Daily Archives: February 20, 2009

Cameron Piorek Lacrosse Injury Update: Rehabilitation Has Restored Full Function Of His Left Arm And Is Working On Function Of Right Hand


cameronpiorek2I just posted some new pictures of our trip to the races. This was the first race since Cameron’s injury and he had a blast. He was not able to co-drive with his dad yet, but he did get to pre run and hang out with the guys.

Cameron has a big birthday next Saturday Feb 28 he turns 18!!! We are having a fiesta to celebrate this special day with all his best buds.

I also posted some new pictures of Cameron working hard at project walk. He has regained full function of his left arm (an answer to prayer) and is working on his core and balance. He has more function in his right four fingers, but we are praying for those fingers to move!!!!!!

Finally after months of dealing with the insurance company he will get a new chair with push assisted wheels, we are still fighting for a standing frame, but we Piorek’s don’t give up easy………….

Cameron’s next goal is to get his drivers license and he is ready. It is a process that will begin after his birthday.

We are very excited about the trials starting this summer for spinal cord injury and we are keeping an eye on The Miami Project and Reeve-Irvine Research Center. Cameron is not a candidate yet ,but we are hopeful for the future.

Finally, we had a visit from my sister Chanca and Ella for the first time since Cam’s injury and it did all of our hearts good! It was a reminder of how lucky we are to have such wonderful family and friends, we are so very blessed.

Love Kelly (Cam’s mom)

Montetary donations can be made at any Branch of Washington Mutual Bank. Donations will help with Cameron’s rehabilitation at Project Walk and equipment needed.

Cameron Piorek assistance fund

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Cameron Piorek is a 17 year old who was injured during a high school lacrosse game on April 22, 2008. He fell to the ground but did not lose consciousness. He was admitted to Mission Hospital and found to have a C6 subluxation with fragments of C7 in the canal. He was treated with hypothermia and solumedrol protocol upon admission. On April 26, 2008 he underwent an anterior complete C7 corpectomy with anterior arthordesis and instrumentation C6 to T1 and posterior C5 to T2.

Cameron has responded well to both the surgery and to all treatments and, within two weeks, was transferred to St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton where he continued to receive post-surgery treatment and began rehabilitation and occupational therapy. After two and a half months, Cameron was ready to take the next step and began outptient therapy.

On June 26, 2008, Cameron was released from St. Jude hospital to the care of his family. The Piorek’s spent a much needed family weekend together at the Embassy Suites in Brea. On Monday, June 30, 2008, Cameron and his dad, Brandon, flew to Baltimore, Maryland so he could begin outpatient treatment at the Kennedy Krieger International Center for Spinal Cord Injury. This is the same facility where Christopher Reeve was treated after his injury. Therapy at the Kennedy Krieger Center involved 5-6 hours of intense, cutting-edge, therapy where the primary focus was to help Cameron become more independent as well as aid him in his quest to walk again. Please refer to the following YouTube video of Cameron as it depicts the amazing strides that have been made in the spinal cord injury arena


Cameron is scheduled to return to Aliso Viejo from Baltimore on Saturday, July 18, 2008. He will continue outpatient rehabilitation and occupational therapy at the St. Jude Outpatient Center for six weeks. He also intends to begin additional treatment at the Project Walk Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center in Carlsbad, California. For information Project Walk, please visit their website at http://www.projectwalk.org/

Cameron has put up an amazing fight from the onset of his injury throughout every step in his recovery. He is young, strong and fit and these are qualities that will continue to aid him in his recovery. Most importantly, he has a wonderful family and incredible support system that is bound and determined to make certain that Cameron will walk again! He has been accompanied every step of the way by his mom, Kelly, and his dad, Brandon. His younger brother (Indiana) and younger sister (Jordan) talk with him daily, but miss him very much and look forward to having Cameron home with them.

Cameron is looking forward to September, when he can return to Aliso Niguel High School as a Junior.

Please continue to pray for Cameron’s recovery.




Lacrosse Recruiting Update: Dennison University (Granville, OH) Men’s Lacrosse Is NCAA Div. III Program That Has 3 Western Lacrosse Players On 2009 Squad: Emmett Jones (Colorado Springs, CO), John Dionne (Scottsdale, AZ) And Cory Couture (San Diego, CA)

dennisonmenslacrosseSophomore Emmett Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Academy) had a strong rookie campaign after stepping into the starting lineup following a season-ending injury to Topher Nazaruk. In those eight starts he scored 21 goals.

