Daily Archives: April 16, 2009

High School Lacrosse “Season In The Balance”: Canandaigua Academy Varsity Lacrosse Team In Online Sports Documentary

Season in the Balance isn’t just a sports documentary or some cheesy high school confidential; it’s a no-holds-barred look at the competitive high school athlete on and off the field.  Join us and follow the Canandaigua Academy Varsity Lacrosse team.  No scripts. No actors. Just the rigors and rewards of training, competing and living for the love of high school lacrosse.  Follow along weekly to see how Coach Mulheron and the team deal with this, their Season in the Balance.

The Braves are eager to get the season underway. They want it. Theyre ready. Or are they? Defensive leader Sean Regans rehabbing his shredded shoulder and cant participate in the intense pre-season practices. And Coach Mulheron is trying to keep the Braves focused on showtime. When the curtain goes up, will the sweat and sacrifice of a tough pre-season equal success on the field?

Best Of Western College Lacrosse (Video): University Of Denver Men’s Lacrosse Falls In “Heartbreaker” To Undefeated #4 Notre Dame 10-8

The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team (6-6, 1-2 GWLL) fell 10-8 in a heartbreaker to the No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-0, 3-0 GWLL) on Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 2,071 at Invesco Field at Mile High in the Sixth Annual Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Showdown.

The Fighting Irish led by as many as three, but Denver engineered a comeback to tie the score 8-8 with just minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. In the final two minutes of play, however, the Irish scored two quick goals to put the Pioneers away for good. It was the first NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse game to be played at Invesco Field.

California High School Lacrosse Scores For April 15


High School Boy

CA Bishop’s School 16, La Jolla Cou Day 1
CA Coronado 9, Torrey Pines 6
CA La Costa Canyon 16, San Marcos 7
CA Marina 14, Esperanza 8
CA Newport Harbor 15, Tustin HS 2
CA Robert L Stevenson 13, Pacific Grove 10
CA San Dieguito 12, Canyon Crest 3
CA Santa Fe Christian 7, Poway 6
CA Tesoro 11, Dana Hills 5
CA Thacher School 12, Harvard-Westlake 10

High School Girls

CA Berkeley, CA 10, Davis 9
CA Canyon Crest Academy 18, San Dieguito Academy 9
CA El Toro 14, Trabuco Hills 5
CA Laguna Hills 16, Huntington Park 7
CA Poway 10, Carlsbad 8
CA Torrey Pines 15, Rancho Bernardo 7


College Lacrosse Recruiting: Lacrosse Student-Athletes Must Be Organized And Committed To College Athletics Recruiting

victorycollegiateconsultingManaging the Balancing Act in College Athletics Recruiting

By Tom Kovic


Prospective student-athletes are extraordinary young people and considering the fact that today’s society is much different than it was 30 years ago when I was a prospect; prospects are forced to develop personal management skills to balance their hectic schedules. Beyond the high school playing experience, there is now a multitude of private club options, along with the opportunity to participate in a multitude of tournaments, showcases and combines; all designed to improve the skill level and visibility of the prospect. Add these items to the “plate” of the typical high schools student-athlete and you potentially have a sizable pile of daily personal tasks to effectively negotiate!
Managing the load can be a balancing act and most notably when prospects launch their recruiting effort. What follows are suggestions to help families and their children in identifying, organizing and executing the “full plate” of everyday tasks our kids have, in a effort to maximize their efforts in their everyday lives.

Identify Your Tasks

Taking a personal inventory and identifying your “priority tasks” should be the first step to identifying and defining your everyday responsibilities. Begin by listing your daily tasks in a simple “check list” format. This can include everything from completing your homework assignments; practice and game schedule and the dreaded SAT prep classes, to your Saturday night gatherings with your buddies.

Divide and Conquer

Once your priority task list is identified, I suggest dividing your list into specific categories (Team training, academic, social, college search, outside work etc.) and plug in your tasks into each “action heading.”

