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May 16, 2014
USL at the MCLAs: A Visit from Miss California USA
The semifinal action at Chapman last night was busy, including a visit from reigning Miss California USA Cassandra Kunze, on hand to preside over a ceremonial face-off.

January 13, 2014
MCLA PPOY Barton to Miss Entire 2014 Campaign
Grand Canyon attackman Carson Barton, the Preseason Player of the Year in MCLA-I, was diagnosed with a torn ACL that will cost him this season.

September 5, 2013
Stimmel Uses MCLA Springboard to Chase Dream
Andrew Stimmel, recently hired at Yale, is the latest coach to use the MCLA as a starting point for a career coaching in the varsity ranks.

June 17, 2013
Two Lacrosse Players Killed in Auto Accident
A pair of lacrosse players were killed over the weekend in an automobile accident near Richmond, Virginia

May 5, 2013
MCLA Division I Bracket Projections
The MCLA will host its 17th championship this spring in Greenville. Here's who I'm projecting will be attending the party at this point.

May 2, 2013
Michigan State Peaking At Perfect Time
Michigan Staet received their wake-up call in the middle of the season, and now the Spartans look like a scary defensive team heading into the postseason. It's what first year head coach Brandon Schwind expected, and now it's time to see if Sparty can pay it off.

April 29, 2013
MCLA Division II Weekly Notebook
Sam Houston State has prospered under the automatic qualifying system. But even without an AQ this spring, the Bearkats are heading back to the tournament. Will things be different?

April 29, 2013
MCLA Division I Weekly Notebook
Georgia Tech came up 30 minutes short of heading to nationals, but there is a lot to be optimistic about when it comes to the Yellow Jackets.

April 22, 2013
MCLA Division I Weekly Notebook
BYU has a tradition like very few in the MCLA. As such, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the Cougars had to completely rebuild this year. All things considered, they've put together a pretty good spring so far and are still in the hunt.

April 22, 2013
MCLA Division II Weekly Notebook
Playing for Western Oregon demands long trips, quality games and a willingness to play a physical brand of lacrosse. Things have been going pretty well for the Wolves so far.

April 15, 2013
MCLA Division I Weekly Notebook
Sonoma State head coach Doug Carl has always relied on seniors to set the tone for his teams, especially in those years the Seawolves make a run to the national championship game. He likes the group he's got this spring.

April 15, 2013
MCLA Division II Weekly Notebook
Grove City had never defeated Dayton prior to last weekend, but it's not necessarily something the Wolverines have dwelled on. They do, however, embrace the underdog role.

April 8, 2013
MCLA Division I Weekly Notebook
UNLV is in the second year back in the MCLA and, while the numbers are a little thin, the Rebels are not a team to be taken lightly.

April 8, 2013
MCLA Division II Weekly Notebook
It's already surprising that North Dakota State has a competitive program, but the Bison keep on facing -- and hurdling -- obstacles on their way to another tourney berth.

March 25, 2013
MCLA Division I Weekly Notebook
Regardless of what happens in Colorado - the Panthers have already lost to the Buffs and have CSU next - Chapman is in a lot better place than it was at the beginning of the year.

March 25, 2013
MCLA Division II Weekly Notebook
The story of the 2013 version of the Liberty program can't be told without first remembering what happened to the '05 edition of the Flames.

March 18, 2013
MCLA Division I Weekly Notebook
The three games in 26 hours probably wasn't the smartest scheduling for Pitt, but the Panthers learned a little about themselves and what they need to do from here on out.

March 18, 2013
MCLA Division II Weekly Notebook
Losing Jon Bonacore was a blow and bowing to Dayton on Saturday didn't help, but Briarcliffe has dealt with this all before.

March 11, 2013
MCLA Division I Weekly Notebook
The trip down to Florida was challenging enough for Boston College, but with their indoor facility destroyed by inclement weather, the Eagles 3-0 run through Texas was impressive.

March 11, 2013
MCLA Division II Weekly Notebook
Westminster is operating as if they are playing two seasons at the same time. One is their standard quest for a national championship, the second is to get ready for the jump to Division I next year.

March 4, 2013
MCLA Division I Weekly Notebook
Colorado managed to down Oregon in overtime, but this is just the start of difficult stretch of games for the Buffs. Also, Georgia Tech grinds on.

