Monthly Archives: October 2008

2008 Hawaii Invitational Lacrosse Recap 

Back safe and sound on the mainland — nice to come back to cold, rainy, miserable weather. Word of advice to anyone leaving Hawaii to come back to cold, rainy, miserable weather: wear more than a sleeveless shirt, shorts and sandals to the airport.

Can’t say enough about all that Wimmer Solutions CEO Matt Sauri and his whole group did for the IL crew during our stay. James Schaffer got some amazing pictures and Joe Sweeney got some awesome video.

Look for a nice spread in the January issue that will give you an inside look at the trip, and for a full spate of videos (from Joe as well as Jack Reid, Brett Queener, Anthony Kelly, Colin Doyle and who knows who else got hold of our extra cameras during the long weekend). Hoping to get all those videos up next week, once Joe gets through all the editing (and recovers from celebrating the Phillies’ win).

And while the product on the field was arguably more impressive than the MLL All-Star Game, a large portion of the intrigue of the Hawaii Invitational is the lifestyle and the down time these guys get to enjoy while they’re there. Pretty ridiculous.

As something of a summary of the trip, I figured I’d compile a Top 7 Moments…

Brett Queener in Action
There were many to choose from (including a nice stick swap with Justin Smith, cooked up while at the pool that afternoon, that Queener failed to put on goal), the best was a coast-to-coast run that ended in a backbreaker. Queener flipped his stick over a middie before half-field, caught it and kept going, then spun through three defensemen and scored. Almost as impressive as when he got horizontal and launched himself into the mud pit in the goal after Wimmer Solutions won the Elite title 10-8 on Sunday. (Since I’ll hear about it if I don’t mention it, Smitty scored on a pretty sweet backbreaker as well.)

Fastbreak Lacrosse
The Elite Division Final was two 25-minute running-time halves, so there was no wasted time and both teams’ longsticks pushed upfield every chance they got. It led to some turnovers, but it was refreshing watching guys like Brodie Merrill, Eric Martin and Crease Monkey Matt Striebel fly around unfettered. Heaped drama on every possession, and still got 18 combined goals too.

Anthony Kelly on a Scooter
I’m seriously surprised the scooter rental place didn’t see a 6-4, 245-pound gorilla coming and shut the door and turn out the lights. A lot of guys got these since they were so cheap and made it so easy to get around the island. The three hours we spent cruising around Oahu, driving down the coast and through the mountains was absolutely breathtaking. A-Train got some great footage (risking life and limb in the process) of some of their adventures.

Kids’ Reactions
Kyle Harrison
and Casey Powell were among the many players that gave their equipment to some local kids after the final, and it was kinda like when the Rolexes fall out of the piñatas in Billy Madison. Kids were literally like “For me? Are you sure?” Similar with the Japanese players, who got autographs and pictures taken with the pro guys before and after scrimmaging Wimmer and the Crease Monkeys on Friday.

Great to see Crease Monkeys co-coach John Grant Jr., (along with Tom Ryan) make the trip as well — given that his playing career recently was put on a one-year hiatus.

Humboldt State Men’s Lacrosse Home Tournament Recap

“The new guys really stepped up and provided a solid defensive effort against Santa Cruz – and our goalie played stellar to keep us in the game until the end.” 

At their first-ever home tournament, The HSU Men’s Lacrosse Club won three games out of four in the Redwood Bowl Saturday and Sunday. The ‘Jacks walked away with 2nd place overall, just four points behind Santa Cruz for the championship title.

The ‘Jacks started undefeated Saturday against Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, and San Jose State. The team’s progress – three wins and zero losses – gave them an open spot to compete against Santa Cruz in Sunday’s championship game.

Midfielder Brooks Gibson was glad to see both seasoned players and new team members playing cohesively on the field.

“A lot of the new guys were very impressive,” Gibson said.

“It’s good that the new players have caught on so quick.”

Six players on the roster had no experience in Lacrosse prior to this year, but they trained for eight weeks in preparation for the tournament.

After the first day of competition, six of the ‘Jacks’ best shooters were sidelined with injuries.

On Sunday, Santa Cruz took the lead early in the faceoff and raised the score 3-1 by halftime. In the second half, both teams raced back and forth across the field to gain possession of the ball. After the ‘Jacks scored their second goal, tensions mounted on the field.

