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College Report: Vandals and ‘Yotes Opening Weekends

0 - Published February 21, 2012 by in College, Lax Nation, MCLA, PNCLL
UPDATED: Corrected scoring info for College of Idaho game.

A week removed from Boise State’s upset of Simon Fraser, the University of Idaho Vandals and College of Idaho Coyotes each kicked off their own 2012 seasons over the weekend.

The Vandals took the first of two scheduled trips to the Golden State in 2012 to take on the Aggies of UC Davis (MCLA-D1) and the San Jose State University Spartans (MCLA-D2), both of the WCLL Conference.  In the Saturday opener at Davis, the Vandals started and ended strong, but slumped through the second and third frames and ultimately lost 9-16 to the up-and-coming Aggies.  On the bright side for the Vandals, they received evenly-distributed scoring from their young offense as Freshman Colton Raichl (Bend High School), sophomore Colin Cain (Boise High), sophomore Trystan Chambers (Mountain View), freshman Patrick Tunison (Bishop Kelly), and freshman Deric Wilson (Eagle) each contributed 2 points to the effort.

The Vandals found themselves chasing the Aggies all day long.

On Sunday, the Vandals clashed with San Jose State to try and leave California with a split.  Again, the winner scored 16 points but this time it was Idaho on top.  The Vandies were marshaled by senior John Kopke’s (Lake City) career-high 10 points (4 G, 6 A), while Raichl unloaded another 7 (6 G, 1 A).    Strong efforts on defense and between the pipes held the Spartans to a mere 2 points and send the Vandals home to Moscow on a high note.

[Though still the best in the State about updating their social media, the Vandals have yet to get any photos from the San Jose State game on their Facebook page and I'm too impatient to wait.  I'll update this with a photo as one becomes available...]

The Vandals are off this weekend and then will travel to Oregon to kick off in-conference (PNCLL) play, taking on Portland State (MCLA-D1) and Oregon State (MCLA-D1) on March 3 and 4.

In the MCLA D2 ranks, the College of Idaho ‘Yotes hosted the Wildcats of Central Washington University in Caldwell on Saturday.  Fresh off a 34-4 drubbing by PNCLL D2 powerhouse Western Oregon University, the Wildcats arrived in Caldwell hoping to find easier prey (having defeated C of I 27-11 when last they met in 2010).  While the score wasn’t quite so lopsided, Central Washington didn’t find the Yotes to be the pushovers they’d hoped for.  After shaking off some early jitters (the score was knotted 3-3 at the half), the boys in purple came out firing in the 3rd quarter and throttled Central Washington in the second half on the way to a convincing 14-8 victory.  College of Idaho was lead in scoring by  freshman midfielder Austin Mendiola (Meridian High) who had 6 goals and freshman attackman Patrick Erstad (Boise High) with added 4 goals and 3 helpers.  Junior goalie Ryan Gibson (Capital High) had 18 saves.

I can't find any game photos so here's a nice team picture of the 'Yotes 2012 squad that I found on Facebook.

Next up for ‘Yotes is Whitman College (MCLA-D2) on March 10.


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