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MCLA: Video Highlights Of UC Santa Barbara Men’s Lacrosse 13-11 Win Over Cal Berkeley On Feb 23


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The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos travel north to take on the CAL Bears in an early season MCLA lacrosse game.  CAL jumps to an early lead in the first quarter before the Gauchos offense turns up the heat in the second quarter.  CAL’s freshman middie from Novato High, Max McKone, scores an incredible five goals and pulls CAL to within 2 goals late in the fourth quarter, but the Gauchos win their sixth straight game of the 2014 season, 13-11.

WCLA Lacrosse: UC Santa Barbara Women’s Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Features Arizona, UCLA, Pittsburgh, Georgia, Colorado State, Texas And Cal


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MCLA Lacrosse: UC Santa Barbara Men’s Lacrosse Releases 2014 Schedule Featuring Stanford, Georgia, Cal Poly, Sonoma State, Cal Berkeley, UCLA, Westminster, BYU And Chapman


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MCLA Lacrosse: Video Highlights Of Arizona State Men’s Lacrosse 15-5 Win Over UC Santa Barbara In 2013 MCLA Championships Quarterfinals On May 14


Short highlight video of the ASU vs. UCSB 2013 MCLA Lacrosse Championship Tournament game, played in Greenville, North Carolina!

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WCLA Lacrosse: #1 Colorado State Women’s Lacrosse Captures Third National Championship With 14-4 Win Over UC Santa Barbara On May 11


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Colorado State capped an undefeated season, dominating UC Santa Barbara 14-4 at the El Pomar Sports Park to become the first No. 1 seed to win the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates National Championship since Cal Poly in 2007. It was the third national championship for CSU’s seniors, and avenged a loss to UC Davis in last year’s title game.
“We put a lot of pressure on ourselves because we didn’t want to feel like we did last year,” said senior Hayley Bernstein, who had five goals in the championship game and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Midfielder. “All week we were saying we’re going to make history, and it couldn’t have turned out any better.”
The Rams made history with excellent play and some serious toughness.
“I had my appendix out a week and a half ago,” said Bernstein. “We’re such a close team when I woke up from my surgery, half my team was in the waiting room.”
She was hardly alone in showing grit. Senior midfielder Sarah Moyer got her left wrist stepped on in the semifinals and was gingerly holding it for much of the last two days. She scored two goals in the championship game. Senior Karly Slyne was wearing a knee brace from an injury she suffered on the same field last year, and ignited a key three-goal run in the first half with a goal and two assists. And senior attacker Maddie Garcia had her shoulder bandaged and was hobbling around on a bad ankle the entire tournament. She netted three goals in the championship game, and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Attack player.

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WCLA Lacrosse: “2013 WCLA Women’s National Championships” Semifinals Feature #1 Colorado State Defeating #4 Cal Poly 23-13, #11 UC Santa Barbara Defeating #2 BYU 12-11 On May 10


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It was a fitting end to a record-setting day. With 14 seconds left in the game, UCSB’s Katie Mitchell buried a shot from close range after taking a pass from teammate Lindsay Alex to complete a 12-11 come-from-behind win over Brigham Young in the semifinal round of the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates National Championships, presented by Harrow Sports.
The victory sends the Gauchos to Saturday’s championship game against top-seeded and unbeaten Colorado State. The Rams exploded offensively, posting 23 goals in a 23-13 win over Cal Poly.
The leader of the offense was senior Karly Slyne, who notched 12 points (7g, 5a), the second-best single game performance in the 13-year history of the tournament. It was sweet redemption for Slyne, who injured her knee last year on the same field and missed Colorado State’s championship game loss to UC Davis Club.

Recaps from Friday’s consolation games follow:

Univ. of Texas 17, Pittsburgh 13: Texas junior Tully Moorehead led all players with eight goals in its win against Pittsburgh. All 17 Texas goals were unassisted, but came from eight Longhorn players. A tied game at 13 with 7:07 to play, Texas ended on a four-goal run to seal the win. Junior Stephanie Miller led Pitt players in points, notching four goals with one assist.

Georgia 10, Santa Clara 4: Georgia held Maggie Burke, the WCLA Division I Midfielder of the Year, scoreless as Emily Seidel made nine saves to lead a strong defensive effort. Georgia held Santa Clara scoreless for more than 21 minutes in the second half. Georgia attacker Parisa Ayers led all scorers with three goals.