Prioritize the items in these “sub lists” into “high action” and “moderate action” tasks and identify them accordingly. I suggest marking your high priority tasks in red and your moderate priority tasks in blue.

Seasonal Strategy

Now that you have identified your action tasks and you have organized them into specific categories, I suggest sitting down with your mom and dad and take a “team approach” to the next step. You have a lot on your plate and it will make sense to distribute your assignments seasonally. For instance, if you are a lacrosse player and you are planning to take the SAT and compliment this exam with a prep course, it might be wise to schedule these tasks in either the fall or winter season to avoid “overload” during your spring season.


Maintaining an organized approach to your daily routine will give you the best chances in executing your personal responsibilities with success and confidence, while maintaining your sanity!

Whether you work best with a PDA or traditional organizing tools, develop and maintain an up to date personal calendar that you have easy and regular access to. Not only should you list your action items, but input and/or program “reminders” that will keep you on target to meet your obligations.

Developing an organizing system can be very time-consuming and frustrating, especially in the beginning phases of college recruiting, but once the system is in place and the process is understood and practiced to perfection, it becomes a tremendous tool for you to use in accurately planning and executing your priorities and increasing your chances in achieving all of your goals.


As the saying goes… “Paper doesn’t compete” and the same holds true with your organizing system and the level of commitment you place in executing your tasks. Begin by reviewing your list to be sure you have your tasks prioritized and your targets neatly mapped out in your calendar. Identify “bottlenecks” and “task clumps” and rearrange your calendar if necessary, to avoid an overload of work during particular times of the year.

Just as you make a full commitment to giving 100% on the playing field, take the same approach in maintaining an organized effort in executing your daily routine. No one should have to be there to lean on you when it comes time to execute your plans and it is important to take personal responsibility to meeting each task head on and through to completion. Not only will you successfully accomplish the long list of tasks on your action list, you will develop a strong sense of self reliance and self confidence that will be naturally conveyed to each of the college coaches you meet during your college search.

Tom Kovic is a former Division I college coach and the current director of Victory Collegiate Consulting, where he provides individual advisement for families on college recruiting. Tom is the author of “Reaching for Excellence”, an educational guide for college athletics recruiting.



College Lacrosse Recruiting: Club Lacrosse Is Becoming More Important Than High School Lacrosse As Most College Lacrosse Coaches Can Only See Potential Recruits After Spring Season

University of Denver women’s coach Liza Kelly said that, aside from keeping an eye on the

Liza Kelly is in her third season as head coach of the University of Denver.

Liza Kelly is in her third season as head coach of the University of Denver.

burgeoning Colorado scholastic scene, the majority of her recruiting work comes on the tournament circuit from May and June through December.

“It does,” she said. “It’s one-stop shopping. You can go to a club tournament and you can see some of the top players around the country without having to drive to New York or Massachusetts to catch some games. You’re going to miss a lot if you just count on the club tournaments, but I think it depends on where your program is.

“I think the spring kind of becomes the double check, like, ‘OK, let’s really take a last look at her.’ That’s when you’re trying to figure out how much money someone’s worth or if you’re trying to put a scholarship on the table.”

 “Honestly, I believe the high school team is critically important,” Cornell women’s lacrosse coach Jenny Graap said. “It is meaningful to play on a strong high school team and win games and make your sectional finals and your state tournament. It’s phenomenal. It’s where these student-athletes are learning discipline and leadership, and that’s still the bread and butter of our sport.

“But if we keep going down the route of accelerating the process, it does seem to me like a club team becomes more important, because coaches need to make these decisions of watching in the summer and the fall, and that’s when club teams are really important.”

Graap said she likes to concentrate on her own team during the spring season. When the Big Red’s season ends, she’ll turn her full attention back to prospective recruits.

