Hazard: WCLA Notebook and Top 20 Breakdown
by J. Jude Hazard | LaxMagazine.com
No. 9 Chapman, set to join the NCAA Division III ranks next season, will test its varsity chops Saturday in a scrimmage against NCAA Division I-bound USC.
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A trio of US Lacrosse Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) games are featured Saturday on St. Patrick's Day, with the marquee matchup between No. 1 ranked Michigan and the No. 12 Panthers in Pittsburgh. Pitt coach Gary Neft said this is his team's best opportunity to take down the archrival Wolverines. Pitt will look to slow Michigan's tradition and stay on their feet against the Wolverine's creative zone combination defense. Gametime is 4:30 p.m... Also in ranked action is No. 2 Florida Club vs. No. 16 Central Florida. Central Florida is 11-1 this season, but Florida, which was the nation's top-ranked team before losing to Colorado State and Colorado in the A-Town Throwdown, is clearly its most difficult opponent of the year. How will they stack up?... No. 15 Cal Poly also takes on No. 13 UC Davis Club on Saturday... Red-hot BYU looks to continue its winning ways on Saturday, March 24, in a doubleheader against Utah State and UNLV. The Cougars have been off since March 9... No. 5 Colorado State continues to prepare for three ranked opponents in two days on March 30-31 after nearly a month off. Will the Rams shake off the rust?
1. Michigan Club (4-1)
The Wolverlines travel to Pitt for a big game following a five-week layoff.
2. Florida Club (11-2)
Florida looks to rebound from a close loss to Colorado.
3. Brigham Young (7-2)
Riding a six-game winning streak, the Cougars' two losses are by a combined four goals.
4. UC Santa Barbara (8-1)
Their only loss is to top ranked Michigan. Next game against San Diego on March 30.
5. Colorado State (5-3)
Colorado State has scored 10 or more goals in all of their wins this year.
6. UCLA (8-2)
Off until April 7, the Bruins will travel to Colorado State and Colorado in April.
T-7. Georgia (7-5)
Climbed to No. 7 this week despite being inactive, travels to South Carolina on 3/24.
T-7. Santa Clara (8-2)
Consistent offense averaging over 14 goals per game this year.
9. Chapman (7-2)
Chapman moves to NCAA Division III next year. Game vs. NCAA Division I-bound USC on Saturday.
T-10. Colorado (5-3)
The Lady Buffs play four games in three days 3/30 to 4/1 as tournament hosts.
T-10. Texas (7-4)
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12. Pittsburgh (3-3)
Coach Gary Neft has his Panthers primed for their chance against archrival Michigan Club.
T-13. Maryland Club (7-3)
Won four of last five after starting the season 3-2.
T-13. UC Davis Club (4-5)
Followed up a 19-8 rout of Arizona State with a 19-2 romp of Sonoma State on March 11.
15. Cal Poly SLO (4-4)
Aaron Sawelson's club travels to UC Davis and California this weekend.
16. Central Florida (11-1)
Toughest test by far of the season comes on St. Patrick's Day against Florida Club.
17. Virginia Club (6-4)
Off until their regular season finale on April 13 against Virginia Tech Club.
18. Minnesota (2-6)
Will try to halt a four-game skid a week from Monday at Gustavus Adolphus.
19. South Carolina Club (5-2)
Returns to action on March 24 after nearly a month off.
20. Arizona State (4-5)
ASU's final eight games on the schedule are away games, including the four remaining tilts.
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