Monthly Archives: January 2009

Fresno State Women’s Lacrosse Program Has Made High School Lacrosse Within Fresno Unified A Priority As A “Feeder System” For University


fresnostatewomenslacrosse“This is a high priority for our district, a great opportunity for girl athletes,” he said. “We’re encouraged by the numbers. A lot of girls have come out for lacrosse who haven’t played another sport.”

“We’ve seen growth of feeder systems,” she said. “Most of our recruits are from outside the area, but as we’re getting players started at a younger age, we’ll have more recruits from this area.”

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Doug Semmen, the district’s athletic director, said the idea was spawned from a talk he had with Fresno State associate athletic director Paul Ladwig.

Semmen said Ladwig urged him to coordinate the debut of high school lacrosse with Fresno State’s debut in the sport, a season that begins with an exhibition tournament Sunday at Cal.

Fresno Unified schools will begin play in March, using equipment and uniforms purchased by the district.

Semmen said the startup cost was about $60,000 — an investment, he said, in creating athletic opportunities for girls.

“This is a high priority for our district, a great opportunity for girl athletes,” he said. “We’re encouraged by the numbers. A lot of girls have come out for lacrosse who haven’t played another sport.”

Several high school teams participated in a clinic this past weekend, when they joined Bulldogs players — many of them first-timers in the sport themselves — in learning techniques from Fresno State coaches.

It’s a theme that has played out elsewhere in the West, with a college program starting lacrosse and local high schools following suit.

Oregon added lacrosse in 2005 and has recruited players mainly from the East Coast. But the sport took off in Oregon schools and coach Jen Larsen said attendance at her clinics has grown from a couple of dozen to a few hundred.

“We’ve seen growth of feeder systems,” she said. “Most of our recruits are from outside the area, but as we’re getting players started at a younger age, we’ll have more recruits from this area.”

So, too, eventually, will Fresno State. Someone such as Edison High sophomore Gao Nou Moua, who loves the game’s pace.

“You have to have endurance and stamina,” Moua said at the clinic. “And this game is more aggressive. I’m fast running, so I want to play attacker.”

Edison coach Lauren Jacquez has coached soccer and cross country but is learning lacrosse with her players. She said the Fresno State clinics are a great introduction to the game as well as a way to bond with the Bulldogs.

“My whole team is going to [Fresno State’s] first game on Feb. 7,” Jacquez said.

That enthusiasm is what Semmen hoped would be sparked. He set up a league schedule for all seven of the district’s high schools and provided equipment — including pink sticks — for 15 to 20 players on each team.

“[Fresno State coach Sue Behme] has been a big help; she’s a dynamo,” Semmen said. “We took teams to a clinic in December and you should have seen the girls’ faces. The [skills] improvement from beginning to end was amazing.”

Bullard coach Nicole Kopacz, who played on the club team at UC-Davis, is bullish on the sport’s future in Fresno.

“Lacrosse is being embraced by the district, and Superintendent [Michael] Hanson is a lacrosse lover,” she said. “I definitely think it’s going to last.”

But it isn’t likely to show up in any other nearby cities and counties just yet.

Clovis Unified representative Kelly Avants said the district has no plans to start a lacrosse program.

And CIF Central Section commissioner Jim Crichlow doesn’t see any others in the Valley lining up.

“No one else is asking how to get started in lacrosse,” he said. “They’re worrying about keeping the sports they have.”

 

 

High schools throughout the state are struggling just to save their sports programs, much less create new teams. So how is it that Fresno Unified decided now was the time to add, of all things, lacrosse?

Surfside Lacrosse Cup A Great Success For Women’s Lacrosse Season As Northwestern, University Of Denver, UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State, Arizona State And Canadian National Team Play In Showcase Event


surfside lacrosseNearly 1,200 lacrosse enthusiasts witnessed college lacrosse at its finest as defending National Champion, Northwestern, battled the Denver Pioneers and prevailed, 24-6.

