Three Utah teams had a chance to impress in Southern California at the 2015 MCLA National Tournament, but all three were sent home early.
In the afternoon, No. 15 Utah State faced a tough test in No. 2 St. Thomas in D-II. The Tommies are seasoned vets when it comes to the MCLA tournament and the Aggies met their match. Utah State scored first and swapped goals to make the score 2-2 early on. St. Thomas went on a three goal run followed by two Utah State goals to end the first quarter and begin the second quarter. The Aggies could never quite get ahead, scoring one goal for every two for St. Thomas which led to a 9-7 halftime score in favor of St. Thomas. The lack of depth hurt the Aggies in the second half as the Tommies pulled away for a 21-14 win. Read the recap here.
In the D-I bracket, No. 5 BYU took on No. 12 Stanford. The Cougars and Cardinal played an even first half as they went into the extended break with a 4-4 ball game. Both teams had runs of three in the third quarter and BYU tacked on a fourth to make the score 8-7 at the end of the third quarter. Stanford scored two then BYU scored one to begin the fourth quarter. Again, Stanford scored two goals to one for BYU which led to a 11-10 scoreline late in the game. The Cardinal had the ball with about a minute left and ran out the clock, securing the upset.
Also in the D-I bracket, No. 6 Westminster faced No. 11 Georgia Tech. The first quarter ended tied at 1 and at halftime it was 4-4 after an even first half. Georgia Tech scored four straight goals in the third quarter which was ultimately the Griffins kryptonite. The Griffins added one late goal in the third and outscored the Yellow Jackets 2-1 in the fourth, but it was too late. Read the recap here.
A lot of questions will be asked by the Griffins and Cougars as they head into the summer. Both teams lost in the first round of the 2014 event as well. Has the RMLC lost its once dominate demeanor? The other RMLC team in the tournament, No. 3 Colorado, beat No. 14 Texas State by only 3 goals. Typically an RMLC v. LSA affair has a 6 or 7 goal difference at least. It could be that other teams are getting better after modeling their programs after those in the RMLC. Or it could be a little of both.