Monthly Archives: February 2009

Southern California Lacrosse: 2009 Knights Challenge JV Boys Lacrosse Tournament Hosted By Foothill High School On Feb. 21 & 22 (Video)


Contributed by El Toro High School JV Lacrosse.

Cal Women’s Lacrosse Loses To #6 Penn 10-2 After Playing Strong 1st Half


“We had a pretty good first half,” Cal head coach Theresa Sherry said. “We had some poor attacking

Cal's Alex Tickner scored in the 59th minute against Penn on Friday.

Cal's Alex Tickner scored in the 59th minute against Penn on Friday.

possessions, and in the second half we still had trouble converting. The score doesn’t look like it, but our defense did okay. Penn was just down there too much. They were just able to pick away and open up that score a little bit. Our kids did play hard. In the future, we’re hoping to put up 60 minutes of good defense, good attack and good midfield play.”

California lost to No. 6 Penn, 10-2, on Friday at Franklin Field. The Golden Bears’ record fell to 2-3 after the nonconference match, with all three losses to 2008 NCAA semifinalists. Penn, the 2008 NCAA runner-up, improved it record to 2-0. Senior Elizabeth “T” Jahp and junior Alex Tickner scored Cal’s goals.

Cal has lost two straight, including an 18-2 setback against then-No. 3 Syracuse on Feb. 22 in Berkeley.

Emma Spiro led all scorers with three points from three goals for the Quakers, who outshot the Bears, 30-9.

Senior Morgan Dyson got the start in Cal’s goal, making six saves. Sophomore Allie Shropshire made six saves in relief of Dyson, who eventually returned and played 43 minutes and 23 seconds in today’s game.

Emily Szelest made six saves in a complete game for Penn.

Cal opened the game started strong and held possession for much of the first 10 minutes, but the Bears couldn’t capitalize with an early goal. Freshman Vail Horn took the only shot for either team in the first 13:23 of the game, with Szelest saving Horn’s shot. At 13:24, Penn’s Erin Brennan scored the game’s first goal.

http://calbears.cstv.com/sports/w-lacros/recaps/022709aaa.html

 

#2 Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Defeats #1 Syracuse 13-12


virginialacrosseSecond-ranked Virginia scored six third quarter goals to break a halftime tie and withstood a furious fourth quarter rally by top-ranked Syracuse to defeat the Orange 13-12 before a crowd of 16,565 at the Carrier Dome.

Virginia moves to 5-0 this season and becomes the first team to ever win three consecutive games at the Dome; the Cavaliers also won in 2003 and 2005.

Sophomore midfielder Shamel Bratton scored a career-high four goals to lead Virginia. Attackmen Garrett Billings and Danny Glading each scored three times. The trio combined to score all six Virginia goals in the third quarter.

Billings and John Haldy scored a minute apart to push Virginia’s lead to 13-8 with 7:32 remaining. Syracuse stormed back with the game’s final four goals, including two by Kenny Nims to pull within one with 1:18 remaining.

The Orange claimed the faceoff following Tim Desko’s goal with 1:18 to play. Cavalier defenseman Matt Kelly knocked the ball away from Nims in the final minute and midfielder Max Pomper picked up the loose ball for Virginia. Pomper carried the ball into Virginia’s offensive zone and the Cavaliers called timeout with 15 seconds to play. On the restart, Syracuse was unable to regain possession as time ran out.

Virginia returns to action Tuesday at VMI in Lexington, Va. The game is scheduled to faceoff at 3:30 pm.

http://insidelacrosse.com/page.cfm?pagerid=2&news=fdetail&storyid=198405

Lacrosse Injury Prevention: High School Students Receive Sports Medicine And Injury Prevention Training At Seattle Public Schools Providing Additional Assistance To Athletic Trainers


Ballard High student Tamsyn Palmesano helps injured lacrosse player Amanda Bryan on Thursday. A sports medicine class gives Palmesano real-world training.

Ballard High student Tamsyn Palmesano helps injured lacrosse player Amanda Bryan on Thursday. A sports medicine class gives Palmesano real-world training.

The lacrosse player who rushed into the athletic trainer’s room Thursday afternoon at Ballard High School was a little panicked: She had just under five minutes to get her sore wrist taped up and get out onto the field.

With certified athletic trainer Loka Murphy already occupied, junior Tamsyn Palmesano calmly stepped in, taped up the girl’s wrist and sent her on her way with a minute to spare.

Ballard’s sports medicine program and similar ones at Chief Sealth and West Seattle high schools are still in the early stages, but district officials hope to build a two-year track that will prepare students for sports medicine careers by studying subjects such as anatomy, medical terminology and injury prevention.

 

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A year ago, Palmesano wouldn’t have been as confident in her ability to help treat the daily parade of students who come by looking for relief from minor injuries, aches and pains. But this is her third semester as a student in Murphy’s sports medicine classes, and she’s already received her Medic First Aid and CPR certification.
“Being in the training room is different than being in the classroom,” she said.

