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What. A. Day.
Saturday, April 29, will give us the finalists for most conferences, champions of three leagues (CCLA-II, both RMLC) and the automatic qualifiers in the RMLC.
It's one of the best days of the year, so let's break it down by conference.
The four-team Division I bracket will get narrowed with a pair of games. Top-seeded Michigan State will face Davenport at 1 p.m. while Minnesota battles Pitt in the other semi at 4 p.m. Both games will be held at Chelsea (Mich.) Stadium and are expected to be streamed via Periscipe on the CCLA Twitter account.
There is no bid on the line, but the top dogs in CCLA-II will duke it out tonight in Chelsea.
Join the Lakers tonight as they play for the @CCLA_Lax Division 2 Conference Title at 7PM #LETSGOLAKESHOW #ANCHORUP pic.twitter.com/taMfGJvBkT
— LakeShow (@GVSULAX) April 29, 2017
The GRLC D-II tournament kicks off at noon when top-seeded Missouri State faces Saint Louis. This event was pushed back and moved to St. Louis University High School because of weather. Later this evening at 5:15 p.m., the other D-II semifinal will go off as Washington (Mo.) tangles with Creighton. All GRLC games are Wash. U.
Hey #Hoosier fans, it's PLAYOFF GAME DAY vs Purdue!! Time to #BannerUp and #BoilerDown...again Wash U St. Louis 2:30PM (CT)
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A traditional rivalry game has emerged in the semifinals of the GRLC-I tourney as Indiana eyes Purdue in the second semifinal at 2:30 p.m. Miami (Ohio) tries to take down Missouri in the opening semi at noon. Keep an eye on the GRLC Twitter feed for updates.
There will be semifinal action in both LSA Division I and Division II today coming at you from SMU. The games are scheduled to be broadcast by our friends over at StickStar Lacrosse, so keep on eye on their Twitter feed and the LSA's for links to the streams. Also StickStar's YouTube channel.
#StickStarProductions brings you @LSALacrosse Championships today on our YouTube Channel. https://t.co/OCX4iPYIu9 pic.twitter.com/hZUySqbKFf
— StickStar Lacrosse (@StickStarLax) April 29, 2017
UT-San Antonio and UT-Dallas will open the action with a D-II semi at 10 a.m. CDT followed by Baylor-Louisiana at 1 p.m.
The D-I boys follow, starting at 4 p.m. when the host Mustangs entertain Texas before the nightcap at 7 p.m. between Oklahoma and TCU.
It's a quick turnaround for the first round winners in PNCLL-II, especially Gonzaga, which will have to face undefeated College of Idaho at 10 a.m. In one of the most anticipated games of the day, red-hot Great Falls will look to keep its winning streak alive against Montana - the last team to beat the Argos at 1 p.m.
Division I kicks off at 4 p.m. when top-seeded Oregon clashes with Washington. That will be followed by hosts Simon Fraser playing two-time defending conference champion Oregon at 7 p.m. PDT.
The AQ has already been dished out in PCLL-II (to Bridgewater State), but the tournament goes on, starting at 10 a.m. EDT when New Haven and the Bears battle at Brown University. Central Conn. State and Westfield State follow at 1 p.m.
The much-anticipated Division I bracket commences at 4 p.m. when Boston College and New Hampshire reacquaint themselves. The Wildcats are the only team to hand the Eagles a conference loss this spring. The semifinals will close out at 7 p.m. as Northeastern and UConn meet for what is surely an elimination game from MCLA tournament consideration.
As mentioned above, the RMLC will hand out its automatic qualifier in both Division I and Division II. Our friends over at Lacrosse Talk Radio and Big Bite Entertainment are streaming the games live below.
Metro State vs. Montana State, 2 p.m. MDT
BYU vs. Colorado, 5 p.m. MDT
Concordia-Irvine squares off with Cal State Fullerton in a fantastic rivalry game at noon PDT and the following semifinal at 2:30 p.m. features Northern Arizona against San Diego. Both games are at La Costa Canyon and will be streamed live via the SLC YouTube channel (paywall).
The top conference in Division II opens its bracket with two dandies. Top-seeded Duluth faces St. John's -- the only team to hand the Bulldogs a conference loss -- at 12:30 p.m. at Mahtomedi. The 3 p.m. game will pit defending national champion St. Thomas against North Dakota State in a rematch of last year's national semifinals.
Sierra Nevada starts its quest for another automatic qualifier when it opens the Division II playoffs against Humboldt State at 9 a.m. PDT in Novato, Calif. UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis have to wait to round out the semifinals with a 5:15 p.m. start time.
The Eagles are heading to California for the WCLL Championship Tournament this weekend. Looking to make it three straight for the birds... Gotta return this beauty tomorrow, but hoping to bring her back to Tahoe with us again on Sunday! #SNCLacrosse #mcla17 #tahoe
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In WCLL-I, top-seeded Cal Poly takes on Stanford at 11:45 a.m. in Novato and that contest will be followed by California versus Sonoma State at 2:30 p.m. WCLL games might be streamed via LaxTV, but it will be a last minute announcement, so stayed tuned to the MCLA Twitter feed.