Saturday evening’s Showcase doubleheader began with the 2009 WWLL season opener, as UCSB topped San Diego State, 18-5.

An exhibition between Northwestern and the Canadian National Team followed, with the Wildcats coming out on top, 21-5, in front of over 1,000 fans.

Following the clinics, the Canadian National Team battled the Denver Pioneers and ultimately prevailed, 12-8.

UCSB notched their second win of the weekend, with a 20-4 victory over the Sun Devils.

 

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The inaugural WomensLax.com ‘Surfside Lacrosse Cup’ kicked off on Friday evening with a headlined start to the 2009 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse season. Nearly 1,200 lacrosse enthusiasts witnessed college lacrosse at its finest as defending National Champion, Northwestern, battled the Denver Pioneers and prevailed, 24-6.

Saturday morning began with a high school club tournament which featured teams from across California: Bay Area, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, and also from Colorado and Illinois. Valley Center and Triple Threat both went undefeated, winning all four games on the day. Valley Center is a high school team located just north of San Diego and Triple Threat is a well-established club program from the Bay Area. Congratulations to both teams on a successful run!

Saturday afternoon’s open division tournament featured seven WWLL teams: UCLA “A”, UCLA “B”, UCSD “A”, UCSD “B”, UCSB, ASU, and Nevada. Also featured was Tricheck Lacrosse, a post-collegiate Club based out of Los Angeles.

Saturday evening’s Showcase doubleheader began with the 2009 WWLL season opener, as UCSB topped San Diego State, 18-5. An exhibition between Northwestern and the Canadian National Team followed, with the Wildcats coming out on top, 21-5, in front of over 1,000 fans.

Sunday morning offered nearly 200 local lacrosse players & coaches the opportunity to learn from the best at four WomensLax.com clinics: high school, collegiate club, youth & a coaches’ clinic. Following the clinics, the Canadian National Team battled the Denver Pioneers and ultimately prevailed, 12-8. UCSB and ASU brought the weekend to a close with the fifth and final Showcase game. UCSB notched their second win of the weekend, with a 20-4 victory over the Sun Devils.

“We are thrilled with the enthusiasm demonstrated by the San Diego Lacrosse community this past weekend. Lacrosse players, coaches and fans of all levels, embraced the Surfside Cup in its inaugural year and we look forward to returning in 2009”, said WomensLax.com president Ashley Gersuk.

WomensLax.com would like to thank all of the 2009 Event sponsors: Brine Lacrosse, South Swell Sports, Harrow Sports, Palomar Pomerado Health, Powerade, North County Internists, and the Courtyard Marriott Rancho Bernardo, official hotel of the 2009 WomensLax.com Surfside Cup. A special thank you to Surfside Cup host: Rancho Bernardo High School. Many thanks to all of the parents, players and volunteers whose efforts made the event possible.

We look forward to seeing you all next year at the 2010 WomensLax.com Surfside Lacrosse Cup!

Video: Maryland Men’s Lacrosse 2009 Season Preview


At the beginning of a season no one knows for sure how it is going to end. Before a season starts it is easy to look at the roster and see where the teams strengths are and where its potential weak spots may be. At a glance, the 2009 Maryland mens lacrosse team appears to have a lot more strengths than it does weaknesses and that could mean that the Terps could challenge for the NCAA Championship on Memorial Day.

College Lacrosse On Television: ESPNU To Air 45 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Games For 2009 Season


 espnu-lacrosse2009 ESPNU COLLEGE LACROSSE REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE

Date Time NETWORK Game
02/20/09 6:00PM ESPNU Siena at Johns Hopkins
02/21/09 1:00PM ESPNU Georgetown at Maryland
 
02/22/09 6:30PM (Tape) ESPNU/WMAR Towson at Loyola
 
02/25/09 4:00PM ESPNU/WMAR Georgetown at Maryland (Women)
 