March 4, 2013
MCLA Division II Weekly Notebook
Coast Guard head coach Gary Weller calls it his Holy Grail. The Bears are good this year, but it's all about dethroning Briarcliffe atop the PCLL.

February 25, 2013
MCLA Division I Notebook
Stanford was primed for a big year, but this big? The Cardinal is undefeated against one of the best schedules in the country and eyeing a high tournament seed. Still, they're not getting too excited on The Farm.

February 25, 2013
MCLA Division II Weekly Notebook
It's a whole different ball game for Dayton head coach Charlie Mark. Whether it be his coaching staff, the schedule or even his health, 2013 offers plenty of challenges.

February 20, 2013
New Coach, New Reality for Minnesota-Duluth
Sam Litman has become the first hometown coach for Minnesota-Duluth, which certainly has its advantages. However, without an AQ to the MCLA tourney, plenty of challenges await the Bulldogs.

February 18, 2013
MCLA Division I Weekly Notebook
Andy Garrigan didn't take over the Texas program in the manner in which he hoped, but he and the Longhorns are trying to make it work. After UT destroyed Florida State to improve 5-0 on Saturday, things appear to be on track.

February 18, 2013
MCLA Division II Weekly Notebook
In just its second year in the MCLA, Florida Gulf Coast had 60 players come out for the team this spring. Expectations are sky-high for the Eagles.

February 11, 2013
MCLA Division I Weekly Notebook
The NCLL is an important league in the landscape of collegiate lacrosse, but it's not for every team. George Washington felt it was ready for a move to the MCLA.

February 11, 2013
MCLA Division II Weekly Notebook
Depsite some impressive victories over the last couple of seasons, the University of Portland has not been able to grab the attention of national poll voters. That could change this year.

February 5, 2013
MCLA Division I Weekly Notebook
They don't get much respect in the LSA, but LSU has high hopes after a decent start to the season. The biggest challenge is immediately ahead of them.

February 5, 2013
MCLA Division II Weekly Notebook
It was a tiny mistake in a weekly poll, but MCLA Division II needs to make sure that small errors don't lead to big misperceptions. Plus, Houston returns in style.

January 17, 2013
No AQ? No Problem for Sam Houston State
The Lone Star Alliance's Division II league has lost its automatic qualifier this spring, meaning conference heavyweight Sam Houstonn State will be operating without a net. That might be a good thing.

January 14, 2013
Kennesaw State Utilizing, Flirting with MCLA Div. I
Despite hindering them on Selection Sunday, Kennesaw State continues to expand its MCLA-I schedule. The Owls might not be that far away from just making the jump themselves.

November 2, 2012
Is Going Greenville Sustainable?
Moving its championship to South Carolina saved the MCLA money, but taxed the qualifying teams. By opening up the bidding process for '14, it appears this spring could be the last tourney held in Greenville.

October 29, 2012
Despite Storm, Long Island Teams Doing Okay
Long Island is getting battered by Hurricane Sandy, but for now the players and coaches appear to be in good hands.

October 10, 2012
Podesta Outlines MCLA Restructuring Proposal
Gary Podesta, the chair of the MCLA competition committee, outlines his proposal to adjust the association's divisional model.

September 14, 2012
MCLA Division II Summer Notebook
MCLA-II's new threat; Indiana Tech hoping to keep the CCLA a three-bid league; Bison oozing confidence; notes.

September 14, 2012
MCLA Division I Summer Notebook
Colorado State hoping to avoid BYU pitfall; the selection committee gets reshaped; SELC hoping for a rebound; notes.

September 4, 2012
USC Takes Steps Toward an MCLA Return
After its dismissal from the MCLA after the 2011 season, Southern Cal has reapplied for admission to the association and will be operating as a 'provisional member' this spring.

August 15, 2012
Simon Fraser Keeping an Eye on Varsity Status
Simon Fraser became the first Canadian school to be approved for NCAA status last month. Will the MCLA school be transitioning to the Division II anytime soon?

August 14, 2012
History Repeats: MCLA to Debate a Third Division
It's been on the agenda for nearly a decade, and the MCLA will once again debate the addition of a third division when it convenes for its winter meeting in December.

