Orange County has played host to many players returning home for the 2014 MCLA National Championships, but none have had bigger games than Colorado’s Jack Cranston. Cranston, from nearby Santa Margarita, Calif., led his No. 2 Buffs team to a 12-10 victory over No. 6 UC Santa Barbara in the semifinals to earn a shot at the MCLA Division I championship on Saturday.
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Before an 11 game win streak that took Grand Valley State into the MCLA national tournament as the top seed, the Lakers started the 2014 season with two losses – first to St. John’s and then against St. Thomas. Yesterday GVSU avenged the St. Thomas loss with a 10-5 semifinal win, and Saturday they will have a chance to gain another rematch victory in the championship game against No. 2 St. John’s.
The MCLA national tournament has been going on this week in Orange County, CA and although it just happens to be the hottest week of the entire year, it’s still SoCal, and the beach is right around the corner. The Montana State team, who gave No. 1 Grand Valley State a tough game in the opening round of Division II play, enjoyed some beach time on Tuesday. WARNING: Beautiful beach lacrosse photo ahead.
After two days of opening round MCLA national tournament action at UC Irvine, four teams remain in each division. The Division I Final Four will be an all Western affair with top seeds No. 1 Arizona State and No. 2 Colorado advancing along with No. 4 Chapman and No. 6 UC Santa Barbara. In Division II, the top four seeds – No. 1 Grand Valley State, No. 2 St. John’s, No. 3 Dayton, and No. 4 St. Thomas – all advanced, and all come from the Midwest.
Gatorade is basically the pinnacle of sports drinks, and they just posted an Instagram photo of a lacrosse player flying through the air while going behind the back to score. What a shot, both by the player and the photo!
It’s time to announce this week’s Member of the Week and Weekly Leader! This week’s winners are…
Lyle Thompson is about to add to the new single-season points record in college lacrosse this weekend, and his brother Miles is only a few points behind him. Of course cousin Ty is a shooter on his own, and the Thompson Trio take on Loyola in round one of the NCAA playoffs this weekend. Read on to see what MLL Rookie of the Year Matt Gibson had to say about Lyle’s huge point total!
Humans of New York is back on Spotted with another lacrosse photo! This time it’s a youth player in the park, in full gear nonetheless. But his true ambition isn’t lacrosse – it’s dog walking!
Member of the Week and Weekly Leader are back! Make sure to look for these LAS Community shout outs in their new place on the main site from now on. So without further ado…it’s time to announce this week’s Member of the Week and Weekly Leader!
This “whole Jay Z saying lacrosse is soft in a song to dis Drake” thing is just getting out of hand. I think the situation blew up way more than it needed to in the lacrosse world, but one good response was from former pro wrestler (and Long Island lax dad) Taz.
We have another TV lacrosse stick spotting, but this time it’s from Portlandia! Thanks to @ConnectLax for tweeting us this week’s spotting, and including this awesome hashtag.
John Grant Junior recently hit a huge NLL milestone: 600 career goals. Junior is only the third player to hit this mark, joining John Tavares and Gary Gait in the 600 club. A lot of well-deserved congratulations went out to the Mammoth star, but none funnier than this from face-off man Jerry Ragonese:
Crosse Studios is back with another lacrosse video game! This time it’s Lacrosse Arcade 2014, a mobile game available both in the Google Play store for Android devices and the iTunes store for iOS devices. I’ve been playing the game the last few weeks on both iPhone and iPad, and now I’m giving you a look into the newest lacrosse video game.
Toronto Rock star Garrett Billings was recently the subject of a CNN.com article in the site’s “Human to Hero” series. According to its website, “Human to Hero gets to the heart of what it takes to be a sporting star.” In Billings’ article and video, he discusses the abundance of lacrosse players on Wall Street, the lessons of playing college lacrosse that translate to the professional world, as well as the growth of the game and a bit about his personal life.
Major League Lacrosse has seemingly gone away from using the grippy, neon orange balls that they have used in the past. This caused quite a stir on Twitter, especially from the Chesapeake Bayhawk’s head coach Dave Cottle. At first the rumor was that grippy balls picked up too much dirt, making them hard to see on TV. When the discussion turned to the color of the balls being the issue, the best tweet came in the form of Trevor Tierney appealing to Connor Martin.