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BYU, Westminster Begin Title Chase Today

The BYU Cougars and Westminster Griffins will start their Championship journeys today in Greenville, North Carolina at the 2013 MCLA National Tournament.
BYU Lacrosse LogoBYU received the No. 4 seed and is match-up against No. 13 Grand Canyon University from Arizona. GCU is in their second year of the MCLA and finished with an 8-5 record. The Cougars and Lopes met earlier this season in a tight game that saw BYU escape with a 13-12 win. The Cougars will need to keep their eye on Carson Barton, a junior attackman for GCU who has 50 goals and 28 assists (6 PPG) heading into the game. The Lopes have a local product, Sophomore Defenseman and Captain, Tate Linford who graduated from Riverton. Linford will most likely be matched-up against BYU standout Mike Fabrizio who comes into the game with 44 goals and 27 assists (4.176 PPG).
The game will be streamed live on mcla.us at 4:30pm EST (2:30pm our time).
Westminster Griffins LacrosseWestminster, in their final year at the D-II level, received the No. 2 seed after a solid year. The Griffins are paired against No. 15 Briarcliffe College from Bethpage, New York.
“They are a tough, lax smart squad who play their best with their back against the wall,” said Westminster Head Coach Mason Goodhand. “Every game I’ve watched them play has been the same in that It will be a 60 minute battle and it won’t surprise me if it lasts a few minutes longer than that!”
The Bulldogs come into the game with a 8-4 record and are led by Matt Karp who has 26 goals and 13 assists (3.545 PPG). This will be the first meeting with the Bulldogs and Griffins.
“Coach Pagano and I have been buddies since 2009 when the Bulldogs made their first post season appearance,” said Goodhand. “Our zip codes are a little too far apart to get a regular season match up.”
The Griffins will be looking to make a deep run with one of the better Griffins squads since the teams inception. It will take a good effort and team play to make it to Championship Saturday.
“I’ll have to stay with the traditional response…, ‘Defense wins Championships,’ said Goodhand. “Our offense is clicking but even if they hit a dip in performance, if our defense plays steady, man to man defense, we’ll be in a position to beat our opponent.”
As the Griffins close out their time in D-II, Coach Goodhand knows that making it back to the National Tournament will be tough in D-I with the tougher competition and playing in the most competitive conference in the country. The current RMLC D-I sent 3 teams and are seeded No. 1 (CSU), No. 2 (CU) and No. 4 (BYU).
When asked what he is looking forward to in Greenville, Coach Goodhand said, “Watching the other games and enjoying how the MCLA game has advanced. Every year the bar is raised and new teams make their mark. Liberty, Palm Beach Atlantic, Indiana Tech, DePaul & US Coast Guard make their D- II post season debut in 2013. We’ll also have our eye on our future rivals, CSU, CU and BYU.  Getting back to this post season celebration gets tougher in ’14.”
The Griffins will take on Briarcliffe at 10:00am EST (8:00am our time) on mcla.us

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