Monthly Archives: April 2009

California’s Best High School Lacrosse Players: #1 Coronado Islanders (12-2) Attacker Bobby Braun Plays Biggest Against The Best Teams In 2009


 LAXBUZZ WILL BEGIN TO POST PROFILES OF TOP CALIFORNIA LACROSSE PLAYERS USING MEDIA TO SHOWCASE WEST COAST TALENT FOR THE COUNTRY TO SEE….

OUR FIRST PROFILE IS CORONADO ISLANDERS (Coronado, CA) SENIOR ATTACKER #9 BOBBY BRAUN WHO WAS EVERYWHERE AGAINST ORANGE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE POWERHOUSE FOOTHILL IN THEIR GAME ON APRIL 25 WHICH CORONADO WON 15-11. BRAUN ALSO KEYED THE ISLANDERS HUGE 7-6 VICTORY OVER ST. IGNATIUS PREP IN MARCH AS HE TOTALLED 2 GOALS AND 2 ASSISTS IN WHAT WAS THE ONLY IN-STATE LOSS FOR ST. IGNATIUS IN 3 YEARS….

 

Coronado's Senior Attacker #9 Bobby Braun has been the Islanders leader all season...

Coronado Lacrosse Senior Attacker Bobby Braun has been the Islanders leader all season...(Photo by LaxBuzz)

 

...Bobby Braun's speed is deceptive for a "big attacker" and he often is out in front on breakaway goals....

..Bobby Braun's speed is deceptive for a "big attacker" and he often is out in front on breakaway goals....(Photo by LaxBuzz)

...Opposing teams are forced to defend #9 Bobby Braun any time he is near the crease or at "X" which leads to many easy goals for Coronado...

...Opposing teams are forced to defend Coronado's Bobby Braun any time he is near the crease or at "X"...(Photo by LaxBuzz)

 

...which leads to teams double and triple teaming him and many assist opportunities for easy goals for Coronado. (Photo by LaxBuzz)

...which leads to teams double and triple teaming him and many assist opportunities for easy goals for Coronado. (Photo by LaxBuzz)

Coronado's #9 Bobby Braun has a big-time left-handed shot...
Coronado Islanders Bobby Braun has a big-time left-handed shot…(Photo by LaxBuzz)
...that he launches from 10-15 yards outside...(#9 Bobby Braun, Photo by Laxbuzz)

...that he launches from 10-15 yards outside...(#9 Bobby Braun, Photo by Laxbuzz)

...and point blank from the crease. (#9 Bobby Braun, Photo by LaxBuzz)

...and point blank from the crease. (#9 Bobby Braun, Photo by LaxBuzz)

 

Coronado Islanders #9 Bobby Braun hustles on all changes of possession...(Photo by LaxBuzz)

Coronado Islanders #9 Bobby Braun hustles on all changes of possession...(Photo by LaxBuzz)

...often stalling opponents clearing opportunities and regaining possession for Coronado for another shot on goal. (#9 Bobby Braun, Photo by LaxBuzz)

...often stalling opponents clearing opportunities and regaining possession for Coronado for another shot on goal. (#9 Bobby Braun, Photo by LaxBuzz)

 

Coronado's #9 Bobby Braun uses his size to muscle past big "D-Poles"....(Photo by LaxBuzz)

Coronado's Bobby Braun uses his size to muscle past big "D-Poles"....(Photo by LaxBuzz)

...and then uses size and speed to stop opponents from making it upfield. (#9 Bobby Braun, Photo by LaxBuzz)

...and then uses size and speed to stop opponents from making it upfield. (#9 Bobby Braun, Photo by LaxBuzz)

California High School Boys Lacrosse: “Inside Lacrosse” Ranks Coronado Islanders #1, Followed By St. Ignatius Prep, La Costa Canyon, And Corona Del Mar


inside-lacrosse

West
1. Coronado (Calif.) (12-2)
2. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) (19-1)
3. Arapahoe (Colo.) (12-3)
4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.) (10-3)
5. Corona Del Mar (Calif.) (17-0)
6. Mercer Island (Wash.) (11-4)
7. Oregon Episcopal (Ore.) (9-0)
8. Mullen (Colo.) (10-2)
9. Heritage (Colo.) (12-1)
10. Kent Denver (Colo.) (10-2)

No. 1 Coronado (Calif.) (12-2)
The Islanders are the only San Diego “Big Four” team that has not yet won a CIF title. Coronado has eight returning starters who want to avenge the loss in last season’s championship game. The Islanders planted themselves in the driver’s seat after dealing St. Ignatius Prep their first in-state loss in three years. Coronado looks to get over the hump and win a title, in what would likely be a rematch between the state’s two top teams.