02/28/09 12:00PM ESPNU Princeton at Johns Hopkins
 
02/28/09 2:30PM ESPNU Duke vs. Maryland
 
02/28/09 5:00PM ESPNU Cornell at Army
 
03/06/09 12:00AM (Tape) ESPNU/WMAR Princeton at UMBC
 
03/07/09 12:00PM ESPNU Hofstra at Johns Hopkins
 
03/07/09 2:00PM ESPNU Maryland at Towson
 
03/14/09 12:00PM ESPNU UMBC at Maryland
 
03/14/09 2:00PM ESPNU Duke at North Carolina
 
03/20/09 3:00PM ESPNU Albany at Princeton
 
03/21/09 2:00PM ESPNU North Carolina at Maryland
 
03/21/09 8:00PM ESPNU Virginia at Johns Hopkins
 
03/24/09 7:00PM ESPNU Hofstra at Army
 
03/28/09 12:00PM ESPN2 Maryland at Virginia
 
03/28/09 12:00PM ESPNU/WMAR Syracuse at Loyola
 
03/28/09 2:00PM ESPNU Johns Hopkins at North Carolina
 
04/04/09 12:00PM ESPNU North Carolina vs. Virginia
 
04/04/09 2:30PM ESPNU Syracuse vs. Princeton
 
04/04/09 9:00PM (Tape) ESPNU/WMAR Albany at Princeton
 
04/11/09 11:30AM ESPNU Army vs. Navy
 
04/11/09 2:00PM ESPNU Johns Hopkins vs. Maryland
 
04/11/09 4:00PM ESPN2 Virginia at Duke
 
04/11/09 10:00PM (Tape) ESPNU/WMAR Hofstra at Towson
 
04/17/09 7:00PM ESPNU/WMAR Northwestern at Johns Hopkins (Women)
 
04/18/09 2:00PM ESPNU/WMAR Navy at Johns Hopkins
 
04/25/09 1:00PM ESPNU/WMAR Vermont at UMBC
 
05/02/09 1:00PM ESPNU/WMAR Loyola at Johns Hopkins
 
05/09/09 12:00PM ESPNU NCAA First Round
 
05/09/09 2:30PM ESPNU NCAA First Round
 
05/09/09 5:00PM ESPNU NCAA First Round
 
05/09/09 7:30PM ESPNU NCAA First Round
 
05/10/09 12:00PM ESPNU NCAA First Round
 
05/10/09 2:30PM ESPNU NCAA First Round
 
05/10/09 5:00PM ESPNU NCAA First Round
 
05/10/09 7:30PM ESPNU NCAA First Round
 
05/16/09 12:00PM ESPNU NCAA Quarterfinals
 
05/16/09 2:30PM ESPNU NCAA Quarterfinals
 
05/17/09 12:00PM ESPNU NCAA Quarterfinals
 
05/17/09 2:30PM ESPNU NCAA Quarterfinals
 
05/23/09 12:00PM ESPN2 NCAA Semifinals
05/23/09 2:00PM ESPN2 NCAA Semifinals
05/25/09 1:00PM ESPN NCAA Finals

Bay Area Lax Brings Summer Lacrosse Leagues, Private Conditioning Lessons, Private Clinics and Small Group Lacrosse Clinics To Palo Alto And Sunnyvale, CA Areas


bayarealaxpetecarolankevincarter“The ability to share my lacrosse experience with the youth players has been a blast,” said Carter. “We had the unique pleasure of starting something that we cared about from scratch.”

Bay Area Lax is one of the premier youth lacrosse clinics in the area. It provides a wide array of services that include summer lacrosse leagues, private conditioning lessons, private clinics and small group clinics.

“Creating Bay Area Lax was a great experience,” said Carter. “It really showed us how far a little bit of interest and passion can take an idea.”

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Santa Clara alumnus Pete Carolan ’08 and senior Kevin Carter love to play lacrosse. Now, using their business education and lacrosse experience, they have created a company to spread that love to youth all over the Bay Area.

