Daily Archives: April 2, 2009

College Lacrosse Recruiting: Unofficial Visits To Colleges Have Fewer Restrictions (Victory Collegiate Consulting)


What is an unofficial visit?

An unofficial visit is basically one that is financed by the family and can be take virtually at any time, including before the senior year in high school. Although there are restrictions on the number of official visits prospects may take to division 1 and 2 schools, families and their children may take unlimited unofficial campus visits.

Tom Kovic


Victory Collegiate Consulting

Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Poll: #2 Chapman Men’s Lacrosse And #4 BYU Are Top Western U.S. Teams



March 30, 2009

Division I


  1. Michigan
  2. Chapman
  3. Simon Fraser
  4. BYU
  5. Florida State
  6. Cal Poly 1
  7. Lindenwood
  8. Colorado State 1
  9. Minn-Duluth 1
  10. California 1
  11. Boston College 1
  12. Florida 1
  13. Colorado 2
  14. Michigan State
  15. UC Santa Barbara 1
  16. Stanford 1
  17. Loyola Marymount 3
  18. Oregon 12
  19. Texas
  20. Virginia Tech 2
  21. San Diego State
  22. Southern MethodistNR
  23. Washington

California High School Lacrosse Scores For April 1


High School Boys

CA Beckman 8, Irvine HS 2
CA Bellarmine Prep 13, Archbishop Mitty 5
CA Burlingame 12, Leland 2
CA Corona Del Mar 23, Laguna Hills 3
CA Dana Hills 12, Aliso Niguel 1
CA Dunn School 9, New Community Jewish 2
CA Gold Country 17, Sierra Foothills 1
CA Head-Royce 5, Dougherty Valley 4
CA La Costa Canyon 14, Santa Fe Christian 7
CA Manual Arts HS 15, South Gate 1
CA Marin Catholic 15, San Rafael 12
CA Menlo School 13, Los Gatos 9
CA Menlo-Atherton 9, Mountain View 5
CA Novato 8, Tamalpais 7
CA Oak Park 6, Cate School 4
CA Orangevale 14, Cordova-Folsom 10
CA Pacific Grove 9, Harbor 6
CA Pasadena 7, Saugus 6
CA Peninsula 11, Malibu 8
CA Piedmont 6, Bishop O’Dowd 5
CA Redwood 21, Terra Linda 7
CA Sage Hill 9, Mater Dei 5
CA Saint Margaret’s 12, Anaheim Servite 0

High School Girls

CA Carlsbad 16, Mission Hills 3
CA Corona Del Mar 11, Laguna Hills 10 (OT)
CA Coronado 10, Torrey Pines 8
CA Foothill, Santa Ana 18, Northwood, CA 3
CA Huntington Park 13, Birmingham 2
CA Patrick Henry, CA 12, Canyon Crest Academy 11 (3 OT)
CA Rancho Bernardo 13, Mt. Carmel, CA 10
CA San Marcos 5, Ramona 3
CA Santa Fe Christian 9, Valley Center 8
CA Santa Margarita Catholic 11, Aliso Niguel 6
CA St. Ignatius Prep, CA 15, Berkeley, CA 1
CA Ursuline, CA 13, San Marin 12


Northern California High School Lacrosse: Mountain View Boys Lacrosse (5-1) Is Playing Strong In Peninsula Athletic League

Mountain Views Adam Cook, right, leads his team in scoring. Photo Joe Hu/Town Crier

Mountain Views Adam Cook, right, leads his team in scoring. Photo Joe Hu/Town Crier

The Mountain View High lacrosse team sure isn’t playing like a first-year program.

Originally intending to field only a junior-varsity squad this season, the Spartans instead find themselves competing for a playoff berth in what may be the strongest varsity league in the region.

Mountain View is 5-1, exceeding the expectations of coach Joe Juter and his players.

“We’ve surprised everybody, including ourselves,” Juter said.