The HSU defense played aggressively, but it wasn’t enough to slow down their opponents. Santa Cruz scored three more times, while the ‘Jacks only put one more goal in the net before the clock ran out. The end score, 7-3, awarded Santa Cruz the championship.

Coach Silvaggio was impressed with his team’s overall performance. “The new guys really stepped up and provided a solid defensive effort against Santa Cruz – and our goalie played stellar to keep us in the game until the end.”

Despite losing to Santa Cruz, the players left the tournament in high spirits with more than one reason to celebrate.

In the past, the ‘Jacks struggled against the very same teams they conquered on Saturday’s winning streak.

Goalie Sam Seidenberg, a film junior, says for years they had trouble recruiting and committing the players to the sport. Before Coach Silvaggio came to organize the team in spring of this year, the ‘Jacks repeatedly lost against universities with larger lineups.

“It was tough because we’d go to tournaments with 10 or 11 players. It was hard to actually win games,” says Seidenberg.

“Before, we got blown out by Southern Oregon and San Jose state. They killed us. So coming out here and playing those teams again was really cool.”

The Lacrosse team will continue to train for the rest of the year in preparation for games in the Spring. After several away games, a match on the home field is slated for April 9 against Dominican University.

In addition to his team’s continued progress, Coach Silvaggio wants to raise awareness of the full range of this sport within the community. Also on the agenda is forming a Women’s Lacrosse Club. With two fully functioning lacrosse teams on campus, Coach Silvaggio says it will promote the sport.

“My hope for the future is that the team will help to create a culture of lacrosse on the Northcoast; something that presently does not exist,” he says.

“It’s the full development of the sport – not just competitively, but culturally.”

Lacrosse Injuries: National ImPACT Concussion Management Program

“…youths heal more quickly than adults in every area but damage to the brain. And then it takes them seven times longer…”

Locker helps administer the local version of the national ImPACT Concussion Management Program, which is also offered through the Ben Hogan Sports Therapy Institute at Harris Methodist in Fort Worth.

The process is not only cheap, it’s painless. Kids answer on-line questions to establish a baseline result. Once a concussion is suspected, they take the 40-minute test again.

If the results are significantly different, athletes are held out of competition until the tests return to normal.

Maybe you need to understand what constitutes a concussion. You don’t have to get knocked out. You might just “get your bell rung.”

A headache could be a sign. Dizziness. Nausea. Blurred vision. Slurred speech. A dozen symptoms in all.

If symptoms worsen, chances are you need to see a doctor.

Here’s why it’s important: Concussions can cause serious long-term damage to anyone, but kids are particularly susceptible.

Locker says youths heal more quickly than adults in every area but damage to the brain. And then it takes them seven times longer.

The difference helps explain why young people are far more susceptible to something called second impact syndrome, a rare but fatal condition that occurs when victims suffer at least two relatively minor concussions in a short time span.

Among those Locker has benched was a Midlothian football player who has committed to Tennessee. The kid wasn’t happy about it, either.

After a week off, his perspective changed.

“I feel a lot better,” he told Locker.

Hayden Wilson figured something was wrong during a game against Fort Worth All Saints on Sept. 19. A 5-6, 145-pound freshman playing on the Episcopal School of Dallas varsity, Hayden, son of Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Wade Wilson, collided with another player in the first quarter.

By halftime, Hayden had a headache. The glare of the stadium lights bothered him, too.

Fortunately, ESD’s athletic trainer recognized the symptoms and made the proper request.

“Can I have your helmet?”

Wilson didn’t get it back until last week.

In the old days, he might have returned to practice after a few days. But the discrepancy between his tests and his baseline results indicated he wasn’t ready.

“I’m really glad that our school has come on board with this,” said Wilson’s mother, Kathy Troutt. “So many kids want to go right back in, and Hayden was no exception.

“I have to tell him, ‘This is your head we’re talking about.’ ”

Locker has tested 2,400 kids representing 20 clubs and schools. He hopes to reach 4,000 by year’s end.

Organizations can purchase 300 tests for $500. Individuals can buy them for $10.

And it’s not just for football players, either. Frankly, no athlete is immune. A recent study by Major League Baseball showed foul tips off a catcher’s mask can cause concussions.

Don’t get me wrong about sports participation. Both my sons play football and baseball. Watching them gives me as much pleasure as they get from it. But I recognize the possibilities, too.