July 5, 2012
Another Division: Grand Canyon Still On the Move
A year after moving from NCAA Division II to MCLA Division II, Grand Canyon (Ariz.) University is on the move again, this time to MCLA Division I.

June 8, 2012
Hicks Out as Head Coach at Michigan State
Dwayne Hicks, the MCLA coach of the year in 2011 who narrowly missed upending the top seed in this year’s tournament, has been fired as the head coach at Michigan State.

May 15, 2012
Thoughts on the MCLA First Round
Each division played eight games on Monday, and here are some thoughts about things played out.

May 14, 2012
Chapman Will Have Hands Full With Ducks
Chapman head coach Dallas Hartley figured the Panthers were destined for a sixth seed, but he wasn't banking on getting the first round opponent he did.

May 13, 2012
MCLA Division II First Round Breakdown
MCLA Division II will be kicking off its tournament in Greenville on Monday, as well, and there are plenty of good games in the first round. Here's a look at the match-ups along with picks.

May 8, 2012
A Conversation with MCLA Selection Chair Ken Lovic
Another set of MCLA tournament brackets are in the books. Selection Committee chair Ken Lovic talks about the process.

May 6, 2012
Final MCLA Division I Tournament Projections
All of the conference tournaments are in the books we're still a couple of hours away from the MCLA Division I brackets, but Jac Coyne gives his final projections.

May 6, 2012
Final MCLA Division II Tournament Projection
The committee is slated to released the MCLA D-II tournament bracket at 9:30 p.m. EDT. Here's what I think it will look like.

April 30, 2012
First Take: MCLA Bracket Projections
We're six days away from Selection Sunday so it's time for our first look at what we might be seeing when everything is laid out for us on Sunday evening.

April 26, 2012
Pittsburgh Refusing to Play Two Games at a Time
They adopted the most boring team motto in the sports world, but it seems to be working pretty well for the Panthers.

April 23, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
It's easy to lose track of Southern Methodist in the long, LSA shadow of Texas, but the Mustangs are a threat to grab the conference championship.

April 23, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
Washington University failed to field a team in 2007, but now the Bears are on the cusp of qualifying for nationals.

April 17, 2012
Seminoles Lurking in the SELC
They are having an off year by their standards, and have dropped out of the MCLA polls for the first time since 2004, but Florida State isn't about to give up their SELC dominance without a fight.

April 16, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
It's the last place you'd look for the only undefeated team in MCLA Division I, but Kansas lacrosse is unblemished with some pretty lofty expectations.

April 16, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
Davenport head coach tried to alter the Panthers offensive approach to varied success. The win over No. 2 Grand Valley State lets him know he's on the right track.

April 2, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
It's been an interesting first season for John Galvin back with Colorado and he admits that he's still "trying to figure stuff out."

April 2, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
Western Washington wasn't eligible for the postseason last year, but it looks like the Vikings are heading to Greenville. Also, Cal State-Fullerton still eyeing a move to Division I.

March 26, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
Glenn Carter has guided Richmond into the MCLA, but the Spiders may have a short stay if things work out as hoped.

March 26, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
St. Thomas head coach Pete Moosbrugger was as nervous as he's been in a long time heading into the Davenport game. Now he likes what he sees with the Tommies.

March 19, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
The Oregon coaches opted to model themselves after the Ducks football team last year, but now they are getting back to basics. Colorado State's Sean Smith is filling his role.

March 19, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
Things are looking oddly familiar for Davenport after their 0-2 weekend in St. Louis. Kennesaw State joins St. Thomas as big winners in the Gateway City.

March 12, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
Chapman head coach Dallas Hartley gave his team a B or B- for a midseason grade, but he's pretty happy where his team stands after nine games.

March 12, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
Considering the type of teams that are coming to town, St. Louis is going to feel a lot like Greenville this coming weekend.

March 5, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
Concordia (Calif.) is emerging as a power in its fourth season under the guidance of Will McMinn.

March 5, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
UC Santa Barbara head coach Mike Allan is keeping a level head after the Gauchos' Wednesday win against No. 2 Cal Poly. He's seen that movie before.

February 27, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
Cal Poly is hot, but there's still a long way to go for the Mustangs; the chains have been taken off Clemson; the world isn't ending for Arizona State.

