Late Weekend Recap
Making easy work of Colorado, the Icecats closed out their season in style by winning both of the team's final road games last weekend.
Arizona, which scored 17 goals while allowing only two, was led by the outstanding goaltending tandem of sophomore Jason Morgan and freshman Alex Bugelwicz.
Bugelwicz, making his first appearance for the Icecats, came in relief of Morgan in each game during third period
The Icecats' first line exploded Friday as junior left wing Paul Dorn and junior center Marc Harris each scored four goals and notched two assists. Dorn's second assist on the night was his 100th in three years, as the Wildcats won 9-1.
But the story of the night was the goaltending. While senior Mark Meister did not to make the trip due to illness, backup Bugelwicz traveled with the team and dressed for the first time all season.
With 16 minutes left in the third period, Bugelwicz came in and turned away the seven shots he faced.
Saturday was no different. After Morgan turned in a solid performance during the first two periods, Bugelwicz came in to start the third and only faced five shots.
Morgan continued his stellar play between the pipes, stopping 49 of the 51 shots in two games. Morgan's 1.77 goals against average is one of the highest in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
"Morgan had a strong performance as usual, and Alex was able to come out and do well," Icecats head coach Leo Golembiewski said. "The goaltending was good all around."
Most of the Arizona forwards got into the scoring act on Saturday.
Junior Ed Carfora netted a hat trick, while Harris, senior Hunter Cherenack, sophomores Andrew Edwards, Kevin Meehan and Kyle Neary each scored one goal. The Icecats won the game, 8-1.
The Icecats will find out their ranking for the national tournament March 2-3 in Minot, N.D. just before the Arizona State series.
Arizona plays host to the IceDevils Friday and Saturday at the Tucson Convention Center. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.
"I hope that we can utilize the ASU series to our advantage," Golembiewski said. "The players know that as we prepare for Minot, we have got to step it up a couple of notches."
Laxcats split pair of defensive struggles
The UA lacrosse team took part in two defensive battles last weekend.
The Laxcats were victorious in the first game against University of California at Santa Barbara, but lost a tough contest to Sonoma State University on Sunday.
During opening day, Saturday, the Laxcats avenged their humiliating 14-1 loss to UCSB last year by beating them 9-6 at Laxcat Coliseum.
The Laxcats were led by Bryan Moore, who scored four goals, and Matt Wilkens, who scored two goals and had one assist.
"Bryan did not have the advantage of playing with our team last fall," Laxcats head coach Mickey-Miles Felton said. "Once Matt (Martini) and Bryan are able to play more minutes together, our offense will be difficult to defend against."
Sunday, UA played Sonoma State University, the top-ranked team in the Western Conference Lacrosse League, to a close defensive struggle, but ended up losing by four goals.
The Laxcats, who came into the game an eight goal underdog, jumped out to a two goal lead with goals form Moore and Martini. But at the half, the Cossacks held a 6-5 lead.
The Cossacks continued their scoring in the third quarter, scoring three more goals, winning the match 10-6.
"We were the underdogs from the start," Felton said. "They seemed to be more prepared than us, and they beat us convincingly."
Freshman Laxcats' goalie Kevin Burgess, who played his first two college lacrosse games this weekend, kept the team close, saving 23 total shots in the two games.
Burgess, who is known as "Big Sexy" to his teammates, is playing for the injured Greg Parkington.
"He had a tremendous weekend," Felton said. "He held his composure all weekend and kept us in both the games this weekend."
Felton said the Laxcats, who have the 13th strongest schedule in the nation, learned a lot from playing two of the toughest teams in the country.
"During the playoffs, we will be playing two games back-to-back, and during the National Championships in May, we could play up to four games in a row," Felton said.
This weekend, the Laxcats head to Los Angeles and take on No. 6 UCLA.
Track teams have successful weekend
The Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb. proved to be a successful meet for the Arizona men's and women's track teams.
Junior Andrea Neary's performance in the pole vault was good enough for an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Neary's vault of 12-feet-7-inches, which set a new Arizona record, earned her a second place finish.
In the 60-meters, sophomore Brianna Glenn finished second, running an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 7.43 seconds. Glenn also finished seventh in the long jump.
For the men's team, junior Jeff Dutoit finished fourth in the pole vault with a clearance of 17-feet-6-inches, which was also a qualifying distance for the NCAAs.
Other members of the women's team that had good showings included junior Erin Doherty (third in the mile run), sophomore Jennifer Burris (fourth in the mile), sophomore Cara Cline (sixth in the 800-meters) and junior TaKisha Morgan (eighth in the triple jump).
For the men, sophomore Matt Lea (fifth in the 400-meters), junior Keith Varga (seventh in the high jump and eighth in the 60-meter hurdles) and senior Jeremy Lyon (sixth in the mile).
While the majority of the team was in Lincoln, four track members traveled to Indianapolis for the Cannon IV Classic. Senior Tara Chaplin set an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 5,000-meters with a fourth-place time of 16:35.18.
Senior Carolyn Jackson placed fifth in the 400-meters with a 55.23 second run.
On the men's side, junior Mike Kenyon finished fourth in the 400-meter, and senior Micheil Jones placed sixth in the 3,000-meter.
-From staff and wire reports