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Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Enters 2009 Season Ready To Compete For NCAA Championship Under Head Coach Amy Bokker


stanfordwomenslacrosse“I have pretty high expectations,” Bokker said. “Their energy is high. They want to own the MPSF. This year, I expect to contend for an at-large bid to the tournament, and we have the schedule that allows us to do that.”

The Cardinal is a four-time defending Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament champion. It reached the NCAA tournament in 2006. It’s ranked No. 18 in the national preseason coaches’ poll and is playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, one that includes seven Top-20 teams and three East Coast trips.

“We’re trying to find those players that will help us build a national championship team,” said assistant coach Brooke McKenzie, who accompanied head coach Amy Bokker from George Mason. “A lot of programs say they’re capable of doing that, but we’re one of the schools that can. People understand and respect the type of potential that Stanford represents.”

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STANFORD, Calif. – Promise. Potential. Possibilities. When the new Stanford women’s lacrosse coaches describe the landscape that brought them West, those were the thoughts that made the job so enticing. Stanford has had its share of success. The Cardinal is a four-time defending Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament champion.

It reached the NCAA tournament in 2006. It’s ranked No. 18 in the national preseason coaches’ poll and is playing one of the toughest schedules in the country, one that includes seven Top-20 teams and three East Coast trips. But it’s the allure of what has yet to be achieved that’s so compelling.

 The reason: Because at Stanford it’s possible. History proves it. Nineteen of Stanford’s 35 sports have combined to win a total of 109 national team championships; the school has won 14 consecutive Director’s Cups symbolic of the nation’s best overall sports program; and, as Northwestern has shown, lacrosse championships can be won outside the strongholds of the Eastern-dominated sport.

“We’re trying to find those players that will help us build a national championship team,” said assistant coach Brooke McKenzie, who accompanied head coach Amy Bokker from George Mason. “A lot of programs say they’re capable of doing that, but we’re one of the schools that can. People understand and respect the type of potential that Stanford represents.”

So, where does Stanford begin? How about March 9, 2008? That was the day Stanford stunned visiting Penn, 10-8, to complete its second upset of a top-10 team within a week. Earlier, Stanford beat Notre Dame, 13-9. The significance grew as the season wore on.

The loss was the only one for Penn until the NCAA championship game. Notre Dame also went on to the NCAA tournament. For a Stanford team that returns 21 of its 29 players and six starters, those victories from a 12-8 season may provide a lasting effect.

“They put themselves on the map,” Bokker said. “And I feel a high level of confidence. Our players want to be established as a top team, and to be recognized nationally as so many of the teams at Stanford are.”

A new coaching staff that also includes Jaime Sellers, a standout at William and Mary last season, spent a large amount of its fall efforts getting to know what it had. That meant evaluating players, solidifying defensive principles and techniques, and determining the styles that work best for its personnel. What they discovered was a versatile team with good instincts, scoring ability, solid goalkeeping, athleticism and depth. With those attributes, the team will play a high-paced style that features defensive pressure to create turnovers and trigger fastbreaks.

 “We couldn’t hold them back,” Bokker said proudly. “I feel like they were busting at the seams to really start showing what they can do.” Now, comes that chance.

The following is a position-by-position breakdown of Stanford’s team:

Goalkeeper

Sophomore Annie Read, a backup last year to second-team All-America Laura Shane, proved herself with a series of outstanding performances during the fall season and assured her coaches that the position is in good hands by taking on her role with confidence and poise.

 “Annie has shown that she is a shot-stopper,” Bokker said. “What I’m looking for in a goalie is to make saves that you should make, while also making a couple of big saves each game. Annie has shown she can do that, and more.”

Defense

Most of the early coaching emphasis was placed toward the defense, which has made great progress and continues to improve. Because of graduation and injuries, the unit is young and will look toward co-captain Melissa Vogelsong and fellow senior Maris Perlman to be the “backbone” of the defense that will play mostly man to man, and switch to zone in certain situations.