February 27, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
Dayton runs into some more southern "issues," but comes out on top; time for Grand Canyon to get its propers; keep an eye on Gonzaga.

February 20, 2012
Mission Possible: BYU Finds a Way vs. Chapman
It was down by five in the second half and by one with 11 seconds left in regulation to Chapman, but somehow BYU managed to leave Orange County with a win.

February 20, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
San Diego State comes up big; Iowa pleased with surprising 3-0 start; Cal Poly's FOGO delivers.

February 20, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
Westminter comes up aces at Full House tournament in Vegas; Grand Canyon and Sam Houston State also impress. Tough sledding for PNCLL.

February 17, 2012
BYU Game a Welcome Test for Chapman
Chapman missed out on their shot at BYU in last year's tourney, but now they get another crack with a completely different team.

February 13, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
Michigan State almost receives a rude introduction; Sun Devils searching for offense; Cougars off to good start...kind of.

February 13, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
Davenport picks up a win in a loss; the SELC dishes out another "learning moment"; life in the 30-somethings.

February 6, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
Simon Fraser's numbers game; Northeastern's expensive warm-up; Chapman's HOF class.

February 6, 2012
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
What it really means when MCLA-II teams defeat MCLA-I programs; St. Mary's (Calif.) picks up key win.

February 4, 2012
Davenport's Clarkson to Resign After '12 Campaign
After leading the Panthers to the MCLA Division II national championship in 2011, Davenport head coach Bob Clarkson said he'll be hanging up the whistle at the conclusion of the 2012 season.

February 3, 2012
Quick Peek: MCLA Games This Weekend
We're entering the second weekend of the MCLA season. Here's a quick look at the key games in the association.

January 30, 2012
Thoughts from the MCLA Opening Weekend
The MCLA kicked off the collegiate season with a bunch of games. It wasn't the most enthralling weekend of action, but there were a couple of storylines.

January 26, 2012
A&M's Scazzero Awaits His Two-Hour Reprieve
As the president of the MCLA, Tony Scazzero's day is consumed by numerous issues - both big and small - that must be dealt with. When game time rolls around, that's when the Texas A&M coach gets his break. Scazzero gets his first reprieve when the Aggies face LSU in the first game of the MCLA season on Friday night.

January 23, 2012
Hochstadt Better Prepared for 2nd Season at LMU
His first go around in the MCLA didn't go as planned, but Craig Hochstadt is keeping a low profile in his second season with Loyola Marymount and hoping for good things to happen.

January 22, 2012
Southern Methodist Considering Varsity Lacrosse
Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, is considering adding varsity lacrosse, according to the school's athletic director.

November 16, 2011
Morning Jac: Box Goalies Are Crossing Over, Too
Joel Censer had an interesting read about the effectiveness of the box runners making a larger impact on the collegiate field game, but there are goalies crossing over, as well.

November 2, 2011
Morning Jac: St. Andrews Could Be Catalyst for NAIA
St. Andrews (N.C.) recently announced its move from NCAA D-II to the NAIA, which, at first glance, appears to be a setback for college lacrosse. That's one view, but the Knights could also be the catalyst the NAIA needs to officially sponsor the sport.

October 24, 2011
Morning Jac: MCLA Scores with Tourney Schedule
The MCLA has had one of the most brutal tournament schedules possible - a four games in five days gauntlet - but this year an extra off day has been added to the mix. The change will be a positive for the on-field product the association puts on display.

October 18, 2011
Morning Jac: My Non-Shot Clock Solution
On Friday, I outlined why mandating a shot clock would be a mistake for college lacrosse. It's not fair to point out the problems without offering a solution, so I'm ready to offer my manifesto for altering the rules to speed up the game without adopting a shot clock.

September 30, 2011
MJ: Website Closure Displays a Fractious MCLA
Collegelax.us, the seminal website covering all things MCLA, shut down on Thursday. The site's demise illustrates the continued growing pains of the association.

September 22, 2011
Morning Jac: Pressure Mounts on Greenville Gambit
It seemed like a good time to take a chance on moving the MCLA championships to Greenville, S.C., but the unintended consequences are mounting.

September 9, 2011
Morning Jac: MCLA Votes to Avoid 'NCAA Expansion'
The MCLA examined the possibility of revising its long-standing policy of not sponsoring programs that already have a varsity option. They correctly voted to continue avoiding NCAA expansion.

