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Arizona State on the Rise: MCLA Week 5 Recap

There is no denying that MCLA lacrosse doesn’t receive the amount of coverage that it deserves. In effort to fix this issue, Lacrosse All Stars has partnered up with the Varsity Club Lacrosse team to cover everything MCLA this season.

This coverage will include game recaps, program interviews, and of course gear reviews.

Following up his last MCLA article, Andrew Golden is back getting us caught up on last week’s games.

DISCLAIMER: Each team’s national ranking is based on what it was at the time the game was played and may/are not up to date with the most recent rankings released.

Monday, February 28th 

#7 Concordia Irvine: 16

Sonoma State: 5

Concordia moves to 4-0 with two ranked wins and two wins over very good unranked MCLA teams. Freshman, Daniel Yang (14S, 68%) got his first start and performed well, Lake Erie (NCAA DII) grad transfer James Chadwick (4G, 2) led the offense and Cade Poe dominated on faceoffs as usual. Sonoma had a different scorer for each goal and Ben Beeman had 21 saves.

Tuesday, March 1st 

#21 Santa Clara: 10

#2 California: 9

Another huge upset after a crazy weekend of upsets last week. Freshman John Morris gets his first one the season for the game winner off a broken clear. Carson Lombardi (2G, 4A) and Thomas Bingham (3G, 1A) led the offense and Louis Harvey (28S, 76%) made a huge stop on the doorstep the possession before the GWG while Cal was man-up. Santa Clara is now 5-0 and is much better than they’re ranking shows. Cal drops their second straight game by one goal. Golden Bears should be fine going forward and look to bounce back against BC at home on Friday.

Wednesday, March 2nd 

#22 UC San Diego: 17

Point Loma Nazarene: 10

Despite the loss pretty impressive for first year program Point Loma to keep it relatively close against a very good, ranked team in UCSD. 

Thursday, March 3rd

#4 (DII) Dayton: 9

#7 (DII) Grand Valley State: 5

Dayton stays undefeated in UMLC play led by Tucker Hoffman (16S, 76%) and Quinn Thompson (4G, 2A). GVSU has four scorers for their five goals. 

Stanford: 13

Sonoma State: 9 

Stanford gets their second WCLL win before playing Cal on Friday. Dash Tsai (3G, 1A) and Michael Maffezzoli (3G) lead the scoring. Donnie Schulte has a hattrick for the Seawolves. 

#5 (DII) Rhode Island: 19

Stonehill: 3

Rams continue to prove they’re one of the best teams in DII. Anthony Guarino (5G, 5A) and Charlie White (3G, 2A) lead the scoring for URI. 

Friday, March 4th

 #3 (DII) Utah State: 7

#16 (DII) Northern Arizona: 2

4th ranked DII win in a row for the Aggies. Despite the loss NAU goalie Louis Penaflor (30S, 81%) plays very well.

Western Michigan: 12

Wyoming: 4

WMU makes the long trip out west to play the Cowboys. Clark Hill (10S, 83%) and Zach Gallaher (2G, 1A) played well in the win. Nolan Bailey (8GB) and Calvin VanWomer (9GB) played well for Wyoming. 

#21 Arizona State: 11

#2 Clemson: 10

After upsetting a few MCLA teams themselves, Clemson is on the receiving end of being upset this time. Sun Devils have nine different point scorers in the win led by Jack Rogers (1G, 3A) and Seamus Busby (1G, 2A). Clemson’s offense was paced by Garret Brennan (4G) and John Holcomb (1G, 2A).

#8 Florida: 10

#6 Georgia Tech: 9

UF moves to 8-0 after this big SELC win. Eight different Gators had points led by freshman James Dugan (2G, 1A). GT drops their second straight to another very good team. Nick Eliacin (3G, 1A) played very well for the Yellow Jackets.

Mizzou: 8

Alabama: 7

Mizzou stays undefeated after this OT thriller. Cam Gosselin (75%) and Joey Ripson (4G) help get the Tigers the win.

Oregon: 14

Boise State: 13

Ducks come away with a close PNCLL win to stay undefeated in the conference. Jason Moreta (5G, 3A) plays really well despite the loss.