Bay Area Lax is one of the premier youth lacrosse clinics in the area. It provides a wide array of services that include summer lacrosse leagues, private conditioning lessons, private clinics and small group clinics.

Carolan is the founder and director and Carter is the planning and training coordinator of Bay Area Lax.

Carter, with his experience on a top-ten Division III lacrosse team at Stevens Institute of Technology, heads the clinics. He played for SIT during his sophomore year before transferring to Santa Clara. Bay Area Lax’s clinics have generated $4,500 in revenue.

“It is great to be able to apply our business knowledge and build something that incorporates a real passion of mine,” said Carter.

The idea for Bay Area Lax first sprouted up when Carolan, who was coaching the girls’ varsity team at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, realized that there were no girls’ summer lacrosse leagues in California like there are in his home state of New Jersey.

“I realized that there was no real infrastructure for women’s training,” said Carolan. “The boys had some, but there is still a very large and growing demand. We learned in our business classes that good businesses solved a problem and filled a demand,” he said.

Last summer, Carolan and Carter opened up a summer league for girls with 92 participants made up of high school students from the Bay Area. This league brought in over $14,000 in revenue.

The two-month summer league featured 12-on-12 teams with Jenn Babaie and Kayla Ushman, two Santa Clara lacrosse players, acting as coaches.

Carolan and Carter also ran a clinic for boys, albeit much smaller. It consisted of two sessions with eight players each, thus enabling much more one-on-one instruction.

The two finance majors attributed a big part of their success to their Santa Clara education.

“Pete and I decided to take some of the key lessons that we have learned in our business classes and give them real-world application,” said Carter.

“Believe it or not, knowing how to do a SWOT analysis and how to analyze a particular market appropriately proved incredibly invaluable,” he said.

During his sophomore year, Carter and a friend from the University of Pennsylvania created Catalyst, a company that provided youth athletic camps in his hometown of Seattle for sixth to twelfth graders in sports like lacrosse, soccer and basketball.

When Carter discovered what Carolan was working on with the lacrosse league, he jumped in to be a part of it.

“I started Catalyst back in Seattle from scratch, then piggy-backed on what Pete was doing, and we got bayarealax.com going,” said Carter.

Despite the success Carolan and Carter have attained so far, lots of hurdles still remain.

“The biggest challenge is getting the name out there and finding the best way to market to a specific niche crowd within a specific sport,” said Carolan.

“Another challenge was and still remains field availability, especially in the Sunnyvale to Palo Alto areas,” he said.

Thanks in part to their competitive natures, Carolan and Carter are confident that they will achieve their goals and have continued success.

“For the summer of 2009, the girls’ league will continue with a goal of 120 participating girls,” said Carolan. “The small private clinics will also continue, but be expanded to four sessions rather than two. Talk of a one-week evening clinic for high school boys is also in the works.”

For the pair, the league has been an amazing experience and an opportunity to combine their love of business and sports.

“The ability to share my lacrosse experience with the youth players has been a blast,” said Carter. “We had the unique pleasure of starting something that we cared about from scratch.”

With lacrosse being the fastest-growing sport at the youth, high school and collegiate levels, they plan to stay in the business for at least a few more years and take this experience with them to any future endeavors.

“Creating Bay Area Lax was a great experience,” said Carter. “It really showed us how far a little bit of interest and passion can take an idea.”

Find more information about Bay Area Lax at the company’s Web site, bayarealax.com.

 

“Wednesday’s Child” Filmed With University Of Denver’s Men’s Lacrosse Staff


“Wednesday’s Child” is a program, sponsored by CBS Channel 4 that allows young wednesdaychilddenverlacrossepeople, who are registered with the “Adoption Exchange” (a non-profit agency), an opportunity to express themselves to a potential adoptive family, while performing an act which they find true to their heart.

