Saturday marked the last day of the MCLA season, as Colorado State took down rival Colorado to repeat as national champions. Here’s a recap of tournament week from Greenville, S.C., where Southland teams didn’t fare too well, but lots of Southland alums represented.
• No. 3 Arizona State cruised to a 17-5 win over No. 14 Georgia.
• No. 5 Chapman lost a four-overtime thriller to No. 12 Oregon, 8-7. It was the Panthers’ second tight loss of the season to Oregon, which won 9-8 at Chapman in February. Chapman finished 13-6, with two losses to the Ducks and one each to Arizona State, BYU, and national finalists Colorado and Colorado State.
• No. 6 UC Santa Barbara rallied back after a slow start to a big 14-7 win over No. 11 Oregon State.
• No. 13 Grand Canyon was unable to get revenge on No. 4 BYU, falling 17-8. The Cougars beat the ‘Lopes 13-12 in March.
• No. 5 Concordia (Division II) was upset by No. 12 Grove City (Pa.), 12-9. The Wolverines rode a 6-2 second-quarter scoring surge to the victory. The Eagles finished 12-4 with losses to eventual champion St. Thomas, to national runner-up Westminster, 14-13 to Division I Utah and to Grove City.
• No. 3 ASU took down No. 6 UCSB 15-5 in a rematch of the SLC finals, which Arizona State won 9-5. The Gauchos finished their season 14-7, with three of the losses coming against the Sun Devils, one each against national finalists Colorado and Colorado State, and one to No. 5-seed Chapman.
• No. 3 ASU was unable to reach the championship game as No. 2 Colorado scored a last-minute goal to beat the Sun Devils 5-4 and set up a title grudge match against defending champ and No. 1 seed Colorado State.
Colorado State took a 4-0 halftime lead and had little trouble beating the Buffaloes 7-2 to win the title and cap an undefeated, 21-0 season. The Rams also had beaten Colorado 8-3 to wrap up the regular season and 9-6 to win the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference tournament.
While there were no SLC teams in the finals, there were quite a few Southland Lax alums in the championship game. Two Southland guys even put up points in the title match: CSU’s Jake Johnson (Lake Forest/El Toro HS) with a goal and Colorado’s Jack Cranston (Santa Margarita Cathollic) with an assist.
Here’s a rundown of other Southland players in the title game:
• FR Attack Jake Johnson (El Toro ’11, PG Year at Bridgton Academy) – 9G, 2A
• FR Attack Hunter Molnar (Corona del Mar ’12) – 4G, 1A
• RS FR Attack Jake Lucier (JSerra ’11) – 2G, 2A
• SO Attack Jace Gan (Huntington Beach ’11) – 25G, 17A
• RS JR LSM Sean Crane (Loyola ’09) – 6GB
• SR Midfield Jack • Cranston (Santa Margarita ’09) – 18G, 6A
• RS SR Midfield Cory Ames (Newport Harbor ’08) – 3G, 4A, 39GB