Commentary and Theory with a yinzer slant #year9

MCLA Tournament Prep: Stanford

Getting you dialed in for the MCLA’s end of year event.

Team: Stanford

Conference: WCLL

Seed: 12, automatic qualifier

Projected Seed: 12

1st Round Opponent: BYU

Record Against Tournament Teams: 1-2, lost to Arizona State, Cal Poly, beat Cal Poly in WCLL final

Odds of Winning: 90 to 1

Player to Watch: Junior middie Peter Doyle’s production is way down from his first two seasons. If Stanford can hold the possession advantage eventually Doyle will shake free from the shut off defender. BYU does not want to go with their zone defense against a 6’3″ 210lb middie with a hammer. No sense giving Doyle a chance to shoot with his hands free.

The Cardinal won two overtime games in the WCLL tournament to reach the national tournament. This is their second time dancing in the last three years. They’ll get a BYU team that ended the season losing four of seven.

Stanford needs to keep this game under 10 goals, preferably in the 8-9 range. They don’t have the fire power to run with BYU. A low scoring game will also be a change of pace for the Cougars who average 16.4 goals per game. In order to keep the game low scoring, Stanford must account for BYU LSM Max Neser. The pole has scored 15 goals and is option #1 in transition.

Neser would be tied with the fourth leading goal scorer on Stanford.

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