Orange County continues to be the epi-center of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association. While OC alums continued to garner individual accolades, Chapman University moved in to the No. 1 spot in the Division 1 rankings. Chapman edged out Georgia Tech for the top spot by a 671-669 margin. Both teams received 12 of the available 26 first place votes. Chapman (3-0) will face its stiffest challenge of the season when they play no. 4 BYU in the Coaches for Cancer Tournament on Friday. That game will be live streamed by TVX sports video on the SLC YouTube Channel.
The Southwestern Lacrosse Conference continues to be the elephant in the Division 1 Top 25. Grand Canyon, U of A, and Arizona State check in at 7,8, and 9 respectively. San Diego State is an under-rated No. 15.
While Chapman climbed the Division 1 ranks, Concordia somehow dropped from No. 2 to No. 3 in Division 2. The Eagles are 3-0 with two of the wins coming over Division 1 teams. They have outscored their competition by a combined margin of 51-24. The voters have Fullerton moving in the correct direction though. The 5-0 Titans jumped from 11 to 13. No. 21 USD is the only other SLC team in the Division 2. Top 25.
Speaking of Concordia, three weeks into the season Dillon Bernad (Great Oak) has hit the trifecta with the Under Armour Honor Roll. Bernard scored six goals and set up a seventh to help the Eagles pull away from No. 19 USD for a 14-9 victory on Saturday. Sean Mastro (Huntington Beach) joined Bernard on the Honor Roll. The Northern Arizona sophomore led the Lumberjacks to a 15-9 upset over No. 22 Cal State-San Marcos on Saturday, Mastro chipped in with two goals and five dimes . He added eight groundballs against Fullerton.
Orange County alums also had an oversized presence in the Division 1 Under Armour Honor Roll Jake Johnson (El Toro) helped Colorado State salvage a 1-1 weekend. Johnson made it netted a hat trick in the 11-10 overtime win vs. Grand Canyon, including the game-winner. Adam Smith (Tesoro) produced five goals and six assists to help Boise State get on a roll with a three game PNCLL winning streak.