Minnesota 15, Florida Club 14 (2 OT): Down 9-5 at half, Ashlee Miller scored Minnesota’s last two goals of regulation to tie the game at 13 and force overtime against the Gators. Both teams added a score in the first three-minute halves of overtime, tying the game at 14, but Miller would have a hand in the winning tally after finding Lisa Hirsch for the game-winning goal of the contest with 19 seconds left in sudden victory overtime. Miller (6g) and McKinley Cardin (3g, 3a) of Florida had six points each. Florida goalie Heather Gable finished with 11 saves and Minnesota goalie Alexandra Thalhuber finished with 13.

USC  Club 19, Maryland Club 6: After receiving five yellow cards in the first half, Maryland played two players down beginning with 2:02 left in the first half. Junior Erin McGillivary (6g, 1a) and freshman Elena Skouras (5g, 2a) led USC and all scorers with seven points each. USC graduate student Madison Aguirre made several point-blank saves for the Trojans ending the game with 10 total. Megan Lusby led Maryland with three goals and an assist.

Michigan Club 16, Northeastern 9: Northeastern scored first, but did not lead the rest of the game and Michigan pulled away scoring the last three goals of the first half and maintained at least a four-goal lead to the end of regulation. Junior Julianne Patterson and sophomore Katie Mezwa led Michigan’s attack with five points each. Brittany O’Rourke had three goals for Northeastern.

Virginia Club 19, Oregon Club 9: The Cavaliers opened the game with three-straight goals by three different scorers before Oregon got on the board eight minutes into the game. Virginia ended with nine scorers and 10 players with points. Grace Jackson (UVA) led all players with four goals and two assists. Keaton Otake (2g) and Hanna Peper (1g, 1a) led Oregon in points. Virginia goalies, Dana Sparks and Louisa Boyd, combined for 12 saves in the victory.

Friday Scores (May 10) Division I Semifinals Colorado State 23, Cal Poly 13 UC Santa Barbara 12, BYU 11

Division I Consolation Texas 17, Pittsburgh 13 Georgia 10, Santa Clara 4 Southern Cal Club 19, Maryland Club 6 Minnesota 15, Florida Club 14 (2 OT) Michigan Club 16, Northeastern 9 Virginia Club 19, Oregon Club 9

Saturday Schedule (May 11) Division I Championship Game – 2:30 pm: No. 1 Colorado State vs. No. 11 UC Santa Barbara, Field 1 3rd place game – 9:30 am: No. 2 BYU vs. No. 4 Cal Poly, Field 1 5th place game – 10:30 am: No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 5 Texas, Field 5 7th place game – 10:30 am: No. 8 Pittsburgh vs. No. 10 Santa Clara, Field 4 9th place game – 8 am: No. 9 Southern Cal Club vs. No. 14 Minnesota, Field 6 11th place game – 8 am: No. 7 Florida Club vs. No. 13 Maryland Club, Field 5 13th place game – 8 am: No. 6 Virginia Club vs. No. 12 Michigan Club, Field 4 15th place game – 8 am: No. 15 Oregon Club vs. No. 16 Northeastern, Field 3

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_women/club/2012-13/news/051013_ucsb_rallies_will_meet_csu_in_wcla_final

WCLA Lacrosse: “2013 WCLA National Championships” Feature #1 Colorado State Women’s Lacrosse, BYU, Cal Poly And UC Santa Barbara Advancing To Semifinals On May 10


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For the first seven years of the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates National Championships, the event was dominated by Cal Poly with the Mustangs winning all seven national championships from 2001 to 2007. More recently, the dominance has shifted to Colorado State, with the Rams winning national titles in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Those two heavyweights will square off in a semifinal of this year’s championship, presented by Harrow Sports, on Friday at the El Pomar Sports Park. Cal Poly defeated Texas 11-7 in the quarterfinals on Thursday, and No. 1 seed Colorado State topped Pitt 16-11.
The other semifinal features underdog UC Santa Barbara, the No. 11 seed of the tournament, which pulled off its second straight upset by beating Georgia 11-6. UCSB will meet No. 2 seed BYU, which easily handled Santa Clara 18-6.