 “What’s nice about those two is they play very differently,” Bokker said. “Voges is a thinker, directing traffic. She’s the core of our zone. Maris is super quick, very feisty and has really good hands to check. It’s nice to have that balance.” Senior Vikki Fanslow had been slowed by injuries, but has quickly added herself in the mix, and junior Eleanor Foote and sophomore Ashley Aruffo will man lower defensive spots. Sarah Blahnik has made a smooth transition from attack to defense, and the defense also gets a boost from freshmen Paige Farmakis and Catherine Swanson, with Caroline Smith providing depth to the unit.

Midfield

The team’s deepest and strongest unit features versatile players that are willing and capable of moving into the defense or attack. Bokker believes scoring will be a strength, mainly because it can come from a variety of players and positions. Dana Lindsay is perfect example. The attacking midfielder is the team’s top returning scorer, with 31 goals and 16 assists last season. All-MPSF first-team choice Julie Christy, co-captain Bess Siegfried and sophomore Karen Nesbitt scored a combined 44 goals in 2008. Christy scored three, including the eventual winner, in the 9-8 tournament final victory over Denver.

 In addition, Lauren Schmidt, a full-time starter as a freshman in 2007, returns after missing last season with a knee injury. And Leslie Foard and Jamie Nesbitt are expected to be key contributors. “What’s nice about our midfielders is that a lot of them are willing to take the risks defensively that initiate the type of offense we like to play,” Bokker said. “All of the midfielders have the ability to make a difference at both ends, which ends up being a huge advantage because there aren’t any holes.”

Freshmen Anna and Emilie Boeri bring another fresh set of legs and great stick skills to the midfield.

Attack

Stanford’s offense will run through junior Claire Hubbard and sophomore Sarah Flynn. In essence, they are the point guards of the team.

 “They’re controlling tempo, they’re deciding when we’re going to push the fastbreak and deciding when we need to settle it down,” Bokker said. “The two are really heads-up players and have good recognition of momentum in the game.” Attacking midfielders Maggie Sachs, Amanda Schwab, and freshman Ilyssa McIntyre look to be strong scoring options, as does Charity Fluharty, who scored two goals in the epic victory against Penn. Freshman Maria Fortino could also provide an offensive spark. Overall, “I have pretty high expectations,” Bokker said. “Their energy is high. They want to own the MPSF. This year, I expect to contend for an at-large bid to the tournament, and we have the schedule that allows us to do that.”

Thus, Year One of a new era of Stanford lacrosse begins.

“They’re hungry for success and willing to embrace the challenges that come with it,” McKenzie said. “Because we’re starting with a strong foundation, the potential that we have to achieve that success is huge.”

Women’s Lacrosse Student-Athlete Profile: Stephanie Salvitti (The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, PA) Signs A National Letter Of Intent To Play For 2008 NCAA Division II Women’s Lacrosse National Champion West Chester University In Pennsylvania


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West Chester University’s women’s lacrosse team enters the 2009 campaign as the top-ranked team in Division II according to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association preseason poll, which was released earlier this week.

West Chester is the defending national champion from a year ago, defeating C.W. Post by a score of 13-12 in the championship game in Houston, Texas. The Golden Rams lose just one starter from last year’s squad as they look to capture the school’s third national crown in the last eight years.

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Stephanie Salvitti, a senior at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA and a member of the SEPA 2009 lacrossestephsalvittilacrosse program, signed a National Letter of Intent and will play for the West Chester University Golden Rams Women’s Lacrosse program beginning in the fall of 2009.

“I cannot wait to play for Coach Martino and a national championship team. The recruitment process was a terrific experience. On all of my visits to campus, I enjoyed meeting with the entire coaching staff and players, as well as the admission officers. I plan to pursue a career in physical therapy and look forward to starting my college experience at West Chester. I would also like to thank Coaches Simone and Norsoph and Mr. Sheperd for all of their support.”

Stephanie received All-Main Line Honors in lacrosse the last two seasons and is also a varsity starter in soccer and basketball. In addition, she has been a member of the Athletic Association for the past four years, a Lamplighter volunteer, and is currently one of the Senior Class representatives to the Baldwin School Alumnae Executive Board. Stephanie has also volunteered with the Special Olympics, SHARE, and the Susan G. Komen Society. She is the daughter of Edward and Karen Salvitti and a resident of West Chester, PA.

