Daily Archives: October 23, 2008

Lacrosse Injuries: “Second-Impact Syndrome” Concussions Can Lead To Coma or Death

“According to concussion experts, teenagers who sustain another blow to the head before they have recovered from a concussion are susceptible to second-impact syndrome — a condition in which arteries swell and pressure builds in the brain, often leading to a coma or death.”


Five days after a junior linebacker at Montclair High School died from a head injury sustained in a junior varsity game, the athletic director said Tuesday night that school officials planned to meet this week to develop a written policy for dealing with students who sustain concussions.

The athletic director, John Porcelli, said the policy would outline how students who sustain head injuries during games or practices should be examined. The policy would also explain the proper procedures for clearing students to return to playing after concussions have been diagnosed.

Last Thursday, Ryne Dougherty died of a brain hemorrhage, three days after he was injured while making a tackle. The injury came less than a month after Dougherty sustained a concussion during a practice Sept. 18.

Montclair High School said Dougherty received medical clearance on Oct. 6 to return to the team. Dougherty played one down in a varsity game Oct. 10 and sustained the second injury on Oct. 13 while playing in a junior varsity game.

The school’s interim principal, Judith Weiss, said last week that she had overheard at least one teammate lamenting that he had not told school officials that Dougherty was complaining of postconcussion symptoms after he had been cleared.

According to concussion experts, teenagers who sustain another blow to the head before they have recovered from a concussion are susceptible to second-impact syndrome — a condition in which arteries swell and pressure builds in the brain, often leading to a coma or death.

Porcelli said in a telephone interview that the school had not been negligent in the case of Dougherty. The creation of a policy, Porcelli said, would provide the school with a uniformed way of dealing with the issue in the future.

“We want everyone at the school to know what the policy is and be on the same page,” Porcelli said. “No matter what sport, we want to have a policy in place.”

The concussion policy disclosure came as Montclair High prepared for its game without its starting quarterback, Luke Iovine IV, who sustained a concussion during last Saturday’s victory over Ridgewood that was dedicated to Dougherty.

Iovine was injured as he tried to scramble for a first down. His father, Luke Iovine III, said Tuesday in a telephone interview that a mild concussion in his son had been diagnosed by a neurologist. Iovine will not play until he is symptom-free for at least a week, the father said.

“I have had to learn a lot since Saturday and have been reading a lot of articles about concussions because I didn’t have any education on this,” Luke Iovine III, who played quarterback for Montclair High (1981-82), said.

He added: “I don’t know what the school’s policy is, and what I have learned since Saturday is that there are neurological guidelines for the return of an athlete to contact sports after suffering a concussion.”

Anthony Delfico, an orthopedist who was the doctor on call at the Ridgewood game, said in a telephone interview Tuesday that he was not aware of a uniform concussion policy for high schools in New Jersey. Delfico said he referred to the American College of Sports Medicine, which said that a player should not return to the field until he had been examined by a medical doctor.

Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational Tournament 2008

The 18th Annual Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational Tournament will be held October 24th-26th, 2008 at Kapiolani Park . Since 1991, the Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational has welcomed men and women lacrosse players from across the globe as well as kama‘aina for a weekend of world-class lacrosse, live entertainment, free clinics and more.

The tournament has three divisions for the men (Elite, Masters and Grandmasters), one division for women (Elite) and last year introduced the first College Cup for teams that have a majority of players at the collegiate level or within three years of graduating.

Last year, the tournament featured 35 teams from the Mainland, Japan, Canada and Hawaii, bringing more than 1,000 people to Waikiki to play and watch “the fastest game on two feet.” The Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational is the nation’s premier fall lacrosse tournament, and this year’s participants will include professional lacrosse players John Grant, Jr., Matt Striebel and John Christmas.

Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Aloha Youth Lacrosse Association (AYLA), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance boys and girls youth lacrosse in Hawaii. Sponsors of this year’s event include Dolphin Excursions Hawaii, Lulu’s Waikiki, HonBlue, Coors Light, Talon Lacrosse, Warrior Lacrosse and Jax Lax Sports.

