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posted 05.15.14 at 2.55 p.m. by Brian McGettigan

USL at the MCLAs: Moving On to Chapman

Today, as the semifinals of the MCLA Championship take center stage, we have moved from UC Irvine to Ernie Chapman Stadium at Chapman University. Chapman Stadium provides a beautiful setting for the national championship. On the D2 side, St. John's and St. Thomas return to the semifinals from last year, while Dayton and Grand Valley State make the semifinals for the first time since 2012. In Division I, UCSB and Colorado should be a close game, with Ryan Lieber and Riley Seidel leading their teams in points, respectively. Tonight's second game, featuring top-seeded Arizona State and host Chapman, should be well attended as this is the last week for classes here at Chapman. Without a cloud in the sky and with rising temperatures, each team's conditioning may prove to be the deciding factor in today's games.

Yesterday was a free day for all teams, with no games scheduled, so the USL Men's Game staff decided to brave the 405 and headed north to Santa Monica and Los Angeles. Once there, we met with USC's head coach, Chris Boland, who led us on a tour of the USC campus.

We then took some time to meet with USC's women's lacrosse staff. Head Coach Lindsay Munday took us throughout the Trojans' athletics facilities, with a quick stop to meet with assistant coaches Hilary Bowen and Devon Wills. Coach Munday led the group through an impressive tour of the offices, weight room, training room, Hall of Champions, Stevens Academic Center and the John McKay Center.

A big thank you to all the USC coaches for their generous hospitality.

More to come from Chapman and the MCLA National Championships. Looking forward to some great semifinal games.