Daily Archives: October 24, 2008

Profile: University of Denver Women’s Lacrosse Coach Liza Kelly

Liza Kelly is in her third season as head coach of the University of Denver.

Kelly led the Pioneers to a record of 13-6 overall and 5-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, concluding the 2008 season ranked No. 19 in the nation. In 2007, Kelly steered DU to its best season with a 16-3 mark and a 5-0 sweep of the MPSF schedule, ending the season ranked No. 15. In her first two years at DU, Kristie Leggio (2007) and Kelly O’Connell (2008) were named MSPF Player of the Year and All-American Second Team honorees.

LaxBuzz asked Liza two questions about the 2008-2009 Denver Women’s Lacrosse program:


LAXBUZZ: What is your outlook for 2008-2009 season?

LIZA KELLY: “I am extremely excited about the 09 season. We return a core of our starters and our freshmen class is really pushing the upperclassmen to improve on a daily bases. Our schedule provides us with a number of challenges in and out of conference and our summer trip to Australia has truly improved our overall team chemistry.”

 LAXBUZZ: What do you look for in recruits?

LIZA KELLY: “When recruiting I really try to fill what we lose by graduation. I look for athletic players that have the potential to improve and the passion for the sport to do so. I want student-athletes that want to be challenged every day and that aren’t afraid “to give up the good to go for the great”.



In addition to her duties with Denver’s team, Kelly serves on the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse committee.

Prior to DU, Kelly served five years as the head coach at Boston University. The Baltimore native posted an impressive 64-33 (.660) mark as head coach at BU, including consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and America East regular season and playoff championships in 2005 and 2006. The Terriers finished in the top-10 in the national rankings the last two seasons under Kelly, who earned two America East Coach of the Year honors during her five-year tenure at BU.

Kelly, a collegiate All-American at the University of Delaware and former member of the U.S. National team, led the 2006 BU squad to its second consecutive NCAA Tournament after posting a 15-5 record en route to capturing the America East regular season and playoff championships. The 2005 squad, which strung together 14 consecutive wins before falling to Virginia in the NCAA quarterfinals, posted an 18-2 record and finished the regular season ranked third in the nation, the highest ranking ever for a women’s team at BU. Seniors Anne Sheridan and Alyssa Trudel, who each earned America East Player of the Year honors during their stellar careers, became the first two players in program history to earn first-team All-America honors. Kelly earned IWLCA North Region and America East Coach of the Year honors after the campaign. Overall, Kelly led BU to five consecutive America East regular-season championships and three NCAA tournament appearances as head coach.

In 2004, Kelly led the Terriers to their sixth consecutive appearance in the America East Championship game while the team was ranked as high as No. 10 in the nation. Despite facing six top-20 teams, the Terriers posted a 9-10 overall record and a 5-1 mark in America East play. In just her second season at the helm in 2003, Kelly guided the Terriers to the America East title and their second trip to the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship. The Terriers compiled a 14-5 record, including a perfect 5-0 record in league play, earning Kelly her first America East Coach of the Year honor and a nomination for National Coach of the Year. In her first season in 2002, the Terriers won the America East Championship and recorded an 8-11 overall mark.

During Kelly’s tenure, 24 players were named to the America East Honor Roll, while five received selection to the Commissioner’s High Honor Roll. In addition, six Terriers received IWLCA Academic Honor Roll accolades. During her five seasons at BU, 15 different Terriers earned a combined 26 selections to the all-conference first team, while 11 players received a combined 19 regional All-America accolades, including the first two first-team All-Americans in program history.

Before taking over the reins at BU, Kelly served under Linda Ohrin as an assistant coach at Towson University for three years. Kelly coached the Tigers’ defense and assisted in scouting and recruiting.

Kelly has held a number of coaching positions. In addition to traveling throughout the U. S. teaching lacrosse, she has been an ambassador for the game of lacrosse all over the world. In 1995, she traveled to Tokyo, Japan, to teach the sport to Japanese University students

Humboldt State University Lacrosse Hosts Five-Team Tournament

“The tournament features Portland State, Southern Oregon, UC Santa Cruz and San Jose State and gets under way at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with the action scheduled to go all day.”


Almost 700 years of sporting tradition will be on display at Humboldt State this weekend, and for the curious at heart here on the North Coast, this will be a chance to take it all in like never before.