Adam Cook, the Spartans’ leading scorer, added, “I’m really surprised. I knew we would be good, but I didn’t think we’d come together like we have. I think we’ve surprised other teams, too.”

When Juter took the job in September, he anticipated coaching a JV team filled with freshmen, sprinkled with sophomores and rounded out by a few juniors. But some seniors wanted to play as well and, since the members of that class are not eligible for JV, the coach decided to make it a varsity team. “And to play varsity, you had to be in the PAL (Peninsula Athletic League), which is the toughest league in Northern California,” Juter said.

Mountain View has more than held its own, however, losing only to first-place Bellarmine. The fast start has the Spartans thinking playoffs; the top four teams qualify for the league tournament.

“Making the playoffs – wow – it’s four huge steps,” Juter said of the program’s evolution. “I wonder sometimes, ‘How did I get to coach this team by myself with all these freshmen and vie for the PAL title?”

Juter has 25 players, 12 of whom are freshmen, and he’s coaching them without help. The program, primarily funded by parents who initiated its formation, is on a budget too tight to afford an assistant coach.

The Spartans’ lack of resources – and experience – hasn’t translated to the field.

“It’s a nice story,” Juter said. “We’re in our first year and we have one coach, me. The other teams have three or four (coaches), and we’re the only team with freshmen and they make up half the team. I’m proud of that. It’s an obstacle, but (the team has) really worked hard.”

In doing so, the players have formed a bond that has fueled their success, according to Juter.

“It’s everything,” he said of Mountain View’s team chemistry. “It keeps everything moving. We don’t have the size, speed or skill of the other teams, but we have chemistry.”

Cook credits Juter for creating it.

“It’s been the coach and his philosophy and how we run sets on offense and defense,” the senior said. “It’s really helped us come together as a team.”

Although a majority of the Spartans entered the season with club-lacrosse experience, “only three or four of us played together before,” Cook said. “It’s really kind of amazing how well we’ve played together.”

Mountain View improved to 2-1 in league with an 8-4 win over visiting Leland March 25. The Spartans jumped to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter and thwarted the Chargers’ rally by scoring three goals in the fourth.

Mountain View’s lone loss came to Bellarmine, considered the team to beat in the PAL.

“Bellarmine is like an army,” said Juter, whose team fell to the Bells 11-3 at home March 18. “But the score was worse than (the game really was). It was 6-3 in the third. In the fourth, Bellarmine’s athleticism took over.”

The Bells, like Mountain View’s other foes, also held a distinct size advantage.

“We are clearly outsized dramatically every game,” Juter said. “Even the seniors we have aren’t big.”

The Spartans have tried to compensate for that by being better conditioned and more agile than their foes.

“(Our success) has a lot to do with athleticism and that we’re all in great shape,” Cook said.

Cook has been the team’s top scorer since the first game, a 17-3 rout of Saratoga in which he produced six goals. Cook said his scoring is “due to the other attackmen who make so many assists. I wouldn’t be there without Andrew Kramer and Aubrey Myjer and the (midfielders), too.”

The Spartans are scheduled to host Menlo-Atherton 4 p.m. today.


Lacrosse Gloves: As Lacrosse Grows In Popularity Lacrosse Equipment Becomes Very Fashionable (New York Times)

LACROSSE, derived from a game played by American Indians, is among the fastest-growing sports in the country.
Participation by young players grew by 500 percent from 1999 to 2007, according to the most recent survey by US Lacrosse. That growth is reflected among boys and girls in high school, men and women in college (the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I men’s final drew 48,970 fans to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., last May to see Syracuse defeat Johns Hopkins) and in the presence of indoor and outdoor professional leagues.
With that swelling popularity comes an appetite and expectation for new and improved equipment. The newest lacrosse gloves, smaller than ice hockey gloves but bigger and with more padding than a pair of puffy Gore-Tex mittens, are about protection and flexibility — with a dash of flash thrown in for good measure — and, of course, sales. Some of them look like something out of “RoboCop.”
jarettparktitans2Jarett Park, a transition — meaning midfield — player for the New York Titans professional indoor lacrosse team, recently tested five pairs of the latest gloves. For Mr. Park, left, the correct glove balances comfort (especially in the composition of the palm material) and protection — particularly the padding for the thumb, which is easily injured because it is often exposed to the most ferocious checks.
All of the gloves he tested are available in small (12-inch: for players 5 feet tall to 5-foot-5), medium (13-inch: 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-11) and large (13.5-inch: 6 feet to 6 -foot-2) models. Mr. Park worked with the medium-size models. There are slight variations in price among the sizes. All five pairs are manufactured in Asia; two in China, two in the Philippines and one in Thailand. By JACK BELL