In 1997, I wrote about a distance runner from Round Rock, Texas, who took up Golden Gloves boxing. In his fourth fight and second in as many days, he collapsed after a shot to his left temple.

His father taped the fight. I watched the video. I saw Dylan Baker crumble to the canvas.

“Fell over dead,” is how his father put it.

The coroner ruled second impact syndrome. The reason their oldest son died was some comfort to his parents when I explained it to them, but not nearly enough.

Now that you know what it means, maybe you understand the importance of Locker’s mission. So far this year, he’s held 16 athletes out of action. Sixteen kids no longer in danger. Here’s hoping he benches a bunch more.



• Headache (especially increasing in intensity*)

• Nausea and vomiting*

• Difference in pupil size from right to left eye or dilated pupils*

• Mental confusion/behavior changes

• Dizziness

• Memory loss

• Ringing in ears

• Changes in gait or balance

• Blurry or double vision*

• Slurred speech*

• Noticeable changes in consciousness (difficulty awakening or losing consciousness suddenly)*

• Seizure activity*

• Decreased or irregular pulse or respiration*

*Seek medical attention at the nearest emergency department

Western Collegiate Lacrosse League 2009 Pre-Season Rankings

WCLL Pre-Season Poll
Division 1
1. Sonoma State (9) 90
2. Cal Poly, SLO 67
3. Chico State 63
3. Stanford 63
5. Santa Clara 62
6. California 55
7. UC Davis 41
8. Nevada 26
9. San Jose State 18

Division 2

1. UC Santa Cruz (3) 15
2. St. Mary’s (1) 12
3. Pacific 7
4. UC Merced 6




UC Berkeley Men’s Lacrosse Fall 2008 Schedule

Time Date  Opponent 
1PM Nov1 Stanford @ NDNU
3PM Nov 1 @ NDNU
TDC Nov 15 St. Mary’s Tournament
7PM Dec 5 Alumni Tea/Recruit Game
Underhill Field


2008 Results
Date Opponent
Jan 26 UC Davis 4-3 W
Feb 01 UCSB 7-9 L
Feb 09 Chico State 8-10 L
Feb 16 Washington 15-10 W
Feb 17 UCLA 13-5 W
Feb 29 @ Santa Clara* 6-12 L
Mar 02 UCSD 14-10 W
Mar 15 @ Cal Poly * 9-10 L
Mar 18 @ Dominican  11-4 W
Mar 22 @ University of Florida  9-12 L
Mar 23 @ Southern Florida 20-6 W
Mar 25 @ Central Florida  11-8 W
Apr 05 @ St. Mary’s* 15-8 W
Apr 12 Oregon 9-8 W
Apr 18 Stanford* 9-8 W
Apr 19 Doug Sciutto Golf Tournament     
Apr 20 @ Sonoma State 3-9 L
Apr 26 WCLL Quarterfinals 

University of Nevada Men’s Lacrosse 2009 Schedule


The Pack has finalized its 2009 spring schedule with numerous home games, most notably in-state rivals UNLV. Nevada also takes on many annual powerhouses in the WCLL such as Sonoma State and Cal Poly. In addition Nevada is opening its Fall season October 11th in Chico for their annual fall tournament, and end their fall season in Moraga California at St.Mary’s tournament on November 11th. We still hope that any players interested in playing will come out to a practice or contact the coaching staff through the website.



2009 Game Schedule




Home/ Away




Game Score


Sat, Feb 7




Stanford, CA




Sat, Feb 21



UC Davis

Davis, CA




Fri, Feb 27



Southern Oregon

Reno, NV




Sun, Mar 1



UC Merced

Reno, NV




Sat, Mar 7



St. Mary’s College

Moraga, CA




Sat, Mar 21



San Jose State

San Jose, CA


7 Sun, Mar 22 12pm Away Dominican San Francisco, CA Division II  


Fri, Mar 27



Chico State

Reno, NV




Sun, Mar 29



Sonoma State

Reno, NV




Fri, Apr 3




Reno, NV




Sun, Apr 5



Portland State

Reno, NV




Sat, Apr 11




Berkeley, CA




Sun, Apr 19



Cal Poly

Reno, NV




Sat, Apr 25



Santa Clara

Reno, NV




UCSB Women’s Lacrosse Goes 2-1 In OC Play-Day in Newport Coast, CA

Newport Coast, CA – The UCSB Fall Ball Squad won two and lost one at the inaugural OC Play-Day at Newport Ridge Park. Family Weekend at UCSB and the extraction

