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was a fairly uncharacteristic match. Normally games get in the thirties in terms of total goals. This time, it was only a 19 goal game. Spencer Robertson absolutely blew up, scoring a hat trick and also adding six assists. Chris Osip, who tends to always play amazing against Simon Fraser, had five points on the day with three goals and two assists.
The seedings for the MCLA national tournament had us at number 11 and playing against number 5 Chapman in the first round. While the seeding of the tournament as a whole raised a lot of questions it Nike Metcon 1 Amplify Ebay
We arrived in North Carolina Saturday before traveling to Greenville, South Carolina (a phenomenal place to host the tournament). Connor Martin, aka Con Bro Chill, aka Great Lakeridge Pacer, was kind enough to hook our team up with free tickets to the Ohio Machine at the Carolina Hounds. Television hasn been the best way to view MLL games, but in person it was actually much more exciting than I thought it would be. I been critical of some of the things the MLL has done to make itself more casual lacrosse fan friendly; but in person it was pretty easy to forgive the changes to the game. It was great to see Connor Martin score a bunch of goals and to see Chazz Woodson ball hard enough to make SportsCenter Top 10.
Down the Stretch
The national championship was won by Colorado State, who had one of the best games I seen played in the MCLA against BYU in the semi finals. They won face offs, dominated the time of possession, were patient on offense, and shot efficiently, lowpie. I had a feeling that they would beat Cal Poly in the national championship. Cal Poly had back to back exciting games in the first and second round. In the first round, they went to double overtime and in the second round they fought off a flurry of high quality shots by Michigan State.
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Colorado State played like a team that could have made it deep in the NCAA Division III playoffs. Many people, mostly on the East Coast, may say that the MCLA is too club and would get blown out by DIII teams. This couldn be further from the truth. Just like in DIII there are the have and have nots. I personally played DIII in New York for a year and a half, and I say that top MCLA teams could win conference championships and go deep in to the playoffs.
Chapman started off strong, fueled by Lakerige Pacer Andrew Clayton they jumped to a 4 0 lead, which was the exact opposite of what we wanted to have happen. Our team fought back though and turned it in to a close game all the way through. It was a seesaw battle of tactics and will against the Panthers. It was almost a carbon copy of the first game. For every three goals we scored, they would score two, we score three more, they would score two. Eventually we ran out of time, resulting in having to pressure with four minutes to go down two. They took advantage and put in two more goals before the end of the game. You can let a team as good as Chapman get a 4 0 lead.
middle of the field. It was maybe one of the most complete games I was a part of at Oregon and it seemed like we were in control the whole game.
created for a few, very exciting first round matchups. This matchup in particular was interesting because we played Chapman earlier in the year in Portland. We let them get a big jump in the first half, 7 2, and we just dug ourselves too deep a hole, falling 11 9. This time it was a similar story.
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The next week we prepped for a trip to South Carolina and its humidity by wearing sweats during practices. It is pretty amazing how much weight gets added through sweat when you practice in 65 75 degree heat with full sweats on. I can lie though, as uncomfortable as it was, I did feel like it got us prepared to play in humidity and temperatures that constantly had you sweating and praying for a strong breeze.
At first glance you might say that since Simon Fraser is almost all Canadian players who probably play box lacrosse primarily, and that they are best at 6 on 6. In actuality, the Clan is much better moving the ball in the open space of transition play, where their stick skills are really seen in quick, accurate passes and pinpoint shooting inside.
Often, teams can lose sight of the journey while focusing on the destination. While we didn win a national championship, we did win a conference championship and win 12 games in the regular season for the first time in a while (real exact, I know). We played six tournament teams and beat three, with the three losses being to only top five teams. The three years I was at Oregon after I transferred, we won the conference championship. I had to sacrifice a lot in order to play college lacrosse at Oregon, but I would do it all again because of how much fun it was to be a part of such a fun team.
Earlier in the season we had beaten Simon Fraser 20 13 in Burnaby, British Columbia. Simon Fraser had a slow start to the season, losing to Boise State and Oregon State before coming back strong in the second half, so we knew that this game would be tougher than the first.
The next day we played in a consolation game against the Colorado Buffaloes, who lost to Michigan State the day before. In a game that saw every senior play the majority of the game it was good to finish off the year with a win. Congratulations to Spencer Robertson for hitting his first collegiate behind the back goal with eight seconds left to go in the game.
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