Beginning Saturday, the Jacks will host a five-team lacrosse tournament at the Redwood Bowl, giving sports fans an opportunity to witness a game that has been around in one form or another dating back to the 14th century.

“It’s the first time we’ve had a tournament here,” said team coach Tony Silvaggio. “We wanted to showcase what the sport of lacrosse is all about.”

The sport originated in the Native American community and was originally played on fields more than a mile wide between teams of hundreds of players in games that could last several days.

It was played not just as a sport, but also to decide conflicts between various tribes.

Nowadays, it is played with 10 players on each team, with a small rubber ball and sticks featuring a small loose net at the top, and the objective is to catch, carry and pass the ball upfield before scoring in your opponents’ small goal.

The tradition has been alive and well on the East Coast for several generations and is played in high schools as well as in several big name colleges.

On the West Coast, however, the sport of lacrosse has often been overlooked, although it has gained popularity in California in recent times, in part due to the television coverage and a professional league.

The Jacks have played lacrosse for the past three decades, although the sport’s popularity has risen to new heights this season.

And the new club coaches are determined to make some noise locally.

“The club team has been going for a while, but we’re just starting to take off right now,” said Silvaggio. “We don’t have a culture of lacrosse here, and for years we kind of struggled, but now we’ve got some organization. We’re going to work with the local grammar and junior high schools to get the sport in the school system and to give the kids here another sport to play.”

And for Silvaggio, who teaches in the HSU sociology department, it all begins with building the club team, which has 26 players on hand, well up from recent years.

The sport is also taught as a course on campus, which has attracted several newcomers to the team, although, according to the coach, roughly 60 percent of the players have played the game in high school.

“We have a lot of young players, a lot of freshmen,” Silvaggio said. “And a lot of freshmen who have played before, freshmen who will grow with the team. For the past decade, the club team hasn’t had a lot of organization, but this year we have a lot of young players committed to the team.”

The season gets under way in earnest in the spring, but for now the Jacks are hoping to get the word out on one of the oldest sports around, and that begins with this weekend’s tournament.

The tournament features Portland State, Southern Oregon, UC Santa Cruz and San Jose State and gets under way at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with the action scheduled to go all day.

A tradition like no other

WHAT IS LACROSSE: The sport of lacrosse originated in the 14th century among Native Americans. It was originally played on huge fields more than a mile wide between hundreds of men over several days as a means of settling disputes between tribes.

THE MODERN GAME: Lacrosse is played mostly on the East Coast, where it has a long tradition of competition at the high school and collegiate levels. In recent years, it has grown in stature in California and there is now a national professional league.

THE JACKS AND LACROSSE: The sport has been played at Humboldt State for approximately 30 years, but has grown in popularity in terms of numbers this season.

WEEKEND TOURNAMENT: The Jacks will host their first-ever tournament in the sport on Saturday and Sunday, with teams from UC Santa Cruz, Portland State, Southern Oregon and San Jose State on hand. The action gets under way at 10 a.m. on each day at the Redwood Bowl

Regional Starz Cup Lacrosse Teams Forming In Southern California



  • Play for your local Starz Club and fight your way to the Starz Cup Championship by competing in 4 regional jamborees.
  • Jamboree results will determin your seed for the single elimination, Starz Cup Final Weekend!
  • Members of the Starz Cup Championship teams will be awarded with team prizes and trophies.
  • You better bring your “A” game if you want a shot at the Title!

Starz Lacrosse in Southern California is an Elite club organization which provides the highest level coaching and the highest level competition available on the West Coast. 


South Bay Starz
South Bay Starz Logo

Tryouts will be held at Mira Costa HS:
Friday, October 24th

Youth and MS


6 – 8pm
Sunday, October 26th

HS and Elite 


6 – 8pm


Hill Starz
Hill Starz Logo

Tryout will be held at Palos Verdes HS:

Sunday, October 26th

Youth and MS 
HS and Elite 
1:30 – 4:30pm 

Click Here to Register For Hill Tryouts Now!
2 – 4pm


101 Starz
101 Starz Logo Final

Tryouts will be held at Peppertree Park (Newbury Park, CA):
Sunday, October 26th

Youth and MS 


11 – 1pm
HS and Elite
1:30 – 4:30pm

Click Here visit the 101 Starz Homepage!

