Ryder’s MCLA Extras! News, Poll + Predictions

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2017 BYU lacrosse Ryder’s MCLA Extras! News, Poll + Predictions Photo: BYU Lacrosse
Photo: BYU Lacrosse

At long last, the 2017 MCLA season is upon us! We’re only two weeks into the regular season, but big games are already coming.

For our first look in at the MCLA this season, let’s peruse the biggest storylines, best performances, and most important upcoming games.

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BYU wins a catfight

The Cougars took on Arizona in the biggest matchup of the first few weeks, and it was a doozy…if you’re a BYU fan. Arizona never got an offense going as the BYU defense choked them out from the first whistle.

While Arizona had the majority of possessions, the Cougars, led by freshman goalie Mason Moon, never allowed much to get going, and their offense shot super efficiently on their way to a 12-2 win. My preseason prediction was the BYU would be the scariest team in the RMLC, and this certainly strengthens their case.

After scoring 16 goals all season last year, junior attackman Tanner Johnson had 4 goals in this first game. Circle that BYU vs Cal Poly game as a huge one for predicting nationals.

Cal Poly’s defense really is its best offense

Speaking of the Mustangs, they started off the season with a league win over Santa Clara. The most exciting part of the entire game was early, because senior goalie Sean Phil, a contender for the best goalie in the MCLA this season, kicked off the scoring for Cal Poly. With a 67% save rate and a goal to boot, Phil proved he’s a force to be reckoned with this season, and Cal Poly will be too.

They got hat tricks out of midfielder Ryan Brown (no, not *that* Ryan Brown) and attackman Evan Hunter. The Mustangs are a bit threat, and this win gives them an early lead in the WCLL.

Florida State dominates in the desert

Florida State missed out on nationals last season. In order to give something for the committee to remember this season, the Seminoles traveled out west to Arizona to take on both UA and ASU.

In back-to-back nights against top ten teams, the ‘Noles walked away 2-0, looking incredibly impressive along the way. Florida State’s defense is really, really good. Junior goalie Anthony Cicio won the Commanding Performance of the Week after posting a 72% save rate in his first two collegiate starts, allowing only 12 combined goals between the two games.

Attackman Davis Goodman proved a force to be reckoned with as well, posting 10 points.

Watch out for Cal

The California Golden Bears were ranked 14th in the country to begin the season, but expect them to be shooting up the list after they dominated #11 UCSB last week.

In Memorial Stadium, the Bears beat the Gauchos 13-5, with Cal senior attackman Max McKone posting as many goals as the Gauchos. McKone, who earned the right to wear Cal’s honorary #4 jersey, looks worthy, and so do the Bears.

Next Page: Biggest games of the week, Predictions + Poll

2 COMMENTS

  1. Do think it’s kinda baseless to slot in Texas at 19 and drop SMU out of the T25. Impartial LSA observer here with certainly no love for SMU and a lot of respect for both programs. SMU was leading GA Tech for a good part of that game and gave what we know to be a great Jackets team a hell of a fight. You gave the Jackets the benefit of the doubt at 7 implying that SMU is still a good team. Meanwhile, it just doesn’t make sense for Texas to rise to #19 glory from nothing after almost letting a huge lead slip away against A&M. A ton of respect for what UT is doing this year, but the LSA South is a dogfight where any of those top 4 teams can win on any given day. Happens every year, and it’s fine to say UT is the front runner in the South now or even pick them for an upset against SMU, but SMU is still the favorite going into that game this weekend. It just seems like Texas rode its name to #19, and cause the storyline of the Longhorns return is favorable to an SMU team that somehow made an undefeated run to a conference championship last year seem uninspiring, and it’s important to note the Ponies return most of their all conference talent outside having to replace All World Goalie Connolly.