Daily Archives: February 4, 2009

“Warrior” Lacrosse Movie: Interview With Actor Chris Cole, Sr. Middie Lacrosse Player From Foothill High School

chriscolewarriormovieChris Cole, a Senior Middie from 2-Time Defending Southern Section CIF Champion Foothill High School (Santa Ana, CA), has lived every student-athlete’s dream by getting serious action in front of the camera on the set of “Warrior”, a lacrosse movie to be released later this year. Starring Kellan Lutz (90210), the movie is set in New York but filmed in Los Angeles County, near Magic Mountain. LaxBuzz asked Chris to share his experience:

LaxBuzz: “What was being on the set of “Warrior” like?

Chris:“I enjoyed being on the set, it was exciting. I had a great time with the cast and crew and especially enjoyed hanging out with Xander Ritz and Kyle Harrison. I also enjoyed seeing the movie making process. I played lacrosse all day which is what I love doing the most and got paid.  It doesn’t get much better than that.”

LaxBuzz: “What characters did you play and what were their roles?”

Chris:“My favorite role was being the lacrosse stunt double for #24 who’s name in the movie is Dupree. I also was #5 for Brierfield and played a student. In addition, I was #11 for the West Coast Cardinal team, #27 for the Sierra warriorlacrossemoviechriscole2Team and an injured player on the side line. At the end of the movie I was #17 for Navy. I also was in some locker room and weight room scenes.”

LaxBuzz: What were your favorite scenes?

Chris: “If I answered that it would give away the end of the movie.  I will give you my second favorite and that would be when Connor played by Kellan breaks the trophy case at school.  I also liked the scene where I run through the tunnel dressed as a player from Navy.”

(Chris Cole is pictured at far right with fellow actors Xander Roberts, left, and Connor Pinkston, former Starz Lacrosse player , now attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he plays on the men’s lacrosse team)

High School Lacrosse Student-Athletes Should Confirm College Eligibility Requirements At NCAA Eligibility Center


NCAA Eligibility Center


The NCAA Eligibility Center is an organization that collaborates with the NCAA and is “charged” with the job to determine eligibility for all incoming Division I and Division II freshmen student-athletes. This is achieved through the evaluation of high school academic records and by calculating the core course GPA with standardized testing.

In Division 1, freshmen athletes must meet minimum eligibility standards that are based on 3 factors: 1) core course grade point average, 2) standardized test score and 3) minimum academic requirement (16 core courses). I

In Division II, all entering freshmen who wish to practice and compete must demonstrate 1) at least a 2.0 core course grade point average and 2) either a minimum SAT score of 820 (verbal and math), or a minimum score of 68 on the ACT.

Eligibility requirements to compete at the Division III level are determined differently and decided “internally.” Basically, once a student has been admitted to a Division III school he/she will be eligible to practice and compete.

The “core course requirement may seem a little confusing, but what the Eligibility Center is trying to accomplish is to be sure that prospects are taking the “meat and potato” high school academic coursework. Therefore, grades in courses such as art, music and physical education are NOT calculated in the core course GPA.

Registration with the Eligibility Center is a 2 step process and I encourage prospects and families to begin registration soon after junior year grades are in. The first step is painless and families can register online at http://www.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter. All you need is a credit card to pay the annual fee ($50.00) and it takes about 15 minutes to fill in your contact information. Final eligibility will be determined after the senior year grades are presented to the Eligibility Center.

Freshman eligibility is very important and should not be treated lightly. Considering the tremendous effort exerted by the prospect, family, college coach and high school administrators during this process, it would be in the best interest of the prospect to approach registration with the Eligibility Center with enthusiasm and care. The bottom line is that you cannot contribute to the team if you cannot practice and compete!



University Of Oregon Women’s Lacrosse To Face #19 Stanford With 5 Returning Starters From Successful 2008 Season


The five starters back for Oregon include its best defender, its most potent offensive weapon, a four-year starter in goal, the co-conference newcomer of the year and three of its four captains from 2008.

The Ducks were one of the top teams in the country early last season after a 6-1 start with victories over No. 11 Notre Dame and No. 18 Richmond. They spent six consecutive weeks ranked in the top 20, getting as high as No. 12.



