SAN DIEGO – Chapman and Grand Canyon, which have combined to win the last three MCLA national championships, are the two top seeds in the six-team 2018 Southwestern Lacrosse Conference Tournament that begins this weekend.
The Panthers (11-0, 5-0 North) and Lopes (9-2, 4-0 South) receive byes into the tournament semifinals, which will be held on Saturday, April 27, at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, Calif. The finals will be on April 29.
On the North side of the bracket, No. 2N Concordia-Irvine (10-1, 4-1) will host No. 3N UC Santa Barbara (7-7, 2-3). These two met a week ago in Irvine with the Eagles taking a 15-6 victory led by a goal and six assists from rookie attackman Jackson Woodard.
The winner of this game meets Grand Canyon in the semifinals.
In the South, Arizona State (7-7, 3-1) grabbed the No. 2S spot, allowing them to host No. 3S San Diego State (6-7, 2-2). The Sun Devils won the regular season affair, 13-7, at home with junior attackman Jake Marthens’ five goals leading the way.
The winner draws Chapman in the semis.
“We’re all very excited to celebrate 10 years of SLC lacrosse,” said SLC director Matt Holman. “In the past three seasons, the team that has won this tournament has won the MCLA national championship. That’s really all you need to know. We’ll see what the future holds, but this will again be must-see lacrosse.”
Both semifinals and the championship game of the SLC Division I Tournament will be streamed live on the SLC YouTube channel with the assistance of TVX Video.
Admission to the first-round games are at the discretion of the hosting institution. General admission tickets (age 8 and up) are $5 daily for the semifinals and finals. Get your tickets before April 22 and save 20 percent.
The winner of the SLC Division I Tournament will receive an automatic qualifying berth to the 2018 MCLA National Championships powered by Under Armour, which will be held in Salt Lake City from May 7-12.
2018 SLC Division I Tournament
First Round – April 21
Game 1: No. 3S San Diego State at No. 2S Arizona State, 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 3N UC Santa Barbara at No. 2N Concordia-Irvine, 1 p.m.
Semifinals – Carlsbad, Calif. – April 27
Game 1 winner vs. No. 1N Chapman, 3:30 p.m.
Game 2 winner vs. No. 1S Grand Canyon, 7:30 p.m.
Finals – Carlsbad, Calif. – April 29
Semifinal winners, 1:45 p.m.