August 31, 2011
Morning Jac: Mike Allan's Long Journey Ahead
After three years as an assistant at Towson, Mike Allan is returning as the head coach of UC Santa Barbara. He's got a long drive ahead of him, but the Gauchos believe he'll get them to their preferred destination.

August 29, 2011
Morning Jac: Michigan State’s Lonely Road
One might assume that with Michigan gone, it'll be smooth sailing for Michigan State now. Sparty will be in Greenville, but the schedule will look a lot different than when the Wolverines were around.

August 26, 2011
Morning Jac: Sun Devils Looking for Answers
For the second straight year, Arizona State found itself in the runner up slot in the MCLA. Chris Malone thinks he knows how to avoid a third silver medal.

July 8, 2011
Morning Jac: Can Brigham Young Fill the Void?
The MCLA has lost its Big Dog. Can Brigham Young step up and continue the association's upward path?

June 27, 2011
Morning Jac: A Farewell to the Maize and Blue
The MCLA is not only losing one of its best team with the transition of Michigan to the NCAA Division I ranks, but also the team that put the association on the lacrosse map.

June 21, 2011
Morning Jac: The MCLA's Greenville Gamble
The MCLA championships will be held in Greenville, S.C. over the next two years. What looks to be a huge gamble for the MCLA just has one monumental risk.

June 6, 2011
Morning Jac: A New Bullet to Dodge
An MCLA coach's biggest concern used to be an unhappy player, over-stimulated parent, or a cabal of restless team leaders. After Mike Ryder got canned at Colorado, another very obstacle for association coaches has been confirmed.

June 2, 2011
"Shocked": Ryder Out as Head Coach at Colorado
Mike Ryder was informed this morning that he would no longer be the coach at Colorado, where he had been the head coach for the past year and a half. He becomes the third coach in the last three seasons for the Buffaloes.

May 25, 2011
Morning Jac: Michigan's Optimum 2012 Schedule
In the least surprising news of the last 18 months, the Michigan men's lacrosse team is going to join the ranks of NCAA Division I. It's a quick move. Too quick. If they're going to make the transition successfully, here's what the Wolverines schedule should look like.

May 21, 2011
Morning Jac: Thoughts on the MCLA Title Contests
After a long day of semifinal action that featured three one-goal games and a four overtime affair, it's finally time for the MCLA championships. Here are my thoughts on today's match-ups.

May 20, 2011
Morning Jac: Field Side at Dick's, Ready for MCLAs
I've arrived at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., for a long day of MCLA semifinal action. The weather looks decent and we should be good to go, starting with the No. 6 Dayton vs. No. 3 St. Thomas game.

May 19, 2011
Morning Jac: It's Time for a Mile High Goodbye
As the tornado sirens rang out across the town and the players and tournament staff cowered in bathrooms and electrical rooms at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, it became clear that the MCLA needs to try a new location next year.

May 17, 2011
MCLA Division I First Round: New Spoilers Arise
Two of the teams suspected to be spoilers in the MCLA Division I tourney were erased, only to replaced by more dangerous teams.

May 17, 2011
MCLA Div. II First Round: Defense is for Suckers
Half the games in the opening round of the MCLA junior circuit featured contests with at least 32 combined goals. It was a high-flying start in Denver.

May 17, 2011
Morning Jac: MCLA's Second Season Starts Today
It started five months ago, and now the MCLA season is coming to a head. Thirty-two teams have traveled to Denver for the national championships, which commence at 10 a.m. MDT today and continue through Saturday.

May 5, 2011
Morning Jac: Tufts Goalies Ready for Stretch Run
After an early season injury to the starter, it looks like Tufts is going to have two experienced netminders ready for its run at a repeat.

May 4, 2011
Morning Jac: Lovic, MCLA Committee Ready to Roll
It would ramp up the drama to say that Ken Lovic holds the fate of the 200-plus MCLA teams in hands, but that’s a bit much.

May 2, 2011
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
Whether it was the uncharacteristically weak schedule that featured only one game outside of the Eastern time zone or the mildly surprising opening game loss to Texas, Florida State has been pigeonholed as a “pretender” for much the spring.