No. 2 St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) (19-1)
The only blemish on the Wildcats 2009 record is a 7-6 loss to Coronado. Many didn’t think the Wildcats would have another dominant season after graduating four U.S. Lacrosse All-Americans, four NCAA Division I recruits. However, this year’s team has five NCAA Division I recruits in middie Carlton Fisher, attackmen Billy Mattimore and Will Fredericks, defenseman Kevin Downs and attackman-middie Nick Miller. New coach Chris Packard has St. Ignatius Prep primed for another title run, after being California’s top-ranked team for two straight seasons.

No. 4 La Costa Canyon (Calif.) (10-3)
The Mavericks’ have won three of the last four CIF-San Diego Section titles, including last season. They have been to the championship game six straight seasons and they have been tops in the North County Conference for five consecutive years. LCC is led by Duke-bound senior long-stick middie Spencer Peterson, Queens University-bound senior attackman-middie T.C. Whaley, Stevens Tech-bound senior defenseman Cameron Revere and Lynchburg-bound senior attackman Joey Van Buskirk. Don’t let the Mavericks three losses fool you, this team believes it should win another CIF title, and has the talent to repeat.

No. 5 Corona Del Mar (Calif.) (17-0)
Corona del Mar has a relentless offense, led by the dominating Lehigh-bound senior middie Noah Molnar and junior attackman Ryan Mix. Although the Sea King’s schedule hasn’t tested them much, they will be have to be ready for prime time when they face St. Ignatius Prep at the end of their regular season.

Outside Looking In: De La Salle (Calif.) (12-3)
De La Salle has reached the NCS championship game for three straight seasons, and won the title in 2007. The Spartans are led by two NCAA Division I recruits in Penn-bound middie Nick Richards and Bryant-bound defenseman Zach Nichelman. De La Salle may be a dark horse to win it all, but their pride and tradition could bring them back to the top.

http://blogs.insidelacrosse.com/2009/04/30/inside-lacrosse-high-school-regional-rankings-april-30/

Ventura County High School Boys Lacrosse: Oak Park High School Boys Lacrosse Competing For CIF Southern Section, Northern Division Playoff Spot


Oak Park High lacrosse player Ryan Darling hauls in a pass during Monday's practice session. JANN HENDRY/Acorn Newspapers

Oak Park High lacrosse player Ryan Darling hauls in a pass during Monday's practice session. JANN HENDRY/Acorn Newspapers

Chris White watches the Oak Park High boys’ lacrosse team practice, and he likes what he sees.

Even through his dark sunglasses, one can see White’s eyes light up as he talks about his love for lacrosse.

“Lacrosse takes all the best things in all sports and puts it into one sport,” said White, the head coach of the only CIF-sanctioned lacrosse team at a public school in Ventura County.

White’s passion and affable nature has rubbed off on his players, who are vying for one of eight postseason bids in the CIFSouthern Section’s Northern Division.

The Eagles wrap up their regular season Friday at Ojai Valley at 3:30 p.m. The next day, the playoff selection committee will choose postseason teams in Rancho Palos Verdes at 4 p.m.

White hopes the Eagles can secure a third or fourth seed.

In only its second year in the CIF and seventh overall, Oak Park is building a tradition of success, on and off the field.

White said as many as six of nine seniors will play college lacrosse. Last season, three of four seniors continued playing after high school.

Assistant coach Tarik Ergin, who acted in 113 episodes of the science fiction television series “Star Trek: Voyager,” played lacrosse at Cornell, and he shares his vast knowledge in his gravelly yell.

“The best thing I ever did as coach was hire him,” White said of Ergin. “He basically has a lifetime contract.”

Fellow assistant Bob Bjerkaas, who works primarily with the goalies, is also the senior pastor at Church in the Canyon in Calabasas.

When Bjerkaas had a tough week recently, according to senior midfielder Grayson Phillips, the team attended the coach’s sermon at his church in the spirit of team unity.

“This team is like a true family,” said Phillips, who led the Eagles with 35 goals through the first 16 games.

“A lot of teams say they’re a family; I think we truly mean it.”

White agreed with his standout senior.

“I’ve got the best coaches,” he said. “I’ve got the best kids. This is a well-balanced team—but they do goof off a little bit.”

The Eagles won the California Division II State Lacrosse Championship in 2007 while finishing 35-1 as a club team, but the transition to the CIF has been bumpy at times.

Oak Park finished 14-5 and reached the section semifinals last year, its first against CIF opponents.

The Eagles were 9-8 entering the week but had won seven of their past 10 games.

