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MCLA Lacrosse: Top Games Of The Week Feature #2 BYU Men’s Lacrosse At #6 Arizona State, #4 Colorado At #7 UC Santa Barbara And #10 Minnesota-Duluth Vs #11 Michigan State


No. 2 Brigham Young (6-0) at No. 6 Arizona State (5-1) – Saturday, 1 p.m.

COYNE: Ah, the game of the week. It features a pair of semifinalists from last year who are definitely heading back to Greenville, but both want this win just in case Colorado State stumbles and the top seed becomes available at some point. Oh, and it also happens to be a rematch of the ’11 title game, won by the Cougars, 10-8.

The Sun Devils are certainly a more dangerous team than last year, when they were forced to rely heavily on their defense and pray for a couple of opportunistic goals. Still, they rely on heavily on the one-on-one abilities of Payson Clark and Justin Straker, who account for over half of ASU’s goals this spring. Clark and Straker are undoubtedly good, but that kind of top-heavy scoring makes game-planning relatively simple. BYU has some holes, and they will get a handful from Grand Canyon on Thursday, but they’ll find enough goals to take this one down. Cougars, 12-9.

SCHOOLER: The Sun Devils are in a comfortable place. They do not have to leave the state of Arizona for the rest of the regular season. The Cougars are stepping out of the mountains and into the desert, and it is tough to win games in Scottsdale.

I will be visiting Arizona this weekend, but will not have the time to check out the game. That is unfortunate because I believe this will be a good one. I can see this being a classic battle of defenses. I’m sticking with the SLC in a close one. Devils, 8-7.

Schooler’s Pick

Texas State (7-1) vs. Northeastern (0-3) – Saturday, 1 p.m. (at Providence, R.I.)

SCHOOLER: This is a bold trip for the Bobcats. The PCLL must be gaining a lot of respect if teams are leaving the warmth of places like Texas to play some lacrosse in the chilly northeast. I have tried playing in the cold before, and if you are not used to it, it is all you can think about during the game.

Texas State better hope for warm weather because I do not see it in the forecast. This Northeastern team is good despite their winless record. Those losses all came at the hands of teams much better than Texas State. Huskies win, 13-9.

COYNE: The records entering this game would lend one to believe that Texas State is the prohibitive favorite in this contest, but in actuality, the Bobcats are underdogs. Northeastern showed on its season-opening trip to California – where it lost by a goal to No. 13 Cal and No. 3 Stanford, and by three to No. 7 UCSB in the third game in four days – that it can run with anyone. Meanwhile, TxState has played one team of note, No. 9 Boston College, and lost, 9-7.

The Bobcats have some offensive weapons in Dom Pizzuti (24g, 5a), Clark Dansby (18g, 4a) and Andy Uhl (17g, 15a), but they may never see the ball. Mike Lehmann, who happens to lead the Huskies in points at this point, is one of the top faceoff men in the country, and will control possessions for Northeastern all afternoon. Eventually, the State defensive will wear down under the constant pressure, leading to a comfortable win for NU. Huskies, 13-8.

No. 4 Colorado (7-0) at No. 7 UC Santa Barbara (6-2) – Friday, 7 p.m. PT

COYNE: Admittedly, I was a little suspect of the Buffs heading into this season, but they’ve lived up to their preseason ranking so far, backstopped by Brad Macnee, who is currently the frontrunner for Player of the Year (we’ll give him a pass for the 11 goals against Fraser). UCSB continues its trend of making every game close, no matter the competition, although they showed some grit rallying late against Texas.

As those who have been following this space know, I am perpetually leery of the “Double Down” – when one teams travels and plays a pair of teams that have no other games on their schedule. While technically this is only a partial Double Down (Cal Poly plays UC Davis on Saturday), the Buffs will be playing a pair of fresh teams, including the Gauchos on the second day. I’m going to break from tradition and take the Buffs because of Macnee and their goal-scoring prowess this season. Colorado, 8-7.

