Monthly Archives: February 2009

California High School Lacrosse: State Budget Deficit To Force Saddleback Valley Unified School District To Eliminate Funding For High School Lacrosse; El Toro, Mission Viejo And Laguna Hills High School Lacrosse Among Programs To Be Impacted

missionviejolacrosseThe Saddleback Valley Unified School District will need to cut $10 million from next year’s budget and about 134 jobs – including 33 classroom teachers – in response to the state budget signed Friday.
At a school board meeting Tuesday, district officials outlined a cost-cutting plan that includes canceling the college-level International Baccalaureate program at two of the district’s four high schools, scaling back the popular class-size reduction program in the primary grades, and making bus transit available only in areas with a “high need.”
Also under the plan, funding for high school lacrosse and roller hockey would be wiped out completely, as would all high school assistant sports coaches and the last remaining certificated librarians in high schools.





University Of Denver Men’s Lacrosse To Host “Face-Off Classic” With Towson, Air Force, And Sacred Heart Lacrosse Competing

denvermenslacrosse2The No. 16 University of Denver men’s lacrosse team (1-1, 0-0 GWLL) will open its 2009 home schedule when it hosts the 8th Annual Harrow Face-Off Classic this weekend at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

Denver will face Sacred Heart on Sat., Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. and Towson on Sun., Mar. 1 at 1:30 p.m.

Also competing in the Face-Off Classic will be Air Force, which is slated to play Towson on Sat. at 11 a.m. and Sacred Heart on Sun. at 11 a.m.


Sacred Heart looks to rebound after a disappointing 0-2 start to its season. The Pioneers opened their season by dropping a 15-6 decision at No. 20 UMass, and followed that up with a 22-8 loss against Bryant University. For the season, Sacred Heart has taken 31 shots on goal, while allowing its opponents 62.

The Pioneers have won 40.4% of their face-offs on the season, scored on 1-10 man-up opportunities and successfully killed off 4-10 of their opponent’s man-up chances. Timmy Katz leads Sacred Heart in scoring this season with 5 goals and 2 assists for 7 points. Zach Smith leads the team in ground balls with 15. Tom Trgo has gotten both of the starts in net so far for the Pioneers. Smith has played 60:00, allowing 15 goals and compiling a .483 save percentage. Sacred Heart returns nine of its top-10 scorers from a team that finished 7-5 in 2008.

The Tigers head west for a pair of games after losing their season opener at No. 18 Loyola, 11-8. In that contest, Towson bounced back after spotting Loyola an early 4-0 lead, but was never able to completely recover from its initial deficit. Sean Maguire led the Tigers with 2 goals, while both Bill McCutcheon and Tim Stratton posted a goal and 2 assists. Mitchell Rosensweig scooped up a game-high 8 ground balls for the Tigers. Towson started Rob Wheeler at goalkeeper, and he managed to make 14 saves in the losing effort. In 2008, Towson compiled a 5-9 record. 28 out of 44 letterwinners and three of 10 starters return from that team.


Last Saturday, Denver won a 10-9 squeaker over No. 20 Albany in a game played in the Empire State’s capitol city. Junior Charley Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) led the Pioneers with 3 goals and 2 assists, including the eventual game-winner with 6:32 remaining in the fourth period. Senior Joey Murray (Denver, Colo.) chipped in with 3 goals for Denver while freshman Alex Gajic (Burnaby, British Columbia) scored twice. In net, junior goalie Peter Lowell (Freeport, Maine) came up big for DU, making 13 saves on 22 shots on goal.


The Pioneers will host defending GWLL champion Notre Dame at Invesco Field at Mile High on April 11, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. When the two teams met last season, Denver prevailed 9-8 in a game played in Chicago. The Fighting Irish are currently ranked eight in the country in the USILA Coaches’ Poll. Last season, Notre Dame defeated Colgate 8-7 in the first round of the NCAA tournament before losing to eventual national champion Syracuse in an 11-9 squeaker in the quarterfinal round.


