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Petaluma Lacrosse Community Pushes For Acceptance With School District

Published: Thursday, Jul 31, 2008

In one Southern California school district, the jump rope game Double Dutch has been recognized as an official school sport. Somehow, I can’t visualize a television program “Wednesday Night Lights” being built around jump rope, no matter how gifted the athletes.

Morgan Hill Clovers' Karissa Watanabe fires a shot at Petaluma goalkeeper Heather Murphy during the second half of their game at Sobrato on Saturday afternoon. Watanabe scored the goal and the Clovers won 13-6.
Morgan Hill Clovers’ Karissa Watanabe fires a shot at Petaluma goalkeeper Heather Murphy during the second half of their game at Sobrato on Saturday afternoon. Watanabe scored the goal and the Clovers won 13-6.

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However, the fact that schools are willing to try new sports and adapt to what the kids really want is encouraging.

In Petaluma, what the kids really want is lacrosse. The sport was started in our community just three years ago by a small group of parents who had played the sport in college and wanted to give their children and others a chance to experience the game.

Lacrosse is truly an American game, tracing its roots back to Native Americans who were playing a form of the game when the ships carrying Europeans to the new world were still a speck on history’s horizon.

It is also a fun game for both spectators and players. It combines the non-stop action of basketball, with the skill of soccer and the physical nature of football and wraps it all up in teamwork. One player can stand out, but not dominate a game.

It only took watching a couple of games to get me hooked on the sport. It is exciting and very fun to watch. It must be a blast to play. I still don’t know all the rules and I’m still learning the terminology, but you really don’t have to know a lot to appreciate the sport.

From the beginning three years ago, lacrosse has grown to 17 teams involving more than 350 youngsters of various age groups. There are boys varsity and junior varsity and girls club teams at both Casa Grande and Petaluma high schools.

Those numbers are an indication that lacrosse has quickly caught on with the only demographic group that really counts — the players. It really doesn’t matter how much me or any other fan enjoys the sport or how passionate the coaches are about lacrosse. What really counts is how enthusiastic the players are about the sport and, from what I can tell, they love it.

That is the biggest and best argument for making lacrosse an official school sport.

Its current status as a club sport means that Petaluma and Casa Grande teams are traveling all over the country. Even more significantly, the athletes cannot officially represent their schools. They cannot earn school athletic letters or win pennants and trophies for their schools. They aren’t even officially Trojans or Gauchos.

It’s not fair.

School administrators argue that they don’t have the resources to add an additional sport. They say there isn’t enough money or administrators to supervise the games.

Lacrosse supporters point out that if the sport were recognized as an official California Interscholastic Federation sport, the local schools could be placed in a league with Marin County or other closer-to-home schools.

Petaluma Youth Lacrosse League, the parent organization of the Petaluma River Cats, has said it will pick up the entire tab for a lacrosse program in both high schools and even provide most of the administrative work.

Truthfully, adding lacrosse, or any other sport, will have some impact on the schools. There will be some cost, some administrative work and it will take some athletes away from other sports. But those impacts will be minimal.

On the other side of the ledger is the irrefutable argument that their a lot of kids who want to represent their school playing lacrosse.

They deserve the chance.

Lauren Ciccomascolo Announced As Part of University of Denver Women’s Lacrosse Team

DENVER – The University of Denver women’s lacrosse team welcomes 11 freshmen in its latest recruiting class, head coach Liza Kelly announced today. The class of 2012 consists of Lauren Ciccomascolo, Laura Connors, Kaiti Delaney, Ashley Harman, Kelsey Hughes, Morgan Johnson, Kathryn Keppler, Rachel Lenchner, Melissa Maier, Kara Secora, and Becca Steinberg.”We have been looking forward to the fall of 2008 ever since these players committed,” DU head coach Liza Kelly said. “They are an extremely well-rounded group of young ladies that excel both in the classroom and on the lacrosse field. They will help Denver reach new heights during their four years.”

Ciccomascolo comes to the University of Denver from Orange County, Calif., where she recently was named the 2008 most valuable player of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Championship, as well as an Orange County Register athlete of the week. In 2007, Ciccomascolo was named first-team All-American and all-county at midfield, while also earning CIF player of the year. She was also first-team all-league and SWC MVP in 2006.

Connors joins the Pioneers from Manhasset, N.Y., where she played lacrosse for the Manhasset Indians. She was an All-American nominee as a senior, earned all-county as a junior and was named all-conference as a sophomore.

Delaney hails from Denver, where she played for Kent Denver and Team 180 club lacrosse. She earned first team all-state and honorable mention All-Colorado. She was named her team’s offensive MVP this year.