        Friday, October 24
        4:30 pm                       Youth lacrosse clinic
        6:00 pm – 9:00pm        Welcome Party (Lulu’s Waikiki)

        Saturday, October 25
        8:30 am – 4:30 pm       Tournament 1st & 2nd rounds

        Sunday, October 26
        8:30 am – 12:30 pm     Tournament final rounds
        1:30 pm – 3:30pm        Men’s Championship Games
        1:30 pm – 3:30pm        Women’s Championship Games
        4:00 pm                       Tournament Closing Ceremony
        7:00 pm                       Party at Lulu’s Waikiki


“…That’s right — Hawaii. Where the air is so dewy-sweet you don’t even have to lick the stamps.

The Inside Lacrosse team of myself, art director James Schaffer and multimedia manager Joe Sweeney will be bringing you the sights and sounds and all that there is to the Hawaii Invitational thanks to an all-access pass with Wimmer Solutions’ stacked all-star squad.

Nothing against Vail and Ocean City and Lake Placid, and even what sounds like a burgeoning tournament in Las Vegas. But Hawaii is another level. That’s all there is to it.

Justin Smith just emailed me a pic of the ocean from his convertible and I got fired up enough to grab a Corona out of my fridge to wash down this column. Every year I’ve worked at IL, at least half a dozen people have asked me if I’m going to Hawaii. As sure as Carp’s wearing an ugly hat right now, the answer has always been no. But soon I will be able to say I’ve experienced what is THE preeminent club tournament in the world, set on the most beautiful stage in Waikiki, Hawaii.

So how does this benefit you? Who cares?
Just kidding.

It benefits you because we will be bringing you Schaff’s stunning photos and Sweeney’s edgy videos — all tied together with my insightful story-telling. I can’t promise how much live blogging I’ll be doing because, well, we’ll be in Hawaii and I want to savor every last drop. I will check in when I can.

BUT, I can promise you that upon arriving home we will give you everything we got: photo galleries, tons of videos (action, interviews, likely some solid tomfoolery), audio interviews and the inside scoop from a team that has to be a favorite to win it all.

The roster Wimmer’s Matt Sauri has put together would rival any MLL team — possibly even any national team. Let’s see, the list includes:
Casey Powell
Ryan Powell
Matt Alrich
Kevin Huntley
Colin Doyle
Kyle Harrison
Steven Brooks
Joe Walters
Justin Smith
Tim Booth
Anthony Kelly
Jarett Park
Brodie Merrill
Eric Martin
Jack Reid
Brett Queener

Yeah, it’s absurd. We start off with a team welcome reception Thursday night and a game Friday afternoon. Couple more games Saturday and then, if all goes according to plan, the championship is 1 p.m. Hawaii time on Sunday.

Throw all that talent together, mix in the sun and surf in paradise, toss in what I hear is a pretty insane Halloween party Sunday night (I just grabbed a costume at Toys R Us), and you should have some great content for InsideLacrosse.com and Inside Lacrosse Magazine (check the January issue for a full spread).






Acclaimed local band Manoa DNA will perform 7-10pm



Chips, Salsa & Guacamole

Steamed Seasonal  Vegetables

Crab Cakes

Fresh Vegetable Quesadillas

Chicken and Pineapple Satay

Prime Rib Carving Station

Fresh Garden Salad


Special recognition will be given to US Lacrosse participants and guests.

Pacific University Women’s Lacrosse Program Enters Third Season


“In their second season as a varsity program, the Pacific women’s lacrosse team took another big step in building their program. After winning just one game during their inaugural 2007 season, the Boxers improved to a 3-10 record thanks to an impressive start to the year.

After going 0-2 to start the season, the Boxers outlasted Linfield in a close contest to earn their first home victory and their first victory over the rival Wildcats, 14-13, on Mar. 13. Mimi Takamune scored the game-winner with just over two minutes left for the team’s first win at the new Lincoln Park Stadium.

The trend continued in the Boxers’ next two games. In their next game, Pacific made it two straight victories over upstart Fontbonne University of St. Louis, Mo., taking a convincing 13-4 victory from the Griffins. The Boxers then did themselves one better in their next game on Mar. 20, holding the Crusaders to just two goals in each half and outshooting Dallas 39-16 to run away with a 14-4 win.