Division I Quarterfinals

Colorado State 16, Pitt 11: Top-seeded Colorado State scored the last six goals of the first half, all in the final 10 minutes, to turn a 4-2 deficit into an 8-4 halftime lead and went on to earn the victory. Karly Slyne had three assists during the run and finished with a game-high seven points (3g, 4a) to lead the Rams. Sarah Moyer added three goals for CSU and Pitt was led by Christa Lausten and Kellyn Warren with three goals each.
BYU 18, Santa Clara 6: BYU held Santa Clara scoreless for a stretch of more than 25 minutes from the end of the first half to late in the second half to advance to the semifinals. Megan McCleary made seven saves in the victory and Kristin Lund had a big offensive day with five goals and four assists. Briana Arnold and Brooke Smith also added four goals for the Cougars. Maggie Burke led Santa Clara with two goals and an assist.
Cal Poly 11, Texas 7: Kelly Harris played her second straight big game, making 10 saves to lead Cal Poly into the semifinals. Emily DeSimone scored the first of her three goals with just 1:01 left in the first half to give Cal Poly a 6-4 edge at the break and then added two more goals and two assists in the second half to lead the Mustangs. DeSimone finished with three goals and four assists and Meggan Weinell had four goals. Tully Moorhead scored three goals for Texas and Ina Prevalsky added two.
UCSB 11, Georgia 6: UCSB held Georgia scoreless for the final 24 minutes of the game to advance to the semifinals. Megan Hughes had nine saves for the Gauchos, including six in the second half. Katie Mitchell had a game-high four goals for UCSB, including the first three goals of the second half for her team. Lindsay Alex added two goals and three assists for UCSB. Jenna Dreyer led Georgia with a pair of goals.

Division I Consolation Games
Minnesota 14, Virginia Club 10: Minnesota used a seven-goal run in the first half to overcome an early 2-0 deficit on its way to the win over Virginia. Barbara Mathewson had two goals during the run and finished with six for the game. Ashlee Miller and Sophia Nesser each added two for Minnesota. Grace Jackson had three goals and two assists to lead Virginia.
Florida Club 18, Oregon Club 2: The Gators jumped out to a 12-0 halftime lead to cruise to a victory. Katherine Sonier led the Gators with five goals and Nicole White added three. Florida goalie Heather Gable made six saves. Kylie Agon and Nicole Hamburger scored for Oregon.
Southern Cal Club 21, Northeastern 20: Megan Rilkoff scored her seventh goal of the game on a free position shot with 23 seconds left to break a 20-20 tie and give USC the shootout win. Halley Fisher had five goals and four assists for Northeastern, and had given the Huskies a 19-17 lead with 11:08 to play, but USC responded with a pair of goals by Elena Skouras to tie the game 19-19. The teams then traded goals before Rilkoff’s game-winner. Skouras added five goals for USC and Hayden Furey had four goals and two assists. Chelsea Andre (4g, 3a) and Anne Lally (4g, 2a) both had big games for Northeastern.
Maryland Club 13, Michigan Club 7: Lauren Groft had five goals, four of them in the first half, to lead the Terps to a win. Groft added three assists for an eight-point game. Her fourth goal of the game came with 26 seconds left in the first half to help Maryland to a 6-4 lead and then the Terps scored the first three goals of the second half. Ashlee Wilkes added four goals for Maryland. Julianne Patterson led Michigan with three goals.
Thursday Scores (May 9)

Division I Quarterfinals Colorado State 16, Pittsburgh 11 BYU 18, Santa Clara 6 Cal Poly 11, Texas 7 UC Santa Barbara 13, Georgia 7

Division I Consolation Minnesota 14, Virginia Club 10 Florida Club 18, Oregon Club 2 Southern Cal Club 21, Northeastern 20 Maryland Club 13, Michigan Club 7

Friday Schedule (May 10)

Division I Semifinals 3 pm: No. 1 Colorado State vs. No. 4 Cal Poly 5:30 pm: No. 2 BYU vs. No. 11 UC Santa Barbara

Division I Consolation 11 am: No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 10 Santa Clara 11 am: No. 5 Texas vs. No. 8 Pittsburgh 11 am: No. 12 Michigan Club vs. No. 16 Northeastern 2 pm: No. 6 Virginia Club vs. No. 16 Oregon Club 2 pm: No. 8 Southern Cal Club vs. No. 13 Maryland Club 2 pm: No. 7 Florida Club vs. No. 14 Minnesota

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_women/club/2012-13/news/050913_ucsb_continues_roll_to_wcla_semifinals

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


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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

WCLA Lacrosse: #5 UC Santa Barabara Women’s Lacrosse Dominates #8 Colorado 20-12 On March 8 As Part Of Inaugural “Santa Barbara International Friendship Games” Featuring Japanese Teams From Meiji And Nihon University


The Gauchos took on the 8th ranked University of Colorado, Boulder in the nightcap on the opening day of the inaugural Santa Barbara International Friendship Games and won going away with a monster second half.  The score was close at halftime with UCSB slightly ahead of the Buffalos 9-8. Then the Gauchos outscored Colorado 11-4 in the second half for the final 20-12 result. It was the fifth straight win for 5th ranked UCSB.

