The 2019 MCLA National Championships are here! The championships begin at 11:00 a.m. MT with the Division II championship, followed by the Division I championship. We’ve got a brief recap of what has happened in the tournament in case you haven’t been watching.
How We Got Here:
Day 1 (First Round)
- Round 1 of the opening day saw four MCLA Division II UMLC teams advance past the first round. Minnesota-Duluth, St. Thomas, Grand Valley State and Dayton all advanced and proved why the UMLC is one of (if not the most) toughest conferences to play in MCLA DII ball.
- St. Johns and North Dakota State would get in on the UMLC fun, and would both advance to the quarterfinals, along with non-conference competition College of Idaho and North Florida.
- On the Division I side, Cal proved why they were the No. 1 seed heading into the tournament, as they poured it on for the 20-8 win over the LSU Tigers. Chapman, South Carolina and Georgia Tech would all advance.
- The biggest upset of the day went to No. 12 Florida State upsetting No. 5 Arizona State in the Division I bracket. New Hampshire, Liberty and Colorado also moved on the second round.
Day 2 (Quarterfinals)
- Down goes Frazier! MCLA Division II No. 1 seed Minnesota-Duluth would fall to North Dakota State, who would advance to the semifinals. Fellow UMLC conference foe St. Thomas would advance, as would Cal and Chapman in the Division I bracket.
- No. 6 College of Idaho took down No. 3 Grand Valley State in what was the UMLC’s first non-divisional loss in the tournament. South Carolina held Liberty to six goals in their win over the Flames, while Georgia Tech and Dayton would move on in the Division I and Division II brackets, respectively.
Day 3 (Semifinals)
- Dayton would outlast a tough NDSU team in Division II, as they would build a six-point lead in the first quarter that they would ride into the championship game.
- St. Thomas would make it an all UMLC final in Division II as they beat up on the College of Idaho for the 18-7 win to advance to the championship game. Jack Stanchfield had two goals and five assists for the Tommies to lead all scorers in points.
- Talk about a game. Brendan Cook would score the game-winner with 2:02 left in overtime to send Cal to the Division I title game, where they will look for their first national championship since 1998. Georgia Tech would finish the season at 18-2.
- The second semifinal in Division I did not disappoint either. The game was deadlocked most of the way until the fourth quarter, when South Carolina posted a 4-1 run in the final period to secure the championship berth with the 15-12 win over Chapman. The Panthers finished the year at 17-3.
So there you have it! It all comes down to this. Who will be win the 2019 MCLA National Championships? Find out on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.!