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MCLA on ESPN: MCLA Week 3 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.

Friday, February 18th 

#7 South Carolina: 12

#14 Virginia Tech: 10

Gamecocks get their first win of the season in a huge game against VT. Nine different players had points led by Sam Weis’ (3G) and Dermot Quinn (2G, 2A). Defenseman Thatcher Knox (8GB, 1G) led the defense.

VT also had a balanced offense with eight different people recording points led by Jared Cole (2G, 2A). 

#22 Colorado State: 11

Georgia: 7

The Rams scoring were led by Riley Flores (4G, 3A) and Cole Koebere (2G, 3A). UGA put up a solid effort in Colorado against one of the best MCLA teams in the country. Riley Walker had 1 goal and 3 assists for the Dawgs.

#12 Boston College: 9

Texas: 7

Texas loses their first of the season to a very good BC team. Goalie Zachary Yorio (20SV, 74%) was outstanding in net. Nick Luzzo, John Athanasian, and Henry Miller each had two goals for the Eagles. 

#9 Clemson: 14

Auburn: 8

Clemson moves to 4-0 led by Coston Pendleton (4G) and Garret Brennan (2G, 3A). Auburn goalie Crag Morgan (15SV, 71%) kept Auburn in the game while Matt Oswald (3G) and Jordan Celeslie (3A) led the scoring. 

#2 Georgia Tech: 11

Vanderbilt: 3

Aaron Piszczek (92% FO, 7GB, 1A) and LSM Cole Christensen (7GB) allowed Georgia Tech to have plenty of possessions. Zach Schenken (3G, 1A), and Brooks Baro (1G, 3A) led the scoring. 

# 11 (DII) College of Idaho: 11


College of Idaho win their season opener in a close one. Utah falls to 1-2 but is looking like a solid team.

Northwest Nazarene: 21

Idaho: 4

NNU dominates with the help of Hunter Roberge (6G), Keaton Bean (4G, 4A), and Rayce Neill (80% FO, 1A). Vandals lose their first game of the season. 

LSU: 9

Alabama: 8

LSU gets their first MCLA DI win of the season led by Mason Duhon (3G, 1A) and Caleb Monzon (2G, 1A). Alabama goalie Daniel Tolan (21SV, 70%) held down the defense backed by William Gardner’s hat trick. 

#22 Minnesota: 16

Western Michigan: 6

Minnesota wins their second UMLC game as they look to repeat as champs.

Arkansas: 10

Texas Tech: 6

Arkansas gets their first win of the season against a solid team.

Nebraska: 15

Creighton: 12

Ryan Page (2G, 4A) and Kevin Campeau (5G, 3A) helped the Cornhuskers come away with a close one. 

Saturday, February 19th 

Georgia: 16

#8 Colorado: 14

Statement win for Georgia who get their second win over a ranked team in two weeks after going unranked in the preseason. Riley Walker had 5 goals, 4 assists, and 2 ground balls for the Dawgs. 

#5 California: 12

#3 Chapman: 10

Cal shows that they are one of the best teams in the country after not being able to play at all in 2021. Fran Bonadies (1G, 3A) and Jackson Wells (2G, 1A) kept it close for Chapman. 

#19 USC: 12

#17 Arizona: 10

USC shows why they got the preseason ranking with this huge win over a very good Arizona team. Mason DePaola (3G) and Max Bergamo (2G, 1A) had great games for the Wildcats.

#11 Concordia-Irvine: 11

#6 Cal Poly: 6

Concordia stays undefeated on the season with this upset over Cal Poly. Look for them to keep moving up in the MCLA polls. Next week’s game against Cal should be a great one. Cal Poly looks to bounce back in two weeks against Chapman.

#21 Florida: 11

#10 New Hampshire: 7

Florida had nine different goal scorers led by Nolan Testa (2G, 1A) and Ian Dexter (1G, 2A) with Matt Corazon (16SV, 70%) playing well in net. Despite the loss, UNH had a good effort in their first game since 2020. Zachary Keating had 4 goals for the Wildcats.

#4 Liberty: 9

#7 South Carolina: 8

Liberty wins this huge rivalry game in the fourth quarter after losing to the Gamecocks in the second round of the 2019 National Tournament. Keaton Mohs (1G, 3A) and Cooper Branham (3G, 1A) led the scoring for the Flames. Patrick Reilly (3G, 2A) and Johnny Stanton (2G, 1A) led the Gamecocks who look to bounce back next week against Chapman and Grand Canyon.

