Lacrosse programs sweep the week: Men’s lacrosse

The Panthers knocked off division rival USC Saturday with an 18-1 rout, extending their current win streak to three games.

Coming off a win against UCLA earlier in the week, Chapman continued to dominate.

“Defensively, we did a good job of not over pursuing our match-ups,” said coach Dallas Hartley. “We just played smart team defense.”

Chapman’s defense was stout, allowing one goal the entire afternoon and none in the first half.

Chapman scored 13 goals in the first half, and entered the break up 13-0.

“We were very patient, just waiting for them to make mistakes,” Hartley said. “When we got our shots, we capitalized.”

The second half was much of the same, with the Panthers adding five more goals.

Chapman would have recorded its first shutout of the season, if not for a goal in the fourth quarter, putting USC on the board.

“President Doti likes it when we beat USC,” Hartley said.

Over the last three games the Panthers have put up 41 goals, while only allowing a total of 10.

As of press time, The Panthers (4-4, 2-0) are tied atop the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC) with University of Nevada, Las Vegas (4-5, 2-0) and University of California, Santa Barbara (8-1, 2-0).

After losing four games this season, Chapman bounced back with a 13-4 win against UCLA Thursday night in its first division game.

“I think we always get more prepared, more hyped,” said senior captain and midfielder Sammy Cemo. “Our mindset changes when we play in league games. This being our first, we wanted to come out and make a statement.”

Chapman was up 3-2 after the first quarter, and the defense allowed two goals the rest of the game.

“We were able to contain individual match-ups,” said senior defender Zach Nichelman. “When we play with our feet and our body, we do a really good job at containing everybody.”

Chapman’s offense was on display, putting up a regular season high in goals.

“We were getting good shots on cage,” Cemo said. “And they just started falling for us.”

The win marked the eighth time in the last nine meetings the Panthers have beaten the Bruins, dating back to the 2006 season.

“UCLA is kind of an up-and-coming team. They haven’t been very good in the past,” Cemo said. “They have a lot of good, young talent, so it was good to get that win.”

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