With the majority of the teams now off and running, there was a plethora of great reads to put together. We’ve compiled all the great stories from around the MCLA into one post, just for you!
University of Puget Sound
The University of Puget Sound (PNCLL D2) went for a very unique look with their new pinnies for the 2013 season. The Loggers certainly look like Loggers this year with these custom pinnies… or are they overalls?
Big thanks to Jeff Sobey for sending these over!
Here’s a recap of Arizona State’s win over the Whittier Poets (NCAA D3). Although it was “just a scrimmage”, Arizona State took charge and should be able to take a lot away going into their MCLA games. (Editor’s Note: Look for more from Trey as the season rolls on! He will be contributing all season with a look at the Sun Devils and the SLC.)
Devils Stave Off Feisty Poets In Scrimmage by Trey Lanthier
Arizona State held off a late charge from the Whittier Poets to win narrowly, 9-8. Characterized by abrupt momentum swings, the game was a preview of what’s usually seen from ASU in the regular season.
And to think, this was only a scrimmage.
After giving up a goal early in the game, the Sun Devils responded phenomenally well, going on a 5-1 run to end the first quarter. However, the second quarter was much slower paced, with only two goals being scored to make the score 6-3 going into the half.
“The energy level pretty much went down after that first quarter,” said ASU head coach Chris Malone.
Coming out of halftime, the third quarter was a lesson in what happens when you start slow. Whittier started using their physicality to overpower some of the Devils’ smaller attackers and midfielders, and scored four straight to pull ahead 7-6. ASU could not seem to conjure a good offensive possession until the final minute of the third, where an ASU goal knotted it at 7 apiece going into the fourth.
“One thing I liked about the scrimmage was our resiliency. Losing a big lead like that and still being able to come back and win – that’s huge,” Malone said.
While the Sun Devils grinded their way to a 9-7 lead late in the fourth, a goal by the Poets with two minutes left threatened the slim lead. However, the defense stepped up in a big way in Whittier’s final offensive possession, forcing a turnover with 30 seconds left to run out the clock.
One could say that the decline in the vigor shown on the field by ASU was influenced by the team’s attempt to field every player for playing time. Although the rotations were featuring more and more inexperienced players as the first half went on, Malone admitted they still have a ways to go.
“There’s little things we’ve gotta fix. And we will fix them.”
Arizona State will play in their regular season opener next Saturday, February 16th, against the no. 16 California Golden Bears.
Boise State, Brigham Young, and Utah
RMLC and PNCLL action was live as Boise State traveled down to the SLC area for games against #3 BYU and Utah this past weekend. The Cougars confidently took down the Broncos 14-5 on Friday night, holding them to just two goals through three quarters.
On Sunday, the Broncos were hosted by the Utah Utes in a very close, back and forth game that went down to the final whistle. Utah jumped out to an early 3-1 lead after the first quarter, but BSU battled back with an early hat trick by freshman Andrew Rusin and tied the game at 7 a piece.
Utah was able to hold the Broncos off the rest of the game and kept a small, two goal lead through the end of the game to secure their first victory of the season.
Ben Haslam was there to capture all the great action shots and was generous enough to send some over to us. Check out a few of them below and all of them at HaslamPhotography.com.
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