#20 Oregon: 9

Nevada: 2

Oregon gets their first win of the season behind David Nyhus (13SV, 87%), Sam Criscola (6GB), and Isaias Delgado (3G, 1A). 

#12 Boston College: 15

UC Santa Barbara: 8

BC gets a big win over a very good UCSB team. Nick Luzzo led the scoring (4G, 2A) and Andrew Brooks was solid at faceoffs going 8-1. 

#1 (DII) St. Thomas: 12

#7 (DII) Montana: 6

St. Thomas shows why they were the clear No.1 in the MCLA preseason poll with this win over a really good Montana team. Five different players scored for the Grizzlies led by Peter Curran (2G, 1A).

#9 Clemson: 17

Texas A&M: 10

Tigers keep rolling to move to 5-0. Should be a great game next week against UGA. Connor Legg (1G, 2A) and Reed Cameron (1G, 2A) led the Aggie’s offense.

#4 (DII) Minnesota Duluth: 11

#9 (DII) Montana State: 10

Huge DII matchup at the Denver Broncos HQ. Faceoff guys Bode Applegate (79%) and Cobi Kiffmeyer (72%) were huge for the Bulldogs. Matthew Friesen (2G, 5A) and Connor Nadeu (3G) led the scoring 

#16 (DII) Florida Atlantic: 8

#8 (DII) Missouri State: 5

The Owls get a huge upset over one of the better teams in DII. Harrison Spilker (16SV, 76%) and Kyle Romano (2G) helped them get the victory. 

#16 (DII) Florida Atlantic: 20

UT San Antonio: 2

The Boca Boys come out with a huge win over a solid UTSA team. Brandon Huff (100%, 7GB) and LSM Padraig Thompson (75%, 6GB) dominated at the X. Nicholas Meola (12SV, 86%) and Tyler Rowell (4GB) held down the defense while Kyle Romano (6G, 3A) led the offense.

#15 (DII) Florida Gulf Coast: 9

Baylor: 5

Offensively, Christian Cucinotta (6G, 1A) and Cole Devore (3A) led FGCU’s offense while Grant Shafer (16S, 76%) and Jeremy Barret (6GB) held down the defense. Baylor loses their first of the season. Brady Vincent (2G), kept it close.

North Texas: 21

Florida Poly: 0

North Texas wins big against first year MCLA program Florida Poly. 

UCLA: 13

Washington State: 8

UCLA gets a solid win over a Pac-12 opponent. 

Arizona State: 10

Oregon State: 5

Former All-American attackman, Justin Straker gets his first win as head coach at his alma mater. Aidan Shah (15SV, 75%) was outstanding in net and Jack Rogers hattrick helped the Sun Devils get the win. OSU looks to bounce back next week against Washington.

James Madison: 16

Vanderbilt: 3

James Madison gets their first win in the MCLA after always being a consistent team in the NCLL.

Ole Miss: 15

Texas Tech: 7

Ole Miss gets their first MCLA win of the season. 

UT Dallas: 16

Hardin-Simmons: 3

Comets win their season opener behind Jonny Smith (5G, 4A), Jacob Carter (6G, 4A), and Hadi Iqbal (92%, 6GB).

Claremont: 15

Cal Fullerton: 9

Claremont was led by Alex Albrecht (3G, 5A, 7GB), Nick Mondello (2G, 3A), and Bryce Kelly (87%, 12GB). Fullerton led by Billy Rose (3G) and Preston Jaurequi (2G, 2A). 

Western Washington: 24

Pacific Lutheran: 0

After losing to Washington 23-4, WWU gets huge win. PLU has to wait until March 30th to play Northwest Nazarene.

Texas Christian: 15

Texas State: 5

Cade Ryskamp (5G, 1A) and Hayden Lunde (2G, 5A) played a part in all but two of the goals. Both goalies Carter Schubert (11S, 79%) and Cullen Steward (7S, 78%) played really well.

Santa Clara: 19

Sonoma: 8

The attack duo of Thomas Bingham (3G, 9A) and Carson Lombardi (7G, 3A) was too much for the Seawolves defense. They look to bounce back next week against Concordia-Irvine.

Oklahoma: 12

Alabama: 4

Oklahoma had 10 different goal scorers in their dominant win over Alabama.

Washington: 13

Stanford: 7

Washington starts the season 3-0 by beating a good Stanford team. They play Oregon State next week in what should be a good MCLA game. 

