Daily Archives: February 16, 2009

Santa Clara Men’s Lacrosse Defeats USC 18-9


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The Trojans were not as fast out of the gate in this game, allowing Santa Clara to rack up 8 goals in the first quarter, to USC’s 2: a feed from Janoff to Levitz, and a connection from junior midfielder Kase Lawal to Duddridge.

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Sunday brought USC’s second home game – a faceoff with former WCLL rival and now out of conference opponent, Santa Clara University. The Trojans were not as fast out of the gate in this game, allowing Santa Clara to rack up 8 goals in the first quarter, to USC’s 2: a feed from Janoff to Levitz, and a connection from junior midfielder Kase Lawal to Duddridge. Mistakes and penalties continued to plague the Trojans for the rest of the first half, and Santa Clara cranked up their lead to 13-3 by halftime.

The sole USC goal in the second quarter was a Levitz to Duddridge shot. The second half showed an entirely different USC team. Rejuvinated and refocused by some outstanding play by sophomore captain and goalie Alex Rice, the Trojans won the second half of play. USC posted 6 more goals in the second half (Levitz solo, Levitz fed by Majd twice, sophomore attacker Peter Randaccio fed by Majd, Janoff solo, and Janoff fed by Levitz), and held Santa Clara to only 5.

Unfortunately, it was not enough to overcome the early lead Santa Clara had created and the final score ended up 18-9. The Trojans will spend this week regrouping and preparing for their upcoming trip to the Pac-10 Shootout at Stanford University where they will face Stanford (on 2/14) and Cal (on 2/15).

Cal Poly Women’s Lacrosse Will Compete For WDIA National Lacrosse Title But Will Face Tough Competition


The answer won’t be known until the top teams – and Cal Poly willcalpolywomenslacrosse undoubtedly be one of them – gather in Phoenix later this spring for the tournament.

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The coach of a nationally-ranked WDIA program was overheard on the sidelines of the Santa Barbara Shootout uttering a familiar refrain: “I saw them last weekend at a scrimmage. It’s Cal Poly and then the rest of the WDIA.”

Are the Mustangs to be considered prohibitive favorites for the national title again this year even after losing to Colorado State in overtime of last year’s championship game?

Or was the statement just a reflex; a verbal remnant from the seven-straight crowns Cal Poly won between 2001 and 2007?

The answer won’t be known until the top teams – and Cal Poly will undoubtedly be one of them – gather in Phoenix later this spring for the tournament.

But what is known is the Cal Poly coaching staff and players are still searching for the most appropriate way to treat last year’s setback, even if it’s sometimes contradictory.

“It’s not like we come in with the expectation that the national championship is ours,” said Mike Windall, the Mustangs’ second-year head coach. “We have to earn it. From day one, we said last year doesn’t matter.”

“But at the same time last year does matter, because we had a great season,” countered Jaime Oetman, the captain of last year’s team and now an assistant for the team. “We made it to the national championship game and no one ever expected us to. We’re very proud of that.”

It is understandable that the coaching staff would have a difficult time finding the right role for the 2007 season. On one hand, Cal Poly finished the regular season with an un-Poly-like record of 10-7 and had their title streak snapped. On the other, the Mustangs were written off early in the season when they started out 3-3, and still managed to be an overtime session away from No. 8.

While Windall and Oetman differ on the existential meaning of the ‘07 campaign, the team has come to grips with what happened and will use it as a guide this year.

“We’re using it as more of an educational game to figure out what we need to work on,” said junior captain Amber Curry. “It wasn’t like it ruined our season because we lost; it’s just that the game happened. There are going to be games like that. It was just too bad it was in the final game.”

One of the key questions will be how Cal Poly handles opponents who are no longer wary of the Mustangs invincibility. More than one coach at the Santa Barbara Shootout said that in the past, Cal Poly would win games before they started just on the sheer weight of its reputation.

Is that fear factor gone, and can the program get it back?

Judging from the results so far at the Shootout, second-ranked Cal Poly isn’t intimidating anyone. No. 6 Michigan took the Mustangs to the wire in one of Saturday’s early games before bowing, 7-6. In the late game, No. 8 Lindenwood raced out to a 6-0 lead before succumbing to a late blitz by Cal Poly, 11-9.