#17 Utah Valley: 29

Southern Utah: 9

UVU easily handles first year MCLA opponent, SUU. Preston Burbidge (4G, 9A) leads the Wolverines offense.

#4 California: 13

#7 Boston College: 8

Cal bounces back after two straight upsets. Offense led by Ethan Deller, Micah Grim, and Jake Pistotnik who all had five points each. Eagles play well after flying all the way out to California for the game.

#10 (DII) North Dakota State: 10

#17 (DII) Saint John’s: 7

Bison get 2nd UMLC win thanks to Ryan Donabauer (9GB) and Chase Schlorhaufer (3G). Seven different players recorded points for the Johnnies.

Auburn: 13

LSU: 7

Auburn gets a big win over an SEC rival. Zach Jones (6G, 1A) ad Lloyd Delatour (1G, 4A) were huge in the win. LSU looks to finish the season strong against all LSA opponents.

Pittsburgh: 7

Purdue: 6

Purdue scores three quick goals in the 4th to almost come back, but ultimately come up short. Philip Tarling (2G, 1A) and Bennett Nakao (1G, 3A) led the Panther scoring. Nick Korell (2G, 1A), Ryan Albano (77%, 4GB) and LSM Parker Davenport (6GB, 1G) played well for Purdue.

Westfield State: 9

Southern Connecticut State: 1

Owls get the win in their season opener. Connor Erickson (5S, 83%) plays well for SCSU.

Saturday, March 5th

Oklahoma: 19

Texas Tech: 6

Vincent Breckenridge (2G, 2A) helps OU get their second LSA win.

Miami: 13

Georgia Southern: 6

Miami gets their MCLA first win in four years after the program didn’t play for a couple years. Mason Bruning (4G) and Eli Haire (13GB) played well for the Eagles.

Ole Miss: 13

Alabama: 12

Ole Miss wins a close one to move to 2-1, Crimson Tide still looks for their first win.

Denver (Club): 6

Colorado Mines: 4

Denver gets another MCLA win as they prep to join the league next season. Orediggers look to bounce back next week against MSU Denver.

#16 Minnesota: 27

#10 (DII) North Dakota: 9

Minnesota dominates DII UMLC opponent NDSU. Ian Obert (5G, 3A) and Will Harris (5G, 2A) led the Gophers offense. Colby Sorensen (4G) leads the scoring for NDSU.

Indiana: 9

Illinois: 4

IU gets a solid conference win. Logan Haar (2G, 4GB) plays well for Illinois.

UC Santa Barbara: 12


Jake Nolls (2G, 3A) and Carver Ward (7GB) get the Gauchos back to .500. Rhett Farmer and Ryan Foy had two goals each for the Bruins.

#6 (DII) Montana: 18

Idaho: 1

Grizzlies get their second conference win thanks to Miles Hess (2G, 3A) and Eric Frazer (3G, 2A).

#22 (DII) UC San Diego: 14

UC Santa Cruz: 11

UCSD stays undefeated in MCLA DII with this win led by Austin Ortel (4G, 3A) and Alexander Franz (4G, 1A). Jack Gandara (6G, 1A) keeps it close for the Banana Slugs. 

Texas: 19

Tulane: 6

Texas easily beats DII Tulane. Ari Weiss (9G, 2A) dominated all game for the Longhorns.  

#18 (DII) UC Davis: 22

Saint Mary’s: 2

UCD stays undefeated in DII with this dominate win. Goalie Mason Johnstone (20S, 91%), LSM Thomas Neill (2GB, 3G), and Will Johnson (4G, 1A) lead the Aggies. Gaels looks to bounce back against UC Santa Cruz 

Southern Methodist: 9

Texas State: 6

SMU gets a big conference win. Caleb Cole (2G, 2A) leads the Bobcats scoring.

Boise State: 13

Oregon State: 12

Boise State gets their first PNCLL win over a solid OSU team. Jason Moreta (4G, 1A) and Chase Underhill (3G, 1A) lead the Broncos while Ethan Hess (3G, 1A) and Derek Leitherer (2G, 1A) lead the Beavers.