Coastal Carolina: 12

UNC Wilmington: 11

Big ALC DII matchup that Coastal Carolina won. Tyler Matthiesen (4G) and Cameron Fagan (2G, 3A) led the Chanticleers while Scout Philip (3G) and Will Cordes (2G, 2A) kept the Seahawks in it until the end. 

#21 (DII) Cal State San Marcos: 23

UC Irvine: 2

The Cougars defense only let up 7 shots on net and picked up a majority of the ground balls. Jason Thibeault (7G, 1A) and Kobe Brown (3G, 3A) led the offense while Alik Tuliau (73%, 12GB, 1G, 1A) dominated all around. Taylor Fialkowksi had the Anteaters two goals.

#13 (DII) Rhode Island: 17

Texas A&M (DII): 1

The Rams easily handle Texas A&M behind Charlie White (4G, 1A) and Keegan Reilly (4G).

St. Edward’s: 16

Texas A&M CC: 0

Hilltoppers dominate all around to beat the Islanders in this LSA DIII matchup.

#20 (DII) Loyola Marymount: 14

Biola: 3

Loyola takes care of an SLC DII opponent to move to 3-0 in the conference.

Dallas Baptist: 12

Oklahoma State: 3

Despite the loss, Marche Ashford was perfect for faceoffs with 18 wins for OSU. Christian Beckett (6G, 3A) ad Zachary Connor (3G, 3A) led the scoring for the Patriots. 

#3 (DII) Kennesaw State: 21

North Texas: 6

The Owls are looking like a dangerous MCLA DII team after this win.

Baylor: 15

Florida Poly:

Baylor wins easily against first year program Florida Poly.

#11 (DII) College of Idaho: 27

Idaho: 3

COI dominates in-state rival Idaho. The Vandals look to come back next week against Western Washington.

Northeastern: 11

Southern Methodist: 5

The Huskies make the trip all the way down to Texas and come back with a huge MCLA win led by Tucker Smith (1G, 4A) and Gage Duchon (4G). 

Indiana: 5

Pittsburgh: 3

Five different players scored for IU, but it was the defense that stepped up for the win led by Gus Kalas (7GB) and Matt O’Donnell (10SV, 77%). Defense also played well for Pitt led by Michael Gonzalez (20SV, 80%) and Ty Tracy (5GB).

Arkansas: 12

Ole Miss: 8

Ole Miss’ first loss against a very good Arkansas team.

Dominican: 12

Western Michigan: 8

Dominican traveled all the way to Minnesota to keep rolling against Western Michigan.

#15 (DII) Florida Gulf Coast: 20

Texas A&M (DII): 4

Eagles move to 2-0 with this dominant win.

#3 (DII) Kennesaw State: 24

UT San Antonio: 9

Another huge win for the Owls who look to breakthrough in MCLA DII.

#13 (DII) Rhode Island: 23

#22 (DII) North Florida: 6

Rams keep rolling behind Anthony Guarino (5G, 2A) and Keegan Reilly (3G, 1A). Will Stanley had a hattrick for the Ospreys.

Sunday, February 20th 

#13 (DII) Rhode Island: 15

#16 (DII) Florida Atlantic: 10

Rhode Island finished the weekend 3-0, scoring 55 goals and only letting up 17. Anthony (3G, 2A) and Jack Duffy (4G, 1A) led to Rams who are officially on Wagon Watch. Despite the loss the Owls are still in a good place at 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference. Kyle Romano (2G, 2A) and Drake Summers (4G, 1A) led the scoring. 

#7 (DII) Montana: 17

#4 (DII) Minnesota Duluth: 11

Eric Frazer (4G, 4A) and Miles Hess (4G, 6A) showed out in this matchup between two powerhouse MCLA DII teams. 

#13 Florida State: 10

#10 New Hampshire: 7

FSU comes back strong after losing to UGA last week. Andrew Zeman (3G, 1A) and Alexander Gerdak (2G, 2A) stood out for the Seminoles. Paul Antonietti (2G, 1A) and Zachary Keating (3G, 1A) kept it close for the Wildcats who look to bounce back next week against Maine.

Baylor: 12

#22 (DII) North Florida: 5

Baylor ends the weekend in Alabama 2-1 thanks to Giuseppe Randazzo’s 6 goals. Will Stanley (2G) and Brian Baumann (2G) keep UNF in it until the end.

#15 (DII) Florida Gulf Coast: 13

#8 (DII) Missouri State: 7

FGCU gets a huge MCLA DII win to stay undefeated on the season. Christian Cucinotta (7G) and Grant Shafer (28SV, 80%) were outstanding for the Eagles.

