Finally, the MCLA National Championship games are nigh.
Tomorrow, May 17th, four universities will play in two games to decide the National Champions of the MCLA Division I and II. The Division II game starts at noon and the Division I game will begin immediately after at 3.
Both title matches are played tomorrow (May 17) in Chapman Stadium, Orange, CA.
LaxAllStars’ own Kevin Rowen will be at the Championship games all day tomorrow! Stop by and say hi or follow @MCLA_Fan on Twitter to keep up with Kevin if you can’t make it out.
All games are streaming live on MCLA.us so make sure to have it open all day!
#1 Grand Valley State vs. #2 St. John’s
12:00 pm – Chapman Stadium, Orange, CA
In Thursday afternoon’s game against St. Thomas, 6 different Lakers scored a goal, led by Brenden Austin with a hat trick. GVSU won the game 10-5 and didn’t let a single one of the Tommies score more than one goal. Goaltender Kyrn Stoddard stood tall in net saving over 72% of the shots.
Cole Armitage led the scoring for SJU in their game over Dayton. He punched three in the net while little brother Brooks had two of his own. Eight Johnnies felt empowered enough to rip on cage and were each rewarded with at least one goal.
St. John’s had an impressive regular season, going 8-2 before moving on to beat St. Thomas in the UMLC conference tournament. The only time the Johnnies played GVSU this season, they took down the Lakers at home 15-11.
Grand Valley was able to successfully turn their season around after suffering a tough loss in Minnesota, first to St. Thomas, then the following day to St. John’s. After the rough trip to MN to start the season, the Lakers turned the ship around, finishing 8-2 in the regular season before winning the CCLA conference tournament over Dayton.
GVSU has seen no lack of scoring with 5 players over 20 goals, led by Brenden Austin with 42. Zack Grussel is making it happen for the offense, he has earned a staggering 54 assists in 2014, which was the highest in DII.
Jacob Helmer leads the way for the Johnnies, he’s scored 34 goals and collected 27 assists so far in 2014.
GVSU has three reliable guys to faceoff, but they are ranging between 50 and 68%. Unfortunately all of the Johnnies’ faceoff men are falling around 50% or less. Possession will be key for slowing down the quick Laker squad.
Casey Ryan of St. John’s is posting a fantastic save percentage over 80% while Lakers’ goalie Kyrn Stoddard got the call, saving over 65% of the shots he’s seeing.
Can the St. John’s be the team to bring the title back to Minnesota, or will the Lakers be taking the trophy to Allendale, Michigan?
#1 Arizona State vs #2 Colorado
3:00 pm – Chapman Stadium, Orange, CA
Seven Sun Devils scored at least one goal against the Panthers in yesterday’s semi-final. The charge was lead by Justin Straker who tallied a hat trick in the game. Goaltender Christian DeLuca looked a lot better on TV than the .500 save percentage posted on MCLA.us.
The scorers filled their roles for the Buffaloes in California on Thursday. Cranston showed up with 6 of his own, while Seidel and Dougherty collected two goals a piece. Goalie Mitchell Fenton definitely didn’t have the game he was looking for, but the offense kept scoring and the defense was able to push the Gauchos away long enough to secure the win. UCSB’s shooters were all held to 2 goals or less so they were forced to try their hand at “risky” goals.
ASU finished a perfect 14-0 regular season and were the 2014 SLC champions. Junior Dan Davis leads ASU, and is #6 in DI, in scoring with a solid 54 goals for 2014.
Photo Credit: Robert White
The two schools have only met once this season, the Sun Devils took a trip to Colorado mid-March, where they were able to just hold off the Buffs long enough for a 8-6 win.
Colorado’s Riley Seidel has been dominant in 2014 with 59 goals and 31 assists, he currently sits at #3 in the country for goals scored and #1 in overall points in DI. Jack Cranston has also been fantastic with 46 goals and 33 assists while Tyler Dougherty collected 35 goals with 11 assists.
Conrad Carlson is saving just under 60% for UCSB and the Buff’s Mitchell Fenton, who leads DI in total saves, is at 64%.
Facing off hasn’t been a strong point for CU this season winning around 55% or less of their draws while Junior Zack Handy is winning 78% of all of his faceoffs for ASU.
We already know that we will see a new king in 2014, can Arizona State stay perfect in 2014 or will the Buffs get sweet revenge in the National Championship game?
Our questions will be answered tomorrow afternoon at Chapman University!
Long Live the MCLA!
Huge ‘hats off’ to the MCLA for their excellent work in live streaming and broadcasting the games!