“You have to get the taping jobs right, get your terminology down … it’s really hands-on. But Loka’s always there to help you out if you need it.”

Ballard’s sports medicine program and similar ones at Chief Sealth and West Seattle high schools are still in the early stages, but district officials hope to build a two-year track that will prepare students for sports medicine careers by studying subjects such as anatomy, medical terminology and injury prevention.

Students can earn both high school and college credit for the courses, as well as pick up professional certifications and training in first aid, CPR and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Real-world experiences like Palmesano is getting are also an important part of the curriculum, said Roxanne Trees, a Seattle Public Schools career and technical education specialist who is helping develop the district’s sports medicine program.

“Teaching students to apply their knowledge as early as possible is going to help them meet these (challenges) that are ahead of them,” she said. “And students want more applied learning. … We link it to students’ futures so that it’s real for them, and I think they really do learn better.”

At Ballard, Murphy gives students a taste of what an athletic trainer’s job is like by inviting them to shadow him as he works at school sporting events. He also allows students in his advanced classes to help fellow students who come in to have their sore elbows iced, ankles wrapped or calves massaged in the school’s athletic training room after school.

“When they come in, I put them to work,” he jokes.

For student-athletes who have taken Murphy’s classes, the experience is particularly valuable. Senior Michael Tran, who runs for the track and cross-country teams, boosted his training regimen this year and had shin splints.

“Before Loka’s class, I didn’t know what to do. I just ran through it,” he said. Now, he said, he understands overtraining can exacerbate his injuries, and (reluctantly) he takes time off to rest and heal.

Seattle Children’s hospital, which contracts with Seattle Public Schools to provide part-time athletic trainers at the district’s high schools, has helped pay some of the startup costs, and a representative sits on the advisory board that oversees the district’s sports medicine programs.

The schools get about $1,500 a year for supplies, which at Ballard is supplemented by grants from the school’s foundation.

Still, with the district facing a projected budget shortfall next year, Murphy is kicking around the idea of organizing a 5K fundraising run in Ballard in May to help sustain the program. He grows animated when talking about the race, and about his ideas for next year’s classes.

Eventually, he hopes Seattle’s sports medicine program will be as well respected as those at other schools in the state, such as South Kitsap High.

But for now, Murphy said, “it’s just fun watching it grow.”

 

 

 

Best Of Lacrosse (Video): Duke Men’s Lacrosse Vs. Harvard On Feb. 22, 2009


#1 Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse To Face #2 Virginia Friday Night And Is “As Good As It Gets For Lacrosse Fans”; Syracuse Defense Is One Of The Keys To The Matchup


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Friday night’s match up between Syracuse and Virginia at the Carrier Dome is as good as it gets for lacrosse fans, and the participants. “For real lacrosse people, this is the game they want to be part of,” said Virginia coach Dom Starsia. “It is the game circled on the schedule above all others.”

The Orange men’s lacrosse team has played the Cavaliers 21 times in a 15-year span. SU leads the series 11-10.

syracusemenslacrossedefense“It’s hard work,” said senior short-stick defensive midfielder Spencer Van Schaack, a team captain. “Coach Rogers says it all the time. Defense is hard work. You’ve just got to suck it up and do it, just like on the basketball court. Lacrosse and basketball defensively are pretty similar.”

The Orange lacrosse team has held opponents to fewer than 10 goals in 15 of its last 20 games. Last season, the defense allowed just 7.6 goals per game, an improvement of about four goals per game over the previous season. Assistant coach Lelan Rogers has a lot to do with the Orange’s improvement on ‘D.’

Senior short-stick defensive midfielder Spencer Van Schaack offers some insight into Rogers’ philosophy. “It’s hard work. Coach Rogers says it all the time. Defense is hard work. You’ve just got to suck it up and do it,” Van Schaack said.

Rogers’ defense will be put to the test tonight when No. 1 Syracuse faces longtime rival, No. 2 Virginia at the Carrier Dome. “We’re going to find out what we’re made of this week, that’s for sure,” Rogers said.

Lelan Rogers began playing pickup basketball as a means of getting some lunchtime exercise while he was coaching lacrosse and football at Division III Ohio Wesleyan. What he learned on the court nearly two decades ago has helped the offensive-minded Syracuse University men’s lacrosse team develop a stout defensive backbone.

With Rogers serving as defensive coordinator last season, the Orange allowed only 7.6 goals per game, an improvement of roughly four goals per game over the previous season.

It was the defense’s most stingy effort in 38 years, worthy of a No. 14 national ranking. There were several reasons behind the accomplishment, among them a veteran returning unit, a faceoff specialist who gave the SU offense the ball two times for every three draws he took, and an offense so potent it often made foes force their own scoring chances in an effort to keep up.

The biggest, though, was the lesson Rogers, a former national wrestling champion at St. Lawrence and team captain at SU, learned on the hardwood.