 Contact: Tom Kovic

Victory Recruiting Consulting

Phone: 610-620-3189 , E-Mail: Kovic@victoryrecruiting.com

Peter Worstell Lacrosse Announces 2009 California Gold Invitational High School Lacrosse Player Invites


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2009 CALIFORNIA GOLD INVITATIONAL!

Rising Juniors and younger:

Jack Yeatman Rancho Bernardo HS

Cory Wizenberg Harvard Westlake HS

Cameron Cole Foothill HS OC

Michael Gennuso La Costa Canyon HS

Patrick Konttinen Redwood HS

JW McGovern St Ignatius College Prep

Jack MCormick St Isidore School

Jack Bodine St. Ignatius College Prep

Gabe Garcia Foothill HS

Bobby Gray St. Ignatius College Prep

Kevin Weigand Bellarmine College prep

Chad Cohan St. Ignatius College Prep

Sean Hayden La Costa Canyon HS

Tyler Ekeroth Rancho Bernardo HS

Matt Browne Foothill HS OC

Cooper Pickell Foothill HS OC

Mathew Duenes St Margaret’s Episcopal

Cameron Stone Foothill HS OC

Kendrick Gaston Redwood HS

Will Montero Palmer School

Michael Tagliaferri San Ramon Valley HS

John Gibbons St Ignatius College Prep

Barrett Mistele San Francisco University HS

Chase Miller San Ramon Valley HS

Ryan Le Bellermine College Prep

Patrick Worstell San Ramon Valley HS

Charlie Evans De La Salle HS

Maclane Whims Bellarmine College Prep

William McKee St. Ignatius College Prep

Matt Emery Town School

Mitch Flaherty Amador Valley HS

Michael Summers San Ramon Valley HS

Knute Kraus Tesoro HS

Mathew McCall Capistrano Valley HS

Mike Riis La Costa Canyon HS

Jeremy Hutchens Rancho Bernardo HS

Jordan Weiss San Ramon Valley HS

Walter Wakeman San Clemente HS

Chance Cooper Foothill HS OC

Carson Mead Miramonte HS

Jordan LaTendresse San Ramon Valley HS

Brian Raaka Miramonte HS

Connor Hunt De La Salle HS

Nick Fotsch St Ignatius College Prep

Heneli Kailahi Foothill HS

Kyle Ennis San Ramon Valley HS

Matti Ruetman Monte Vista HS

Zachary Weaver Rancho Bernardo HS

Bradley Brandenburg Los Altimos HS

Eric Sanschagrin La Costa Canyon HS

Ben Krebs Foothill HS

Ted Wilm De La Salle HS

Gabe Gilleran Miramonte HS

Rising Seniors:

