Well, the opening weekend for MCLA ball in the L.A. area kind of fizzled, with the USC-Santa Barbara game being postponed and something similar, I assume, happening to the Pepperdine-Channel Islands game. The game appeared on both teams’ schedules but now doesn’t. Oh, well.
But Saturday wasn’t a complete washout.
Concordia-Irvine made it to Westwood for its scheduled scrimmage with UCLA, though field conditions — wet, muddy and very sloppy — made it tough to get a read on either team’s quality. Concordia won 9-6 and really didn’t allow UCLA very many good looks, especially in man-down situations.
UCLA had trouble holding possession, which you can attribute either to Concordia’s defense, soggy mesh and wet lacrosse balls or extremely poor footing — maybe all three. But there were a lot of loose balls, and coming up with GBs was challenging for both sides. It also was clear that UCLA was mixing up its lines and trying to get different combinations on the field. That’s what scrimmages are for. The Bruins have two weeks before their first game that counts, at home vs. San Diego on Feb. 9.
Concordia, which opened the season ranked No. 8 in the Inside Lacrosse preseason coaches’ poll, scrimmages at Chapman this Friday in what surely will be a better measure of the Eagles’ potential. They open their regular season Feb. 9 against St. Mary’s-Moraga at Sage Hill School in Newport Beach.
The week ahead:
Friday, Feb. 1
• Concordia at Chapman, scrimmage, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 2
• UC Santa Barbara at Stanford, Noon
• San Diego at Loyola Marymount, 1 p.m.
• Channel Islands at Cal Lutheran, 1 p.m.
• San Diego State at CSU Fullerton, 2 p.m.
• Cal State Long Beach at Cal State San Marcos, 2 p.m.
• UC Irvine at Marymount College (Palos Verdes), 2 p.m.
• USC at Occidental, 3:30 p.m.
If I missed anyone, add it in the comments below. The Super Bowl isn’t until Sunday — get out Saturday and watch some lacrosse.