Harman joins Denver’s lacrosse team from Boyertown, Pa. She was named a first-team All-Pac Ten and Mercury all-area performer, as well as an honorable mention All-American this season. Harman was the 2008 MVP for her high school team. As a junior in 2007, she earned first team all-area and first team All-Pac Ten honors.

Hughes hails from Severna Park, Md. She was defensive player of the year twice and an IAAM A-league all-star in 2007 and 2008. Hughes was also selected to the All-Galaxy first team in 2007 and second team in 2008. As a senior, she was named a first-team all-met performer.

Johnson, a native of Denver, received honorable mention all-American as well as all-state honors this season. Johnson played defense for the three-time defending state champion Cherry Creek Bruins. She was selected as an all-league performer and named academic all-state honorable mention.

Keppler, also from Denver, played alongside Johnson on the state champion Cherry Creek Bruins. Keppler was named first team All-league. Her club lacrosse team won the Vail Shootout in 2007 and took second in 2008.

Lenchner joins the Pioneers from Pittsburgh, Penn., where she captained the Sewickley Academy lacrosse team last season. She was named a 2008 U.S. Lacrosse All-American and a two-time all-Midwest all-star. Lenchner was also a WPIAL first team all-star and WPIAL Section 2 first team all-star. She was selected as a Post Gazette athlete of the week in 2007, as well.

Maier comes to the University of Denver from Farmingdale, N.Y. She was selected to the Empire State Team in 2006 and 2007, and was also a member of the Nassau County and Long Island championship teams at Farmingdale H.S. Maier was a 2006 all-conference performer and a 2007 all-county honorable mention selection. She received the “Unsung Hero” award at the New York State Championship in 2006.

Secora, a Denver native, was named a first team All-American in 2007 and 2008. She was also selected to the Under Armour All-American team in 2008. Secora is a three-time first team all-state performer and a four-time first team all-league selection. As a member of the Rocky Mountain Nationals Team, she was honored in 2006 and 2007. During her career at Kent Denver, she set a school record with 317 points and served as captain her senior year.

Steinberg comes to DU from Millersville, Md. Steinberg played both attack and midfield for the Severn Admirals during high school. In 2008, she won the Player’s Award. She is also a two-time recipient of the Kimball Ground Ball Award. Steinberg was selected to the All-Galaxy first team in 2006 and 2007.

The Pioneers will return 24 players from the 2008 squad, including All-MPSF selections, Megan Carver (Baltimore, Md.), Steph Coyne (Baltimore, Md.), Ali Flury (Arnold, Md.) and Karen Morton (Adelaide, Australia), as well as Tri-Newcomer of the Year Tulley Stapp (Denver, Colo.). DU went 13-6 overall and 5-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in 2008 before falling to Stanford in the MPSF championship game. Denver lost six student-athletes to graduation, including Second-Team All-American and MPSF Player of the Year Kelly O’Connell.


Cameron Piorek High School Senior Lacrosse Classic To Benefit Assistance Fund

Cameron’s Story On April 22, Cameron Piorek, a sophomore defenseman at AlisoNiguelHigh School suffered a spinal injury while playing in a Wolverine lacrosse game. After the injury, he has been experiencing paralysis from the chest down. Cameron has responded well to his treatment and therapy sessions and was currently released from St. Jude Medical Center to spend three weeks of very intensive physical therapy at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland


The Los Angeles Riptide


Orange CountyLacrosse Association (OCLA)



Cameron Piorek Night at OrangeCoastCollege


Cameron Piorek HS Senior Lacrosse Classic

Northern California vs. Southern California

Graduating Senior All Stars

Saturday, August 9th, 2008 at 4:30pm

Followed by

L.A. Riptide vs. San Francisco Dragons at 8pm



On Saturday, August 9, the Riptide will join forces with Team Cameron and the Orange County Lacrosse Association (OCLA) to present the Cameron Piorek HS Senior Lacrosse Classicto benefit the Cameron Piorek Assistance Fund. The All-Star game will feature the best of the 2007-08 senior class from Northern California and Southern California.


Following the Senior Classic, the L.A. Riptide will take on their Northern California rivals, the San Francisco Dragons at 8pm


For more information, please visit



Cameron Piorek                            Ticket Prices

Assistance Fund                 Tickets Get you into the Senior Classic and the Riptide Game

$10 from each ticket           VIP Center Sideline: $50.00

purchased will go               Center Sideline: $35.00

towards the Cameron                  Reserved: $25.00

Piorek Assistance Fund    General Admission: $20.00 



CALL: Russ Chase (213)763.2652 or visit



Lacrosse On “90210” TV Series Update

West Beverly High parking lot and Lacrosse fields (El Segundo High School: 640 Main St.)
The scenes in the high school parking lot and lacrosse fields are filmed here. Dustin Milligan, who plays Ethan Ward, a star lacrosse player, enjoyed his scenes here the most because “I skateboard and there’s all these waxed curves and ledges, so I was skateboarding the whole time. It was sick! It was like right out of a video game or something.”