May 2, 2011
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
At the beginning of the year I posited that St. John’s was going to be more of an offensive team than its typical stingy defensive self. It made sense with what the Johnnies lost and had returning, but it turned out to completely wrong

April 22, 2011
The Voice of Lacrosse
Meet John Schuett, the man behind the voice of Michigan lacrosse and countless MCLA and US Lacrosse events.

April 20, 2011
Morning Jac: Time for MCLA to Tighten Up Its Poll
The MCLA insists on keeping the weekly coaches poll as part of its selection and seeding criteria. If it's going to continue with this vestige of the association's infancy, it needs to start doing it right.

April 18, 2011
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
Saturday’s game between Minnesota and Minn.-Duluth cleared up one question and created another.

April 18, 2011
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
Another week, another opponent embarrassed by Grand Valley State. This week’s whipping boy was Dayton, which was hammered, 21-13, by the Lakers on Saturday.

April 15, 2011
Morning Jac: The Second Season is Upon Us
The Conference Carolinas and Deep South Conference tournaments start this weekend, reminding us that the 'Upset Season' is about to begin.

April 14, 2011
Morning Jac: Mock MCLA-II Tourney Seeds
The good news is the Junior Circuit should be very exciting -- probably more exciting than D-I ranks. The bad news it is going to be a nightmare to seed. At least at this point with as many moving parts as there are.

April 12, 2011
The Morning Jac: Weekend Quote Dump
Here are some leftovers from the coaches and players I spoke with this past week that didn't make the original stories.

April 11, 2011
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
One of the questions I was asked during my visit with the Collegelax.us radio show last week was what I thought would help the MCLA gain “legitimacy” in the lacrosse world. My response was that the association shouldn’t worry about legitimacy from the NCAA crowd.

April 11, 2011
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
Let me be the first to congratulate North Dakota State for earning a bid to the MCLA national championships in Denver. The Bison needed to finish this weekend with a 2-1 record to have a solid shot at a berth, but they took all of the speculation out of it by upending No. 5 Davenport, 11-10, on Sunday morning to go 3-0.

April 10, 2011
Morning Jac: The MCLA's Race for No. 16
Every day we take a step closer to Selection Sunday, and there are still a lot of moving parts. However, the easiest seed to nail down is usually the No. 16 seed. Not so this year.

April 5, 2011
The Morning Jac: Weekend Quote Dump
Here are some leftover snippets from some of the coaches and players I spoke with last week.

April 4, 2011
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
Things didn’t get a whole lot clearer this weekend, that’s for sure. The only thing that we know is these Michigan weekends are turning into a house of horrors for the visitors. Or Michigan State.

April 4, 2011
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
It’s funny how this game works. Just when you think you’ve got a good handle on a team, it blows that perception right out of the water. That’s what happened with No. 6 Davenport’s rout of No. 3 Dayton, 15-7.

April 3, 2011
Morning Jac: The Michigan Effect
If Arizona State is able to defeat Michigan State today -- no easy task, to be sure -- we’ll likely see one of the more peculiar trends in MCLA polling.

April 2, 2011
Morning Jac: Slides & Rides
A couple of notes heading into the weekend, including further thoughts on the UNH situation, MCLA D-1 and a weekly recap.

March 31, 2011
The Morning Jac: A Wildcat Down
Everything comes full circle, I guess. A year after New Hampshire beat the University of Colorado to start the Buffaloes' free-fall that ultimately led to the firing of CU head man Pete Stevenson mid-year, UNH jettisoned Jake Sullivan, its fifth-year head coach, yesterday.

March 30, 2011
The Morning Jac: Wednesday Games to Watch
There are nearly 60 games from NCAA Division II and III, along with the MCLA. Here are the noteworthy match-ups.

March 29, 2011
The Morning Jac: Weekend Quote Dump
Every week I have leftover quotes from the various people I speak with during the week that don’t make the stories for which they were intended. Here are a couple.

March 28, 2011
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
This is it. This weekend is the last, best hope to show us that Denver isn’t just a formality. Colorado State and Arizona State don’t have to win, necessarily; they have just to show a reasonable level of competitiveness with Michigan.

March 28, 2011
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
We’ve hit a lull in the D-II schedule, with many of the top teams idle or playing overmatched conference opponents. Things will pick back up on the weekend of April 9 when Davenport, Northern Colorado and Missouri State head to St. Paul to tangle with either St. Thomas, St. John’s or North Dakota State.

