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MCLA D1 Bracket Breakdown – The ‘Ship

9 - Published May 21, 2011 by in College
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First and foremost… WHAT?! I knew from the start this would be a special year in the MCLA, and boy has it proven its worth in gold. I couldn’t be happier to be wrong, not because I don’t like the entire state of Michigan, but because it’s great for the growth of the sport to have new teams in the ‘Ship and the Playoffs in general each year. It spreads the exposure out, it gives more teams something to push for and it lets everyone know that, “hey, that could be us.” But let’s get back to the action.

What we said vs. What actually happened…

#1 Michigan vs. #5 Arizona State – A rematch of both last year’s Championship game (Mich 12-11) and a match from earlier this season in Ann Arbor (Mich 12-10). If Michigan gets off to a quick start they will win this one by two or three, but if Arizona State can stay with the Champs, it’ll be a completely different story. In the end though, I think Michigan will pull it out and get the win by two, because well… Michigan is just a great team. Well I was right about one thing, if Arizona State could stop Michigan from getting off to a quick start then it would be a completely different story, and that it was. 0-1 (though happily). Arizona State came ready to win this game and kept it to a 3-2 game at the half before blasting off four goals in the third to give them a 6-4 lead going into the final quarter. I can’t believe it, but am very happy to see it. Great run Michigan, keep forging the way for MCLA teams everywhere. I have an immense amount of respect for John Paul and everyone involved in that program.

#2 Colorado State vs. #3 Brigham Young – Another rematch from earlier this season. BYU took the regular season match-up 8-5 and Colorado State took the RMLC Championship 8-5. Both games looked to be decided by one quarter, a 4-goal third quarter by BYU and a 5-goal fourth quarter by the Rams. You already know my pick (I hope!), BYU wins this one by two. BYU won by three, shucks, onto the ‘Ship. 1-1. This was another great Semifinal game. Things got a little scary after CSU jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but like all great teams do, BYU battled back and pulled off the win 14-11. So very pleased about this.

And this is where we stand going into today’s game.

Courtesy of MCLA.us

I’m standing at 11-3 right now in my picks, hoping to make it 12-3 after tomorrow. The match-up will be a great one featuring one of the best offenses in the country vs. one of the top goalies in the country (not to play down BYU’s D or ASU’s O, because, well they’re obviously in the Championship game).

#3 Brigham Young vs. #5 Arizona State – Cannot WAIT for this game. I’m trying to think of the last time these two teams faced each other, I can’t think of anything recent enough that I had to go use MCLA.us’s trusty statistics. They say it was a probably not so nice, possibly snowy day in March back in 2008. BYU won 17-15 and also 20-5 in 2007.

If you don’t know my pick by now, then you aren’t following Lacrosse All-Stars close enough. BYU takes it by two. Both of these teams are great at keeping the game close in the first half and busting it open in the 3rd quarter. I think it will come down to exactly that, the 2nd half and which team can go on the bigger run.

Good luck to both teams and thanks again for a great year of lacrosse!

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After a day of some ridiculous storms, the Semifinals are now set and will kick-off Friday afternoon. It seemed that some of the teams may have been negatively affected by the three hour wait the storms caused. The Twitter world mentioned that BYU loaded up and headed back to their hotel while Boston College hung out in a Women’s Locker room. No matter what happened, the games are done. Overall, there weren’t any big upsets today, the Chapman vs. ASU game really was a toss up.

What we said vs. What actually happened…

#1 Michigan vs. #8 Oregon – Unfortunately for the Ducks, I don’t see their trip to Nationals going further than this round, Michigan is just too good and rolling too well right now (sorry Jeff). Michigan wins this one by three. Despite several runs by Oregon to bring the game within a couple, Michigan was able to show, once again, why they are returning Champions and took this one 13-8. 1-0.

4 Chapman vs. #5 Arizona State – Chapman won the SLC Championship match-up 11-9, I think they will do it again and show why they won the first time. Arizona State will keep it close, but Chapman will come out on top in the end and win by one. And I was wrong, Arizona State came out of the weather delay and took a 6-0 lead going into the half, winning 8-3… yikes. Not sure what happened here. 1-1.

#3 Brigham Young vs. #11 Florida State – The Michigan State game took a lot out of Florida State, I think that will show tomorrow in their match-up against a very strong and determined Brigham Young. Brigham Young takes this one by two or three. Whether it was the storm or the toll of last night’s game, FSU came out very slow and gave BYU a 10-2 lead going into the half. They were able to bounce back the 2nd half and ‘win’ it 5-4, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough and BYU took it 14-7. 2-1.

#2 Colorado State vs. #10 Boston College – Boston College was able to take down one of the Colorado teams, but I think Colorado State has the edge here. Colorado State wins by one or two. Boston College came out denouncing any doubters and kept with Colorado State through the first half to a tune of 6-5 CSU. But CSU came out throwing ‘bows in the 3rd and put up 7 goals to stretch the lead out and win the game 14-9. 3-1.