#5 Liberty: 13

NC State: 10

NC State keeps it close against a very good Liberty team. Reid Koonce (4G) and Alex Duggleby (21S, 62%) played very well for the Wolfpack. Carter Elliot (4G, 1A) and Cooper Branham (3G, 1A) help the Flames get the win.

#12 Colorado State: 12

Western Michigan: 9

Western Michigan flies all the way out to Colorado and keeps it close against one of the best teams in the country. Rams move to 4-1 and travel to Texas next week.

James Madison: 12

Pittsburgh: 11

JMU improves to 3-1 in their first season in the MCLA. Jack Eschmann (3G) and Alex Gonzalez (1G, 4A) keep it close for the Panthers.

#15 USC: 12

#23 Dominican: 5

USC gets their 2nd ranked win as part of a four-game win streak. Connor Barnes (2G, 2A) played well for the Pangs.

Mizzou: 14

South Florida: 11

Tigers get their 5th straight win against a good USF team. Alex Sahli and Joe Ripson each had a hat trick. Kenneth Klubnik (6G, 1A) and Raymond Raefski (13GB) played well for the Bulls.

#12 (DII) Montana State: 10

#3 (DII) Utah State: 8

Bobcats end the Aggies five game win streak over ranked DII teams thanks to Ethan Zwickey (17S, 68%) and Jonathan Serrell (3G). Utah State now has a 20-day break until their next MCLA game against NNU.

#18 Chapman: 21

#11 Cal Poly: 6

After a tough 0-3 start Chapman upsets a very good Cal Poly team in dominant fashion. Jack Berger (3G, 4A), Fran Bonadies (2G, 4A), William Curtiss (77%, 1G, 3GB), and Jason Bohlinger (15S, 71%) all played well for the Panthers.

New Hampshire: 9

Connecticut: 7

Huge CLC matchup against two of the best unranked teams. Brandon How (3G) and Crowley Gentile (2G, 1A) starred for UNH. UConn had six different players record points.

#8 Florida: 11

#24 Michigan State: 10

MSU drops their season opener, Florida moves to 8-0. Colin Russell (3G) played well for the Gators and Connor Modd (25S, 69%) played well for the Spartans.

Texas Tech: 13

Nebraska: 5

Texas Tech gets their first MCLA win after a rough 0-9 start. 

Kansas: 19

Arkansas: 15

Kansas comes up with the win thanks to Justin Bodie (6G) and Henry Hogan (5G) 

Miami: 13

North Florida: 6

Miami goes 2-0 on the weekend and 2-2 on the season. Will Stanley (2G, 1A) leads the Ospreys. 

Purdue: 11

West Virginia: 10

Ryan Schellin (4G, 2A) and Brad Backland (3G, 1A) led the Purdue offense and Luke Paul (13S, 57%) makes a huge stop as time expires to secure the win. 

#2 Clemson: 13

#25 Grand Canyon: 9

Clemson bounces back from their loss to ASU thanks to Coston Pendleton and Garret Brennan who had four goals each. Nick Whittall (2G, 2A) played well for the Lopes.

#20 Florida State: 20

Central Florida: 6

FSU dominates UCF to move to 3-1. Alex Houk (4G, 3A) played well for the Seminoles and Kyle Cox (2G, 1A) played well for the Knights.

Coastal Carolina: 17

Elon: 11

CCU moves to 4-0 and are looking like the favorites in the new ALC DII. Zane Moore (14GB, 1A), Parker Eysaman (2G, 4A) and Jack Schaible (4G, 1A) played well for the Chants.

St. Edward’s: 12

Houston: 10

St. Edward’s stay undefeated in DII. Houston has to wait a month until they play Texas A&M Corpus Christi for their next game. Zach Swartz (5G, 1A, 8GB) played well for Houston.

Mizzou: 14

Ole Miss: 6

Mizzou stays undefeated and get their second LSA win. Thomas Hoder (2G, 2A) played well and Dylan Radke had a goalie goal.

#23 (DII) Bridgewater State: 9

#17 Saint John’s: 7

Bears travel all the way to Minnesota to get their first win in DII. Jonah Varallo (17S, 71%) and Nic Mathieu (2G, 2A) played well. Jackson Maki (4G, 1A) played well for the Jonnies.

