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MCLA DI Tournament Updates

LTP have been at the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association tournament at University of California, Irvine this week and it’s fair to say that after a number of great opening games, the tournament is heating up in a big way!

LTP Founder Sam and Student Advisor Baggie have been working the crowds and meeting the teams discussing the LTP experience with a number of already committed and future programme students and the interest in what is on offer has been much like the tournament itself – incredible!

Kicking off the tournament in fine style on Monday were number 1 seed Chapman who started as they mean to continue by registering a huge 14-2 win over Purdue University. Meanwhile, number 2 seed Cal Poly dispatched Southern Methodist University (15) in similar dominating fashion 11-3 while Michigan State University (14) lost out to Grand Canyon University (3) 10-7 and Georgia Institute of Technology (4) beat university of California-Berkeley (13) in a 5-3 thriller to advance to the second round.

In the later games, Brigham Young University (5) got their tournament underway with a 7-5 W against Oregon State University (12), Boston College (6) made light work of University of Arizona (11) with a- 14-3 win, University of Colorado (7) registered the highest scoring game of the day with a 17-6 demolition of University of California-Santa Barbara (10) and 8th seeded Colorado State University-Ft Collins lost a tense thriller 8-7 to 9th-seeded Arizona State University.

After refuelling and resting, the teams returned for the second round of competition on Tuesday which started much as the Monday had done, with Chapman again racking up a huge win, this time defeating Arizona-State 16-8 to further establish themselves as the rightful heirs to the 1st seed. 2nd seed Cal Poly also followed their pattern from the first day, knocking University of Colorado out of the tournament with a 10-5 victory. The other matchups were much closer affairs with 6th seed Boston College narrowly losing out to Grand Canyon University 11-8 and 4th seed defeating 5th seed with Georgia Tech beating Brigham Young University 7-5 to reach their first Final Four in their programme history.

After a busy few days meeting MCLA teams, coaches, staff and referees alike, LTP packed up our stand and headed over to Chapman University to prepare for the much-coveted Final Four championship starting today (Thursday). The Final Four will undoubtedly be a fantastic spectacle and with 2nd seed Cal Poly Lacrosse meeting 3rd seedGrand Canyon University – Athletics and Georgia Tech Men’s Lacrosse facing off against the top-seeded Chapman, the fans will be sure to witness a great showcase of competitive and hard-fought lacrosse between teams desperate to stake their name in history as National Champions!

LTP will, as with the rest of the week, be in attendance and will be available to discuss the programme with any students who are considering their options for after this season or for in the future – if you want to learn more about the opportunity to continue your lacrosse journey whilst gaining a Masters Degree from a world-renowned university in the UK, drop by and introduce yourself!

Good luck to all teams competing in the final fours!


About the author
Sam Russell
Sam was born in Stockport, England. Growing up he was an integral member of Poynton lacrosse club. Following his sucess in the Northern Premier League, Sam moved to Hudson, Ohio to play lacrosse for Western Reserve Academy. After graduating from W.R.A and Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College in the UK, Sam enrolled at Whittier College, California to play for their NCAA division III team. Whilst playing and studying at Whittier College, Sam also captained the England U19 National team in the Vancouver 2009 U19 World Championships and represented the England Senior National team in the Manchester 2010 World Championships. Through those experiences, Sam has become increasingly familiar with the lacrosse communities on both sides of the Atlantic. The transition form the UK to US has allowed him to gain expertise in obtaining visas, applying to schools, and ensuring a smooth stress free transition to another country.

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