Daily Archives: February 19, 2009

Stanford Women’s Lacrosse And Rival Cal Berkeley Prepare For #3 Syracuse

stanfordwomenslacrosse11Stanford is one victory from matching its best-ever start, but that would have to come against No. 3 Syracuse, the highest-ranked team the Cardinal will play this regular season.

Syracuse (1-0) practiced next to the Cagan Stadium field before the game and watched the first half in preparation for their matchup with the Cardinal on Friday at 3 p.m. on the same field. syracusewomenslacrosse

Stanford Coach Amy Bokker thought playing Albany on Wednesday — the game had been postponed a day because of wet grounds after a series of storms — could only help the Cardinal.

“We need to allow ourselves to find our rhythm,” Bokker said. “It’s almost better to back up the games a little closer together.”

Syracuse brings a high-powered offense that Stanford will be challenged to match. The Cardinal is averaging 17 goals per game and has 10 players with two goals or more. Lindsay (9 goals, 3 assists) and Schmidt (6 goals, 6 assists) lead the team with 12 points apiece.

The No. 3 Syracuse women’s lacrosse squad goes on the road for the first time this season, traveling to California for a pair of weekend contests.

The 2009 meeting is the second all-time between the Orange and Cardinal. Syracuse holds a 1-0 advantage in the series.

Syracuse and California have met once in the history of the two programs. The Orange leads the series, 1-0.


Friday’s game is the first for Syracuse against a ranked opponent this season. In 2008, the Orange was 7-3 against teams ranked in the top 20 … Syracuse hits the road for a two-game swing, its first contests away from the Carrier Dome this season. The Orange posted a 6-1 record in away games in 2008 … Syracuse’s next win will be the 20th for head coach Gary Gait. He enters the weekend with a 19-3 mark at the helm of the Orange program.


UC Davis Women’s Lacrosse To Face Saint Mary’s On The Road After 13-6 Loss To Oregon

ucdaviswomenslacrosse1UC Davis (0-1, 0-1) lost a 13-6 season opener to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation league-mate Oregon…

Junior Molly Lapolla led the Aggies with two goals and an assist, all in the second half… The Ducks amassed a 13-2 lead through the 34:47 mark (4:47 into the second half) then were held scoreless the rest of the way…

Remarkably, UC Davis played short-handed for almost the entirety of its second-half run due to a total of eight yellow cards…

In fact, the Aggies played 9-against-12 (i.e. three cards in effect) for about 90 seconds, and 10-on-12 (two cards) for approximately five total minutes…

UO outshot UC Davis by a 33-17 margin and, arguably more significant, held a 16-4 advantage in draw controls.

Defensively, sophomore Rachael Martinez posted three caused turnovers and three ground balls, while sophomore Gina Hoffmire added two CTs and three GBs to go with 1-for-1 shooting… Sophomores Alyssa Cranska and Kjersten Nordmeyer split goalkeeping chores… Nordmeyer patrolled the cage for almost 39 minutes, posting seven saves against five goals.

UP NEXT: UC Davis continues MPSF play in a Sunday road game at Saint Mary’s, one of five straight conference contests to start the season… The Aggies have traditionally played at least two MPSF games in the opening weeks (2007 being an exception), but never more than three… The first non-conference action will be at home vs. Vermont on March 11.


Whittier Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Southern Maine 16-5; Will Play Notre Dame de Namur University On Feb. 21

whittiermenslacrosse11The Whittier College men’s lacrosse team scored 10 goals in the second half as it ran away with a 16-5 win over the University of Southern Maine on cold Wednesday evening at Memorial Stadium.



The Poets (2-0) held a 6-3 advantage at the intermission and outscored the Huskies 10-2 in the second half en route to the 11-goal win.

Ben Brown shinned in the goal for the Poets as he finished the game with 12 saves in over 58 minutes of work.

Offensively Sam Russell fired home a game-high four goals. Charles Fisher tallied a game-high five points as he registered two goals and had three assists.

The purple and gold saw nine other players recorded at least one point. Matt Mulry (2g, 1a) and Christian Wright (2g, 1a) each finished the game with three-point evenings.

Whittier outshot the Huskies 51-27 and corralled 22 more groundballs than USM, 48-26. WC was also successful on 24-of-27 clears.

The Poets return to action on Saturday, February 21, as they travel to Belmont, Calif., to face Notre Dame de Namur University at 1:00 p.m.







Southern Maine – Huskies [M]






Whittier – Poets [M]








Santa Clara University Men’s Lacrosse Falls To Sonoma State 15-14; Travels To Texas To Play Texas State And Texas A&M

This is not the first time lacrosse is in the national spotlight. Last season, the team was ranked for the final four weeks of the season, peaking at No. 22.


The Broncos have no easy schedule, as they are in a league alongside Cal Poly, UC Berkeley, Stanford and San Jose State.

santaclaramenslacrosseTo add to this, Santa Clara will have a trip to Texas, where they will take on nationally-ranked teams including Texas State and Texas A&M.


For the men’s lacrosse team, success is more than what is displayed in numbers.