The Gauchos took on the 8th ranked University of Colorado, Boulder in the nightcap on the opening day of the inaugural Santa Barbara International Friendship Games and won going away with a monster second half. The score was close at halftime with UCSB slightly ahead of the Buffalos 9-8. Then the Gauchos outscored Colorado 11-4 in the second half for the final 20-12 result. It was the fifth straight win for 5th ranked UCSB.

Colorado tied the Gauchos 10-10 early in the second half. To that UCSB responded with a 6 goal run over a 10 minute stretch that broke open the game. At the end of the run the Gauchos led 16-10 with 9 minutes remaining. The Buffalos got a goal to pull within 5 but UCSB outscored them 4-1 in the final 6 minutes to finish the game and put them away. The score over the last 22 minutes of the game was 10-2 in favor of the Gauchos.

UCSB outshot Colorado 29-17 and junior Blair Evans (Salinas, CA) had a career best day on offense, leading all scorers with 8 goals. Evans netted her 8 goals on 9 shots, shooting 88.9%. It was a balanced effort all around among UCSB players with 8 Gauchos contributing to the offensive outburst. Sophomore Lindsay Alex (Tustin, CA) had 5 assists. The game marked the return of two-time All-American defender Emilia Norlin (Mill Valley, CA) who had missed the four previous games with a hamstring strain. Norlin played about 25 minutes subbing in off the bench and brought some depth back on defense for UCSB.

“We’re learning how to put good teams away,” said UCSB head coach Paul Ramsey after the game.

“Getting Emilia back on the field is really nice for us and it came at a good time but we still used her sparingly just to make sure her hamstring can continue to heal and get stronger.”

The game between UCSB and Colorado wasn’t an international game but preceding it were three games involving Japanese university teams, Meiji and Nihon.

Other Results:
SBCC 11, Nihon 9
Meiji 12, UCSB ‘B’ 7
Colorado College 12, Nihon 1

UCSB improved to 9-3 overall while Colorado dropped to 3-3. The Gauchos have a weekend off after this Friday night game before playing another Friday night lights game when they host 18th ranked Cal Poly SLO on March 15th at 8:00pm. The SB International Friendship Games continue on Saturday with Meiji and Nihon taking on UCSB ‘B’, SBCC and Cal State Fullerton in friendlies. Mixed in are a national match-up between NCAA DIII teams Chapman University and Colorado College and a WWLL match-up between Cal State Fullerton and SBCC.

Meiji University Women's Lacrosse (Japan)

Meiji University Women’s Lacrosse (Japan)

MCLA Lacrosse: Top Games Of The Week Feature #4 Colorado Men’s Lacrosse Vs #10 Virginia Tech, #11 Sonoma State At #8 Oregon, #12 Texas At #6 UC Santa Barbara And #18 Cal Poly At #7 Chapman


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No. 10 Virginia Tech (4-0) at No. 4 Colorado (4-0) – Saturday, 1 p.m. MT

COYNE: Virginia Tech is a good team, and is the odds-on favorite to win the SELC title, but they are going against two hurdles this weekend. The first is the altitude. I know a lot of people pooh-pooh the concept, but Michigan went out to Denver three days early each time they went to Denver. That kind of tells me there’s something to it, even if it’s just psychological. The Hokies will be getting off their plane on Friday night and playing their opening game in Boulder less than 24 hours later. Not good.

Second, Tech will have to deal with Brad Macnee, Colorado’s netminder and the best keeper in the country. Last year, I wouldn’t be quite as concerned because the Hokies were scoring goals. They are struggling so far this season to produce on the offensive end, and that’s trouble against Macnee, who is probably going to rob you of at least four markers. Virginia Tech will be in this game because they are good team, but they can’t fight these obstacles. Buffs, 10-6.