Senior defenseman Mathew Caspari said this is one of the “weaker teams” he’s played with in four years at Oak Park.

However, the Eagles have survived a brutal 19-game schedule against some of the strongest Southern California programs and have played several back-to-back games.

“It’s fun getting together with the team at practice and games,” said Caspari, who hopes to study computer science and play lacrosse at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

“It’s always nice to win, but as long as we do the best we can it’s a lot of fun.”

Phillips, who will play lacrosse on a scholarship at Fairfield University in Connecticut, said players are now hanging out together on weekends for the first time since he’s suited up for the Eagles.

“I like the team chemistry,” he said. “We’re friendly on and off the field, and that translates into success.”

After a long season, Oak Park wants to finish strong.

“I hope we can win in these playoffs,” said senior attack Ryan Darling, who led the Eagles with a team-high 26 assists and 18 goals through 16 games.

“I hope we go out strong. I hope we go out fighting.”

Darling will study business and economics at UC Santa Barbara in the fall and will consider playing for the club team at the school as a sophomore.

He was recruited to play lacrosse at several East Coast schools, including Bryant University in Rhode Island, Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey and Simon Fraser University in Canada.

Darling said it will be hard to leave this team, which includes seven seniors who played together at Medea Creek Middle School.

“I’m going to miss it so much,” the senior said. “I couldn’t imagine playing lacrosse anywhere else. To see this senior class win a title—that would be sweet.”

http://www.theacorn.com/news/2009/0430/sports/092.html

Best Of High School Lacrosse (Video): Providence High School Boys Lacrosse (NC) Defeats Charlotte Country Day 12-9 To Win City Championship


Tucker Hull wanted to prove he was one of the best players on one of the best teams in the state.

Monday night, he let his play do all the talking as Hull scored five goals and dished out one assist to lead Providence to its first City Championship in school history with a 12-9 win against Charlotte Country Day at Ardrey Kell High.

“Tucker Hull takes over games, that’s what he does,” Providence coach William Humphrey said. “He is the best player in the state, and no matter what you do, he is going to find a way to be a playmaker.”

Providence High's Tucker Hull (left) fights for control with Country Day's Hill Hamrick during Monday's championship game. JEFF SINER – jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Providence High's Tucker Hull (left) fights for control with Country Day's Hill Hamrick during Monday's championship game. JEFF SINER – jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Hull, who will play lacrosse at the U.S. Naval Academy next season, found his way into the net early and often, netting a hat-trick with three goals in the first quarter, all unassisted.

“He is so good, that sometimes he just takes over games without even noticing,” Providence junior Braxton Deaver said. “But tonight, as good as he was, he didn’t have to do everything. It was as good as we have ever played as a team.”

Deaver, named the tournament most valuable player after scoring five goals in a 20-19 overtime win against Catholic on Saturday night, came up big again in the championship game. He scored three goals and had two assists to help Hull lead the way.

“Hull and Deaver are like two iron horses,” Humphrey said. “They never get tired. It seems like they could play for days.”

While Hull and Deaver led the offense, goalkeeper Pete Wesselman was also huge on the defensive end with 15 saves, including eight in the third quarter, when the Panthers turned a 6-5 halftime advantage into a 9-5 lead.

“Our goalie was phenomenal,” Humphrey said. “He not only kept us in the game, but he also dominated at times.”

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/423/story/691310.html

NCAA Men’s Division Lacrosse Championships (Video): New England Patriot Linebacker Tedy Bruschi Loves Lacrosse


New England Patriot Tedy Bruschi talks about his love for lacrosse and the experience he had at last years championship weekend. Join Tedy this year at championship weekend May 23-25 at Gillette Stadium! Visit http://www.lax2009.com for tickets!

California High School Lacrosse Scores For April 29


laxpower31 High School Boys

CA Anaheim Servite 16, St John Bosco 3
CA Archbishop Mitty 11, Burlingame 6
CA Bellarmine Prep 15, Sacred Heart Prep 2
CA Bishop’s School 11, San Dieguito 5
CA Carlsbad 9, Westview 5
CA Clayton Valley 14, College Park 2
CA Corona Del Mar 16, Beckman 1
CA Gold Country 7, Pleasant Grove 4
CA J Serra Catholic 14, Santa Margarita Cath 9
CA La Costa Canyon 7, Rancho Bernardo 1
CA La Jolla Cou Day 9, Francis Parker 4
CA Las Lomas 11, Campolindo 4
CA Leland 6, Saratoga 5 (OT)
CA Marin Catholic 10, San Marin 5
CA Menlo School 19, Menlo-Atherton 9
CA Mira Costa 11, Peninsula 6
CA Miramonte 9, Novato 6
CA Oak Park 23, Jordan 0
CA Oaks Christian 7, Cate School 5
CA Palos Verdes 11, Downey 5
CA Redwood 16, Branson 8
CA Sage Hill 18, Tustin HS 6
CA San Marcos 14, Fallbrook 2
CA Santa Fe Christian 12, Canyon Crest 5
CA Saugus 13, Valencia 6
CA Serra-San Mateo 5, Mountain View 4 (OT)
CA Sir Francis Drake 19, San Rafael 9
CA Sonoma Academy 11, Head-Royce 3
CA Thacher School 11, Laguna Blanca 1