Even with seven new starters and a roster that includes 15 freshmen, Cara Mead nearly scoffed at the idea that the Oregon lacrosse team was about to begin a rebuilding year.

“Ah … no,” said Mead, a fifth-year senior midfielder/defender. “We’re really athletic and our stick work has gotten better in the last few weeks. We’ve been working hard.”

Still, it’ll be a new-look Oregon team that takes the field against No. 19 Stanford in the season-opener at 3 p.m. Saturday on Papé Field.

Gone is most of Oregon’s starting lineup from 2008 and nine players overall, including eight members of the original freshmen class from the inaugural 2005 season.

For four seasons those eight players were the face, leaders and record-setters of a program built from scratch.

But their departure did not leave the Ducks devoid of their top-tier talent.

The five starters back for Oregon include its best defender, its most potent offensive weapon, a four-year starter in goal, the co-conference newcomer of the year and three of its four captains from 2008.

“The leadership we have right now is taking us in a different direction,” UO coach Jen Larsen said.

Leading the way is Ilsa van den Berg, one of the most feared attackers in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The senior was fourth in the conference last season with 2.3 goals per game and set single-season school records for points (64), goals (46), shots (101) and free-position goals (11).

She’s expected to get some scoring help from sophomore midfielder Alex Breiner, who recorded 22 goals and five assists last season and earned MPSF newcomer honors with two other players.

Along with Mead, who has started all but one game in her career (she redshirted in 2007), Alicia Burkhart will help anchor a defense that was second in the conference last season in fewest goals allowed per game at 9.78.

Last summer, Burkhart, a two-time all-conference senior, was named to the U.S. Lacrosse women’s national team 48-member player pool that will used to select the 2009 World Cup team.

Back in goal for the fourth straight season is fifth-year senior Anna Poponyak, who recorded 140 saves last season.

“We have a real quality core back,” Larsen said.

The Ducks were one of the top teams in the country early last season after a 6-1 start with victories over No. 11 Notre Dame and No. 18 Richmond. They spent six consecutive weeks ranked in the top 20, getting as high as No. 12.

But they went 5-5 through the rest of the regular season and then 2-1 in the conference tournament to finish 13-7 overall and 2-3 in league play.

“It was a learning experience,” Larsen said. “We had always been the underdog … and then suddenly we were the ones being clawed at and we didn’t know how to play at a consistent level.”

Oregon’s collection of 15 freshmen is its largest group of newcomers since its first season, though that doesn’t mean it feels like 2005 again.

“No, no, no … we’re going down the highway a little bit faster now,” Larsen said with a laugh. “I don’t have to teach them how to put their uniform on correctly.”

While a handful of the first-year players have stood out — like twin midfielders Jana and Jess Drummond, defender Colleen Taggart and attacker Catherine Davidson — the entire class has been impressive through preseason camp and during fall scrimmages.

“I came in with that first class, but (the current freshmen) are at a different level,” Mead said. “They’re very talented. They’re fast and athletic and take good shots.”

And they’re expected to provide the Ducks with the depth they’ve never had.

“The nice thing is, the rotation is going to be there,” Larsen said. “There were times in the past when someone like (former all-American) Jen May would want to sub out, and I had no one for her. So I would have to strategically plan my subbing. Now I’ll have more people off the field than I have positions for on the field and I’m just going to be running people in and out. We’ve talked a lot about not worrying about starting and not starting and instead making sure you use the time you have on field.”

And so far, they’ve proven to be up to the task.

“You can see it whenever we do running tests or conditioning in practice that there’s just so much depth,” Van den Berg said.

“Everyone’s ready, everyone’s gotten their conditioning where it needs to be. We will have the ability to run subs constantly and give people those breathers.”

Van den Berg said the Ducks’ lack of depth in the past that is partly what has separated Oregon from Stanford and Denver, the top two teams in the conference.

In four years, the Ducks have a 15-5 overall record against league teams UC Davis, California and Saint Mary’s, and 1-10 against the Cardinal and Mountaineers.

“I think they just had a lot more to go from and we weren’t as prepared for that,” Van den Berg said. “But again, I think it’s completely different this year.”