Monthly Archives: September 2008

InsideLacrosse Video: “Ryan Powell- Finalizer Instructional”


“Southwestern Collegiate Conference”: Newly Formed College Lacrosse Conference Has “Day To Meet Coaches”


Southwestern Collegiate Conference 

San Diego Area High School Seniors and their parents are invited to meet the Coaches of the Southwestern Collegiate Conference, the newly formed Lacrosse Conference consisting of some of the best college lacrosse teams in the country. Former members of the WCLL   (Western Collegiate Lacrosse League).



This is an open session for you to gain valuable knowledge about our member schools such as: UC San Diego, San Diego State University, Loyola Marymount, UC Santa Barbara, U. or San Diego, Biola, UCLA, Chapman, Arizona State, University of Arizona, UNLV, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, and many others excellent schools! 


4:00 – 5:30pm

Saturday, Oct. 4th

Aztec Recreation Center Mtg. Rm A & B



(Parking $1/hour)



From I-8, exit at College Ave. and go South.

Turn Right at Montezuma.

Turn Right at 55th Street and make the next left into the parking structure.

Aztec Recreation Center is located just a block further on the opposite side of the street next to Cox Arena.

The ARC rooms A & B are on your left before you enter the Center.








This event is totally FREE!





Peter Worstell’s “California Gold” 2009 Lacrosse Invitational Announced

Southern California Seminar Announced: “College Choices: Guiding The Scholar-Athlete”

For Immediate Release                                                             September 28, 2008

Contact: Tom Kovic

Phone: 610-620-3189



College Choices: Guiding the Scholar-Athlete

Former Division I College Coach Tom Kovic to Present

at Foothill High School on College Advisement



[Boothwyn, Pa.]  Tom Kovic, former University of Pennsylvania Head Gymnastics Coach and current director of Victory Collegiate Consulting has been invited to speak at Foothill High School (Santa Ana, CA) on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 6:30 pm in the high school theater.


The topic Kovic chose to present is “Guiding the Scholar-Athlete.” The 60 minute presentation will provide a practical approach that high school student-athletes, families and coaches may utilize in developing individual plans for the college athletics recruiting process.


“I believe the college experience is probably the most important time in the life of our children that it will strongly shape their purpose and direction for the rest of their lives. The goal of Kovic’s talk is to provide families with pertinent information that will help them organize efficiently and develop the confidence needed to arrive at their best-educated college choice.”


The presentation will be interactive and provide participants with an inside look at college recruiting and how to position the prospective student-athlete as they navigate the college search. Communication with college coaches, developing a winning portfolio and building a strong and organized plan of action, are just some of the specific topics Kovic will discuss. The presentation will assist families and athletes from all sports.


Kovic spent 19 years as the Head Women’s Gymnastics Coach at the University of Pennsylvania, where he led the Quakers to eight Ivy League championships, two ECAC titles and 46 individual conference champions. He launched Victory Collegiate Consulting in 2006 as an educational advisement service that assists families and their children in navigating the college athletics recruiting search.


The fee for the presentation is $49.00 and families can register online at: For further information on choosing the best college for your student-athlete visit Victory Collegiate Consulting, at: or contact Tom Kovic at:


Under Armour All-American Senior Highlights

NCAA Lacrosse Sponsorship: Women’s Programs Surpass Men’s Lacrosse

At the college level, the NCAA issues an annual report on sports sponsorship, participation, and squad size. Their most recent report contains detailed information by gender and division for the period from 1982 through 2007. Since the early to mid 90s, the number of schools sponsoring women’s lacrosse has grown sharply and has surpassed the number for men. For men’s lacrosse, the bulk of the growth has occurred in Division III, while for women’s lacrosse, both Division I and (especially) Division III have enjoyed sharp growth rates.



See the full report, which has numerous graphs that depict the trends for sponsorship, participation, and squad size. There is also a link to a PDF file that has tables for men and women, by division and overall, with the relevant numbers.

Michael Allan, Former UCSB And UCLA Lacrosse Head Coach Joins Towson University Lacrosse Coaching Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Michael Allan, who has spent the last five seasons as head coach of the University of California-Santa Barbara club lacrosse team, has been named as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the Tiger men’s lacrosse team, it has been announced by Head Coach Tony Seaman.

In addition to his head coaching experience, Allan recently completed his third season as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Riptide of Major League Lacrosse. As a member of John Tucker’s staff, Allan helped the Riptide to a 22-14 record and a pair of postseason appearances. The Riptide set a team record by compiling a 9-3 record in 2007 and reached the MLL championship game.

“Michael Allan brings us a wealth of lacrosse coaching experience covering tenures as a head coach, an assistant coach at the college level in addition to his experience at the professional level,” Seaman says. “We welcome him with open arms to the Towson Lacrosse program.”