Two others who expect to see playing time at attack are sophomore John Dionne (Scottsdale, Ariz./Western Reserve Academy) and freshman Cory Couture (San Diego, Calif./Coronado). Dionne played in seven games and finished with 11 points last year.


With the opening of the Denison men’s lacrosse season just days away the plot lines surrounding the 2009 season are abundant.

There are questions surrounding the replacement of 2008 NCAA Division III Goalie of the Year Alex Baruch. Concerns about moving on without All-American midfielder Rick Mackessy or four-year starter Talyor Nissi and of course there are many interested in the return of former head coach Michael Caravana to the Denison sidelines in 2009.

After a three-year hiatus from the college game, Caravana made the move back Granville following Matt McGinnis’ promotion to Assistant Athletic Director at Salisbury University. In three years under McGinnis the Big Red captured two conference titles and won 35 games. In 15 seasons coaching the Big Red between 1991-2004 Caravana posted a .690 winning percentage and returns looking to build upon his 145 career coaching victories.

Prior to the fall practice season Caranvana had not coached any member of the 2009 Denison team, however, this year’s senior class was recruited by him and that has been an advantage as both sides get acquainted.

“Fall lacrosse gave me a chance to evaluate and put together a game plan,” noted Caravana. “I think the seniors had a sense of what I felt was important so that gave me a common ground to start with. Things have evolved and changed since I have been gone and getting to know our players has been what we have spent the most time on.”

Denison held opponents to a Division III best 5.34 goals per game in 2008 with Baruch boasting a stellar .697 save percentage. This year’s starter in the cage for the Big Red will be either junior Dan Wallace (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) or freshman Gregg Shannon. Wallace played 170 minutes over the course of eight games last year and posted a .733 save percentage to go along with 33 saves. Shannon, a 6’0″ goalie out of Saint Anthony’s in Lindenhurst, N.Y. was the 2008 Catholic High School Athletic Association Goalie of the Year. Caravana likes both but realizes there is no way to fully replace a player like Baruch.

“Anytime you lose someone with that type of success there is going to be transition,” said Caravana. “Alex was a great player not only in the cage but around the cage and that greatly impacted the whole defense. I feel very comfortable with Dan and Gregg’s play in the goal, it’s going to be their play around the goal that decides who plays.”

The rest of the defense will also have a new look after losing Chris Gaines and Dave Harman to graduation. Senior Jim Minor (Washington, Pa./Trinity) is back for his fourth season as a starter. After leading the Big Red football team in tackles in 2008, Minor was tabbed as a Pre-Season All-American by Inside Lacrosse Magazine after earning first-team All-NCAC honors in 2008. Joining Minor will be senior Matt Edenbaum (Bethesda, Md./St. Andrews), sophomore Greg Higgins (Montclair, N.J./Montclair) and freshman Nick Farrell (New York, N.Y./Millbrook School).

The defensive midfield is another area where Caravana will be working new faces into the mix. Senior’s Nick Jacobs (Wilmington, Del./Tower Hill) and Ted Guylas (Medina, Ohio/Medina) are back along with junior Brian Moriarty (Huntington, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor). Moving into Nissi’s vacated long stick position will be either junior Cy Ryan (Palm Beach, Fla./Westminster School), sophomore John Payne (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./U of D Jesuit) or freshman Chris Kozlowski (Wilton, Conn./Wilton).

The task of getting the Big Red possession will fall once again to junior face-off specialist Connor Detjen (Winnetka, Ill./Loyola Academy). He won 67 percent of his face-off’s in 2008 and finished the year ranked seventh in Division III. He also led the team in ground balls and finished in the top-40 in the national rankings at 5.4 gbpg. Sophomore Jake Vita will help with the face-off duties in 2009.

The Big Red offense returns five of their top-6 scorers from a season ago as midfielder Dan Maude (Wayne, Pa./The Haverford School) and junior attack Brady Burton (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) will anchor this crew of talented play makers. While the Denison defense led the nation in 2008 the offense wasn’t far behind. They 14.9 goals per game and set a new single-season record for goals scored with 255. Mackessy’s 29 goals and 37 assists are gone but Maude, who also earned All-American status last year is back in the midfield along with sophomores Tanner Smith (Boxford, Mass./Brooks School) and Kyle Bliss (Basking Ridge, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and first-year’s Alex Hardt (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal) and Davis Lukens (Marietta, Ga./Holy Innocents’).

