Daily Archives: February 18, 2009

UC Santa Barbara Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Florida, BYU And Colorado State At 35th Annual Santa Barbara Shootout; Lose Two Close Games Against Michigan And Georgia

ucsb-womens-lacrosse-vs-georgiaThe Gauchos’ first game was Friday afternoon against the University of Michigan. UCSB lost that game 7-6, but got their revenge later that night when they beat the University of Florida 9-6. On Saturday they had just one game against Brigham Young University, which was won by a score of 10-8. On Sunday, the final day of the tournament, the Gauchos first beat defending national champion Colorado State University 9-7, and then lost an overtime heartbreaker to the University of Georgia.


The 35th Annual Santa Barbara Shootout ended last Sunday. Though some of the games were moved out of Harder Stadium to Rob Field to accommodate for rain that never came, the Gauchos did play all five of their games and came out of the tournament with a record of 3-2, and are now 5-2 overall.

The first game against Michigan was the game in which the Gauchos played most inconsistently.

“We were lethargic against Michigan for some reason,” Ramsey said. “Preparations all week for a 51-team tournament, setting things up the day of the game and then playing a good team like that didn’t let us put our best effort out there. It was a lot to overcome.”

“Michigan was a loss from which we learned a lot,” senior captain and midfielder Katie Moran said. “We learned we have to come out ready to play from the first draw control to the last ground ball. Because we were doing a lot of work organizing the tournament and making sure goals were where they were supposed to be, we got distracted from our number-one focus: playing lacrosse.

The Gauchos had to battle back from being behind at some point in every game. Coach Ramsey said he is proud of his team for showing this ability and that it will help them later on. One major problem that the Gauchos had was struggling to score first. According to senior captain and defenseman Selina Eadie, this stems from the team’s “second-half mentality”.

“A challenge that we face is overcoming our ‘second-half team’ mentality,” Eadie said. “Our team has consistently dominated the second half of every game that we have played, which has been fantastic. However, the weekend also showed us the necessity of bringing our drive and urgency to the first half of every game. I think that we struggled to score first because we didn’t realize that urgency right away.”

Overall, the team is happy with their performance. According to Eadie, the team showed a lot of potential and played very well despite the enormous challenge of playing five games in three days.

The way the tournament went showed that the league is completely up for grabs this year. Judging by the heart and intensity that the Gauchos played with over the weekend, there is a good chance that they will be the ones to grab it.

“I’m happy with our 3-2 result,” Moran said. “We learned a lot from our losses. We also learned that this league is up for grabs: We upset the national champs, but lost to the number-10 seed.”



UC Santa Barbara Men’s Lacrosse Defeats University Of Washington 14-11 And Stanford 10-9 Over Weekend



The Gauchos traveled to a rain soaked Stanford this past weekend to participate in the PAC-10 Tournament and play the University of Washington and Stanford University. In UCSB’s second test of the season, they faced a tough transition team in Washington, fresh off a 33 goal weekend with victories over Chico State and Boise State.

Washington continued that momentum and came out of the gates firing, jumping to a 5–2 lead in the first quarter. The Gaucho defense did not panic, made adjustments and shut the Huskies out in the second quarter. Santa Barbara’s offense also found its rhythm with the help of three strikes from senior captain Brendan Sindell and one from junior captain Ryan Sanders, leaving the Gauchos with a 6–5 lead at the half.

The teams traded goals in the third quarter going into the fourth with the score in favor of UCSB 9–8. In the final quarter, the Huskies scored quickly off of a man-up opportunity to even the score, then added another goal two minutes later to take the lead. The Gauchos then went on a 5–1 scoring run sparked by a strike from sophomore Nate Wellin at 8:30 to finish the game with a victory 14-11.

Scoring was led by Sindell (6G, 1A), Sanders (3G, 2A), senior George Granelli (3G, 1A) and freshman Kyle Johnson (1G, 3A).



stanford-mens-lacrosseThe second game was played in what was billed as the “worst storm of the year” in the Bay area. With rain sheeting down and standing water on the field, the teams set out to play. Stanford got on the board early with two quick strikes. The Gauchos quickly responded with a 5–1 run on tallies from Sindell, Granelli, Patrick Sullivan and Jack Miller to take a 5–3 lead into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, the Cardinal dominated the face-off X winning all of the draws and employed a deliberate, possession offense that limited the Gauchos opportunities with the ball. They notched three goals to take a 6–5 lead into the half.

The UCSB defense stepped up in the second half forcing turnovers, making saves and holding the Stanford to one goal while the offense notched two from Granelli and Wellin to level the score at 7–7 going into the fourth quarter. The Cardinal scored first in the fourth quarter to take a brief lead before the Gauchos rattled off three unanswered goals with two from Sindell to put the game away. Scoring was led by Sindell (4G, 0A), Sanders (0G, 3A) and Granelli (2G, 1A), and the defense was anchored by strong performances from senior midfielder Austin Davies and junior net minder Zach Carson (12S).



USC Men’s Lacrosse To Host Summer Lacrosse Camp August 8-11, 2009; Lacrosse Campers Will Stay In USC Dorms


USC Men’s Lacrosse will be holding its inaugural summer camp August 8, 2009 through August 11, 2009 on its home game field, Cromwell Field. Campers at this elite camp will enjoy instruction from USC coaches and players, as well as coaches and players from other top teams around the country. Campers will also get a taste of the college experience, staying in USC dorms and enjoying USC’s fantastic on-campus dining.

To be eligible to attend the camp, a player must have played at least one full year of boys high school lacrosse, must be a member of US Lacrosse, and must be a rising senior or younger. No recently-graduated seniors may participate.