Hollywood Starz
Hollywood Starz Logo

Tryouts will be held at Crespi Carmelite HS:
Sunday, October 26th



High School
8 – 9:30am


10 – 12am

Click Here to Register For Hollywood Tryouts Now!

Olympian Starz
Olympian Starz

Visit the Olympian Starz website for Club information.



OC Starz
OC Starz Logo

 Tryouts will be held at St. Mary’s:
Saturday, October 25th
10 – 12pm
Middle School
12 – 2pm
HS and Elite
2 – 4pm




Girls Pic for Marketing

High School Girls Regional Team

Come tryout to compete with the LA EXPRESS in two Jamboree weekends and fight for a chance to win the Starz Cup Championship!  The club will also attend the Adrenaline Challenge in San Diego to compete for a West Coast Championship.  This select team will be coached by former Johns Hopkins star Cherie Michaud with practice appearances by former NCAA All Americans!  This will be THE team representing girls lacrosse in LA this winter.



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University of Colorado Men’s Lacrosse Releases 2009 Schedule


Boulder, CO (Oct. 17, 2008) – The University of Colorado Men’s Lacrosse team released their Spring 2009 schedule today. With 11 homes games, including Boston College and the University of Florida, the Buffs will get a taste of the East Coast. While traveling to Georgia and Michigan will give them a few “flyer miles”, on route to an 18-game season.

The official start of the Spring 2009 season will be marked when the CU Buffs travel to Colorado Springs to take on NCAA DIII Colorado College. 1-goal games the last two seasons, the Buffs hope to redeem their loss to the Tigers in 2008. “It’s always a good game with CC, this year is sure to be the same”, said head coach John Galvin.

Colorado will then host four home games in a two-week span with Boston College, Montana, Texas A&M, and Florida. A quick weekend trip to the mid-west and the Buffs will find themselves on the campus of Ann Arbor taking on the defending National Champs, Michigan, and their rivals, Michigan State.

Wyoming will provide a “welcome-home” to the CU team before they once again board a plane and travel to Georgia for Spring Break. The Georgia Bulldogs, along with Georgia Tech and Florida State, will meet the Buffs in Atlanta for some games that are sure to live up to the hype.

After a few days of rest the boys from Boulder will then travel to Provo, Utah where they will face-off against conference-rival Brigham Young. Broadcast on BYU-TV, the cross-continental-divide showdown could be a precursor to a national championship match-up. Utah State and Utah will also be waiting for the Buffs, as they play three games in as many days.

In the final month of the season, Colorado will play host to Lindenwood and Sonoma State before the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown at Invesco Field, against Colorado State University will truly test their mettle.

Nebraska will be the final opponent, traveling to Boulder, in what hopes to be the spark that ignites some post-season momentum for the Buffs. The RMLC playoffs, arguably the toughest conference-playoffs in the country, will be the final build-up for a season that expects nothing but success.

The MCLA National Championship, dead center in the sites of the Buffs, will be held just down the road, in Denver, Colorado at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. 2008, after missing the tournament for the first time in several seasons, CU expects to represent their institution in good-fashion this season, aiming for nothing short of the top.

2009 Spring Schedule
Overall record:
Division record:
Day Date Num Away Score Home Score  W/L Time
Wed Feb 11

Col. Mines
Sat Feb 14
Northern Colorado

Colorado 1:00pm
Sat Feb 21
Colorado Colorado College
Sat Feb 28 Boston College
Colorado 1:00pm
Fri Mar 6

Montana Colorado 7:00pm
Sun Mar 8
Texas A&M
Colorado 12:00pm
Tues Mar 10
Florida Colorado 6:00pm
Fri Mar 13

Colorado Michigan 7:00pm
Sun Mar 15
Colorado Michigan State
Fri Mar 20
Wyoming Colorado 7:00pm
Wed Mar 25   Colorado   Georgia     7:00pm
Fri Mar 27

Colorado Georgia Tech
Sat Mar 28   Colorado   Florida State
@ Georgia Tech.
Fri Apr 3

Colorado Brigham Young  — BYUTV 7:00pm
Sat Apr 4

Colorado Utah State
@ Salt Lake City
Sun Apr 5

Colorado Utah 12:00pm
Thurs Apr 9   Lindenwood   Colorado     7:00pm
Tues Apr 14

Sonoma State Colorado 7:00pm
Sat Apr 18   Colorado State
@ Invesco Field
  Colorado     7:00pm
Sat Apr 25

