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“2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships”: North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse Stuns #1 Maryland 13-12 In Triple Overtime To Capture Program’s First National Championship
MCLA Lacrosse: Three “Top 10 Overtime Games” This Past Weekend Signals “More Teams In Elite Category” That Can Win National Championship
This past weekend was the best in the history of MCLA Division I during the regular season. Not only did it feature three Top 9 matchups, but every single one of them went to overtime. Having a bunch of quality games on the same weekend is nothing new in the association — there are high-end contests pretty much every weekend — but having them all require extra time puts this weekend over the top.
It started on Friday night with No. 9 Chapman’s win over No. 2 Arizona State, and was followed on Saturday when a couple of higher-ranked teams need to rally in regulation before winning in overtime. No. 5 Colorado trailed No. 8 Oregon in the fourth before winning, 7-6, while No. 1 Colorado State was down by as many as four goals to No. 7 UC Santa Barbara before staging a miraculous comeback for the 11-10 triumph in extra time.
Did the MCLA just catch lightning in a bottle this weekend, or is this a preview of what we can expect in Greenville? Maybe a little of both, if that makes sense. Colorado State will be the clear favorite all season, even though Rams coach Alex Smith admits that he doesn’t view his team in the same way as we viewed Michigan during the Wolverines’ reign. It just means that there are more teams in the elite category than in the past. Whether that produces a new national champion is one thing, but the tournament field will be stacked with at least 10 outfits who could beat anyone on any given Saturday.
The 2012 Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse team received rings on October 5, commemorating the team’s NCAA Division I Championship won on Memorial Day.
2012 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Syracuse 8-6 To Win Seventh National Title
MCLA Lacrosse: The 2011 BYU Men’s Lacrosse Championship Title Run Saw Defense Give Up Only 6.15 Goals Per Game In Final 13 Games Of Season; March Trip To Michigan And Michigan State Saw 26 Goals Scored Against It In 2 Games (Video)
BYUtv’s True Blue honors the 2011 MCLA club national championship, BYU lacrosse team with a 10-minute special that aired during halftime of the men’s soccer broadcasts on June 10 and 11, 2011. The BYU Rugby season was also honored in the video.
MCLA Lacrosse: BYU Men’s Lacrosse Captured The “2011 MCLA National Championship” Through Great Team Depth And Key Play At Face-Off And In Goal (Video)
The championship win was the team’s 20th win of the season, which gave the Cougars a final record of 20-3. BYU also is now tied with Colorado State for the most MCLA national championships in league history with four. Between the Cougars’ last title, in 2007, and the 2011 crown, Michigan had won three straight.
Consistently one of the top programs in the Division I Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, the BYU men’s lacrosse team found its way to the top again in 2011.
The culmination of a season full of highlights, including an undefeated home record, came when the Cougars overcame an early deficit to rattle off five second-quarter goals in beating Arizona State 10-8 in the national title game in late May.
It’s the fourth MCLA Division I championship for BYU.
Coach Matt Schneck is in his second year and said how pleased he was with his team.
“The 2011 BYU lacrosse team is a special group of young men that demonstrated that they are true champions both on and off the field,” Schneck said in a news release after winning the championship game.
Senior Dan Cole garnered tournament MVP honors and helped the Cougars control possession, winning face-offs consistently throughout the tournament.
“There is no better way to finish than to go out on top,” Cole said in a news release. “This win means years of hard work and dedication on everyone’s part. From the coaches to each player, we all had to sacrifice this year and it was all worth it.”
Goalkeeper Matt Brandenburg broke his thumb the night before the championship game, during a 14-11 semifinal victory over Colorado State, forcing freshman Wes Goar to start in the net for the championship game. Following two second-half BYU penalties, Goar made two key saves that were critical for the Cougars and he played an integral part in the team’s win.
“We had 100 percent confidence in Wes taking on the starting role in goal heading into this national championship game,” Schneck said. “He was prepared and ready to take on the challenge. He played an outstanding game.”
Assistant coach Jordan Harris said Goar had improved his skills as a goalie, and it showed during the championship.
“With Wes we knew we had a big-time keeper, but we wanted to see more consistency out of him,” Harris said in a news release. “He could have given up and stopped working when he lost his starting job three-fourths of the way through the season, but he did the opposite. He went back to work and became a better goalie, and it showed on the biggest stage.”
Schneck reflected on what his first championship as head coach means to the lacrosse program.
“I am thrilled for the entire program to have accomplished such an incredible feat in our second year,” Schneck said. “This victory should be attributed to the dedication of the entire coaching staff, team and supporters of BYU lacrosse.”
Another accomplishment this season was the lacrosse team having some of its games broadcast nationwide on BYUtv. The first game that was broadcast live was on March 15 against the San Diego Toreros.
Schneck implemented a plan to work with donors and raise funds to get BYU lacrosse back on the air after three years. Schneck said he’s grateful for his team and fans all over the country to be able to enjoy this.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity for lacrosse to be broadcast once again on BYUtv,” he said. “We are especially excited for our BYU lacrosse fans and alumni that are living in many different parts of the country. The University and BYUtv have been great to work with.”
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