Northwest Nazarene: 17

Western Oregon: 13

Nighthawks stay undefeated thanks to freshman Keaton Bean (8G, 4A, 13GB).

San Jose State: 17

Humboldt: 0

Spartans get their first MCLA win with help from Matthew Hoak (7G, 1A) and pole Brian Teng (7GB, 1G)

#13 Virginia Tech: 16

#10 Arizona: 10

Hokies travel all the way to Arizona to pick up a huge win and improve to 6-1 thanks to Aidan Smith (4G, 3A). Arizona has a big one coming up against San Diego State.

Sunday, March 6th

#12 (DII) Montana State: 12

#16 (DII) Arizona: 10

Montana State gets their 2nd ranked wins in a row with help from Matt Bless (3G, 1A) and Alexander Brown (1G, 2A). Ben Brandenburger (1G, 5A) and Jeremy Demsher (2G, 3A) played well for NAU.

Alabama: 12

South Florida: 11

Alabama gets their first win of the season. Ryan Kerr (4G, 3A) leads the scoring as usual for the Bulls.

#22 (DII) UC San Diego: 23

Saint Mary’s: 2

UCSD stays undefeated in DII. Nick Krolikowski (4G, 2A), Austin Oretl (3G, 5A) and Austin Weinshelbaum (89%, 14GB) were outstanding for the Tritons. 

#8 College of Idaho: 21

Western Oregon: 4

COI keeps it close this week, Casey Davies (5G, 6A) and Loy Howard (4G, 3A) leads the scoring.

Oklahoma: 14

Nebraska: 3

Unlike the football team, the Cornhuskers lacrosse team did not try and duck out of this rivalry game although it was pretty much the same result. Michael Anderson (3G, 2A) and Connor Jamail (3G, 1A) led the Sooners to victory. 

#6 (DII) Montana: 17

Washington State: 10

Miles Hess (5G, 1A) led the Grizzlies scoring and Jace Jarvis (81%, 5GB). Matthew Moss (5G) and Bridger Rust (3G, 1A) played well for WSU.

James Madison: 12

West Virginia: 11

Dukes improve to 3-1. Mountaineers fall to 1-8 although five of the losses were to ranked teams and the other three had a combined goal differential of four. They look to get back on track against Temple in two weeks. 

#5 Rhode Island: 22

Central Connecticut: 2

Rams dominate a solid CCSU team led by Adrian Rutkowski (3G, 2A) and Anthony Guarino (1G, 5A). 

Tulane: 13

Texas A&M (DII): 9

Tulane led by Joey Fitzgerald (2G, 2A) and Jonathan Rosenstein (2G, 2A). Aggies led by Connor Cooper (2G, 3GB) (although it says 20G on the MCLA website which is kinda cool for him).

#18 Chapman: 10

#7 Boston College: 7

After going 0-3 to start Chapman gets back-to-back upsets with the help of Liam Nelson (3G, 1A) and seven other point scorers.

#15 USC: 18

Sonoma State: 11

USC improves to 5-1 and looks to keep moving up in the polls. Sonoma falls to 1-5 although three of the losses come from ranked teams and the other two were against very good unranked teams.

#6 Georgia Tech: 12

#24 Michigan State: 6

Gino Pagliaro (19S, 76%) was great in net while Max Lucas, Nick Eliacin, and Zach Schenken all had hat tricks. Spartans did a good job of stopping top FOGO Aaron Piszczek (36%).

#2 Kennesaw State: 16

North Florida: 1

Owls show why they are the number two team in the country. Brian Baumann has the lone goal for UNF.

#10 North Dakota State: 10

#23 Bridgewater State: 5

Ryan Donabauer (10GB) continues to be a machine, Zach Wollack (13S, 72%) and Colby Sorenson (2G, 3GB) show out as well. Bears have six different players record points.

Worcester State: 25

Southern Connecticut: 5

Alec Buduo (10G, 3A) has himself a night for the Lancers. Justin Bennett (3G, 1A) plays well for the Owls.

Sierra Nevada: 17

San Jose State: 8

Eagles win their MCLA DII opener with six different players recording multiple goals led by Victor Mitchell (2G, 3A). Matthew Hoak (6G, 1A) played well for SJSU.