Nebraska Colorado 1:00p

RMLC PLAYOFFS:  Location TBA      Fri. & Sat., May 1st & 2nd

MCLA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Denver, CO      Tues. – Sat., May 11th – 15th

Sand Storm Lacrosse Tournament Doubles Size of Palm Springs, CA Competition On Jan. 10-11, 2009, As It Adds Men’s Teams In 2009

“I think the long-term future for this event is very, very promising. We have a tremendous facility and all the components you look for in an event of this nature,”   G.W. Mix


Last year’s inaugural Sand Storm lacrosse tournament was a rousing success with 22 women’s teams and 400 athletes enjoying high-level competition at a top-notch facility. Sand Storm will be even bigger and better in 2009 due largely to a ground-breaking agreement that will add a men’s component to the hot, new tournament.

Synapse Sports, the recognized leader in women’s lacrosse organization under their major brand womenslacrosse.com, has announced a partnership with veteran men’s lacrosse administrator G.W. Mix to transform Sand Storm into a premier club tournament on the West coast showcasing both sexes at the same venue. Mix and Cathy Samaras, founder and CEO of womenslacrosse.com, are teaming up to double the size of Sand Storm and make full use of the incredible resources available at the Empire Polo Club in Palm Springs, CA.

“This is an historic breakthrough for club lacrosse because Sand Storm will become the model for what can be achieved when the men’s and women’s games are brought together at one location,” Samaras said. “I have always believed that boys and girls can play lacrosse together at the same place provided the organizers work together for the good of the game and the benefit of the participants. This symbiotic relationship we are forming with G.W. Mix is going to create an incredible event.”

Mix is the ideal partner for such a venture considering his vast knowledge and experience on the men’s side. The Baltimore native was a standout goalie at The Gilman School and University of Pennsylvania. He was the NCAA Division III Coach of the Year during a successful three-year stint at Franklin & Marshall and later served as head coach of his alma mater.

In 1990, Mix co-founded Champ Camp along with former Naval Academy head coach and current Washington College athletic director Bryan Matthews. Champ Camp has evolved into one of the nation’s premier recruiting showcases for high school boys’ lacrosse. In 2003, Mix moved to Newport Beach (CA) and founded the Cheetah Group Inc., a brand development, marketing and management firm specializing in entertainment and sports. He currently also serves as president and general manager of the L.A. Riptide franchise of the professional Major Lacrosse League.

“One of my passions involves increasing the development opportunities for the sport of lacrosse in California and the West Coast and this partnership with Synapse Sports dovetails ideally with that goal,” Mix said. “The Samaras family is involved in lacrosse for all the right reasons. For Cathy and her daughters, it’s all about growing the game. Cathy and I share the same vision and philosophy and that is why this relationship makes perfect sense.”

Lacrosse on the boys’ side initially sprouted in southern and northern California, primarily surrounding San Diego and San Francisco. In recent years, Mix has seen the sport explode in Orange County with more than 30 high schools earning certification from the California Interscholastic Federation. “I see tremendous potential for additional growth, but one of the greatest challenges we have in California involves resources. We just do not have enough suitable facilities and qualified coaches to go around,” Mix said.

Mix called the Empire Polo Club “a dream venue” and jumped at the opportunity to organize a boys’ component to Sand Storm, which is being held Jan. 10-11, 2009. He has set a goal of attracting 18-24 teams with half hailing from California and the other half coming from a mixture of established East Coast programs and emerging western clubs located in such states as Colorado, Oregon, Texas and Utah.

“There are very few club lacrosse playing opportunities in California so I expect this to quickly become the premier tournament for boys,” Mix said. “The players out here are looking for every opportunity to compete while the college coaches in the west are looking for every opportunity to scout potential recruits.”

Mix has been hard at work making plans for Sand Storm and intends to co-sponsor a golf tournament at the nationally-renowned Cimarron Resort and add a coaching clinic in conjunction with the tournament. Several noteworthy Division I head coaches have committed to the clinic for high school, club and youth coaches. “I think the long-term future for this event is very, very promising. We have a tremendous facility and all the components you look for in an event of this nature,” Mix said. “What high school boy wouldn’t want to play in a tournament that also has hundreds of girls and visa versa. I think the kids are going to love this.”

Club directors or individual players interested in competing at Sand Storm should contact Synapse Sports at 410-573-1414 x117 or visit www.synapsesports.com