So far this season, the Pioneers have converted on 3-4 man-up opportunities, while holding their opponents to 3-7 with the man-advantage. Denver has placed 62.1% of its shots on goal and 29.3% of them have resulted in goals, while 74.6% of its opponent’s shots have been on target and 40.8% have produced scores. The Pioneers have won 47.1% of their face-offs and been successful on 74.4% of clears. DU has scooped up 49 ground balls versus 71 for its opponents, and has committed 28 turnovers while benefiting from 26 by its opponents. Joey Murray leads the Pioneers in scoring with 6 goals and 1 assist, and Charley Dickenson is not far behind with 4 goals and 2 assists. Peter Lowell has logged 67:39 in net for the Pioneers, and has compiled team leading statistics in goals against average (10.64) and save percentage (.538). Austin Konkel has also played 39:17 at goalkeeper, allowing 11 goals and making saves on 47.6% of the shots he has faced. Ben Wahler has taken 37 of 51 face-offs so far for the Pioneers, winning 17 and losing 20.



Live Stats, results and recaps from the each game during the Classic can be found by clicking the Harrow Face-Off Classic logo on the men’s lacrosse page of



UC Santa Barbara Women’s Lacrosse Defeats #6 UCLA 9-8 In Late Comeback

“We take pride in playing a tough schedule,” Ramsey said. “There are teams ranked ahead of us ucsantabarbarawomenslacrosseright now that asked me to schedule them for at least two easy games at the Shootout. Their coach did not want more than two tough opponents. We could be undefeated right now since I control the schedule. I’d rather do it this way and the team takes pride in not slacking off.”

Last Friday the #5 UCSB women’s club lacrosse team took a trip down to UCLA to square off with the #6 Bruins. For most of the game, the Gauchos trailed UCLA, and with 20 minutes left to play, UCSB was down 8-5 and it wasn’t looking good.

“[The feeling that we had was] dismay,” Head Coach Paul Ramsey said. “We were thoroughly out-played by UCLA for the first 40 minutes of the game.”

The Gauchos, however, were not dead yet. UCSB began to show signs of life when sophomore attacker Ashley Antoon-Algieri scored with about 18 minutes left to bring the score to 8-6. About eight minutes later, senior midfielder Katie Moran scored to make it 8-7. Then, with almost nine minutes left and new life in sight, freshman midfielder Maegan Cruse fired a shot at the UCLA goal and tied the score 8-8.

“We knew we had the win after scoring the tying goal and finally evening out the score,” Moran said.

Almost three minutes later, that prediction would turn out to be true. With six minutes left in the game, Antoon-Algieri struck again for her second goal of the day to put the Gauchos ahead by one goal at 9-8.

“It’s a privilege to be the solidifying factor behind a team that plays hard until the last minute,” Antoon-Algieri said. “That night it was the whole team that fought for ground balls, kept UCLA from scoring, won the draws and scored three consecutive goals in order for us to tie; I just happened to be the one that scored [the last one].”

Ramsey was ecstatic with the comeback.

Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse Plays #5 Penn On Friday And Temple On Sunday At Geasey Field In Philadelphia

calberkeleywomenslacrosse2On the past two Sundays, Cal played two other 2008 semifinalists – then-No. 3 Duke, in a 19-7 loss, on Feb. 15 and then-No. 3 Syracuse, in an 18-2 setback, on Feb. 22. The Bears will take on four-time defending national champion Northwestern on April 5 in Evanston, Ill.

California (2-2, 1-0 MPSF) travels to Philadelphia for a pair of non conference games, as the Golden Bears take on fifth-ranked Penn (1-0) on Friday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. PT and Temple (0-0) on Sunday, March 1, at 9 a.m. PT.

Penn is the third 2008 NCAA semifinalist on the Bears’ challenging schedule this season.

