In a light weekend for the SLC, the Chapman Panthers were among the top national storylines with a trip to Colorado for games against Colorado State and Colorado. The Panthers dominated with an 11-6 win over the Rams to kick things off, but their game against the Buffs didn’t go quite as well. Colorado claimed a 17-15 win, holding off a fourth-quarter Chapman rally and ending the Panthers’ five-game win streak.
The split pushed Chapman to 6-4 on the year, with three of those wins coming against ranked opponents.
After splitting time in cage for most of the season, Panthers goalie Daniel Aguilar (Danville, Calif.) tallied a career-high 19 saves against CSU in his first complete game since February. However, after he allowed 10 in the first half versus CU, coach Dallas Hartley opted to return to a platoon.
Offensively, Chapman had a balanced weekend. Senior attackman Steve Koressel (Huntington Beach) had nine points in the two games and is now riding a three-game streak of hat tricks. Dylan Garner (Portland, Ore.) was held in check for the most part against CSU (1 goal, 1 assist) before breaking out with a season-high five goals in the shootout with CU.
The home stretch for the Panthers features four divisional SLC games in their final five games, all of which will be played in California.
Arizona comes up empty on road trip
At-large hopes have likely expired for the Arizona LaxCats, barring an unprecedented collapse by other teams currently in the race. The latest opportunity for a turnaround came in this past week’s California trip, which pit the team against No. 12 UC Santa Barbara and No. 2 California.
Neither game was close, as UA lost by a combined score of 21-8. Despite its rough 4-6 record, the team hasn’t yet lost a game to an unranked opponent. Only one of the four wins has been quality, though, in a road contest against San Diego State.
The next game will be essential for Zona, as the team hosts No. 19 UNLV. It’s a matchup that could decide an SLC Tournament slot.
D-II: San Diego falls to Fullerton late
It has been a historic year in the SLC D-II, as the conference currently has four teams ranked in the top 16. For the first time this season, we got a chance to see two of those teams go head to head, and it did not disappoint.
No. 16 San Diego held a 6-5 lead over No. 9 Cal State Fullerton heading into the fourth quarter, before the Titans (6-0) busted the game open and ran away with a 10-7 win. It tells us one thing for certain, though: The SLC Tournament is going to be a blast this year.
Fullerton midfielder Alex Kowalski (Huntington Beach) extended his 2017 streak of games with at least four points to six, spanning all of the Titans’ wins. For USD, goalie Zach Markle (Charlotte, N.C.) had his fourth consecutive game with at least 16 saves.
D-II: Concordia kicks off conference play with a bang
It’s not a surprise to see Concordia dominate in conference play — for the last three years, the SLC has belonged to the Eagles. This past weekend, they registered blowout wins over both UC San Diego and Cal State Long Beach, winning by a combined score of 42-12. It was a balanced attack, as Sean Goodell (Portland, Ore.) led the way against UCSD with five points, and Logan Perry (Dana Hills) posted a career-high eight points to lead the team against Long Beach.
The Eagles are now 8-1, with their only loss coming on the road to No. 1 St. Thomas. Ahead lies a five-game stretch of top-25 match-ups, two of which are against SLC teams.
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San Diego State had no problem taking care of SLC foe Loyola Marymount this past weekend. The No. 21 Aztecs won 26-3, snapping a two-game losing streak. Next up is a home matchup against Arizona State, which is key to preserving at-large hopes for SDSU.