Western Battles Highlight WCLA Weekend
by Brian Logue | Laxmagazine.com
Ashley Antoon-Algieri scored six goals in a scrimmage loss on Monday. UCSB faces No. 3 UC Davis Club and No. 4 Santa Clara this weekend.
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There was no movement among the Top 12 teams in this
week’s US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse
Association (WCLA) Division I Top 20 poll, but some key match-ups
among Western Women’s Lacrosse League schools this weekend
could lead to some shake-ups next week.
No. 6 UC Santa Barbara (5-2) has the toughest task with a grueling two-game road trip at No. 3 UC Davis and No. 4 Santa Clara. The Gauchos, haven’t played a WCLA game since beating Lindenwood 12-10 on Feb. 20, but played St. John Fisher in a scrimmage on Monday. St. John Fisher, a NCAA Division III school from New York, beat UCSB 16-11 in the game despite six goals from UCSB All-American Ashley Antoon-Algieri.
No. 12 UCLA also has a tough double-dip. The Bruins play at No. 13 Cal Berkeley Club on Saturday and then close the weekend at No. 3 UC Davis.
The UCLA-Cal game should be an interesting one with Cal looking to make a statement in its first year in WCLA Division I. The Bears won the WCLA Division II title last year, and are off to a 6-2 start to the season, but have gone 0-2 in their two games against ranked opponents.
One of the more intriguing games away from the West Coast will be in the Lonestar State, where No. 11 Texas heads to rival Texas A&M. The Longhorns are 8-1 after blowing out Baylor and Trinity last weekend, and they’ve had the upper hand in recent years with their rival. A&M is 3-3 – beating three state rivals and going 0-3 against opponents at the Santa Barbara Shootout.
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