Big props to Florida State, Oregon, Chapman and Boston College for making it to the Quarterfinals this season, hopefully it’ll give those teams something more to aim for next year. Onto the Semifinals, Friday the match-ups will looks like this…

Courtesy of MCLA.us

#1 Michigan vs. #5 Arizona State – A rematch of both last year’s Championship game (Mich 12-11) and a match from earlier this season in Ann Arbor (Mich 12-10). If Michigan gets off to a quick start they will win this one by two or three, but if Arizona State can stay with the Champs, it’ll be a completely different story. In the end though, I think Michigan will pull it out and get the win by two, because well… Michigan is just a great team.

#2 Colorado State vs. #3 Brigham Young – Another rematch from earlier this season. BYU took the regular season match-up 8-5 and Colorado State took the RMLC Championship 8-5. Both games looked to be decided by one quarter, a 4-goal third quarter by BYU and a 5-goal fourth quarter by the Rams. You already know my pick (I hope!), BYU wins this one by two.

It has been a great tournament so far and I am really excited for the Semifinals, both of these games will be great match-ups and for the most part, these four teams have consistently been the top four teams throughout the regular season.

So far I’m 10-2 on my picks with my two being the Florida State vs. Michigan State game and the Chapman vs. Arizona State game. Hopefully I can finish out strong.

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And the first round of games are done! Some came out as expected but there were two big upsets already! Florida State came away with a big upset over Michigan State and Boston College upset the Red Hot Buffs. See how we fared below and what we predicted for the second round. You can check out our first round predictions in full at the bottom of the post.

What we said vs. What actually happened…

#1 Michigan vs. #16 Lindenwood - Michigan takes it, sorry Lindenwood. Michigan won 16-8 in a pretty decisive victory, 1-0.

#8 Oregon vs. #9 Cal Poly – A rematch of the April 10th 7-6 win by Oregon. I’m going to go ahead and pick Oregon again. Oregon won 11-8, anchored by a four goal performance in both the 1st and 3rd quarters, 2-0.

#5 Arizona State vs. #12 SUNY – Still though, I think Arizona State’s 215 goals scored and only 95 goals allowed will pull them through the first round. Arizona State takes this one. Arizona State won 11-8. Even with a strong showing in the 4th quarter, SUNY just couldn’t pull it out, 3-0.

#4 Chapman vs. #13 Texas – But if they falter, Chapman will take this. Chapman won 14-9, showing how their SOS helped them to better prepare for Natty’s, 4-0.

#3 Brigham Young vs. #14 UCSB - BYU wins this one, and most likely by 3 or 4 goals. BYU won 13-10, UCSB is good, but BYU is much better, 5-0.

For the next two I kept the whole prediction, both of these had the makings to be great games and that’s exactly what they ended up being.

#6 Michigan State vs. #11 Florida State – This game. I purposely skipped this one and came back to it because I just can’t decide. Florida State is coming off an 18-1 season, with their only loss being their first game of the season and being anchored by one of the top goaltenders in the country. Michigan State has pushed its way up the ranks towards the end of the season with some very convincing wins over Arizona State and BYU and their only losses being 1-goal games (outside of a 14-10 loss to Michigan). I’m going to go with Michigan State in overtime and if not, by 2 goals at the most. Florida State won 10-8. After being down 7-5 after three, FSU cranked out a five goal performance in the fourth quarter, while keeping Michigan State to just one. Tough loss for Michigan State, 5-1.

#7 Colorado vs. #10 Boston College – This will be another great match-up pitting a top contender from one of the league’s hardest conferences against a great squad from the East coast and will be a rematch of a 10-9 decision in double overtime in favor of the Buffs only a couple weeks ago. I think this might be one of the lone upsets of the first round if the Eagles bring some hunger. Boston College by one in regulation. Boston College pulls out the upset with another 10-9 decision, this time in regulation. The Eagles were able to survive a five goal comeback by the Buffs in the fourth quarter to take it 10-9, 6-1.

#2 Colorado State vs. #15 Minnesota-Duluth - Colorado State. …CSU is geared up and ready to make a run at the defending champions. Colorado State won 10-6, not surprised at all, 7-1.

Pretty proud of only missing the Florida State vs. Michigan State decision, that was a great game and I’m glad to see the Seminoles hush the doubters (including myself). Here is what I have down for the second round match-ups.

Courtesy of MCLA.us

#1 Michigan vs. #8 Oregon – Unfortunately for the Ducks, I don’t see their trip to Nationals going further than this round, Michigan is just too good and rolling too well right now (sorry Jeff). Michigan wins this one by three.