“When youget older you don’t wrestle,” Rogers said Wednesday as he helped prepare the No. 1 Orange for No. 2 Virginia at 7 p.m. today in the Carrier Dome. “I’m at Ohio Wesleyan, and I’m not wrestling at noontime with the faculty and staff. We’re playing basketball. Obviously, I was not an outside shooter in basketball, not real offensive, so you learn to play defense.

“You take pride on that side of the ball, and that’s probably where I became a defensive-minded coach. You have to know your role and understand your role. I knew I wasn’t a great offensive basketball player, so you gravitate to what you do well. I’m sure I had more than my share of fouls.”

Rogers has taken those ingredients – pride, hard work and understanding your role – molded them into a simple philosophy and instilled it into SU’s defense. He and his players agree that the team’s emergence as a defensive force is nothing more than that.

“It’s hard work,” said senior short-stick defensive midfielder Spencer Van Schaack, a team captain. “Coach Rogers says it all the time. Defense is hard work. You’ve just got to suck it up and do it, just like on the basketball court. Lacrosse and basketball defensively are pretty similar.”

“We justgot back to basic fundamentals,” junior close defender Matt Tierney said. “Just a lot of talk, a lot of communication and just backing up each other.”

The results have been impressive. The Orange has held foes to fewer than 10 goals in 15 of its last 20 games, remarkable considering the tempo its offense plays and the chances it is sometimes willing to take in order to create scoring opportunities, leaving the defense vulnerable.

“The thing I really see is they don’t give you anything,” Army coach Joe Alberici said a few days before SU held his offense down in a 17-6 victory.

“You have to earn it. They are so athletic. They have a constant, and that is defensive effort and defensive enthusiasm. Some days the offense isn’t as good as other days. That’s just the way it is in this sport. Some years that may have hurt them, but now with that defensive effort and enthusiasm and being the athletes they are, that is no longer an issue.”

“The difference with what they’re doing defensively is noticeable,” Virginia coach Dom Starsia said. “Simplified is the word you hear most often to describe it. They simplified what they’re doing back there. It is now a very efficient defense. To say it is not is to kid yourself. It may be vulnerable at times, but for who they are and who they want to be, it is very solid.”

So far, it continues to be solid even though veteran close defenders Evan Brady and Kyle Guadagnolo and short-stick D-middies John Carrozza and Steve Babbles departed following last season’s title run. Two games into the season the defense is allowing only 4.5 goals per contest.

http://www.syracuse.com/orangelacrosse/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1235728693171500.xml&coll=1

Lacrosse Injuries: ACL Tears Occuring In Younger Athletes As Lacrosse And Other Sports Become Year-Round


 

Each year more than 300,000 Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears occur in the United States.acltears According to information released today at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), ACL tears are being seen in younger patients as an increasing number of children and adolescents participate in year-round sports.

“What’s happening is that usually by about age 12, children choose the sport in which they are determined to excel and then participate in that sport year round,” explains Darren L. Johnson, MD, orthopaedic surgeon and director of sports medicine at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine. “Participating without taking time off, playing on multiple teams at one time and at higher competition levels, makes young athletes more susceptible to ACL tears at a younger age.”

Dr. Johnson says ACL injuries are common among athletes who play:

soccer

football

volleyball

basketball

The injury is almost twice as common in female athletes compared to males, although the reasons why are still not entirely clear.

When an ACL tears or ruptures, it is a severe injury to the knee. “The real story is that only about 60 to 70 percent of athletes make it back to the same level of playing that they had before,” said Dr. Johnson.

In order to improve those statistics, orthopaedic surgeons are trying to more accurately customize surgery to each individual patient. “We are trying to do a better job at recreating a person’s unique anatomy,” noted Dr. Johnson, “and are actually trying to recreate the ACL that the patient had prior to the injury.”

Most often surgery is necessary to replace the ACL. It is important that athletes give their legs proper time to heal before returning to the sport in which they injured their knee. “This is a year-long recovery, but many young athletes do not understand this,” explains

Dr. Johnson. He often tells his patients to consider golfer Tiger Woods as an example.

Woods injured his ACL and has not returned to the game of golf since June 2008. “The reason you cannot return to playing after just a few months is because you do not have the strength back in your leg and the repaired ligament is not strong enough,” said Dr. Johnson. “Coming back too early is a real problem and puts the athlete at a higher risk for re-injury.”

Dr. Johnson says young athletes need to understand this fact in order to avoid further problems down the road. “Having two ACLs replaced by the time athletes are in high school is not uncommon,” noted Dr. Johnson, “but once that happens, it is very unlikely their knees will ever be normal.”

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This topic and other sports injuries will be the focus of a Media Briefing entitled: “Mastering the ACL and Other Sports Injuries,” on Wednesday, February 25, in the Sands Expo Center, Venetian Hotel, Level One, Room 904 at 10:45am. Panelists include: Moderator: Darren L. Johnson, MD, James Andrews, MD, Freddie Fu, MD and Matt Matava, MD.

http://www.aaos.org/

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