The University of Denver men’s lacrosse coaching staff, along with Colorado Mammoth players Nenad Gajic and Andrew Porter, teamed up with Denver’s CBS4 for this week’s taping of Wednesday’s Child. Filming took place last Wednesday at the Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium and aired this afternoon, featuring 11-year old Dillon, an aspiring lacrosse athlete.

Upon arriving to the DU campus, Dillon was greeted by Denver head coach Jamie Munro, associate head coach Jon Torpey, assistant coach Matt Brown and the president of the Denver Lacrosse Club, Rob Gormley. After brief introductions, Dillon was taken onto the field and shown lacrosse techniques, such as passing while traveling up and down the field and shooting on goal, by Gajic and Porter.

After completing his lesson, Dillon was presented with the necessary lacrosse gear needed to play from Phil McCarthy of Break Away Sports.

Once taping was completed, the Denver coaching staff took Dillon on a tour of the men’s lacrosse locker room and training facilities.

“Wednesday’s Child” is a program, sponsored by CBS Channel 4 that allows young people, who are registered with the “Adoption Exchange” (a non-profit agency), an opportunity to express themselves to a potential adoptive family, while performing an act which they find true to their heart.

For more information about “Wednesday’s Child” or to watch past videos, visit

http://www.denverpioneers.com/

 

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Chico State Women’s Lacrosse Has New Coach, George Carnes, And A Tough 2009 Schedule


chicostatewomenslacrosseThe Wildcats’ conference, the Western Women’s Lacrosse League, is the toughest in the nation and continually produces highly ranked teams, Carnes said.

With the team’s first game on Saturday and only a couple weeks left before the team’s big game against WWLL rivals UC Davis, Carnes will focus on getting his offense running smoothly.

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A new coach, along with a newly run offense, has created high expectations among the women’s lacrosse team this offseason. George Carnes, who previously held the assistant coaching position, officially became head coach in October, taking the place of Nathan Hendel. He spent many years down in San Diego coaching high school lacrosse and helping build up the sport in the area, he said. Carnes, a Chico State graduate, wanted to come up to the university to help out sooner, but postponed his move until his daughter Vanessa Carnes, who played four years of lacrosse, graduated two years ago because he wasn’t comfortable coaching kin, he said. The Wildcats’ conference, the Western Women’s Lacrosse League, is the toughest in the nation and continually produces highly ranked teams, Carnes said. However, Chico successfully made the playoffs the last six years, but has failed to make an appearance in nationals in the team’s 18-year history. “I would be very disappointed if we don’t get to go to the nationals,” Carnes said. Originally planning to retire and merely provide upkeep for the grounds, Carnes is not one to shy away from the spotlight, he said. Junior Kelly Olney, a defensive player, thinks the new coach gives the team a more effective system, she said. “George really sees the game,” Olney said. “He can come up with plays, he visualizes and he knows exactly what he wants us to be doing.” One important asset Carnes brings with him is his new offensive strategy, Olney said. Lacrosse teams usually play with a spread-type offense in which attackers space out around the opponent’s goal, passing and creating screens until there is an opening to shoot. The new style Carnes is implementing creates three small groups from the seven attackers by splitting into two teams of two and a team of three, called the home. “Our offensive unit is tight-knit and we are still learning the new offensive set up,” Olney said. “The three-two-two style lets the offense run through the whole team instead of just playing around the person with the ball.” Though the team lost key players from last season, the returners combined with a strong rookie class could meet the team’s desire for nationals, Olney said. “Usually a lot of our rookies haven’t had much or any playing experience before college,” Olney said. “All except two or three haven’t played before, which really helps.” Freshman Rebecca Carriere is one of the rookies without previous experience, Olney said. Carriere’s cousin played lacrosse and got her to join the team. “The team has really taken me in,” Carriere said. “Everyone tells me I am doing well, so hopefully that is true when we start playing.” With the team’s first game on Saturday and only a couple weeks left before the team’s big game against WWLL rivals UC Davis, Carnes will focus on getting his offense running smoothly.