SCHOOLER: UCSB will come out with an early lead, but not because the Buffs play Cal Poly the night before. The Gauchos have allowed 20 first half goals while scoring 36 of their own.

The second half will be a different story. The Gauchos have given up more than twice as many goals (43) in the second half so far this season. So I can see this being another nail biter just like the Stanford, Cal, CSU, and Texas games.

This isn’t because the Gauchos are running out of gas — they are also scoring more goals in the second half (46). The defense cannot become complacent when they get a lead. They need to keep the pressure on and I see them doing so in their first game in the stadium this season. Gauchos win, 10-8.

No. 10 Minnesota-Duluth (5-1) vs. No. 11 Michigan State (0-0) – Friday, 8:30 p.m. (at Lisle, Ill.)

COYNE: It’s not going to be the best game of the weekend (see below), but this will be the most intriguing. We discussed Duluth’s plight last week, and now it is entering a critical contest against a Michigan State team we know very little about.

They have a new coach — Brandon Schwind has taken over for Dwayne Hicks — and we know that the Spartans are loaded with talent, but is it realistic to pick a team that has yet to play a game against the Bulldogs, which have already measured themselves against a pair of semifinal squads from ’12? The Spartans will be just fine during the rest of the season, and likely cruise to the CCLA title, but they’ll be running into a buzzsaw here. Bulldogs, 12-7.

SCHOOLER: As discussed last week, this is a must win for Duluth, and a doable one at that. This will be the first game for the Spartans, but expect them to start where they left off. They have kept their core intact and look to improve on their 12-4 record last season.

I see this as the end of the road for any hope of the UMLC getting a team to South Carolina. Sparty, 9-6.

For more: http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2012-13/news/031413_schooling_schooler_rethinking_coaching_longevity

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

MCLANo. 21 Northeastern (0-0) at No. 4 Stanford (3-0) – Friday, 3 p.m. PT

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.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2012-13/news/022013_schooling_schooler_where_are_we_headed_next

MCLA Lacrosse: Minnesota-Duluth Men’s Lacrosse 2013 Schedule Features Cal Poly, Arizona State, Michigan State, Colorado State, Illinois And Missouri

The Minnesota-Duluth men’s lacrosse team has announced their upcoming schedule for the 2013 campaign. The Bulldogs have assembled one of the most difficult schedules in program history, facing five separate conference champions from the 2012 season and three of the four MCLA Final Four Participants. The Bulldogs will open their season against Minnesota State University, Mankato on February 9 in Minneapolis, MN. This will be the MCLA debut for two first-year Head Coaches, UMD Head Coach Sam Litman and MSU Head Coach Tom Korrie. Coach Litman is a former All-American goalie for UMD and was recently promoted from Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator.  Coach Korrie comes to the Mavericks with 25 years of experience that includes a playing career at Syracuse and coaching stint with Cornell University.

The Minnesota-Duluth men’s lacrosse team has announced their upcoming schedule for the 2013 campaign. The Bulldogs have assembled one of the most difficult schedules in program history, facing five separate conference champions from the 2012 season and three of the four MCLA Final Four Participants. The Bulldogs will open their season against Minnesota State University, Mankato on February 9 in Minneapolis, MN. This will be the MCLA debut for two first-year Head Coaches, UMD Head Coach Sam Litman and MSU Head Coach Tom Korrie. Coach Litman is a former All-American goalie for UMD and was recently promoted from Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator. Coach Korrie comes to the Mavericks with 25 years of experience that includes a playing career at Syracuse and coaching stint with Cornell University.


MCLA Lacrosse: Minnesota-Duluth Men’s Lacrosse Program Recruiting Video

MCLA Lacrosse: This Week’s Top Games Feature #1 Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Vs #4 Cal Poly, #16 Minnesota-Duluth Vs #8 Arizona State And #3 BYU Vs #7 Oregon

No. 4 Cal Poly (6-1) at No. 1 Colorado State (6-0) – Friday, 7 p.m.