SCHOOLER: Props to the Hokies for finally making a trip out West. The RMLC has the best teams in the league and hopefully they can steal a win in the Rockies, but I don’t see that happening.

You never know what you are going to get with the Buffs early in the season, but they pulled out an impressive win against the Ducks last week. Even with the return of Matt Giannelli for his final season, coach Galvin and his defense will be able to shut down the one dimensional Hokies. CU wins, 12-9.

No. 11 Sonoma State (2-0) at No. 8 Oregon (5-2) – Saturday, 1 p.m. PT

COYNE: It wasn’t much of a trip, but the road win for ‘Noma against California was a big deal. It showed that the Seawolves could match some of the preseason hype that was surrounding them. I’m sure it also gave them a good confidence boost, along with a pivotal WCLL win. However, now Sonoma is on the brink of the Top 10 and is heading to play No. 8 Oregon on the road. I’m afraid it’ll have to prove itself again.

Trey Norris (70-for-114 on faceoffs) has been a weapon all season for the Ducks, and he should dominate once again versus the Seawolves. And while Cal’s Dan Cohen and Sean Hayden are a dynamic one-two punch on attack, Oregon’s Matt Johnson (16g, 15a) and Benton Souers (17g, 6a) have proven it against some of the top teams in the country. Sonoma won’t get embarrassed, but they’ll struggle to keep up with the Ducks for four quarters. UO, 10-7.

SCHOOLER: This will likely be the best game the weekend has to offer. I think these are evenly matched teams. I have heard a lot of good things about Sonoma throughout the offseason. Until they took down Cal, that’s all it was…talk.

The Ducks have a strong attack while Sonoma has a strong defense. So get ready for a battle. I see another overtime game with the Seawolves coming out on top. 10-9.

No. 12 Texas (6-1) at No. 6 UCSB (4-2) – Sunday, 1 p.m. PT

SCHOOLER: Texas came through Santa Barbara in 2010, but was too scared to play the Gauchos. They plays FSU instead, taking the W and setting the tone for their whole season. All kidding aside, I really wish I could have seen the ‘Horns take on the Gauchos. Three years later, I’ll have my chance.

I dog on Texas and the LSA a lot, but I actually have a lot of respect for the Longhorns. They have stepped up their game over the last few seasons and elevated themselves above everyone in the conference. The Gauchos have no trouble coming out hot against teams. Their issue is sustaining that fire for all four quarters. I can see UCSB going up early and Texas clawing back. But I have the Gauchos holding on for the 10-8 win.

COYNE: If Texas had pulled out the win over Boston College on Monday night, I would have been more inclined to take a flyer on them in this game, but it should still be competitive regardless. I won’t build up the suspense — UCSB will win — but this game, along with Tuesday’s matchup with Sonoma State, are important for the development of the UT program under new head coach Andy Garrigan. Not only does it put the program on a different plane in terms of respectability, but just making this West Coast swing will be good for a seed or two at nationals, regardless of the outcomes.

Nick has it spot on with the flow of this game. The Gauchos will jump the ‘Horns early, and then coast home for the win. UCSB, 11-8.

Coyne’s Pick

No. 18 Cal Poly (2-3) at No. 7 Chapman (4-2) – Saturday, 1 p.m.

COYNE: Is there really a chance that this Cal Poly team can go down to Chapman and knock off the Panthers? Absolutely. I know the nine-goal loss to UC Santa Barbara sticks in everybody’s mind, but the Mustangs were neck-and-neck with Duluth in an overtime game and gave ASU everything it could handle. This team isn’t very far off. Plus, this Chapman edition isn’t quite as complete (yet) as it has been in the last couple of years.

If this game is played in SLO or even at a neutral field, I’m take Poly in an heartbeat. Alas, Chapman is traditionally a much different team at home than on the road, and that saves the Panthers here. Chappy, 9-8.

SCHOOLER: Chapman has had some crazy and close games this season. Take last weekend for example. They beat ASU by a goal then turn around and barely beat a lesser Grand Canyon by a goal. Earlier in the season, they crush San Diego then lose to Oregon. What team are we going to get?

While Cal Poly has improved since they were stomped by the Gauchos (you knew I would have to bring this up), they have improved. A two goal loss to ASU is commendable, but not enough to convince me that they can put together what is needed to beat Chaptown. Panthers win, 12-8.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/college_men/club/2012-13/news/030613_schooling_schooler_is_duluth_already_in_trouble