Senior Nate Hall (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) will move back into his X position on attack. The play maker has been a starter since his freshman year and has dished out 47 assists since 2006. Burton needs just one goal to reach 100 for his career and has a legitimate shot at breaking Andy John’s record for most goals in a career (179). Sophomore Emmett Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Academy) had a strong rookie campaign after stepping into the starting lineup following a season-ending injury to Topher Nazaruk. In those eight starts he scored 21 goals. Two others who expect to see playing time at attack are sophomore John Dionne (Scottsdale, Ariz./Western Reserve Academy) and freshman Cory Couture (San Diego, Calif./Coronado). Dionne played in seven games and finished with 11 points last year.

Caravana loves the depth on this year’s Big Red squad.

“Our team, from top to bottom, has a very high level of focus and a will to get better. It is the job of our staff to keep that focus up. Our best teams have come when our reserves play hard and there is a high level of competition in practice.”

The Big Red enter the season ranked 15th in the Lacrosse Magazine pre-season poll. They will get an early-season test on March 14 when they take on No. 6 Lynchburg in Charlottesville, Va. Add a stiff NCAC schedule highlighted by road games at both Ohio Wesleyan (April 5) and Kenyon (April 25) and a regular season finale versus No. 9 Stevenson (May 2).


Denison’s season will kick off this Saturday (Feb. 21) when they host Trine University at 1 p.m. from Deeds Field-Piper Stadium.


Feb 21, 2009 1:00 PM   TRINE   
Feb 28, 2009 1:00 PM   at Randolph-Macon   
Mar 14, 2009 7:30 PM   vs Lynchburg (in Charlottesville, Va.)   
Mar 21, 2009 12:00 PM   vs St. Mary’s (in Annapolis, Md.)   
Mar 25, 2009 7:30 PM * WITTENBERG   
Mar 28, 2009 1:00 PM * WOOSTER   
Apr 5, 2009 1:00 PM * at Ohio Wesleyan   
Apr 8, 2009 6:30 PM * at Oberlin   
Apr 11, 2009 7:00 PM   ADRIAN   
Apr 14, 2009 7:30 PM   MOUNT ST. JOSEPH   
Apr 17, 2009 7:30 PM   COLORADO COLLEGE   
Apr 25, 2009 1:00 PM * at Kenyon   
Apr 29, 2009 5:00 PM   at St. Vincent   
May 2, 2009 1:00 PM   STEVENSON   
* = Conference game
! = NCAC Tournament


Arizona State Men’s Lacrosse Video Highlights Of 2008 MCLA Semifinal Vs. Chapman; Chapman Won 18-15 In Close Contest

Some of ASU’s goals from the 2008 MCLA semifinal matchup vs. Chapman. Chapman won 18-15

Lacrosse Injuries: Becca Edwards, Penn Women’s Lacrosse Attacker, Tore Her ACL Against Stanford In 3rd Game Of 2008 And Is Making Comeback After Successful Surgery

beccaedwardspennlacrosseUnfortunately, that one thing happened: in just the third game of the year against Stanford she tore her ACL, effectively shutting her down for her junior year.

But she did admit “it’s always tough to come back from an injury, because there’s always the fear of it happening again.”

As a sophomore two years ago, the attacker had scored 37 points on 32 goals and five assists for Penn. There was only one thing that could stop her from topping that honorable mention All-Ivy output.

Unfortunately, that one thing happened: in just the third game of the year against Stanford she tore her ACL, effectively shutting her down for her junior year.

“It was kind of hard to lose Becca since she was one of the few attackers who could create for herself,” coach Karin Brower said. “We really missed her last year.”

But with the graduation of last year’s top scoring duo of Rachel Manson and Melissa Lehman – who are third and 13th in the Quakers’ record books with 157 and 102 points, respectively – Edwards will look to regain her form from two years ago in this, her senior year.

As a potent offensive threat, it’s no surprise that Edwards’ favorite parts of the game are the moments when an offensive play is well executed, complete with a perfect pick, feed, catch and shot.