High School Girls

CA Beckman 21, Corona Del Mar 7
CA Canyon Crest Academy 10, Santa Fe Christian 6
CA Cate School 14, Thacher School 8
CA Dougherty Valley 12, Alhambra 5
CA Foothill, Santa Ana 22, Northwood, CA 4
CA Huntington Park 11, Jordan, CA 0
CA Laguna Hills 19, San Juan Hills 7
CA Marin Catholic 14, University HS, SF 3
CA Mira Costa 11, Palos Verdes 5
CA Mt. Carmel, CA 9, Mission Hills 1
CA Poway 11, Rancho Bernardo 10
CA Stevenson School, CA 14, Santa Catalina 13

http://www.laxpower.com/common/scoreboard.php

Cal State Fullerton Men’s Lacrosse Captures Southwestern Lacrosse Conference Division II Championship With 10-7 Win Over Cal State Long Beach


 

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Cal State Fullerton Attac #27 Mike Ansel had 2 goals and 2 assists in 10-7 Southwestern Lacrosse Conference Div. II win over Long Beach State.

Cal State Fullerton Attack #27 Mike Ansel had 2 goals and 2 assists in 10-7 Southwestern Lacrosse Conference Div. II win over Long Beach State.

 

 

Apr 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM
Coronado High School
San Diego, CA

Goals 1 2 3 4 OT Total
Cal State Long Beach 2 1 2 2 0 7
Cal State Fullerton 2 3 2 3 0 10
             
             
             
Cal State Long Beach Lacrosse7
# Player POS PM FO GB A G
9 B. Austin M 1:00 0 1 0 0
30 B. Benson D 0:00 0 0 0 0
21 B. Carlander M 0:00 0 1 0 0
15 I. Eisenberg M 0:00 0 3 0 0
39 L. Escobosa M 0:00 0 10 0 2
22 A. Flynn D 1:00 0 7 1 0
26 S. Hashemian M 0:00 0 2 0 0
7 A. Jaime M 0:00 0 4 0 1
6 C. Lara D 2:00 0 2 0 0
36 K. Matias M 0:00 0 0 0 0
3 M. Mc Grath M 0:00 0 1 0 1
13 J. Nardella A 0:30 0 3 3 1
19 J. Reed M 0:00 0 5 0 2
11 A. Sears A 1:00 0 2 1 0
4 J. Shade D 1:00 0 7 0 0
8 S. Smith M 0:00 0 0 0 0
33 A. Smith D 0:00 0 0 0 0
16 F. Tappe M 0:00 0 0 0 0
55 R. Vallejo D 1:00 0 6 0 0
24 K. Yamamoto A 0:00 0 0 0 0
# Goalie POS G A Saves GA %
20 A. Davidson G 0 0 13 10 .565
1 M. Natanzl G 0 0 0 0 0.000
Cal State Fullerton Lacrosse10
# Player POS PM FO GB A G
27 M. Ansel A 0:00 0 0 2 2
22 C. Cameron M 0:00 0 0 1 0
20 J. Grubert M 0:00 0 0 0 1
1 D. Hansen LSM 0:00 0 5 0 0
2 A. Hauke M 0:00 0 5 0 2
32 G. Koehler D 0:00 0 0 0 0
44 W. Lee D 0:00 0 2 0 0
23 J. Lee M 0:00 0 1 0 0
9 A. Levoy M 0:00 0 0 0 1
55 J. Lin A 0:00 0 0 1 2
3 J. Luchansky M 0:00 0 0 1 0
21 R. Martinez LSM 0:00 0 2 0 0
8 J. Michaels D 0:00 0 1 0 0
29 J. Morales D 0:00 0 0 0 0
14 R. Olson D 0:00 0 0 0 0
31 A. Parcell M 0:00 0 1 0 2
25 K. Smith M 0:00 0 7 1 0
88 A. Szenczi-Molnar D 0:00 0 0 0 0
# Goalie POS G A Saves GA %
0 O. Kashkooli G 0 0 13 4 .765
10 P. Schwarz G 0 0 1 3 .250