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Welcome back to the PNCLL Wednesday Wrap-up!
With only a little over a month left till playoffs, things are starting to heat up in the PNCLL.
Below are the PNCLL DI teams in order of how the currently stand in the rankings and my comments on their position.
This team easily had the most exhausting weekend out of anyone in the PNCLL. Even though Simon Fraser went 2-1, they shouldn’t be too upset.
After going up early against the #13 University of Arizona Wildcats, Simon Fraser was able to hold them off for an eight to seven win.
The next day, the Clan had to travel 130 miles north and prepare for the biggest game of their season. Unfortunately, the number one team in the country, Arizona State, won that game in a dominating fashion bringing themselves to 9-0 and proving that they deserve the fame. Less than 24 hours later, Simon Fraser was also able to beat Illinois eleven to four and bring themselves to an overall record of 9-2.
Not a bad weekend in my mind.
After gaining some momentum and going on a 2-0 run, the number two team in the PNCLL had a very unique game against the number 18 ranked Stanford Cardinal. Oregon was down ten to zero at half, then was able to go on a twelve to five run to finish off the game.
Even though Oregon lost by 3 points, I find this game very impressive for such a young squad. Every team is going to have an off half, which Oregon did the first half, but for first year head coach Justin Eckenroad to rally his troops and make the game very interesting is just what this team needed to help them build and finish their season out.
University of Oregon wasn’t the only team to have a PAC-12 match-up against Stanford this weekend. The Oregon State Beavers were responsible for their season’s biggest upset on March 23rd. OSU was able to finish strong and defeat the 18th ranked Cardinal ten to nine. To have this finishing ability is a huge asset for the Beavers, especially because their last five games are all in league.
The University of Idaho is 3-3 overall and 1-2 in conference. With five league games left in their season, it will be very interesting to see if these boys can make the playoffs. They had a very deflating game against Westminster, but were able to bounce back after their 2 to 18 loss.
Because of a hot start, Idaho was able to beat Utah Valley 7 to 4. Even though Utah Valley is 2-7, they are a very respectable team. They have three one point games that are all losses, which means that UVU is three points away from being 5-4 in a very tough conference.
It will be very interesting to see if this team can bring in a winning conference record.
The Griz hosted their in state rivals, Montana State, under the lights on March 21st, and it was anything but boring. Montana State was able to go up three to two in the first quarter, but Montana was able to bounce back. This game was neck and neck the whole way, and was forced to go into overtime where Montana won eight to seven.
This was the second time Montana had played Montana State this season, and it was the second time they’ve beat them by one in overtime. If that’s not lacrosse, I don’t know what is.
The Broncos have had a very disappointing season thus far and have very little to be proud of. They are 2-3 overall, with their only respectable win against Montana. Hopefully they can use their recent Montana win to build some momentum for the future.
Washington State has had a pretty hard schedule thus far, and their next two games are going to be even harder. They are 2-4, but after a four week break, they are getting ready to square off against the number one and two teams in the PNCLL, Simon Fraser and University of Oregon. In order to compete with these teams, they will have to come out shooting. They will want to possess the ball and set the tone, then hopefully they can make these games some what interesting.
The University of Washington has had one of the tougher schedules in the PNCLL. They are currently 2-5, with four out of their five losses against top 25 opponents. They were almost able to win against Oregon, and had a great comeback against the University of Idaho to highlight their season thus far. This team is definitely better than their record portrays them as. At 2-2 in conference, I believe they will finish strong and make it to playoffs.
0-8 and averaging less than three points per game is the best way to describe Portland State’s season. This team gave up a long time ago, but I have a feeling that they might be able to beat University of Great Falls in their March 29th scrimmage coming up.
Forget those rankings, they don’t mean anything! I’d like to rearrange it a bit…
Henry’s PNCLL DI Ranking
- Simon Fraser
- Oregon State
- Boise State
- Washington State
- Portland State