The Rocky Mountain Women’s Lacrosse League Regional Playoffs and Championships will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19 at McCarthey Field at the University of Utah. Four Utah teams will participate in the tournament. BYU and Westminster will participate in the D-I tournament and the University of Utah and Utah State will participate in the D-II tournament.
At the end of the regular season, there was log jam at the top of the D-I standings with BYU, Colorado and Colorado State tied for first place. Colorado won the tiebreaker and will get the number one seed. No. 7 BYU (9-8) will face the defending National Champion, the No. 10 Rams of Colorado State (7-7) at 4:00pm. On March 8, CSU defeated BYU 13-11 in a very hard-fought game in Fort Collins. The two perennial WCLA powers should offer fans a great game.
In the night cap (7:00pm), No. 12 Colorado (11-4) will take to the field against the No. 15 Griffins of Westminster College (7-6). The Griffins were in Colorado last weekend for games against both Colorado State and Colorado. The Buffaloes parlayed their home field advantage in to a 20-14 win.
No. 25 Utah State (6-3) will kick off the action at 9:00am on Friday when they take on the undefeated No. 9 Falcons of Air Force. The two teams met in late February when the Aggies made a swing through Colorado. The score was very close for most of the game until the Aggies, who had played three games in two days, ran out of gas. Air Force went on to win 9-3.
At noon, tournament host No. 3 Utah (12-3) will battle the No. 12 University of Denver Club team (7-2). The two teams have not met this year. In their only meeting last year, the Utes won 24 -8.
The tournament will offer fans the opportunity to see some of the best woman lacrosse players to come out of Utah over the last several years. The regional champions will receive automatic bids to the national championship tournament which will be held in Virginia Beach, Virginia May 8-10. McCarthey Field is located at 98 Wasatch Drive on the campus of the University of Utah.
Friday, April 18
9:00am – Air Force v. Utah State – D-II Semifinal
Noon – Utah v. Denver – D-II Semifinal
4:00pm – BYU v. Colorado State – D-I Semifinal
7:00pm – Colorado v. Westminster – D-I Semifinal
Saturday, April 19
9:00am – D-II Championship
Noon – D-I Championship