Daily Archives: February 12, 2009

Whitman College Men’s Lacrosse Begins 2009 Season As A Contender For The Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) Title


whitmancollegemenslacrosseConsistently a dominant force in the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL), the Whitman men have gone to their division playoffs every year since 1995. In a preseason poll, the team was ranked second in their league, which is made up of smaller schools in the Pacific Northwest who have men’s club lacrosse programs.

 

Through Their Eyes: Lacrosse gains popularity on campus

The westward surge of lacrosse that has occurred over the past decade has hit Whitman and left in its wake men’s and women’s club programs that are rapidly attracting new players.

While neither program has become a varsity sport, the presence of the teams on campus and their role in the Whitman athletic scene is not to be belittled.

“The only thing that really separates us from varsity sports is the fact that our sport is not sanctioned by the school,” said sophomore Sunn Kim about the men’s team. “Other than that, we begin practice at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and end when our coach [David Schmitz] decides to end practice.”

The student-coached women’s team also has daily practices, which junior captain Hailey Flanigan said become more intense each year. Much of this has to do with the influx of experienced players in the program.

“We used to get only seven people showing up to practice,” Flanigan said. “This year we’ve been getting 26.”

These numbers, indicative of the growth of the sport, mean the Whitman women can select a traveling team to play at away tournaments. This selection will be based primarily off of commitment.

“We want to privilege people who are dedicated,” Flanigan said.

The men’s team currently boasts 21 players, but welcomes players who are interested in the sport to come out and play.

Consistently a dominant force in the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL), the Whitman men have gone to their division playoffs every year since 1995. In a preseason poll, the team was ranked second in their league, which is made up of smaller schools in the Pacific Northwest who have men’s club lacrosse programs. The teams play games most weekends, similar to varsity sports.

Kim says that there is a possibility of lacrosse becoming a varsity sport here at Whitman, but the process will take a few more years.
“In order to become a Division III team we would need all the teams in our division to add lacrosse as a varsity sport,” explained Kim.

Date Opponent   Venue Time  Result 
 Feb 21  West. Oregon  Home  1:00 PM  
 Feb 22  Willamette  Home  12:00 PM  
 Mar 8  College of Idaho  Caldwell  12:00 PM  
 Mar 15  Portland  Portland  11:30 AM  
 Apr 5  UPS  Tacoma  12:00 PM  
 Apr 11  Cent. Washington  Ellensburg  1:00 PM  
 Apr 18  West. Washington  Home  1:00 PM  
 Apr 19  PLU  Home  12:00 PM  
 Apr 25  Quarterfinals                     
 May 2-3  PNCLL Final Four      
 

 

Lacrosse Video: Cal Berkeley Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Dominican University Of California 21-3 In 2009 Home Opener


The CAL Bears home opener is against Dominican University of California. Cal’s 3 attackmen, Whitney, Parker and Panetella dominate early and CAL cruises to a 21 to 3 blowout.

Lacrosse Player Profile: Max Gradinger Is Top Long-Pole Defender For University Of Vermont Men’s Lacrosse


maxgradingervermontlacrosse#6 * MAX GRADINGER * Sophomore * LSM * Rancho Santa Fe, CA

AS A FRESHMAN (2008): Gradinger was one of only two UVM freshman to play in all 16 games … Was seventh on the team with 29 ground balls … Recorded three ground balls in a 9-8 win against Fairfield on April 1 and a 12-10 victory at Marist on April 8.

BEFORE UVM:

“The senior defender and U.S. Lacrosse All-American was perhaps the most important cog in Torrey Pines’ run to a San Diego Section title. He anchored one of the stingiest defenses in the state while using his athleticism to jump-start the offense through transition. He led the Falcons with 136 ground balls, often initiating mismatch fast breaks. He also contributed five goals and seven assists. Widely regarded by his peers and opposing coaches as the region’s top player this season, he was named All-North County Conference and conference Player of the Year. ” (From San Diego Union-Tribune)

PERSONAL: Max A. Gradinger the son of Leo and Melanie Gradinger … His brother Nick plays lacrosse at Cornell … His grandfather Leo played college football at San Diego State … Lists Ladainian Tomlinson as one of his favorite athletes … Lists snowboarding as one of his hobbies … Majoring in business administration.

Career Statistics

 

Year GP GB Sh G A Pts Pen

2008 16 29 4 0 0 0 15-12.5

Totals 16 29 4 0 0 0 15-12.5

 

 

Lacrosse Injuries: Understanding Knee Pain Including Torn ACL, MCL, And Meniscus