The Bears played both Penn and Temple for the first time last season, defeating Temple, 10-7, in the East West Challenge in San Diego and losing to Penn, 12-7, in Berkeley.

Penn has a 1- 0 record after defeating Drexel, 10-4, on Feb. 21 at home at Franklin Field. Junior midfielder Ali DeLuca (3 goals), a 2008 IWLCA second-team All-American, and senior attacker Becca Edwards (1 goal, 2 assists) led the Quakers with three points apiece. Junior goalie Emily Szelest made three saves in 60 minutes for Penn.

Former U.S. national team player and William & Mary All-American Karin Brower is in her 10th year as head coach of Penn, which she coached to the national championship game last season. Penn spent several weeks ranked No. 1 by the IWLCA in a year that included a regular-season victory over eventual champion Northwestern. The IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse magazine each named Brower the Coach of the Year in 2007, when she also led the Quakers to the national semifinals.

Temple opens its season with a Feb. 25 home game against Rutgers before playing Cal on Sunday also at Geasey Field. The Atlantic 10 coaches selected the Owls, the 2008 conference champions, to finish third in the conference this year.

Junior midfielder Chelsea Rosiek is Temple’s top returning scorer from last season, when she ranked fourth in points (43) and goals (27) for the Owls. Rosiek also collected 16 assists. Junior defender Tracy Zimmer ranked third on her team in ground balls (33) in 2008.

Former U.S. World Cup champion and 2008 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Bonnie Rosen is in her second year as Temple head coach. In her first season as Owls coach, she led her team to a first-round NCAA Tournament appearance, in which it lost to Maryland, 20-7.

Cal continues conference action when it hosts Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponent UC Davis at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, in Berkeley.




University Of Redlands Women’s Lacrosse Opens 2009 Season With 18-11 Victory Over Whittier College

redlandswomenslacrosseThe University of Redlands women’s lacrosse team opened the 2009 season with a non-conference, home contest against Whittier College and came away with a resounding 18-11 victory.

Sophomore midfielder Christy Smith started the scoring in the second minute of action and connected off of a free position shot. This was her first of four goals to lead the Bulldogs.

However, Whittier stormed back with two unanswered goals to hold a slight edge with 25:52 to go in the first half.

Redlands’ offense then exploded with four consecutive goals, including two in a row by senior midfielder Liza Gray. With a 5-2 lead, the Bulldogs never looked back en route to the solid win.

The eventual game-winner came at 18:34 remaining in the second half as senior midfielder Lauren Matta put away her third goal in a five-minute span.

Between the pipes, sophomore goalkeeper Katrina Hostak made 14 saves for Redlands.

The Bulldogs (1-0) next head to Pomona-Pitzer Colleges for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, March 4.




Feb. 24 Whittier 4:00 PM W, 18-11 Boxscore  Recap 
Mar. 4 at Pomona-Pitzer 7:00 PM    
Mar. 6 Colorado Col. 7:00 PM    
Mar. 11 Claremont-M-S 7:00 PM    
Mar. 17 Puget Sound 3:00 PM    
Mar. 22 Linfield 12:00 PM    
Mar. 24 Birmingham Southern 7:00 PM    
Mar. 26 Oberlin 7:00 PM    
Mar. 27 Potsdam St. 12:00 PM    
Apr. 8 Pomona-Pitzer 7:00 PM    
Apr. 22 at Williams 4:30 PM    
Apr. 23 at MIT 4:00 PM    
Apr. 27 at Whittier 7:00 PM    
May. 6 at Claremont-M-S 7:00 PM    
Home games in bold.
* = Conference games.

Video Highlights Of #8 Georgetown Men’s Lacrosse 13-10 Victory Over #3 Maryland

Georgetown had high hopes for the 2009 lacrosse season after being ranked #8 nationally and bringing back an experienced squad from a successful team last season.  In the season opener, Georgetown faced another experienced and highly ranked squad, the #3 Maryland Terrapins on their home field in College Park.  

