the break.

The Mustangs controlled the pace in the 3rd quarter, seizing the game’s momentum on a beautiful fast break goal, as midfielder Sean Fitzpatrick passed to Jeff Carter who found attackman Matt Graupmann for the finish. Cal Poly built up an 11-9 lead early in the 4th quarter, but the Ducks were not going to go down without a fight. Oregon notched two quick goals from offensive leaders Spencer Robertson and Matt Johnson to tie up the game. On the ensuing face-off, junior midfielder Tim Albo won the draw, corralled the ground ball, and fired one in the back of the net to put the momentum squarely back in the Mustangs hands.

The two teams continued to battle down to the wire, but it was the Mustangs who came away with the 15-12 victory, and avenged last year’s season ending loss to the Ducks. Cal Poly won’t get much of a chance to savor their victory, as they prepare to take on the defending national champions and top ranked BYU Cougars on Monday.

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MCLA Lacrosse: BYU Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Chapman 12-11 In Double-Overtime; Cougars Come Back From 2 Goals Down In Final Two Minutes

BYU Attacker Ted Ferrin scored 3 goals and tallied 5 points in leading the Cougars to a dramatic 12-11 double-overtime win against Chapman.

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MCLA Lacrosse: #4 Chapman Men’s Lacrosse Hosts #1 BYU On Feb 18 In The “SLC Game Of The Week” In Biggest Game Of Season

Even while he was sitting in the surreal quiet of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park bathroom last May as tornado sirens blared in the distance, Chapman head coach Dallas Hartley believed he had a team that could contend for the MCLA national title. He already saw that Michigan was down from previous years, opening the door for any of the top five teams to grab the ring.

After the skies cleared in Denver and the Panthers lost to Arizona State – the same team they had defeated a week before in the SLC title game – in the quarterfinals, Hartley still felt like he had a contender.

“We were better than where we finished,” said Hartley, who readily admits that he didn’t make enough adjustments in the second meeting with the Sun Devils. “I’m laying that one on the coaching staff more than on the players. We felt like we were better than that.”

Just a couple of weeks into the 2012 season, Hartley and his team get a chance to take on virtually the same BYU team that Arizona State lost to in the ’11 finals. Granted, this edition of the Panthers is nothing like last year’s. Chapman lost all three starting close defenders – two to graduation and a third to attrition – from last year and now must face the most prolific offense around.

“Can we stop what is probably the most balanced attack in the MCLA? They return everybody,” said Hartley of the Cougars. “How are we doing defensively against that attack? We think that we’ll be very good defensively in due time, but we’re still working out the kinks; we’ve got to figure out match-ups. We’ve got three very good defenders; we just have to make sure we get them on the right guys.”

The contest, set for 7 p.m. PT on Saturday night, is the biggest game of the MCLA calendar to this point, and Hartley is expecting to match the 2,500 fans that showed up for last year’s regular season game against Michigan.

Playing in front of that kind of crowd was new to Hartley in 2011 – his first year at the helm of the Panthers after taking over for Mike Wood. Whether it’s large crowds or simply understanding his team, Hartley is much more comfortable entering this spring.

“It’s 100 times better,” said Hartley. “Just knowing the personnel and who to put in charge, who my leaders are and who to lean on. So much of coaching is how you motivate kids; how you break them down and build them up. That’s what I struggled with the most last year.

“We’ve been working on the chemistry. Some coaches don’t think it’s a factor and I happen to think it’s the biggest factor. Our team gets along and we play for the right reasons. I think a win would go a long way for us mentally, but I think the guys believe we can beat any team we play.”

Chapman has to be careful about looking too far ahead. While BYU is the marquee game of the weekend, the Panthers play a talented Santa Clara team on Friday that would like nothing more than to take advantage of a distracted, high-end opponent to score points with the selection committee.

This isn’t lost on Hartley, who has kept the Mustangs front and center during preparations this week. Still, it’s easy to look ahead to the BYU game and all of the weight that it holds.

“I think the pressure in on them coming to our place,” said Hartley of the Cougars. “We just want to play our game. We just want to see how it shakes out this early in the season.”

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/blogs/author/coyne/02.17.2012_at_10.04_a.m._by_Jac_Coyne

MCLA Lacrosse: Utah Men’s Lacrosse Releases 2012 Schedule Poster

MCLA Lacrosse: San Diego Men’s Lacrosse Freshman Goalie Derek Scozzafava Earns Week 2 “SLC Player Of The Week” Honors (Video)

Week 2 of the SLC Game of the Week brought us a divisional matchup between the USD Torreros and the UCLA Bruins

Freshman Goalie Derek Scozzafava in his first ever collegiate start saved 18 shots and let in 4 goals. Scozzafava’s 81.8% save percentage led the Torreros to a late push and an overtime victory against the UCLA Bruins