May 8, 2011

Michigan, Grand Valley State Top MCLA Brackets

by Jac Coyne |

Despite a loss in the RLMC finals, BYU has garnered the No. 3 seed in the MCLA national tournament to be hosted in Denver. The Cougars will face No. 3 UC Santa Barbara in the first round.
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The Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) has unveiled the teams for its two tournaments that will begin on May 17 in Denver, Colo., at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, and both Michigan and Grand Valley State have been awarded top seeds.

The Wolverines will be the top dog in the Division I bracket, followed by Colorado State, Brigham Young and Chapman. The selections went according to plan, with BYU, Arizona State, Michigan State, Colorado, Boston College and UC Santa Barbara all earning at-large berths.

Michigan enters the tournament as the three-time defending champion.

On the Division II side, the Lakers are the favorite to end St. Thomas' two-year reign as champion, but they will likely have to go through the Tommies if they want to grab the title. Grand Valley is follwed by St. Thomas, St. John's and Briarcliffe in the seeding order.

For the second year in a row, the CCLA has managed to snag four bids to the tournament in Division II. In addition to GVSU, Davenport, Dayton and Hope all picked up spots in the junior circuit. Davenport and Dayton are Top 6 seeds while No. 13 Hope will have to battle No. 4 Briarcliffe in the first round.

The MCLA consists of four games in five days. The first round and quarterfinals are held on Tuesday and Wednesday (May 17-18). After a day off for a consolation round, Friday and Saturday (May 20-21) are reserved for the semifinals and finals.

MCLA Division I First Round

No. 16 Lindenwood vs. No. 1 Michigan
No. 15 Minnesota-Duluth vs. No. 2 Colorado State
No. 14 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 3 Brigham Young
No. 13 Texas vs. No. 4 Chapman
No. 12 Buffalo vs. No. 5 Arizona State
No. 11 Florida State vs. No. 6 Michigan State
No. 10 Boston College vs. No. 7 Colorado
No. 9 Cal Poly vs. No. 8 Oregon

MCLA Division II First Round

No. 16 Sam Houston State vs. No. 1 Grand Valley State
No. 15 Cal State Fullerton vs. No. 2 St. Thomas
No. 14 Missouri Baptist vs. No. 3 St. John's
No. 13 Hope vs. No. 4 Briarcliffe
No. 12 Utah Valley vs. No. 5 Davenport
No. 11 Northern Colorado vs. No. 6 Dayton
No. 10 Westminster vs. No. 7 Western Oregon
No. 9 SCAD vs. No. 8 North Dakota State

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