One of the new “90210” characters threw a big party at Boulevard3 last week, and though we can’t divulge whom, we can say that it was as decadent an affair as you might expect from the new residents of the posh ZIP Code. The popular Hollywood club is just one of many Los Angeles locations executive producers intend to showcase on the CW spinoff series.

“We’re using iconic places, and hopefully we’ll also be showing the cool places,” executive producer Gabe Sachs said. The show will also be filming at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach. “It gives a reality to the show.” That doesn’t mean there won’t be a Peach Pit, shot at Kokomo Café, 6333 W. 3rd St. On this series, the old will mix in with the new as well as the real with the fictional.

The first episode was shot at seven locations:

1) Peach Pit (Kokomo Cafe: 6333 W. 3rd St.)
The favorite hangout in Beverly Hills for its cool hipster residents, but now it’s more of a trendy cafe that Nat, played by the returning Joe E. Tata, still owns.

2) West Beverly Hills High (Torrance High School: 2200 W Carson St)
In keeping with the original, all exterior shots of West Beverly High are done here. Shenae Grimes, who plays Annie Wilson, picked this as her favorite location, so far. “Awww, walking around the courtyard of the school that the original ‘90210’ was shot at. It was a very, very, very surreal moment. It was wild,” she said.

3) Wilson residence (Bel Air Road)
Tristan Wilds plays Annie’s brother, Dixon, and he was most impressed with the Bel-Air mansion on Bel Air Road that will serve as the Wilson residence. “The house is oh my goodness. It’s in Bel-Air. We got out of the car and I was like, ‘Gabe, I think we switched shows. Am I the new Fresh Prince now? What’s going on?’ ”

4) West Beverly High parking lot and Lacrosse fields (El Segundo High School: 640 Main St.)
The scenes in the high school parking lot and lacrosse fields are filmed here. Dustin Milligan, who plays Ethan Ward, a star lacrosse player, enjoyed his scenes here the most because “I skateboard and there’s all these waxed curves and ledges, so I was skateboarding the whole time. It was sick! It was like right out of a video game or something.”

5) Boulevard3 (Boulevard3: 6523 W. Sunset Blvd.)
The famed nightclub plays itself and is used for a climactic birthday party scene. Michael Steger, who plays Navid Shirazi, had never been to the club until the script called for it. “I really like to be here. It has a very good energy to it. I like the location. I can walk here.”

6) Peach Pit After Dark (Spider Club: 1737 Vine St.)
This is the Pit, the reincarnation of Peach Pit After Dark. AnnaLynne McCord, who plays queen bee Naomi, doesn’t party on her personal time, so she found it enlightening to film scenes in two clubs. “I don’t do the socialite nightclub thing, so it’s fun to see those in the daytime, where you’re like, ‘Oh, this is what goes on at night. It’s all debaucherous and all.”

7) Santa Monica Pier/Santa Monica Beach
The first episode ends with a bonfire on the sand, and Jessica Stroup chose this as her favorite locale. “It’s so quintessential Los Angeles. I love the pier. I grew up on the East Coast, and for me to have the last shot of the episode to be at the pier in Santa Monica on the beach, it’s awesome.”,0,6230853.htmlstory

Video: Nike Lacrosse Camp

Univ. of Mary Washington Nike Lacrosse Camp Attracts Young Players From California

Although he’d never played lacrosse before, Magnus Charters of Chevy Chase, Md., didn’t mind being thrown in with more skilled players attending the Nike camp at the University of Mary Washington.

“Everything is new to me, but I’ve learned a lot here. And I’m a better player now,” the rising junior and safety for the BCC football team said this week.

“I like the contact,” he added. “There aren’t so many rules, which I like, too. And I like the speed of the game.”

The sixth annual camp drew approximately 100 players, including California teens Harry and Sebastian Clifford, whose parents rented an RV for their cross-country trip.

Players were grouped by age with high-school players gathering at one field, middle-schoolers on another, and 12-and-unders at a third site at the Battleground complex.

While the evening scrimmages were easily the favorite time, there were plenty of opportunities to have fun while honing one’s lacrosse skills at all levels.

“A lot of this camp is about good habits and trying to teach them drills that they can do in small groups,” Shenandoah University head lacrosse coach Brian Jenkins said. “It is human nature for young athletes to always want to play, and every morning they ask me if we are scrimmaging this morning.

“Playing is a big part of it, but lacrosse is a very much a skilled sport. It is hard to play a game if the skills aren’t there.”

