For the second consecutive week, ninth-ranked Chapman kicks off its weekend with a Friday night game against a top-5 team as the Panthers face No. 2 Arizona State (7 p.m.) in Tempe, Ariz. Last week, Chapman (2-2) lost to No. 3 BYU on Friday night.
Saturday, No. 7 UC Santa Barbara squares off against No. 1 Colorado State as part of the Best of the West tournament in Las Vegas. The Gauchos tune up for that one tonight with an SLC matchup against UNLV (7 p.m.).
For Chapman, this also is the second of four weekends in a row in which the Panthers will take on one of the country’s best programs. After losing to Oregon two weeks ago, BYU last week and facing Arizona State tonight, Chapman finishes its schedule gauntlet with a visit from Cal Poly on March 9. The respite is brief, though, as the Panthers will meet Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo., on March 25.
Among other notable games this weekend involving local teams, San Diego State plays back-to-back games at USC (Saturday, 2 p.m.) and UCLA (Sunday, 3 p.m.). The Aztecs (3-2) are led by freshman attack Jack Vonarb out of Crespi Carmelite HS in Encino, whose 17 goals in five games leads the SLC (D-I) and ranks sixth nationally.
Here’s the full weekend schedule for local college teams:
No. 9 Chapman at No. 2 Arizona State, 7 p.m.
* No. 7 UC Santa Barbara at UNLV, 7 p.m.
* No. 8 (D-II) Concordia at Cal-State Long Beach, 7 p.m.
* Loyola Marymount at Claremont, 1 p.m.
San Diego State at USC, 2 p.m.
No. 7 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 1 Colorado State at Las Vegas, 1 p.m.
No. 17 (D-II) Cal-State Fullerton at Biola, 1 p.m.
Channel Islands at Cal-State San Marcos, 2 p.m.
Occidental at UC San Diego, 2 p.m.
No. 9 Chapman at Grand Canyon, 1 p.m.
* Cal Lutheran at Marymount, 1 p.m.
San Diego State at UCLA, 3 p.m.
USC at San Diego, 4 p.m.
* = Southwestern Lacrosse Conference game