March 20, 2014

MCLA Notes: Looking Back/Looking Ahead

by Tim Haslam | | Twitter

MCLA Poll Top 5 (source)

Division I Division II

1- Arizona State

1- Colorado

3- Colorado State

4- BYU

5- Boston College

1- St. Thomas

2- St John's

3- Grand Valley St.

4- Grove City

5- Dayton

It's a brief notebook this week, looking at a trio of important games that took place in the week that was, and a look forward at some key contests that dot the horizon.

Looking Back

Last week we highlighted the No. 20 Arizona road trip to Utah. The Laxcats were able to come out with a 2-1 record including an overtime win over then ranked No. 16 Westminster. The lone loss came to No. 4 BYU. The performance on the road was good enough to give the Laxcats a No. 14 ranking, jumping 6 spots from last week.

No. 10 Simon Fraser headed to Oregon State to take on the Beavers in a key PNCLL matchup. The Clansmen were able to use a strong fourth quarter to take a 9-5 victory from the Beavers. Simon Fraser is now 5-0 in the PNCLL and are sitting in first place.

No. 10 Indiana Tech was able to grab an overtime win over then ranked No. 15 Kennesaw State when Nick Knauf scored three minutes into the period for the win.

Looking Ahead

No. 20 SMU will head to San Marcos, Texas to take on No. 17 Texas State in a battle between the two LSA D-I Conference leaders on Saturday. Both teams are undefeated and will look to prove they belong on the national stage.

No. 4 BYU will host No. 18 Westminster in a key RMLC contest on Saturday in Provo. Not only is this game important for RMLC standings, but it's a battle for supremacy in the state of Utah. BYU has never lost a regular season game to an in-state opponent (Utah, Utah State, UVU or Westminster). The Cougars and Griffins have played each other in each of the past four years with the margin of victory for the Cougars getting smaller and smaller each year. In 2010, BYU won by 16, 13 in 2011, 8 in 2012 and 5 last season.

No. 1 St. Thomas, No. 5 Dayton, No. 9 Indiana Tech and No. 11 SCAD will convene at Dayton this weekend to play each other in a tough test for each team. The Warriors and Flyers played last weekend with Dayton taking home a 13-11 win.

No. 7 Western Oregon will open a 5 games in 9 days road trip on Thursday as they take on Portland. The Wolves will then head to Saint Marys, Claremont, No. 12 Cal State Fullerton and No. 14 Concordia.

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