The mixture of high and lower skills worked for the most part, according to Hunter McCann of Charlottesville.

“We all get along,” the rising Albemarle High junior said. “I can catch and throw with both hands. I’m always here playing with guys learning how to catch and throw and helping them out.”

McCann, a midfielder, has played lacrosse since he was 5 years old and appreciates the way campers were brought along.

“The counselors [UMW lacrosse players] work with you one-on-one and they teach you about the team,” he related. “They don’t let you go out there and dominate. They always have something for you to fix.”

Daniel Coats was one of the counselors working with the 12-and-unders, and he noted the group improved its skills significantly since the first days of camp, worked hard and generally maintained its attention span.

Still, there was some friendly banter going on, particularly during the water breaks that occurred every 15-20 minutes.

“I’ve heard a lot of ‘When are we going to scrimmage? Do you have a girlfriend? How many girlfriends have you had?’ Funny stuff like that,” the rising UMW junior said.

While sharpening their individual skills was the top prize, campers also had fringe benefits to strive for — including camper-of-the-day tickets (to trade in for ice cream or soft drinks) for each session, as well as prizes that were handed out at Wednesday’s final session.

“The kids are all great here, and they are enthusiastic,” said Spotsylvania County resident Joe Trippi Sr. as he watched his grandsons Alex and Joey go through their drills.

“They enjoy the game — you can see that, and they are out here in 100-degree temperatures,” he added. “They’re working hard, and I’m over there in the shade sweating.”

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The University of Mary Washington is proud to host a NIKE Lacrosse Camp again in 2008.  Located in Fredericksburg, this camp challenges campers of all abilities to get better results from their lacrosse training and skills.  Campers practice and play at The Battleground Complex, one of the finest facilities in Virginia and host to many NCAA Division III Championships.

15th year  Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach at UMW, Kurt Glaeser  returns as camp director this summer. During his tenure, Glaeser has made the Eagles one of the most competitive squads in the Mid Atlantic Region. Last season, his team went 10-5 and finished second in their conference, marking his third 10 or more win season in a row with a total of 31 wins. A two-time Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Glaeser led his 2002 squad to the Capital Athletic Conference championship game, and set the school record with eleven wins in one of the top conferences in the nation. The 2002 season showed the continuing progression of the program, as UMW ranked nationally in defense for the second straight year, and lost just one game by more than two goals. The Eagles backed up the eleven wins earned in 2002 with ten more in 2003. The UMW squad also returned to the Conference Championships in ’03.  A tri-captain and all conference selection during his playing days at Western Maryland College, Glaeser played under former Towson High coach Bill Thomas.

Profile: Robert Abbott and West Coast Starz Compete At U-15 Championships

Robert Abbott recently got the opportunity to unveil his lacrosse skills on the national stage.

Abbott, a 15-year-old who will be a ninth grader at Ferrucci Junior High School this fall, competed against some of the best lacrosse players in the United States at the U-15 National Championships in Philadelphia, Pa. from July 17 to 20.

Abbott was on the roster of the West Coast Starz, a team comprised of some of the best lacrosse players from Washington, California, Texas, Nevada and Oregon.

“When I heard I was picked for the team I was surprised,” Abbott said. “I knew that I was good but I didn’t think I was that good.”

Lacrosse is a physical sport and that is one particular part of the game where Abbott excels.

“I like to score goals. I like scoring and then after that going to the defensive side where I can knock someone to the ground and get possession,” Abbott said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Even though Abbott is an aggressive player, he still shows respect for all his opponents regardless of the outcome.

“He’s a really level-headed kid. He stays centered,” Robert’s father Graham Abbott said. “Robert doesn’t pump his fist during the games. He’s all business out there.”

Recently, I had an opportunity to ask Robert a few questions about his life outside of lacrosse.

Shaun Scott: What is your favorite movie of all time?

Robert Abbott: “300.” I like the original version. It’s a good story line. Three hundred people went against a huge group and still almost won.

SS: Who do you want to be the next president of the United States?

RA: John McCain. He’s older and actually knows what he’s doing.

SS: What is your favorite restaurant in Puyallup?

RA: The Ram. The ribs there are just awesome.

SS: Where do you see yourself in five years?

RA: I want to be in the Naval Academy. They’ve got an awesome lacrosse team there that I eventually want to join.

SS: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

RA: Don’t get a big head. I got that from my dad.

SS: What is your favorite dinner dish?

RA: Hawaiian pizza and bread sticks. I like the pineapples and whatever else they put together on there. It’s really good.

SS: Who is your favorite athlete of all time?

RA: I have two favorites. One is Gary Gait. He’s the best left-handed lacrosse player of all time. The other is Mike Powell. He’s one of the little guys but he’s still one of the best.