Here’s a breakdown of the MCLA National Championship Final Four games.
Games start at 11:30 am PST and the last one begins at 7:45 pm tonight!
All semi-final games are played today (May 15) at Chapman University.
LaxAllStars’ own Kevin Rowen will be at the Final Four games all day today and at the Championship on Saturday! 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!
#3 Dayton vs. #2 St. John’s
11:30 am – Chapman Stadium, Orange, CA
The only time these two Midwestern powerhouses met, Dayton snuck away with a 9-8 victory late March in Illinois. The Flyers finished the regular season 14-1 and collected their second loss of the season in the CCLA playoffs against the #1 seed Grand Valley State. Junior attackman Adam Henlein dominates in the scoring category for Dayton finding the net 42 and he tied junior David Carlos for assists 25.
St. John’s went 14-2 in the regular season before winning the UMLC conference tournament. Jacob Helmer leads the way for the Johnnies, he’s scored 31 goals and collected 24 assist so far in 2014.
Senior FOGO JP Hewitt is winning over 70% of his draws on the season for the Flyers while all of the Johnnies’ faceoff men are falling around 50% or less.
Goaltender Mike Melrose is stopping right around 2/3rds of the shots he’s facing and on the other end Casey Ryan of St. John’s is posting a save percentage over 80%.
Can the St. John’s defense hold the Flyers to under 10 goals or will the offensive power of Henlein and co. prove too much for the Johnnies?
#4 St. Thomas vs. #1 Grand Valley State
2:15 pm – Chapman Stadium, Orange, CA
Defending champions St. Thomas had a less than impressive regular season, going 6-3. The only time they met GVSU this season they beat the Lakers at home 12-8.
Grand Valley on the other hand, turned their season around after suffering two losses in Minnesota to start the season. The Lakers finished 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 39. Zack Grussel is making it happen for the offense, he has earned a staggering 53 assists in 2014, which was the highest in DII.
Matt Klevin is carrying St. Thomas with 30 goals, but has only helped the team with 2 assists. Only two players have over 20 goals for the Tommies and no players have recored over 20 assists yet this season.
St. Thomas has a handful of faceoff men and they are all at right around 70% or better on the year. GVSU has three reliable guys to faceoff but they are ranging between 50 and 68%.
Lakers’ goalie Josh Kelly is saving over 75% of the shots he’s seeing and the Tommies’ Austin Dover is saving around 66%.
Do the Lakers get revenge for the early season loss or does St. Thomas take once more step at building a dynasty?
#2 Colorado vs #6 UCSB
5:00 pm – Chapman Stadium, Orange, CA
These two squads did not get to face each other this season so it’s hard to know what to expect. The last time they played (2013) Colorado won the regular season match up. I can say that three of the teams UCSB lost to this season (Chapman, BYU, Westminster), the Buffs beat. Both programs also lost to Arizona State 8-6 so your guess is as good as mine.
The Gauchos were 11-4 in the regular season and have been lead in scoring by senior Johnny Morgan with 39. Casey Mix has 25 goals and leads the team with 32 assists.
Colorado’s Riley Seidel has been dominant in 2014 with 57 goals and 29 assists, he currently sits at #4 in the country for goals scored and #2 in overall points in DI. Jack Cranston has also been fantastic with 40 goals and 33 assists while Tyler Dougherty collected 33 goals with 44 assists.
Conrad Carlson is saving just under 60% for UCSB and the Buff’s Mitchell Fenton, who leads DI in total saves, is at 65%.
Faceoffs have been a struggling for the Gauchos as their guys are winning right around 50% or less of their draws. It hasn’t been much better for CU this season winning around 55% or less of their faceoffs.
#4 Chapman vs #1 Arizona State
7:45 pm – Chapman Stadium, Orange, CA
Chapman had a long season but it paid off going 16-4 in the regular season. The Panthers have already lost twice to the flawless Sun Devils, once in the regular season and once in the SLC championship game. ASU finished a perfect 14-0 regular season and were the 2014 SLC champions. Both times the two schools played this season the Sun Devils held of Chaptown by three goals.
This is a home game for Chapman even though the scorer’s table will say differently. It’s on campus at Chapman in the prime slot. All eyes will be on the Panthers as the crowd looks to rally in support of the host team. Nothing’s like playing the #1 team in the country, under the lights, at home, in the final four.
Junior Dan Davis leads ASU, and is #7 in DI, in scoring with a solid 53 goals for 2014. Ten of the Pnthers have scored 10 or more goals this season with senior Tyler Ankarlo leading the charge with 27.
Chapman’s Timmy Andrews leads the country in assists with a mind blowing 48 this season.
Christian DeLuca is saving just under 60% of the shots he’s facing, but the Sun Devils defense is strong and scoring is consistent so it hasn’t been an issue for them this season.
Junior Zack handy 78% of all of his faceoffs. He will be a huge component for ASU taking down Chapman for the third time, possessions will be key in this game.
Is there a chance of the third time being a charm for Chapman or will Arizona State continue to prove dominance and stay perfect on the season?
We shall find out tonight, primetime baby!
Long Live the MCLA!
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