During his tenure at UCSB, Allan led the Gauchos to an 83-22 record and two MCLA/US Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates national titles. The Gauchos also won three Western Collegiate Lacrosse League championships in five years.

Prior to joining the UCSB staff, Allan spent four seasons as the head coach for the UCLA club team and led the Bruins to the WCLL quarter-finals three times. The Bruins also earned their only top 25 national ranking in the program’s history in 2000 when they were ranked 16th.

A 1998 graduate of Princeton University, Allan helped the Tigers win three consecutive NCAA titles from 1996 to 1998 while posting a 43-2 record during that span.

A native of Baltimore, Allan is a graduate of Gilman School where he played for Tucker and the Greyhounds.


High School Boys Lacrosse Sponsorship By Schools Increases Nearly 100% Since 2001 To 1,815

Lacrosse at the high school level has grown almost 100% just since 2001. While it may still not challenge the top 10 sports in terms of sponsorship, it is continuing to expand rapidly while most other sports are not. In fact, lacrosse remains the second fastest growing sport among those that are in the top 15 in popularity. What’s number 1, you ask? Well, that sport does involve lots of contact … but it’s between balls and pins.

B O Y S – S P O N S O R S H I P
Sport Schools % Change
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 07
Basketball 17,135 17,135 17,333 17,389 17,482 17,535 17,762 17,861 0.6% 4.2%
Track & Field (outdoor) 15,016 15,261 15,195 15,221 15,294 15,497 15,709 15,835 0.8% 5.5%
Baseball 14,791 14,924 14,988 14,984 15,161 15,290 15,458 15,720 1.7% 6.3%
Football (11-player) 13,454 13,509 13,642 13,680 13,671 13,727 13,922 13,987 0.5% 4.0%
Golf 12,812 13,031 13,120 12,921 13,152 13,267 13,541 13,647 0.8% 6.5%
Cross Country 12,245 12,456 12,574 12,649 12,727 13,110 13,354 13,485 1.0% 10.1%
Soccer 9,846 9,903 10,103 10,219 10,392 10,580 11,066 11,122 0.5% 13.0%
Wrestling 9,404 9,578 9,543 9,526 9,562 9,744 9,445 10,090 6.8% 7.3%
Tennis 9,767 9,365 9,411 9,427 9,426 9,706 9,438 9,576 1.5% -2.0%
Swimming & Diving 5,396 5,540 5,588 5,758 5,878 6,224 6,358 6,428 1.1% 19.1%
Track & Field (indoor) 2,092 2,242 2,135 2,185 2,295 2,394 2,725 3,095 13.6% 47.9%
Bowling 794 1,046 1,281 1,477 1,768 1,954 2,089 2,261 8.2% 184.8%
Volleyball 1,716 1,804 1,650 1,683 1,688 1,726 2,006 2,006 0.0% 16.9%
Lacrosse 938 992 1,107 1,156 1,334 1,395 1,588 1,815 14.3% 93.5%
Ice Hockey 1,317 1,395 1,427 1,467 1,474 1,503 1,576 1,564 -0.8% 18.8%

Data on school sponsorship and student participation are compiled annually by the National Federation of State High School Associations, and we have again created a summary of the NFHS data, which includes both data tables and graphs that present figures for the top 15 boys’ and girls’ sports from 2001 through 2008. Over that period, the number of high schools sponsoring boys’ and girls’ lacrosse increased by 93.5% and 98.1%, respectively. The number of students participating in lacrosse rose by 98.1% for boys and 88.5% for girls. For more detailed information, see the link above.


Note that the NFHS’s universe is limited, so there are, for example, more than 1,000 boys’ lacrosse teams and their participants that are not included in the totals. In many states, the NFHS umbrella does not include all schools. High schools in states where lacrosse is not officially sanctioned are simply not reflected in the NFHS figures.

Natalie Cummins, Foothill High School ’08, Makes 2009 Brown University Women’s Lacrosse Roster

Natalie Cummins, a Freshman at Brown University in Providence, RI, has been selected to play for the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse Team. A top student-athlete, Natalie was First Team All-Orange County, Tustin Co-Player of the Year, Co-Captain, and Knight of the Year for the 2008 Lady Knights Varsity Squad which lost to Los Alamitos in the Orange County Semi Finals. She played Center Middie for the Varsity Girls Team and was a 4 year Varsity Starter. She controlled 60% of her draws, scored 40 goals, had 22 assists, and fielded 102 groundballs.

Head Coach Keely McDonald

A 2000 Brown University graduate and former Bears lacrosse standout, Keely McDonald returned to her alma mater to head the Brown women’s lacrosse program during the fall of 2004 following assistant coaching stints at Princeton and Northwestern.

