In the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference’s game of the week, things didn’t end up being quite as intense as San Diego State coach Jesse Foss might have hoped. In fact, No. 8 Arizona State blew up the Aztecs’ spot, by a final score of 14-8.
After the first quarter, it was a tie game at 4-4. Then, ASU woke up, scoring the next six goals. It was a run that put the game away. SDSU tried to put together a late run, but it was too late, and Sun Devil goalie Johnny Perlite (16 saves) continued his impressive 2017 dominance in between the pipes.
It was a result that carries heavy implications on the SLC South standings, as SDSU is running out of opportunities to grab a spot in the conference tournament. As of now, it’s the University of Arizona who sits in prime position for the No. 3-seed in the South, thanks to a head-to-head win against San Diego State.
That’s without even mentioning UNLV, a team right on the cusp of making a run for that spot as well. The next few weeks will tell us everything we need to know about the SLC South race, but it’s clear that SDSU is in a lot of trouble in its pursuit of a playoff spot.
Chapman obliterates North competition
After losing to Colorado in a game that snapped the Panthers’ five-game win streak, Chapman was clear to show no mercy against SLC North opponents Loyola Marymount and USC this week. Two relatively easy conference victories keep Chapman on schedule for an April 15 battle for the SLC North’s top seed in the regular season finale at home against UC Santa Barbara, as is traditionally the case.
LMU had previously rescheduled the matchup with Chapman, but it made no difference in the final result. The final score was 21-1. The Panthers posted an extraordinarily balanced stat sheet, highlighted by Dylan Garner’s six points and Steve Koressel‘s (Huntington Beach) five.
The pair went at it again versus USC, combining for another eight points as Chapman toppled the Trojans with ease, 16-3.
D-II: Northern Arizona keeps up historic pace
Despite having 10 wins, the NAU Lumberjacks still are not in the MCLA’s top 15. There is one loss on the schedule –to UC Santa Cruz — but the wins have come in bunches, and in big-margin victories.
The latest opponent was in a divisional matchup, against Occidental. NAU crushed the Tigers, 17-3. Max Jensen (Ahwatukee, Ariz.) had four goals and an assist, running his 2017 total up to 36 points. This is nothing new for the Lumberjacks, who have been posting insane scoring totals since the season began.
Through 10 games (the 11th result came via forfeit by Regis), Northern Arizona has five players with at least 30 points. Adam Zimmerman (Lakewood, Colo.) has led the charge so far with 68 points on the year.
San Diego takes care of divisional opponents following loss
Through the first half of the season, the Toreros of San Diego had been striking a unique balance between offense and defense. The team’s only D-II loss had come to Cal State Fullerton, a top-10 team, per the MCLA’s polls.
However, in a matchup with Metro State, USD couldn’t seem to find its rhythm. The team posted only four goals in a 6-4 loss, dropping them to 3-3 on the year. But then came two divisional matchups that put the Toreros back on track.
In games against Cal State Long Beach and UC Irvine, San Diego posted a combined winning margin of 43-13. Chase Tornquist (Tucson, Ariz.) exploded for 15 points on the weekend. The freshman attackman has been taking MCLA competition by storm, as he’s now up to 30 goals and 13 assists on the season, supplanting Drew Harvey as the team’s go-to offensive weapon.