of two wisdom teeth for one player left the Gauchos short-handed on experience with five ‘A’ Team candidates not traveling. Their absence, coupled with seven Gauchos being abroad for the Fall, opened up playing time for a mix of eager UCSB players who made the short drive to Orange County to play some lacrosse. Two returning ‘A’ Team starters, Ashley Antoon-Algieri and Katie Moran, made the trip. The rest of the Gauchos were out to prove themselves and have fun doing it.The play-day consisted of three 40 minute scrimmages for each of the four teams participating. The day started for four Gauchos when they were borrowed by a short-handed Tricheck team for the first game of the day. The request came almost as UCSB players were climbing out of their vans to get ready to warm up for the game afterward. The four Gauchos played all 40 minutes and contributed to a Tricheck win over Team OC. Then the tournament started for real for UCSB as they played the first game on their schedule. The Gauchos fielded a frosh/soph team for the UC Irvine scrimmage, including two rookies starting and playing in their first lacrosse game. The fresh faces were quick to set the pace against UC Irvine in a 10-3 success. In the first 20 minute half the Gauchos led 5-1 at half-time.

“It was nice to see the rookies experience success together,” said head coach Paul Ramsey. “It’s a strong class so that success wasn’t unexpected but for them to experience it was good.”


The pace quickened when a group made up of UCSB veterans and some of the rookies took the field to face Team OC. The Gauchos led 8-4 at half-time with some nice transition play and some assisted goals. Team OC is a high school select team representing the best of Orange County. It trains together throughout the year except during the C.I.F. season and it includes at least three known NCAA Division One early signees. A fired up Team OC came out strong in the second half at the same time the Gauchos started subbing liberally. Team OC
pulled to within striking distance

but UCSB held on for a 12-11 win.”Some would say going into that situation at less than full strength is bad scheduling,” commented Ramsey. “However, I think missing multiple starters and still being competitive playing with a whole bunch of new faces is a good thing.”
Ramsey thought Melissa Humphreys (Coronado / UC Berkeley ) gave Team OC an advantage on the draw while Anna Maria Carabini (St. Margaret’s / St. Mary’s ) controlled play and possession on the attacking end. Francie Crowell (Los Alamitos / Notre Dame ) kept working her way inside on dodges to both score goals and assist while she was on the move.

He says they weren’t the only three on the field who can play ball either. “There were a bunch of other good players on that team, too, in addition to the three we know have signed early,” said Ramsey.



At the end of the day UCSB faced a Tricheck team the Gauchos had beaten 18-11 last week but this time around Tricheck picked up the previously mentioned Carabini, Crowell and Humphreys to supplement their roster. UCSB seemed in control for most of the first stanza but then the Los Angeles based post-collegiate team and ringers surged for three unanswered goals to close the first half ahead 6-5. Play was mostly even after the intermission with the two teams just about trading goals but Tricheck was still ahead by that one goal with time running out. A UCSB goal tied it at 8-8 but then in the closing moments Tricheck put in another two goals for the 10-8 final.Ramsey commented, “that one was tough because we turned the ball over three or four times in a row on offense to close out the first half and it gave them life going into half-time.”

Tricheck capitalized on those UCSB turnovers with the three unanswered goals to take that 6-5 lead.



“When it got down to less than two minutes in the first half one or two attempts at good looks on offense by us instead of forcing it like we did and we could have gone into half-time up 5-3 or maybe 6-3,” Ramsey concluded.The two minutes at the end of the first half of this one notwithstanding, though, the Gauchos had a good outing in the OC.



Lacrosse Box Score (Final)
2009 Women’s Lacrosse
2008 Fall Ball Squad vs UC Irvine (Oct 26, 2008 at Newport Coast, CA)


SCORE BY PERIOD                 1  2  Tot
2008 Fall Ball Squad……….  5  5 – 10
UC Irvine…………………        1  2 –  3

Lacrosse Box Score (Final)
2009 Women’s Lacrosse
2008 Fall Ball Squad vs Team OC (Oct 26, 2008 at Newport Coast, CA)


SCORE BY PERIOD                 1  2  Tot
2008 Fall Ball Squad……….  8  4 – 12
Team OC…………………..      4  7 – 11