Lacrosse: CCLA Champions

Submitted by Tim on May 3rd, 2010 at 10:18 AM

With a thrilling comeback win over Michigan State yesterday, the Wolverine lacrosse team once again captured the CCLA Conference Championship and the #1 overall seed in the MCLA National Tournament.

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Michigan State

Those who follow me on Twitter already know how frustrated I was during the CCLA championship game yesterday. Michigan was committing awful turnovers, the Spartans were getting easy chances (and converting some that weren't so easy), and it was a generally dismal game. Halfway through the third quarter, I didn't think Michigan had a chance to win.

Something funny happened, though: Michigan started playing like, well, Michigan. A three-goal deficit late in the third turned into a big Michigan rally. The momentum carried the team through the final quarter on the way to a 13-11 victory.

Tournament Offensive MVP Trevor Yealy notched three goals and freshman Thomas Paras (who I thought should have won the MVP award, given his two goals yesterday and eight-point effort against Miami) put in a pair, while Clark McIntyre had two goals with an assist. Both goaltenders played a half, with Mark Stone struggling through the first, and Andrew Fowler making a couple key saves to spark the team in the second half.

Credit goes to Michigan State as well. Their goalie, Dean Hall, was named the tournament's Defensive MVP, and deservedly so. When Michigan threatened throughout the first half, Hal managed to keep them off the board more often than not. He gave his team a chance to win, just as he did when Michigan and MIchigan State faced off just over a week ago.

Michigan State proved, if nothing else, that they belong on the same field with Michigan, which is good for Michigan in the long run. The Spartans absolutely deserved to make the MCLA Tournament field. Which brings me to...

MCLA Tournament

At the conclusion of all the conference tournaments yesterday, the MCLA selection committee hammered out the field for the tournament to determine the national champion. I unfortunately didn't manage to get one last bracketology post up before the real bracket came out, but them's the ropes. Your field:

  1. Michigan (CCLA Champ)
  2. Colorado State (RMLC Champ)
  3. Arizona State (SLC Champ)
  4. Chapman (SLC)
  5. Minnesota-Duluth (UMLL Champ)
  6. Oregon (PNCLL Champ)
  7. Florida State (SELC)
  8. Brigham Young (RMLC)
  9. MIchigan State (CCLA)
  10. Simon Fraser (PNCLL)
  11. Colorado (RMLC)
  12. Florida (SELC Champ)
  13. Illinois (RMLC Champ)
  14. Cal Poly (WCLL Champ)
  15. Boston College (PCLL Champ)
  16. Texas State (LSA Champ)

Michigan is the #1 overall seed for the third consecutive year. They'll face off against #16-seed Texas State in the first round on Tuesday, May 11th in Denver, CO. Should they be fortunate enough to win that game, a second-round matchup against BYU or Michigan State (two of the Wolverines' biggest rivals) awaits. If they get through that game, which is no guarantee given the hard-fought nature of the wins over Michigan State this year, the semi-final and final games will be televised(!) on Fox College Sports.

texas_state_96.pngI'll have a thorough preview of the Texas State Bobcats in the days leading up to the first-round game. Congratulations to the team on its conference championship, and Go Blue!

Comments

GirardiParty

May 3rd, 2010 at 10:53 AM ^

Apologies if this has been covered elsewhere but I haven't seen it.  I've heard that one of Michigan's top players is going to transfer to play lacrosse at Syracuse.  I'm very interested as a big M fan and a Syracuse alum.  Have you heard this?  Who's the player and what's the scouting report?

Tim

May 3rd, 2010 at 12:41 PM ^

I haven't heard anything about that, and would be at least a little surprised if it were true.

The only likely possibility I can think of is a guy who played 4 years, using up his MCLA eligibility, using his 1 remaining year of NCAA eligibility as a grad student at 'Cuse.

formerlyanonymous

May 3rd, 2010 at 12:13 PM ^

Ah yes, Texas State. Formerly Texas State Univesity at San Marcos. Formerly Southwest Texas State University. Formerly Southwest Texas State College. Formerly Soutwest Texas State Teachers College. Formerly Southwest Texas State Normal College. Formerly Southwest Texas State Normal School. I think I got all of them.

Great drinking team. A little bit of a football problem with those guys.

San Marcos is a hell of a town though. Good Central Texas Hill Country area.

L'Carpetron Do…

May 3rd, 2010 at 1:58 PM ^

If I'm not mistaken, LBJ graduated from Southwest Texas Teacher's College, oddly enough.

Texas State is led by coaches ROBERT LOGGIA and Hector Elizondo.  In goal is two sport athlete, Manu Manu The Slender, who also plays center for the school's beleaguered football team.  Sinbad anchors the defense.

Rob Schneider will be calling the game - "Fumblaya, Fumbleruskie!"

Go Blue!