Jack McGarry Poway HS

Nicholas De La Espriella Mira Costa HS

Erik Myers Torrey Pines HS

Alex Pardieu La Costa Canyon HS

Timmy Andrews La Costa Canyon HS

Ryan Mix Corona Del Mar

Cameron Smith Los Gatos HS

AJ Von Massenhausen Bellermine College Prep

Adam Rosenthal Redwood HS

Austin Shea San Francisco University HS

James Torrey California HS

Ryan Lieber Monte Vista HS

Tyler Allen Stevenson HS

Max Zeff St. Ignatius College Prep HS

Nick Colletti De La Salle HS

Mitchel Hymowitz Mira Costa HS

Ian Hare La Costa Canyon HS

Connor O’Toole Harvard Westlake HS

Andrew Hayden La Costa Canyon HS

Ross Rudow San Ramon Valley HS

Sean Mullen De La Salle HS

Rob Emery St. Ignatius College Prep

Will Naughton St. Ignatius College Prep

Nick Alimam St. Ignatius College Prep

Dax Cohan St. Ignatius College Prep

Dylan Osborne Robert Louis Stevenson HS

Nick Maruyama Menlo HS

Henri Lipton Healdsburg HS

Cody Soberanes Monte Vista HS

Logan Quin Acalanes HS

Giancarlo Sangiacomo St. Ignatius College Prep

Christian Pereira De La Salle HS

Scott Wheaton Foothill HS

Spencer Rosen St. Ignatius Prep

David Haggerty Granite Bay HS

Kyle Bullington Menlo HS

Reid Tudor La Costa Canyon HS

Bobby Heyer La Costa Canyon HS

Steven Bogert La Costa Canyon HS

Christopher Adams St. Margaret’s Episcopal

Zachary Chavez Foothill HS OC

Alexander Cihla Bellermine College Prep

Garrett Garcia De La Salle HS

John Jefferis Amador Valley HS

Ryan Slee San Ramon Valley HS

Ryan Bullen Acalanes HS

John Rosa Marin Catholic HS

Andrew McGuiness St. Ignatius Prep

Andrew Nuss San Ramon Valley HS

Kevin McGovern Branson HS

Jeff Askin St. Margaret’s Episopal

Nathan Kleponis Foothill HS OC

Barrett Meister Harvard Westlake HS

Niko Dutra Monte Vista HS

Keegan Fin St. Ignatius College Prep HS

Max Brier Novato HS

Lacrosse Is A Growing Sport In San Diego County As Frank Nichols Spreads Lacrosse Program In Oceanside


After establishing a lacrosse program at Carlsbad High, which he coached for a short time, Nichols oceansidelacrossefranknicholsmoved to Oceanside to teach special education at Libby Elementary and continue his work of spreading the game of lacrosse.

“Aside from developing their skills early, there needs to be an interest at the high school level in order to create a varsity team,” he said. “Without a club in the area, most kids would never even know about lacrosse.”

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Fran DeLeonardis and Frank Nichols are two men on a mission. In a town where the sport of lacrosse has a noticeably low profile, DeLeonardis and Nichols established the El Camino High Club Wildcats with the intention of spreading the game to an Oceanside community that knows little about it. The two met in 2005 when DeLeonardis’ son, Steven, enrolled in a lacrosse camp run by Nichols in Carlsbad.

“My son was getting ready to enter high school where he had the intentions of playing football,” DeLeonardis said. “We wanted to find a spring sport for him that would really prepare him as an athlete, and lacrosse seemed to be something that could do that.”

However, DeLeonardis and his son discovered that the city of Oceanside offered no such programs that supported lacrosse, including El Camino High, which Steven attends. The closest program they could find was Nichols’ camp. After seeing the impact that the sport had on his son, DeLeonardis approached Nichols about starting a club in Oceanside. “I indicated to Fran that that was something I had been trying to do for a really long time,” Nichols said.

“He said to me that we should both work at it, and after working for a while we got started in 2006.” The Wildcats, along with the Oceanside Lions at the middle school level, were established with the goal of gaining support for lacrosse among young athletes in the community and, eventually, integration at the varsity level at El Camino.

Nichols, a New York native, moved west after graduating from college in 1977 and started the lacrosse program at Point Loma High, which was one of only six lacrosse teams in the county at the time. During his 11 seasons at Point Loma, he helped the program become part of the San Diego County Lacrosse Association and, later, as it integrated into the CIF. “When I was out of college my buddies asked me, ‘Why is a guy with your ability going west when lacrosse is in the east?’ ” Nichols said.

 “I told them that I wanted to go where it was wild, wooly and free.” That desire brought Nichols to San Diego. “It was wide open when I got here,” he said.

 “There were no rules, no structure and we had to build it all over the decade.” After establishing a lacrosse program at Carlsbad High, which he coached for a short time, Nichols moved to Oceanside to teach special education at Libby Elementary and continue his work of spreading the game of lacrosse.

The Wildcats are holding spring registration for boys and girls grades 5-8. According to DeLeonardis, the goal is to get children involved in the sport at a young age to help create a demand for lacrosse at the high school level. “Aside from developing their skills early, there needs to be an interest at the high school level in order to create a varsity team,” he said. “Without a club in the area, most kids would never even know about lacrosse.”