No. 3 Colorado and No. 1 Colorado State await the Mustangs on Sunday.

The team is still winning, but the name on the front of the jersey isn’t instilling the fear it once did.

If they worry about such matters, it doesn’t show. Outwardly, the Mustangs almost enjoy it when their program is eulogized.

“Yes, we lost in the national championship game, but we still got there,” said Windall. “Ultimately that’s the final goal of every team, and we’re not any different. It starts with game one and ends with the championship.”

“It definitely gave us motivation for this year; let’s come back and be that much stronger and prove that we still have it,” said Curry. “We’re treating it as if nothing has ended and it’s not over.”

Occidental College Women’s Lacrosse To Jump To NCAA Division III In 2010


occidentalcollegewomenslacrosseSometimes things don’t make perfect sense, but that isn’t stopping Occidental from shedding its club label in 2010 and joining the varsity ranks. The transition really has no effect on the California WDIA scene, as the Tigers were a bit player, to be generous.

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As one looks around the fields at the Santa Barbara Shootout, the premier club programs are on display. National powers like Colorado, Cal Poly, Santa Clara, Michigan and UC Santa Barbara, among others, draw the interest of even the casual women’s lacrosse fan.Whittier, Redlands, Claremont, and Pomona.Claremont, where she played on the Athenas’ first NCAA qualifying team, Huff is still feeling her way around the recruiting circuit.California produces most of her players, New England, Colorado and Baltimore are also feeder areas. “It’s still too early to tell how many we’ve got.”

And all of those teams will be club programs next year.

A little bit later, when the heavyweights have already played, one catches a brief glimpse of the Occidental women’s lacrosse team, a group of 12 players – the minimum to field a team – competing against what amounts to a WDIA junior varsity schedule.

And Oxy will be an NCAA Division III program next spring.

Sometimes things don’t make perfect sense, but that isn’t stopping Occidental from shedding its club label in 2010 and joining the varsity ranks. The transition really has no effect on the California WDIA scene, as the Tigers were a bit player, to be generous.

But Oxy’s emergence gives the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) five programs along with

With seven teams making up an automatic qualifying conference in NCAA D-III, this is obviously a big step for the conference.

But is Oxy ready to make this jump?

“We’ve worked really hard over the last couple of years to get the commitment and get the numbers to a point where our school would be serious about the program,” said Emily Phillips, a junior co-captain for the Tigers. “I’ve seen some of the teams we’re going to be playing next year and we are really going to have to step it up a lot. But I think we’re ready.”

“I’m not sure what to expect because it is really competitive out here in the SCIAC league, but I think we’ve played some pretty good teams and the WWLL is really competitive,” said Nathalie Morrison, another junior co-captain. “I think we’ll be okay when we get some more numbers.”

The players have come to grips with the fact that this may not be an easy transition and there is a competitive leap to be made, but what about the coaching staff?

Through no fault of her own, the current head coach, Herbie Huff, is operating without a net.

Hired to both coach the club program and recruit for next year’s inaugural varsity campaign, Huff has yet to be officially hired as coach for 2010. While she is the presumptive coach, a hiring freeze at Occidental has pushed back an official announcement.

“They haven’t made any guarantees, because then I can get mad,” said Huff, with a slight laugh.

If, or when, Huff finally signs on the dotted line, she’ll be learning on the job. An ’07 graduate of

“I’ve never recruited before, so I don’t know what the typical yield is, but there is definitely a lot of interest and a lot of players in the applicant pool,” said Huff, who said that while

Regardless of the number, the returning club players – all of which are expected to transition to the varsity program – are both excited and expectant of an upgrade in talent from the current team.

“The skill level will be different when the recruits come in and there will be cuts during try-outs,” said Phillips. “There will be a lot of emotional difference for some players and some motivational work to do with them if they don’t get enough playing time next year.”

It may not seem like Occidental has everything in place for a smooth transition to the varsity ranks, but sometimes it’s necessary for a leap of faith. Oxy has definitely done that, perhaps blazing a path for other WDIA program