reebok9kREEBOK 9K$159.99, eastbay.com. The goatskin palm make this glove the Ferrari of the five tested. Mr. Park said he and a lot of other serious lacrosse players usually slice out the palms of their gloves to get a better feel on the stick. “I looked at them and asked myself if I want to cut them out,” he said. With its supple feel in the palm, good thumb protection and overall protection, he said the answer was no. A new antibacterial coating on the inside of the glove (a feature in most of top-of-the-line models) cuts down on unpleasant aromas after extended use.

brinekingiiglBRINE KING II GL  $159.90, lax.com. This glove offers a more minimalist approach that might mean a bit of a sacrifice in protection. Strips of carbon fiber on the outside of the fingers have an extra bit of knuckle protection. Mesh material in the palm allows hands to breathe. Mr. Park liked how the floating cuffs adjust with hand movements while still providing acceptable protection for a player’s wrists.






onyxhelionONYX HELION $119, leezarsports.com. A good no-frills starter glove that, while a step down in features, is a sensible choice for the parents of youth players who might still be trying to decide if the sport is right for them. Mr. Park said that while the Helion might not offer the newest innovation in glove technology or top-of-the-line materials, it is similar to some less-is-more older gloves, not that there’s anything wrong with that. The mesh grip on the palm — as opposed to leather or goatskin — is lighter and helps keep the price reasonable.


warriorbrassmonkeyWARRIOR BRASS MONKEY $184.99, lacrossemonkey.com. An emphasis on safety with the two hard plastic knuckle protectors (as in the name, kind of like brass knuckles) on the index and middle fingers. “The most protection, but also the bulkiest,” Mr. Park said. “The brass knuckles seem like a gimmick, but then again, I wouldn’t mind them on the thumb.” Interior lining has what the company calls Banana Tech (yes, little bananas painted on fabric), a nice touch, he said, but largely superfluous.


maverikdynastysupremeMAVERIK DYNASTY SUPREME  $136.99, lacrosse.com. After studying the gloves worn by slalom skiers, who hit their hands against slalom gates, Maverik incorporated a strip of protective gel running under the index finger, but only to the base of the thumb. “Kids like that stuff,” Mr. Park said. “It looks cool” The double-jointed thumb was stiff and hard, he said, offering more protection. Good padding protected the fingers and wasn’t too bulky, he said, adding that it was not as luxurious as some other models.


College Lacrosse Recruiting: A Lacrosse Student-Athlete’s Family Should Provide College Coach With A “Financial Pre-Read” Evaluation Of Financial Aid Portfolio (Victory Collegiate Consulting)


What is a financial aid pre-read?

A financial aid pre-read is a preliminary evaluation of a family’s financial aid portfolio. It is a tremendous tool for coaches, especially if the institution does not offer athletic scholarships. The pre-read can provide family’s with a ballpark figure as to how much they can expect to pay in the first year of college.

Families will need to provide the office of financial aid with a copy of their past year taxes with all W-2 forms; any business income and extraordinary assets along with a completed financial aid worksheet. Turn a round time is typically 2 weeks and the pre-read (regarding the projected family contribution) is usually accurate within $1,000.00. Not all institutions provide pre-reads and it is important to ask the coach about the institutions financial aid policy after cultivating a strong personal relationship.

Tom Kovic


Victory Collegiate Consulting