In six years, McDonald has coached 10 Regional All-Americans and five National All-Americans. In three years at Brown, eight of McDonald’s players have been recognized with All-Ivy honors and three have earned IWLCA Northeast Regional All-American recognition. Last season, Kiki Manners and Molly McCarthy became McDonald’s second and third Regional All-Americans, and were two of just five freshmen in the Northeast Region, nine nationally, to earn this distinction. The duo, who were Brown’s first-ever freshmen to earn Regional All-American recognition, also earned a spot on the inaugural All-Freshman Team. In all, McDonald has coached 17 All-Ivy players, including nine at Princeton. She has also coached three past Tewaaraton Award candidates, and either coached or recruited five players on the 2006 Tewaaraton watchlist.

The first assistant at Princeton during the 2004 season, McDonald helped to lead the Tigers to a #1 ranking for the entire season, winning 19 straight games before dropping their only contest of the year in the National Championship game. Working with three-time National Champion head coach Chris Sailer at Princeton, McDonald gained tremendous experience, helping to coach four First Team National All-Americans, the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year, and leading the #1 defensive system in the country with a 6.11 GAA.

Prior to joining the Tiger staff, McDonald served as the first assistant coach at Northwestern, playing an integral role in transitioning the team from Club level to varsity Division I status. During her three years with the Wildcats, McDonald worked alongside head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller to build a solid program which is now a national contender, losing to Virginia in the 2004 National Quaterfinals in just the team’s third year of existence, and winning the past three National Championships.

As an undergraduate at Brown, McDonald started at Midfield/Attack all four years with the Bears, earning Second Team All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy in 2000. She finished her career with 86 points (66g, 20a), including 27 (21g, 6a) as a freshman in 1997, and ranking among the team’s top five scorers in each of her four seasons.

San Jose State University Men’s Lacrosse Moves To Division 1 In WCLL

By: Adam Murphy, The Spartan Daily

“Little Brother of War” was a physical game played by Native Americans that involved short sticks with small nets and fabric balls. The game, which lasted for days, was referred to by European observers as a brutal fight, according to the Smithsonian’s Web site.

The game was eventually renamed lacrosse, according to the article, but is essentially the same sport, except now it is a little shorter.
Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, according to Derek de Lemos, men’s lacrosse club head coach.

“Just at our practice yesterday, we had four kids come out that played at the high school level. They were all very talented,” de Lemos said.

The fast pace of the game is part of the reason that lacrosse has gained popularity so quickly.

“It’s the fastest game on two feet. It’s entertaining. It’s a combo of soccer and field hockey,” said fifth-year captain and creator of the lacrosse club Tyler Macaulay.

“There are big hits and great goals and my frat tailgates to the home games,” Macaulay said.

Lacrosse is a spring sport and SJSU is scheduled to play its first game on Feb. 7, but the team has been competing in tournaments during the offseason and practicing three times a week.

The team is scheduled to travel to Chico on Oct. 11, to compete against seven other teams, but it is the upcoming season in Division 1 that has the players excited.

“Playing schools like Berkeley, Stanford and Santa Clara is not only good for testing our talent but good for our fans,” said third-year defender Neil Figlia.

The competition will be all new next year, but de Lemos is confident the club can handle the pressure.

“This year we have two, possibly three really good goalies,” de Lemos said. “We should have one of the best defenses on the West Coast. We just have to see if we can score.”

Lacrosse at SJSU has grown remarkably considering it is a cash-strapped club sport with an annual fund of somewhere around $18,000, de Lemos said.

All the players pay dues to fund the team and participate in fundraisers to cover the cost.

“Costs range from $750 to $1200 for each player, depending on travel costs and road trips,” Figlia said.

The Spartans belong to the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League, or the WCLL, and look to keep growing as they climb the ladder from Division 2 to Division 1.

“The team has grown a lot,” Macaulay said. “When we first started it, we were just a bunch of guys that wanted to play lacrosse, and now we are part of the WCLL, part of an actual league, and now we are Division 1.”

This season will be a crucial one for the departing players such as captain Tyler Macaulay, but also for the incoming freshmen to step up into leadership roles and help the club reach the next level.

“We have a young team, and I just want to see us progress and for some of the new guys to step up into leadership roles,” Macaulay said.

Hopes are high for the new season despite the jump to a more competitive league and a large amount of freshmen lacing up for games.

Anyone can try out for the team, regardless of skill level and time played.

“We are always open to new guys joining as long as they have the drive to succeed,” Figlia said.

That drive to succeed is what has transformed this club from a group of friends into a WCLL Division 1 team competing against the best in the state.

“Our goal is to be the heart of lacrosse on the West Coast,” de Lemos said.