COYNE: When I correspond with CSU head coach Alex Smith, he displays the same quiet cockiness that John Paul had in his last couple of (MCLA) years in Ann Arbor. It’s easy to see why, as there aren’t many holes in the lineup and Greyson Konkel hasn’t played up to speed yet. If this game was in SLO, I actually might take a flyer on the ‘Stangs just to see if I could make up some ground, but not at altitude. Rams, 7-4.

SCHOOLER: Colorado State has not lost a game in Fort Collins since the 2010 season and that was against the eventual national champs, Michigan. Until they play UCSB on March 29, I will pick the Rams to win at home, 9-7.

No. 16 Minnesota-Duluth (4-4) at No. 8 Arizona State (5-3) – Friday, 7 p.m. MT

COYNE: If the Bulldogs had shown just a slightly higher proficiency on the offensive end of the field, I’d go with Duluth. As it is, they are going to play a style of game that will accentuate all of the Sun Devils strengths. ASU, 5-4.

SCHOOLER: The Bulldogs do a lot of traveling due to their lack of full-field space. It has to hurt in the short-term, but will pay off during the national championships in May. Playing in Scottsdale will be no different for Duluth. They have struggled to put together a complete game, and this will be no different. The Sun Devils win this, 7-4.

No. 7 Oregon (6-2) at No. 3 BYU (9-1) – Saturday, 7 p.m.

COYNE: The Cougars have flipped a switch since their California trip, but this will be the first true test of their new approach. The Ducks will make them work, but it’ll be BYU at the end. Cougs, 12-10.

SCHOOLER: I think BYU is better than people think. They started their season with a bunch of away games and struggled a bit. Now they are back in Provo. Oregon is a great team, as well. I see them keeping the game close, but coming up short, 14-13.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2011-12/news/032112_schooling_schooler_will_duluth_ever_break_through

MCLA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Chapman Men’s Lacrosse 15-3 Win Over Minnesota-Duluth

The Lacrosse Network brings you the #5 Chapman Panthers took on the #15 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in Babe, City, CA Chapman went up early and held on to the lead to take the 15-3 victory at home

MCLA Lacrosse: Minnesota-Duluth Men’s Lacrosse 2012 Schedule Features Marquette, Cal Poly, Chapman, BYU, Arizona State And Colorado

After finishing the 2011 regular season with a 7-8 record (4-1 in the UMLC conference) and winning their 14th UMLC title, making their 10th appearance in the MLCA tournament, the University of Minnesota - Duluth men's lacrosse team will take it to the road once again for another highly competitive season.The 2012 Bulldog schedule includes five UMLC in-conference match-ups and seven out-of-state non-conference teams. The out-of-conference game matches the Bulldogs against seven teams who also took part in the 2011 national tournament. In the preseaon rankings, the Bulldogs are currently ranked at #15.

Sat Feb 18 4:30 PM Marquette Vadnais Sports CenterVadnais Heights, MN  
Sun Feb 19 3:30 PM @ Iowa State Vadnais Sports CenterVadnais Heights, MN  
Sat Feb 25 12:00 PM @ Minnesota University of Minnesota (bubble)Minneapolis, MN  
Sat Mar 3 1:30 PM @ St. Cloud State Husky DomeSt. Cloud, MN  
Sat Mar 10 4:00 PM @ Cal Poly Cal Poly SLOSan Luis Obispo, CA  
Mon Mar 12 6:00 PM @ Chapman ChapmanOrange, CA  
Wed Mar 14 4:00 PM @ UC Santa Barbara UC-Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, CA  
Sat Mar 17 8:30 PM BYU Augsburg CollegeMinneapolis, MN  
Fri Mar 23 7:00 PM @ Arizona State Arizona State Soccer FieldTempe, AZ  
Sun Mar 25 12:00 PM @ Colorado Arizona State Soccer FieldTempe, AZ  
Sun Apr 1 2:00 PM @ MSU-Mankato McMurray FieldsSaint Paul, MN  
Sun Apr 15 12:00 PM Illinois Griggs Stadium, Duluth, MNDuluth,