The three-game win streak was all the Boxers would as Pacific came out on the losing end of a number of close contests in their remaining eight games. The Boxers saw a second half rally fall short in a 22-20 loss to Oberlin on Mar. 24. The Boxers then dropped a pair of games at home against a pair of experienced New York programs, falling 14-7 to Potsdam and 19-12 to Oswego State.

After dropping a 16-15 heartbreaker at Linfield on Apr. 9, watching the Wildcats come back from a 10-3 deficit, Pacific never quite got back to the level of play they experienced at the start of the season. The Boxers lost each of their final four games by five goals or more.

Head Coach Wynne Lobel

Wynne Lobel is in her third season as Pacific’s head women’s lacrosse coach, continuing in her quest to build a competitive program in Forest Grove and enhance the popularity of the game in Oregon and the Northwest.

After spending one season building a team and teaching newcomers the game, Lobel led the first Pacific lacrosse on the field for the 2007 season. The program earned its first victory on Mar. 25, 2007, beating Fontbonne University of St. Louis, Mo., 12-11.

For her efforts on and off the field, her peers in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) elected Lobel as the 2007 NCAA Division III West Region Coach of the Year. It is the fourth time in her six-year career that she has earned coach of the year distinctions.

Lobel has built a resume full of success in a relatively young lacrosse career. She was the head women’s lacrosse coach for four seasons at Plymouth State College in Plymouth, N.H., leading each of her teams to Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship each season. She led the Panthers to their first NCAA Division III national tournament appearance in 2001 and led the Panthers to the second round in their 2004 campaign.

In 2001, Lobel was recognized by her peers as the New England Women’s Lacrosse Association (NEWLA) Coach of the Year, and earned Little East Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003 and 2004. In addition, she was named the NCAA Division III New England Region Coach of the Year in 2004.

After leaving Plymouth State in 2004, Lobel created and directed i-lacrosse, a summer program that included summer camps and international lacrosse playing opportunities for women.

In addition to her coaching duties, Lobel serves as Pacific’s senior woman administrator. She also serve as a coach’s education program facilitator for U.S. Lacrosse and is a field director for Rhino Lacrosse, a youth camp program directed by Portland LumberJax standout Ryan Powell. She also serves as a field director for Player’s Choice Lacrosse Camps in Massachusetts. Lobel has also served as a member of the ECAC and NCAA Division III tournament selection committees.

Prior to Plymouth State, Lobel spent one season as an assistant coach at Boston College and spent the 1998-99 season as the women’s lacrosse and field hockey coach at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. She played four seasons of lacrosse and field hockey at Ithaca College in New York. She was selected as Ithaca’s field hockey MVP in 1992.

Video Interview: Yale University Women’s Lacrosse Coach Anne Phillips

University of the Pacific Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Game




On Saturday Oct. 25, the Pacific Lacrosse alumni will return to campus to visit old teammates and challenge the current Pacific team in a game of lacrosse. A number of alumni have committed to playing, so there is sure to have a great turnout.

Although the alumni have won the past couple of years, this year Pacific plans to get back in the win column. Last year they lost by just a hair with Alumni at 11 and Pacific at 9.
“We’ve got some key new additions to the team this year and we’re excited at a chance of redeeming our close loss last year,” says midfielder junior Drew Bayly.
The game is this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. on Gardemeyer Field, which is located right behind Monagan Hall. Come out to enjoy the beautiful weather and support one of Pacific’s most popular club sports.

University of Arizona Men’s Lacrosse 2009 Schedule


2009 University of Arizona Lacrosse Schedule
14-Feb Pac-10 shootout-Washington Stanford
15-Feb Pac-10 shootout-Stanford Stanford
21-Feb OPEN home
26-Feb utah home
28-Feb SDSU San diego
29-Feb UCSD San diego
8-Mar Virginia tech home
14-Mar BYU home
18-Mar Florida state tallahassee
20-Mar Florida   Gainesville
25-Mar UCSB home
28-Mar USD home
12-Apr Simon Fraser Home
18-Apr Arizona State home
24-Apr SCLC Tournament San Diego
25-Apr SCLC Tournament San diego
26-Apr SCLC Tournament San diego
12-May MCLA Tournament TBD
13-May MCLA Tournament TBD
14-May MCLA Tournament TBD
15-May MCLA Tournament TBD
16-May MCLA Tournament TBD