 This spring, the Wildcats are scheduled to play about 13 games on Saturdays at Del Rio West Elementary against other local clubs and upstart high school programs, such as San Marcos, Mt. Carmel and Valhalla. For Wildcats players such as Bryce Calvo, lacrosse is an exciting and physical game that, he said, cannot be matched by other more prominent spring sports.

“Lacrosse is a game that requires a lot of heart,” said Calvo, a freshman at El Camino. “It’s a tough sport, but it’s also a finesse sport. Lacrosse means everything to me.” Calvo said the relationship between the players and Nichols is the most rewarding aspect of the game.

“He’s definitely a tough coach,” Calvo said. “But if you’re on his team, he really respects you as a player and he demands the best out of you.” Nichols said he hopes to make this team the latest in his long list of success stories in San Diego County lacrosse.

“It’s a wonderful sport with lots of history and the kids love it,” he said. “We’re coming to Vista next, so look out.”

UC Santa Barbara Men’s Lacrosse Opens 2009 Season Against USC


UCSantaBarbaraMensLacrosseThe Gauchos, who won the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League Championship in four of the last six years en route to a pair of Division I National Championships in 2004-05, are playing their first game in the newly formed Southwestern Lacrosse Conference after finishing 11-5 last year.

“Our midfield is the best I’ve ever seen it this year,” Sindell said. “We have seven really good midfielders this year who can all put the ball in the back of the net.

 

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This Saturday UCSB men’s lacrosse opens up its season against the University of Southern California. The Gauchos, who won the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League Championship in four of the last six years en route to a pair of Division I National Championships in 2004-05, are playing their first game in the newly formed Southwestern Lacrosse Conference after finishing 11-5 last year. The visiting Trojans, on the other hand, went 4-11 in 2008. Santa Barbara won 9-7 in the sole meeting between the squads last year.

“They’re going to be coming out with everything because when we played them last year at USC we underestimated their ability,” senior attack Brendan Sindell said. “We came out flat and let them stay in the game. We eventually did win, but they are going to take that and come out hard against us.”

Sindell said that with the Gauchos’ history of quality play, most teams will be bringing their best efforts in an attempt to knock them off. Because of this, Santa Barbara can’t relax against lower-tier teams.

“We’ve talked about [underestimating teams] and made it clear that people are going to be coming out gunning for us because we have had one of the best programs in the country for the last eight years,” Sindell said.

Santa Barbara lost few players to graduation last year, which leaves 13 upperclassmen on the roster. This, combined with a lot of young talent, bodes well for the team’s competitive prospects. Still, with only five attacking players listed on the team, the Gauchos will have to rely on their midfield to produce goals.

“Our midfield is the best I’ve ever seen it this year,” Sindell said. “We have seven really good midfielders this year who can all put the ball in the back of the net. Up top, I’m the only attack who has been in that position before, we have one converted midfielder who is going to be good, but that’s definitely an area we need to work on.”

One huge loss for the Gauchos has been senior defender and captain Chris Schaible, who broke his leg in practice a few weeks ago, with a return slated for mid-season. Schaible, a tree of a man, matched fellow senior captain and defender James Guzik in holding down the Santa Barbara back. Guzik said that the loss definitely hurts, but the team is rebounding nicely.

“Since we lost Schaible, a few things have changed, but we’re getting used to it,” Guzik said. “We had to fit in some younger guys into some spots that they had to step up to, but they are all doing well and will be ready for this weekend. You have to lead them a little bit more because they’re not as experienced with the system, but they are learning quickly.”

A large bonus for Santa Barbara is opening at home. UCSB consistently has a rowdy crowd, which should help the home team settle down in their opening match while hopefully throwing off USC.

“It is a huge bonus to play at home, we have one of the best home field advantages in the country,” Sindell said. “Whenever we are on the road, other teams talk about how loud our fans are and how tough it is to play us at home.”

Game time is slated for Saturday at 2 p.m. in The Pit.

Tom Kovic Of Victory Collegiate Consulting Interviewed On LaxPower About College Recruiting Process For Lacrosse Student-Athletes


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