Finally, we’re through with those large conferences of the East! I welcome you to the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference.
Home to the most National Championships in MCLA history. D1 BYU took home 4, with the most recent being in 2007 against LAS home team, Oregon. D2 Westminster took home the most recent title in the RMLC back in 2008. It’s a very strong conference, usually sending 2 teams to the tournament, and likely to continue that this year.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Colorado School of Mines Orediggers
3/6 @ CSU-Pueblo (Scrimmage)
3/15 @ Cal Lutheran
3/17 @ Pepperdine
3/18 @ UC-Irvine
Final Grade: C. Of those 3 games in Cali, only Pepperdine and UCI will count towards postseason eligibility. Cal Lutheran and CSU-Pueblo are non-MCLA, so they don’t count.
Fort Lewis Skyhawks
2/26 @ Texas Tech(MCLA DI)
2/27 vs Stephen F Austin (at Texas Tech)
3/7 @ Cal State Fullerton
3/9 @ Long Beach State
3/11 @ Biola
4/10 vs Creighton
Final Grade: B+. The Skyhawks play several above average teams out in Cali. Fullerton is a must win game for a decent resume come tourney time.
Metro State Roadrunners
3/1 @ UC Irvine
Final Grade: D. I wish they’d schedule more games. I’m sure they could have gotten more, since they are traveling to California for just this one game. At least make the road trip worthwhile for your team.
Montana State Bobcats
3/6 @ College of Idaho
3/6 @ Southern Oregon
4/18 vs Central Washington
Final Grade: C+. Southern Oregon is the signature out-of-conference game this season, from what I can tell. A win there would be huge.
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
2/19 vs Cal State Fullerton (Vegas Full House Tournament) L 13-17
2/20 vs Biola (Vegas Full House Tournament) W 12-9
Final Grade: C+. The only out-of-conference they have is the Vegas tourney. Lucky for them, they went 1-1 and lost to a really good team.
2/20 @ CSU-Pueblo(non-MCLA) Cancelled
3/6 @ Colorado Springs(non-MCLA)
3/20 vs Colorado Springs(non-MCLA)
Final Grade: F+. I’m not too sure about this schedule. Regis was one of two confusing schools in the RMLC, schedule-wise. Gotta win the conference, but I don’t see that happening.
Northern Colorado Bears
3/19 @ Creighton
3/20 vs Missouri State (at Creighton)
4/18 vs Central Washington (at Montana State)
Final Grade: B. Missouri State is a good team, but they don’t look it right now.
Utah Valley Wolverines
2/19 vs Western Washington (Vegas Full House Tournament) W 15-10
2/20 vs Cal State Fullerton (Vegas Full House Tournament) W 16-10
2/20 vs Western Oregon (Vegas Full House Tournament) W 22-9
3/18 @ Willamette
3/19 @ Western Oregon (at Willamette)
3/20 @ UC Santa Cruz (at Willamette)
Final Grade: A+. Gotta give the Wolverine’s credit where it’s due. Winning the Vegas tourney was key. The three games at Williamette will be equally as tough as the Vegas games.
Western State Mountaineers
Final Grade: F. They have a confusing schedule. According to mcla.us, they play Regis State and Wyoming each 3 times. I’m guessing this is incorrect. Would someone please fill me in?
2/19 vs UC-Santa Cruz (Vegas Full House Tournament) L 14-13
2/20 vs Western Washington (Vegas Full House Tournament) Score Unknown W 14-7
2/28 @ Southern Oregon
3/2 @ Western Oregon
4/17 vs Grand Canyon(NCAA) (at Dominican)
4/18 @ Dominican(NCAA)
Final Grade: A. Two good teams in Vegas, Two good teams in Oregon, and two NCAA teams. Also, playing 4 MCLA D1 teams. I’d say that’s a tough schedule.
Overall Grade: B-. A lot of great schedules, but the 2-3 odd ones bring the grade down. RMLC will be well represented in Denver.
Next on the docket: a visit to the great Pacific Northwest.
About the Author: The Lax picked up his first stick when he stepped on campus at MCLA D2 school UNC Charlotte. After taking a short break, he returned to the field for independent UNCG. The Lax enjoys flowers, pictures of unicorns, long walks on the beach, and above all else, beating people with his D-Pole.
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