Tonight concludes the second third of the Central Iowa Lacrosse Association’s Box Lacrosse League. It also marks the start of the annual holiday break. This will be the last prediction post until mid-January, so I’m giving it my all.
Game 1 – Cyclones vs Macaques – Winner: Cyclones
How did I do? In what started as a nail-biter, the Cyclones jumped ahead and never looked back. Their 8-3 victory was their closest win of the season, narrowly edging out their previous 9-3 win over the Macaques. At this rate, the Macaques are on the verge of upsetting the Cyclones. Maybe it will happen in their final regular season match-up. Or maybe – just maybe – it will happen if these teams meet in the Championship Game…
Game 2 – Tropics vs Singha – Winner: Tropics
Bonus prediction: I will be able to make to the facility, officiate the first game, and play in the second game for the first time since November 1. But I will be sore as hell in the morning after not playing for nearly a month and still recovering from Thanksgiving and other festivities over the last week.
How did I do? Surprisingly, my aches and pains are not of the “old man” variety like I supposed. Instead I was battered at bruised, literally. Hell, I still have huge bruises from blocked shots and a couple smaller ones from stick checks. Dang. Like ten years ago these things would have disappeared by now. Getting old sucks.
The last time these match-ups took place, I was MIA due to a household emergency. Unfortunately I still do not have the scores for these games (I will have to track those down…), but I do know the winners. While this makes predictions difficult, I will give it my best shot.
Game 1 – Cyclones vs Tropics
Last meeting: Cyclones defeated Tropics
Dominance vs cockiness. This is the simplest way to define this match up.
As usual, the Cyclones are dominating this league. Aside from a few tight first quarters, they really have not broken a sweat this season. Couch blocks the four by four like it’s a two by two. For such a small guy, he knows how to get big when facing shots. On the other side of the field, the offense moves the ball with professional fluidity. Shot selection is always solid.
While their shot selection is spotty, nobody can deny the Tropics’ ball movement. The ability to make quick, smart passes has worked in the team’s favor all season. The bulk of their goals have come as a direct result of their ability to snap fancy passes and cycle the ball. The big question is whether the Tropics can out maneuver the Cyclones and follow their tricks up with quality shots.
An even bigger question is whether Couch will fall for their trickery and let more than a few in…
Game 2 – Macaques vs Singha
Last meeting: Macaques defeated Singha
I missed this one last time around, but I was told it was pretty darn close. Given that the Macaques seem to run hot and cold, I see this game as an opportunity. If Singha can get its act together and build upon our previous successes, then we could steal this one. Sure a loss would take some wind out of the Macaques’ sail, but the break will really prevent any team from gaining momentum regardless.
That said, the Macaques are a tough team. Their tight play against the Cyclones and strength against the Tropics prove that. By all rights, they are perfectly capable of running over Singha under normal circumstances. After all we are talking about the team that defeated the Tropics by five two weeks ago versus the team that went down by six to the Tropics last week.
But maybe tonight is our night. It will be a squeaker, but I’m banking on my boys to pull out our first win of the season.
Bonus prediction: Forgive me for taking the easy route here, but I’m predicting that the Soccer House will be colder than a stale penguin turd tonight. The bench heaters will probably be out of commission too.