#17 (DII) Arizona: 12

Oregon State: 11

Arizona’s scoring was led by Seamus Huges (2G, 1A), Max Bergame (3G), and Varsity Club Lacrosse Performance of the Week Award winner, Peyton Boyd (2G, 1A). Oregon State puts up a solid effort against a very good Arizona team.

Arizona State: 12

Washington State: 2

Kyle Decker (6G) and Aidan Shah (10SV, 83%) lead the Sun Devils to a dominant victory over Washington State.

Auburn: 10

Texas A&M: 4

Auburn gets a big MCLA win over a good Aggie team. Nine different players scored goals led by Matt Oswald (2G, 1A). Goalies Craig Morgan and Grant Montgomery combined for 25 saves. Connor Legg (3G) led the scoring for the Aggies.

#22 Minnesota: 16

Dominican: 9

Minnesota gets a big win over a Dominican team that had a huge upset over Oregon last week. 

Nevada: 12

Western Oregon: 4

Nevada gets their second win of the season before heading down to Colorado next week. 

# 1 (DII) St. Thomas: 14

#9 (DII) Montana State: 9

St. Thomas again shows why they are the No.1 MCLA team in DII. Cabe Maskevich (2G, 2A) and Garrett Hoch (3G, 1A) helped secure the win for the Tommies. Alexander Brown (3G, 1A) and Billy Diffley (2G, 2A) kept the Bobcats in the game. 

North Texas: 14

#22 (DII) North Florida: 8

The Mean Green move to 3-1 with this win. Will Stanley (3G, 2A) was great for UNF all weekend.

#12 (DII) Boston College: 11

Southern Methodist: 4

BC goes undefeated in Texas led by Kyle Cuklanz (2G, 1A) and Parker Rose (2G). They’re back in Mass next week for their first CLC game against Buffalo. SMU looks to bounce back next week against Texas A&M.

USC: 18

Stanford: 9

USC goes undefeated against Pac-12 teams this weekend and are looking like a really good team. Stanford goes against a very good MCLA DII team in UC Davis next week.

UC Santa Barbara: 13

Texas: 12

The Gauchos beat UT to go 1-1 on the weekend in Texas and prepare to play USC next week. Despite the loss, Texas is looking like a very good team in Kyle Hartzell’s first year. 

West Virginia: 10

Indiana: 7

West Virginia gets their first win of the season after losing some close games to some very good teams. Riley Morrison and Jack Bartlett each had two goals for IU.

#5 California: 17

Washington: 5

Cal is looking like one of the top teams in the country as usual. They play Concordia-Irvine next week in what is a shaping up to be a huge game. UW looks to bounce back against Oregon State next week.

#23 (DII) Wake Forest: 15

Appalachian State: 2

Wake Forest beats an in-state MCLA rival to start conference play 1-0.

LSU: 16

Oklahoma: 4

LSU wins their first LSA MCLA DI game as they look to repeat as Champs. Caleb Monzon (4G, 4A) and Alex Klimowski (3G, 3A) led the scoring for the Tigers. The Sooners had a different scorer on each of their goals.

Pittsburgh: 11

Miami (OH): 6

Pitt gets their first win of the season behind Bennett Nakao (4G, 1A) and Reed Seybolt (2G, 2A). Miles Cramer and LSM Jacob Payson each scored for Miami.

#2 Georgia Tech: 15

James Madison: 6

GT gives James Madison their first MCLA loss. Sam Eck (5G) and Nick Witten (2G, 2A) led the GT offense. James Madison puts up a solid effort against one of the best teams in the country. 

Northeastern: 13

Texas Christian: 8

The Huskies leave Texas with 2 wins thanks to Trevor McNamara (6G, 1A) and Bradley Peterson (2G, 2A). Cade Ryskamp and Hayden Lunde each had two goals for the Horned Frogs.

#20 Loyola Marymount: 17

San Diego: 12

LMU shows why they’re one of the top ranked teams in MCLA DII. Weston Priestley (3G, 2A) and Simon Dowd (3G, 1A) kept San Diego in the game.

South Florida: 14

Miami: 5

USF starts the season 4-0 thanks in part to Ryan Kerr (8G, 2A). Miami plays their first game in 5 years.

San Diego State: 11


After not getting many votes in the preseason poll, SDSU is looking like a solid team after their first win. Owen Bennett led all scorers with 3 goals and 1 assist and Karl Hedberg has 20 saves. UCLA looks to bounce back next week against UC San Diego.