Check back on the USC lacrosse website often for more details as they are released.


Lacrosse Profile: Riley Hales (Fr., Middie, Santa Ana, CA) Scores First Goal For #3 BYU Men’s Lacrosse In 13-11 Victory Over #6 Minnesota-Duluth

Riley Hales (Santa Ana, CA) opened the scoring for the Cougars with his first collegiate goal on an assist from Elliot Grow (Salt Lake City, UT) his first assist of 3 on the day.



Position  Midfield
Weight  165
rileyhalesbyuHome Town  Foothill High School – Santa Ana, CA
Year   Freshman

Mark Manning scored 6 goals to lead the #3 BYU men’s lacrosse team to a 13-11 victory over #6 ranked Minnesota-Duluth in the Chris Jenkins Invitational. The Cougars used a four goal run to end the first half, all four of which were from Manning, to take a lead they would never relinquish.

The first quarter started fast with the Cougars scoring three goals in the first 5 minutes to take a 3-0 lead. The Bulldogs battled back going on their own three goal run to even the score at three to end the first quarter. Riley Hales (Santa Ana, CA) opened the scoring for the Cougars with his first collegiate goal on an assist from Elliot Grow (Salt Lake City, UT) his first assist of 3 on the day.

The second quarter saw the Bulldogs gain their only lead of the day before Mark Manning and the Cougars went on a four goal run in the last six minutes of the half to take an 8-5 lead into the break. Manning credited the run to the team and how well they rode.

“We rode well today,” said Manning, “which led to a lot of opportunities for me to score.”

The Cougars held the Bulldogs to a 66% clear rate on the day going 32 of 48 for the game.

Neither team went on a run in the second half, and Duluth couldn’t get closer than one goal the rest of the way with BYU gaining a three goal lead on several occasions including the final goal from Elliot Grow on a dodge from X to his left hand to put one past the Kenny Fleming, the Bulldog goaltender and give the Cougars a 13-10 lead with 6:38 to play.

The Cougars outshot the Bulldogs 39-37 and only went 12 of 27 on face offs on the day. Neither team was very successful with an extra man on the field; the Cougars were 1 of 6 while the Bulldogs were 2 of 9 for the game. DJ Sullivan finished with 10 saves against 11 goals for the Cougars and the second win in a row for the first year starter.

The Cougars play the last game of the Chris Jenkins Invitational Monday morning at 10:30 against the Cougars 2007 National Championship opponent the University of Oregon.





Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse To Play #2 Syracuse And Albany At Home

calberkelywomenslacrosseCalifornia plays host to its first two home games of the season, when Albany (1-0) visits at noon on Friday, Feb. 20, and No. 2 Syracuse (1-0) hits the field at Memorial Stadium at noon on Sunday, Feb. 22.

The Orange represents the Golden Bears’ second straight opponent that reached the 2008 NCAA semifinals and the second straight opponent nationally ranked in the top three.



Cal, facing non-conference opponents in Albany and Syracuse, has a 1-1 record after its last match, a 19-7 setback against No. 3 Duke on Feb. 15.

The Bears have a 1-0 record in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation after opening the 2009 season with a 19-0 rout of Fresno State on Feb. 7 in Fresno, Calif.

Through two games, senior attacker Sam Price leads Cal in points (9) and goals (6) and is tied for the team lead in assists (3). Bears junior midfielder Alyse Kennedy is tied with Price in assists and ranks second in points (7), while sophomore midfielder Emily Abbood (4 points, 1 goal) also has three assists. Senior attacker/midfielder Elizabeth “T” Jahp paces Cal with six ground balls. Bears senior goalkeeper Morgan Dyson has a 9.50 goals-against average after playing two complete games.

Scouting the Great Danes

Lindsey Hart is in her fourth year as head coach of Albany, which ended the 2008 season with an 8-9 record.

Scouting the Orange

Senior attacker Katie Rowan scored four goals against Le Moyne. Rowan, Syracuse’s all-time leader in points (284), goals (178) and assists (106) and a 2008 first-team All-American, is in the running to earn a spot on the U.S. team that will compete in the 2009 World Cup as a member of the U.S. training team.

Sophomore goalkeeper Liz Hogan (4.23 GAA) made five saves in 56:45 against Le Moyne.

Gary Gait is in his second year as Syracuse head coach. In his first season at the helm of his alma mater, Gait led Syracuse to its first appearance in the NCAA semifinals, in which it lost to eventual champion Northwestern.

Next Week

Cal travels to Philadelphia to battle Penn at 3 p.m. on Feb. 27 and tangle with Temple at 9 a.m. on March 1.

Syracuse, also plays at Stanford, on Feb. 20 at 3 p.m., before playing in Berkeley. The Orange has a 1-0 record in the brief all-time series with Cal, which lost, 17-9, at Syracuse in 2004. Syracuse has a 1-0 record after routing Le Moyne, 21-4, on Feb. 15 in Syracuse, N.Y. Syracuse junior midfielder Christina Dove led all scorers with six points (3 goals, 3 assists).

This is Cal’s first meeting with Albany, which currently has a 1-0 record prior to its Feb. 17 game in Stanford, Calif., against the Cardinal at 6 p.m. The Great Danes defeated Saint Mary’s, 14-9, on Feb. 15 in both teams’ season opener in Moraga, Calif. Junior attacker/midfielder Kayla Best led Albany in scoring with four points (2 goals, 2 assists). Senior goalkeeper Katie Neer made seven saves in 60 minutes for the Great Danes.