March 26, 2011
Morning Jac: I Didn't Take the Hint
“I’m surprised you didn’t ask me about my defense,” said Arizona State head coach Chris Malone when my interview with him was wrapping up last Wednesday.

March 25, 2011
Morning Jac: Arizona State’s Altitude Problem
Each member of the Arizona State men’s lacrosse team, ranked No. 2 in MCLA Division I, landed in Denver yesterday morning and took a deep breath. And then another. Nothing to report there.

March 23, 2011
The Morning Jac: Wednesday Games to Watch
As you know, Wednesday’s during the season are one of the busiest days of the week for NCAA Men’s Division III and the other lower levels. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting match-ups.

March 22, 2011
The Morning Jac: Weekend Quote Dump
I spoke with a lot of coaches and players this past week, and only a fraction of the quotes made the actual story. Here are a couple of leftovers.

March 21, 2011
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
Should we be concerned about No. 13 Minnesota-Duluth after the Bulldogs were swept for the second time in as many two-game road trips? For some teams it would be an issue, but these trips are extremely low-risk for Duluth.

March 21, 2011
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
It will be interesting to see how North Dakota State finishes up its season. One of the many second-tier teams in the UMLL for many years, the Bison have ramped up their program -- and more importantly, their schedule -- this year.

March 18, 2011
The Morning Jac: Michigan's Tell-Tale Heart
It’s been thumping just beneath the floorboards of the Michigan athletic department for nearly a year now. It’s a rhythmic cadence that must have Wolverine men’s lacrosse coaches, players, fans and boosters holding their hands over their ears trying to silence the pounding.

March 17, 2011
The Morning Jac: The Biggest Little Game Today
Two teams will be on a field in Allendale, Mich., this evening for what will be the most important game in its division this spring. I can tell you’re already excited. Alas, this contest is occurring in MCLA Division II, the bottom of the collegiate lacrosse food chain.

March 15, 2011
The Morning Jac: Weekend Quote Dump
Speaking with various coaches over the weekend, I always have a pile of unused quotes and notes that are interesting enough to pass along, but not quite comprehensive enough for their own story.

March 14, 2011
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
The postmortem on the weekend in St. Paul will have to be in general terms because these three-day, three-game weekends sometimes require a little bookkeeping to get all the stats lined up. We do know that No. 4 Grand Valley State was obviously the biggest gainer.

March 14, 2011
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
At this point, no one believes that last year’s Sonoma team was as bad as the 2-10 record it posted. Unfortunately, even with the triumphant return of Doug Carl -- the architect of the Seawolves MCLA championship team -- it’s now a safe assumption that ‘Noma will not be a tourney team again this spring.

March 8, 2011
The Morning Jac: Two Spoilers Emerge in MCLA
A pair of MCLA teams capped off 1,000-plus mile, three-game spring break trips on Monday evening and established themselves as potential spoilers in the upcoming MCLA Division I tournament.

March 7, 2011
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division I
It came several games after they probably thought it would happen, but No. 24 Oregon finally jumped into the win column on Saturday with a 9-5 victory over No. 18 Sonoma State. The Ducks were 0-4 heading into the game, including a double-overtime loss to No. 1 Michigan, but finally cashed in.

March 7, 2011
Monday Notebook: MCLA Division II
Despite some closer calls in the last two games, No. 5 Western Oregon is still cruising along and will take a 6-0 record into its game against No. 6 St. John’s next weekend. After squeezing past Western Washington by a goal last weekend, the Wolves subdued No. 23 Concordia (Calif.), 12-9 on Saturday.

March 5, 2011
The Morning Jac: Mock MCLA D-II Tournament
I took a quick look at what the MCLA Division I bracket would look like at this point in Friday’s edition of the Morning Jac, so now it’s time to check in with the junior circuit. This early, it’s going to be very difficult to trim the field to 16 teams, but here’s what I’m thinking at this point.

March 4, 2011
The Morning Jac: First Take on the MCLA Tourney
It’s March, right? Time for my first shot at the tournament seeds for the MCLA Division I tournament. Don’t get crazy on me; we’re just spitballing here. I’m going on what we know, polls, and guesstimates.