Updated: 2-0 in the Championship round, I even got the spread right. Woot woot!
While the Semifinals weren’t by best round of picks, I’m really excited to see that three of the four teams playing in the Championship games are new faces this year. Spread the love and Grow The Game!
Both Championship games look to be fantastic match-ups, I think we will have ourselves two really competitive games on Saturday. Make sure to tune in to Fox Sports College (617 on DirecTv) to catch both games on the evening of the 19th.
On to the glorious predictions! Here is the bracket for D1, courtesy of our good friends over at MCLA.us.
#1 Cal Poly vs. #2 Colorado State
What more could you ask for? Someone was right on target when they put these two teams as the #1 and #2 seeds, respectively. Outside of their game against UCSB, Colorado State has dominated the competition in the MCLA Tournament, defeating #15 Illinois 13-2 and #3 BYU 11-5. Cal Poly is just the opposite, only defeating #16 UMD and #9 MSU 10-9 before beating up ASU in a 10-4 win.
Cal Poly and Colorado State met earlier this year in Fort Collins when the Mustangs were able to take down the Rams in a 9-8 decision. I think this match-up will be just as intense, especially considering the Mustangs handed CSU their first loss of the season, at home.
Looking back at everything I’ve said, I realized I chose Cal Poly by two in the bracket challenge but then said the right side of the bracket will win. I will settle my wavering now. This game will come down to whichever defense can stop the other team’s offense, you know what they say, “Offense wins games, but defense wins Championship.” Both of these teams have had outstanding performances from their defensive units throughout the season and this game should be no different. In the end though, I think Colorado State is primed to take the title back to Fort Collins this year, Rams by two.
Primed and ready, Colorado State came out strong and looked soooo smooth as they played throughout the entire game. Even more impressive, was the defensive effort and the 12 saves (71%) made by Jack Regan from Oregon (West Coast pride!). Colorado State took the MCLA D1 Title home with a two-goal decision of 7-5.
Here is the bracket for D2, also courtesy of our good friends over at MCLA.us.
#1 St. Thomas vs. #2 Grand Valley State
Another great #1 vs. #2 match-up. St. Thomas has to be excited to get another chance at the MCLA D2 title, going 2-1 in the past three years. From watching several of the Tommies games, it seems like when they start out really strong they are able to come out on top. For GVSU to beat them, I believe the Lakers will have to come out just as hot and stay right with the Tommies. If the Lakers can grind it out with St. Thomas, than they might be able to pull it out, if St. Thomas comes out firing and can put three or four on the Lakers, than I’ll go with the Tommies. If you forced me to choose one team or the other though, I’d pick St. Thomas by one.
Another winning pick, St. Thomas won 9-8 in this decision and even more, St. Thomas came out hot with a 4-2 first quarter. As I predicted, they trailed off a little towards the end of the game and actually “lost” the second half 4-2. Nonetheless, they were able to pull out the big victory over GVSU and goalie Ryan Zeilinger was able to help keep the Tommies in the lead as the Lakers fired off eight shots in the fourth quarter in a last ditch effort to tie it up.
Congrats to both Colorado State and St. Thomas for winning the 2012 MCLA D1 & D2 Championships! Well played gentlemen!