“It looks beautiful,” Edwards said of a perfect play. “It takes a lot of people working together to accomplish and it really ignites the team.”

But Brower sees more than just an offensive playmaker in Edwards, noting that she was tied for first on the team with 12 caused turnovers her sophomore year. She also said Edwards’ ability to get ground balls creates second chance opportunities for the offense.

Brower especially loves her senior attacker’s attitude.

“She’s a big gamer,” the 10th-year coach said. “She rises to the competition.”

No one game epitomizes this more than Penn’s game against Princeton two years ago. Playing for their first Ivy League title in 25 years, the Quakers beat the Tigers, 14-10, at Franklin Field to clinch the automatic bid to the NCAAs. And Edwards provided the margin, scoring a career-high five goals.

Ironically, she did that despite suffering a minor knee injury off the opening draw of the second half.

Perhaps Penn will look to that as a sign that Edwards will be in tip-top form as she returns from the ACL tear this season.

Ask the Flourtown, Pa., native and she’s quick to say that the injury won’t hurt her game.

“I don’t think it’s affected my style of play,” she said.

But she did admit “it’s always tough to come back from an injury, because there’s always the fear of it happening again.”

Edwards missed the team’s fall practices, but has practiced normally in its official practices so far this winter. Brower was impressed with her play after scrimmages this past weekend.

That’s good news for Edwards, who just wants to get back to her glory days.

“There’s nothing like playing,” she said. “It’s so exciting to be able to do it again.”


Lacrosse Recruting: LaxLessons.com Brings Compilation Of Lacrosse Plays, Strategies And Drills To Lacrosse Student-Athletes To Improve Skills In Preparation For Moving Up To The Next Level

laxlessons-symbol2LaxBuzz was recently contacted by Jordan Rabidou, Co-Founder and Developer of LaxLessons.com. The site is very informational and contains excellent resources for lacrosse student-athletes to develope their skills in preparation for increased excellence or to make the move to next level. He is a recent graduate from Loyola College in MD where he was the team captain for two years with his twin brother Ryan. Together he and Ryan launched the site in hopes of giving young players the opportunity to learn from well informed coaches.
We asked Jordan to answer a few questions: 
Laxbuzz: What made you create LaxLessons.com?

The main reasons behind the creation of LaxLessons.com are our passion for the sport of lacrosse and our enthusiasm to spread the game throughout the country.

We realized that with the recent rapid growth and expansion of lacrosse, there are new coaches emerging as well as seasoned coaches wanting to learn more. Whether you are a volunteer parent coaching a youth league in Arizona, or a veteran varsity coach in New York, laxlessons.com has everything you need to become a better coach. We also understand that many of these coaches have full-time jobs making it tough for them to draw up new plays and strategies or to come up with an efficient, well thought-out practice plan everyday. With LaxLessons, you are just one click away from drills, workouts, plays, practice plans, etc. The way we see it, better coaches equal better players and programs.

LaxBuzz: What age group of players are you trying to reach?

LaxLessons is not limited to a specific age group. We have enough variation in our plays, drills, and workouts to suite the ability of any lacrosse player, from youth beginner to college standout. Whatever your level, Laxlessons has something to fit your individual need. Right now Laxlessons is mainly geared towards the men’s side of lacrosse, but much of our information can be carried over to the women’s side as well.

LaxBuzz: Western U.S. student-athletes are wanting to impress east coast coaches. Can you name some of the top coaches and programs who are contributors to LaxLesson?

Laxlessons is a compilation of plays, strategies, drills, etc that we’ve picked up over our 4 years playing D1 lacrosse at Loyola College in Maryland. When you play Syracuse, Hopkins, Duke, Georgetown, etc every year having to devote an entire week of studying their plays and tendencies, you find that your “Lacrosse I.Q.” becomes very high.

LaxBuzz: What are the most important things boys and girls can do to improve their game?

The most important thing any lacrosse player, boy or girl, can do to improve their game is to understand that there is always room for improvement. That coupled with self-motivation, practice, and a fire to compete your best every time you take the field, will continuingly take you to the next level. As you excel in lacrosse, and begin to compete on a higher level you quickly learn that someone else is bound to have a harder shot on the run, someone else’s split dodge is faster than yours, and your decisions on the field are never smart enough. Understanding where natural talent and athleticism end and discipline and knowledge of the game begin is where laxlessons comes in.