After being ranked No. 25 on the National College Lacrosse League Polls, the Broncos are now focused on winning, no matter what their ranking.

The team has much more to focus on than how they are viewed nationally.

“Frankly, we’re not talking about the rankings,” said senior goalie Phil Donnici. “We don’t really think that that should be a motivating factor. We’re just going out there to try and win, and play ball.”

This is not the first time lacrosse is in the national spotlight. Last season, the team was ranked for the final four weeks of the season, peaking at No. 22.

Head coach Gary Podesta was not thrilled with what he considers to be too low of a placement.

“When I cast my vote, it was in the 16 to 17 range,” said Podesta.

After coming out victorious in their first two matches of the season, the Broncos fell short against Sonoma State, blowing a 9-2 lead to pick up their first loss of the season 15-14.

“We started playing not to lose, instead of continuing to play to win, and step on their throats,” said Donnici.

“We need to focus on delivering that knock-out punch and keeping tempo the entire game, and not letting another team dictate how we play,” he said.

The loss was a heartbreaker, said Donnici, but the team remains positive about having a shot at winning their league and making the playoffs.

Podesta said that the Broncos’ goal is to win their league, but that it will not be easy after their loss to Sonoma State.

In order to come back from the loss, Podesta believes the team needs to set their minds on playing through entire games.

“We have to play a full 60-minute game,” he said.

Freshman midfielder Dylan Panzarella received praise from both Podesta and Donnici for providing a spark to the team in his first season.

Podesta commended junior Jonathan Fallers for his talented play.

Although Podesta pinpointed just two players, he said he is impressed with the team’s overall level of play.

“I think we’re a little more skilled player-for-player than we were last year,” said Podesta.

The Broncos have developed a knack for scoring in their first three games, netting 47 goals while holding their opponents to a total of only 27.

“Our offense is looking good,” said Donnici.

Recently, the Broncos have been forced to adjust because of the stormy weather. Bellomy field, where the team normally practices, has been closed, and the team has been forced to practice on turf instead of grass.

Despite this setback, the team is still continuing with their normal schedule of five practices per week.

Donnici believes that in these practices, the team needs to work on the little things, so that when it comes to game time, mental mistakes are a no-show.

The Broncos have no easy schedule, as they are in a league alongside Cal Poly, UC Berkeley, Stanford and San Jose State.

To add to this, Santa Clara will have a trip to Texas, where they will take on nationally-ranked teams including Texas State and Texas A&M.

First, the Broncos will look to take down San Diego this coming Sunday in their first home game at 1 p.m. at Bellomy Field.

Despite the inclement weather and the team’s rigorous practice schedule, the team is still gunning for a spot at the national tournament in May.


Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Visiting Albany 15-10

stanfordwomenslacrosse1The Cardinal outshot the Great Danes, 38-19, and Stanford goalkeeper Annie Read recorded six saves.


Junior midfielder Lauren Schmidt recorded three goals and added two assists as the No. 17 Stanford women’s lacrosse team defeated visiting Albany, 15-10, on Wednesday in a non-conference match.

Junior attacker Dana Lindsay added three goals and an assist for the Cardinal (3-0), which hosts second-ranked Syracuse in a non-conference match Friday at 3 p.m.

Sophomore Sarah Flynn scored three goals, while juniors Amanda Schwab and Julie Christy each had two. Junior Claire Hubbard added three assists.

Stanford trailed for the first time this season when Albany (1-1) opened a 2-1 lead with 18:35 remaining in the first half.

Schwab and Lindsay each scored twice as Stanford scored six unanswered goals to gain control.

Level 2 Sports Names Tom Kovic and Victory Collegiate Consulting as Official Event Partner of the adidas National Lacrosse Classic Recruiting Showcase On July 7-9, 2009


 adidas National Lacrosse Classic


July 7-9, 2009

 victorycollegiateconsulting4Level 2 Sports Names Tom Kovic and Victory Collegiate Consulting as Official Event Partner of the adidas National Lacrosse Classic Recruiting Showcase


The Adidas National Lacrosse Classic features the top 500 high school underclassmen players in the United States. 20 regional teams will compete for a National Championship in Germantown, Maryland July 7-9, 2009.

Regional team tryouts are open to all underclassmen players entering grades 10, 11 & 12 next fall.

Players can register online at: http://www.adidasnationallacrosseclassic.com to participate in tryouts located:

Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Long Island, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia Princeton, Rochester, San Francisco and Washington DC/Virginia.

According to event director, Joel Franklin, “The adidas National Lacrosse Classic provides an opportunity to all players to participate in an event that includes an on-field athletic competition and off-field academic component that will better prepare the student-athlete for the college admissions and athletic recruitment process. Players are selected to their regional team by high school coaches after a competitive tryout. 20 teams will meet in Maryland July 7-9 and take part in a series of college admissions and recruiting seminars conducted by Tom Kovic, in addition to competing for a National Championship where they can showcase their skills and ability in front of NCAA college lacrosse coaches.

Over 50 NCAA college lacrosse coaches attended last year.”

Don’t delay and act now to tryout for the premier Lacrosse event in 2009!

For further information on The adidas National lacrosse Classic visit:



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