In what was seen as the biggest upset of the early lacrosse season, Georgetown (1-0) was buoyed by four point efforts from junior Craig Down and sophomore Rickey Mirabito to beat Maryland (0-1) 13-10 in a closely fought contest on Saturday afternoon.  

Lacrosse Profile: Mike Ansel, CSU Fullerton Attacker, Has Scored 22 Goals And 13 Assists In Leading Titans Lacrosse To 5-0 Record

Mike Ansel, Attack, 6'1", 180 lbs

Mike Ansel, Attack, 6'1", 180 lbs

Ansel, a product of El Toro High School, played club ball with Grubert, who attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School. The two developed a friendship that survived high school graduation. So when Ansel was combing through a list of schools to transfer to, it was Grubert who helped recruit him to the CSUF men’s lacrosse club.

It was difficult the first two years for the team, which won a combined three games. However, last year the Titans collected five wins. And now on the heels of a 22-4 win against Cal Lutheran University on Saturday, the Titans stand on a 5-0 record.



Through four games, Ansel has posted 22 goals and 13 assists, which makes him the nation’s top scorer with 35 points and ranks him third in assists.

His contributions to the team are not overlooked. And even more refreshing is his freshman standing despite transferring from Rancho Santiago Community College this semester.

In other words, Cal State Fullerton fans have plenty of time to witness Ansel’s progression on the playing field.

“Mike, as a freshman, comes to this team with a lot of previous experience,” said Head Coach Ryland Huyghue. “He has a lot to learn, and he’s only going to get better. For other schools we play (that means) they’re going to have some problems.”

His arrival to Fullerton comes at an appropriate time.

The lacrosse club started four years ago without much fanfare. Many of the upper classmen helped vie for practice time on the field, get funding for uniforms and raise a travel budget to play elite out-of-state universities.

It was difficult the first two years for the team, which won a combined three games. However, last year the Titans collected five wins. And now on the heels of a 22-4 win against Cal Lutheran University on Saturday, the Titans stand on a 5-0 record.

“I’m grateful,” Ansel said. “I’ve never been part of the team that’s won just one or two games in a season. I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t think the program was going absolutely nowhere … I totally understand how they (the upper classmen) would feel. It’s not fun not winning.”

It could be quite easy to take the addition of Ansel for granted. After all, the Titans landed a fierce offensive threat who has a bright future with the team whose record is ascending upward. But part of the attribution should go to J.R. Grubert for his efforts.

Ansel, a product of El Toro High School, played club ball with Grubert, who attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School. The two developed a friendship that survived high school graduation. So when Ansel was combing through a list of schools to transfer to, it was Grubert who helped recruit him to the CSUF men’s lacrosse club.

“I figured it’d be good for the team, and on a personal level he’s a really good friend,” said Grubert, who also plays attack for the Titans. “(So) it wasn’t too tough to convince him to come here. It seemed like he really wanted to get back on the field.”

And matters have panned out smoothly for Ansel, whose emergence as one of the best lacrosse players in Division II seemingly coincides with the Titans’ success this season.

The team is undefeated this spring semester, highlighted by an 11-8 home win against UC San Diego. The victory marked the Titans’ first win against a Division I opponent, and it also helped clinch a semi-final playoff spot.

But despite the success – which Huyghue believes “a good majority of it” is attributed to Ansel’s play – the Titans have helped each other grow collectively as a team.

“It takes an entire team to be successful,” Huyghue said. “As soon as he starts scoring, teams start doubling him. He’s a very unselfish player, (so) he helps the team out by giving other opportunities to score.”

His experience this season will pave the way for next season when Ansel stands to inherit more of a leadership role.

“Being a leader on this team is really important to me,” Ansel said. “To me, being a leader on this team will only make me a better player.”

For opposing teams, that possibility could be catastrophic.