MCLA Division I First Round Recaps
from staff reports
|© Cecil Copeland
Three away seeds pulled upsets in the first round that was, with the exception of the Oregon-Chapman, mostly devoid of any drama. The RMLC proved its worth with three comfortable wins in the first round while both the SLC and WCLL lost one of its big guns.
No. 1 Colorado State 20, No. 16 Purdue 3
Thirteen different Colorado State players scored at least one goal as the defending champions dispatched with Purdue. The Rams led 11-1 at halftime and were never threatened by the GRLC reps. Austin Fisher, Alex Devlin, Mike Wolff and Dustin Grybinas led the way for the top seed with a pair of goals each. Jack Regan and Koltin Fatzinger combined to make three saves in the win.
No. 2 Colorado 11, No. 15 Texas 7
Colorado held a 55-24 advantage in shots and an 11-5 advantage after three quarters, but had to fend off a late charge by Texas to advance into the quarterfinals. Tyler Dougherty (2g, 2a) Riley Seidel (1g, 2a) and Matt White (2g) paced the Buffaloes offense while the defense helped to dominate the ground ball battle. Texas goalie Jordan Lee was superb in net, turning away 16 shots in the loss.
No. 3 Arizona State 17, No. 14 Georgia 5
After building a slight, 3-1 lead after 15 minutes, Arizona State went on a rampage in the second frame, racking up nine goals for a 12-3 bulge at halftime that was not threatened. Logan Quinn (3g, 3a) had a big day for the Sun Devils, and was supported by Payson Clark (2g, 2a) and Justin Straker (4g). Georgia goalie David Lumsden was under siege for most of the day, but managed to make 16 saves.
No. 4 Brigham Young 17, No. 13 Grand Canyon 8
Despite the best efforts of Carson Barton, who factored in on seven (5g, 2a) of Grand Canyon's eight goals, Brigham Young proved too much in a surprisingly comfy win for the Cougars. Pat Matheson was a monster out of the midfield with five goals and Mike Fabrizio added four markers. There were a lot of individual efforts for BYU as they had zero assists on 17 goals.
No. 12 Oregon 8, No. 5 Chapman 7 (4ot)
In one of the classic games in the history of the MCLA tournament, Oregon was able to find the game-winner in the fourth overtime to sink Chapman in the biggest upset of the day. Evan Merritt scored three goals for the Ducks while goalie Austin Lewis turned away an astounding 26 shots. Oregon had just 27 shots on the day, but made the most of them, especially in extra time.
No. 6 UC Santa Barbara, No. 11 Oregon State
After a slow start to the game, UC Santa Barbara woke up in the final three quarters, putting away Oregon State's upset bid. Kevin Bowles had a massive game with five goals and three dimes for the Gauchos while C.J. Jacobs added three goals and an assist in the win.
No. 10 Michigan State 13, No. 7 Stanford 9
Stanford was the story of the year in the MCLA, but Michigan State put the clamps on the Cardinal in the first round. Stanford's high-powered duo of Jack Farr and Peter Doyle were held to combined three goals and an assist (they were averaging nearly nine points per game). Mitchell Hall buried three goals along with an assist for the Spartans while Patrick Green had a goal and three dimes in the winning effort.
No. 9 Sonoma State 14, No. 8 Boston College 6
A huge first quarter allowed Sonoma State to build a lead that would not be threatened by Boston College. Kyle Riddle (4g, 1a) and Ashton Ward (1g, 6a) were the keys to the Seawolves' offensive barrage while the 'Noma backline kept the Eagles to their lowest goal output of the season.
Tuesday's Quarterfinal Matchups
No. 9 Sonoma State vs. No. 1 Colorado State
No. 10 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Colorado
No. 6 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 3 Arizona State
No. 12 Oregon vs. No. 4 Brigham Young