#4 Chapman vs. #5 Arizona State – Chapman won the SLC Championship match-up 11-9, I think they will do it again and show why they won the first time. Arizona State will keep it close, but Chapman will come out on top in the end and win by one.

#3 Brigham Young vs. #11 Florida State – The Michigan State game took a lot out of Florida State, I think that will show tomorrow in their match-up against a very strong and determined Brigham Young. Brigham Young takes this one by two or three. Big props to Florida State though for the upset over Michigan State.

#2 Colorado State vs. #10 Boston College – Boston College was able to take down one of the Colorado teams, but I think Colorado State has the edge here. Colorado State wins by one or two.

Great job on the broadcasts of the games by CollegeLax TV. You have to appreciate being able to watch the National Tournament live and not have to rely on Twitter feeds for updates, there is just something about watching it that makes it that much better. Good luck to all the teams playing again tomorrow!

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And the brackets are set! The first round will kick off in one week and then it will be non-stop action until the Championship game is complete. Here is how the D1 bracket looks, definitely some familiar match-ups and some unexpected faces. Let’s break it down. Mostly returning teams from last year, the new-comers however are primed for an upset and I think we might be able to see some new faces in the Quarterfinals and maybe even into the Semifinals. We’ll start with the 1st Round and throw up another post a little later of the Quarters, Semis and the ‘Ship.

Courtesy of MCLA.us

#1 Michigan vs. #16 Lindenwood – Michigan takes it, sorry Lindenwood. I just don’t see the Wolverines getting upset in the first round, things are flowing too well in Ann Arbor this year and I don’t see that changing just yet.

#8 Oregon vs. #9 Cal Poly – A rematch of the April 10th 7-6 win by Oregon. I’m going to go ahead and pick Oregon again. I know Cal Poly will be hungry to get back into the ring with the Ducks but after watching Oregon this weekend at the PNCLL Playoffs, I think they are peaking at the right moment and will claim the rematch as well.

#5 Arizona State vs. #12 SUNY – SUNY is coming off a couple big PCLL wins over Boston University and Boston College that helped them earn the AQ from the PCLL. Arizona State is coming off a loss to Chapman in the Championship game of the SLC, but overall has had a great season thus far with losses only to the Michigan’s, CSU and now Chapman. Still though, I think Arizona State’s 215 goals scored and only 95 goals allowed will pull them through the first round. Arizona State takes this one.

#4 Chapman vs. #13 Texas – This one could prove to be a very good first round game. Chapman is coming off a big win over Arizona State to get the SLC crown and Texas is coming off its most successful season (to my knowledge at least), going 13-0 in the regular season. While Texas’ SOS isn’t very convincing, their 231 goals on the season, compared to only 70 goals allowed is a pretty strong argument in support of them. If Texas brings their A game and comes as hungry as a team missing out on Nationals last year should, they might take this match-up. But if they falter, Chapman will take this.

#3 Brigham Young vs. #14 UCSB – BYU wins this one, and most likely by 3 or 4 goals. Outside of a bad trip to Michigan and a loss to CSU in the RMLC ‘Ship, they are perfect on the season. Also from the sound of things (a lot of the Bookspace status updates), they are on a road to redemption and are not at all interested in anyone getting in their way of those games, including UCSB.

#6 Michigan State vs. #11 Florida State – This game. I purposely skipped this one and came back to it because I just can’t decide. Florida State is coming off an 18-1 season, with their only loss being their first game of the season and being anchored by one of the top goaltenders in the country. Michigan State has pushed its way up the ranks towards the end of the season with some very convincing wins over Arizona State and BYU and their only losses being 1-goal games (outside of a 14-10 loss to Michigan). I’m going to go with Michigan State in overtime and if not, by 2 goals at the most.

#7 Colorado vs. #10 Boston College – This will be another great match-up pitting a top contender from one of the league’s hardest conferences against a great squad from the East coast and will be a rematch of a 10-9 decision in double overtime in favor of the Buffs only a couple weeks ago. I think this might be one of the lone upsets of the first round if the Eagles bring some hunger. Boston College by one in regulation.

#2 Colorado State vs. #15 Minnesota-Duluth – Colorado State. After winning the RMLC crown and holding a great home field advantage of the altitude, CSU is geared up and ready to make a run at the defending champions.

Long range prediction for you all to argue. I think the right side of the bracket winner will take the Championship this year. I’m going to say BYU or Michigan State. No offense to teams on the left side, but I think the tough match-ups will help to get these teams ready to take on the winner of the other side, even if it’s Michigan.

Those are my picks, now let’s hear yours. My girlfriend thinks that Colorado State is going to win, I think I might think up a good bet for this one. She’s pretty knowledgeable with as much time as she spends with me ‘growing the game’. And don’t forget to sign up for the LAS Bracket Challenge!

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