“I would prefer to focus in on my own team in our traditional season,” she said. “That’s where my priority needs to be. If there’s a day off … then I think trying to see some games locally is perhaps the only thing that I or my staff will be able to accomplish. But again, I don’t really think that should be our priority at all. We feel comfortable about who we saw in the early process, the ones we’ve already seen play. Watching them again, yes, it’s something we’d love to be able to do, but we can wait until our NCAA tournament is over and get out on the road in early June to the playoff rounds.”

Unlike the fall and summer, when college coaches flock to showcases, camps and club tournaments, recruiting during the spring scholastic season becomes intensely regionalized for those coaches who deem it a priority.

Rutgers men’s coach Jim Stagnitta calls the spring a secondary recruiting season for his program. During the summer/fall evaluation period, the Scarlet Knights’ staff identifies the sophomores, juniors and any remaining uncommitted seniors they want to pursue — a practice that Stagnitta said has changed drastically over the past five years — and then tries to re-evaluate those prospects in the spring depending on their geographic proximity to Rutgers’ central New Jersey campus.

Stagnitta said he and his staff will “see a lot of games in-state.”

“A game a day in-state,” he said. “Within a two-hour area, we’re going to try and get out and pick up our evaluations again, and do what you do in the summer. We’re going to see as many teams in the state as we possibly can. Guys in Pennsylvania and Baltimore are not a bad trip for us, or getting up to Long Island. We get out as much as we can to see guys still on our list. We try to fill those couple of spots that we’ve held.”

For a high school recruit intent on playing for a college program not close to home, added emphasis is being placed on club ball and tournaments, the distribution of highlight tapes and by letting college coaches know you have an interest in their program.


The popularity of club lacrosse has skyrocketed over the past decade, with the growing realization that showcases and tournaments provide the most visibility to college coaches who — either by choice or by the geographic realities of this still-growing sport — do little or no recruiting during the spring scholastic season. It has also created a competitive counterculture that benefits the wealthy.

“It’s money that drives this equation, and money comes into play for the families who have the means to pay for the club, pay for the tournament entry fees and pay for the coaching fees,” Graap said. “There’s maybe a few out there not charging a lot of money or doing it as a non-profit, but the majority of lacrosse clubs, it’s a business. People are supporting themselves on that business, and that’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with that, but some families aren’t going to be able to afford a club team because they don’t have the means.”




St. Ignatius Girls Lacrosse (9-1) Are Ranked #2 In California And Are Playing Top National Competition

The St. Ignatius boys lacrosse team has dominated the Bay Area ranks in recent years, and the girls team is equally impressive this season.

The Wildcats are 9-1 and are ranked second in California and fifth in the western United States according to Westsidelax.com. Coached by former St. Mary’s College player Amy Harms, St. Ignatius is not avoiding tough matchups, either.


Date Opponent Conference PR Rank Score   QWF
2/26 CARONDELET (7-6) CA EBAL 78.8   W 12-  8   0.100  
2/28 ST. FRANCIS, CA (8-4) CA SJS 75.5 5 W 18-  6   0.000  
3/10 MONTE VISTA, DANVILLE (9-3) CA EBAL 83.0   W 13-  9   0.200  
3/12 AMADOR VALLEY (7-7) CA EBAL 78.8   W 7-  6   0.100  
3/21 STS. STEPHEN’S & AGNES (13-0) DC ISL A 99.0   L 7- 18   0.000  
3/24 at Davis (8-3) CA BSAL 76.8   W 18- 11   0.075  
3/26 REDWOOD (10-5) CA MCAL 77.2   W 11-  8   0.050  
3/30 PALO ALTO (10-1) CA WBAL-S 74.8 7 W 16-  0   0.000  
4/01 at Berkeley, CA (5-8) CA BSAL 72.1   W 15-  1   0.000  
4/06 GRANADA (5-8) CA EBAL 76.0   W 18-  5   0.025  
4/17 at Air Academy (9-0) CO Southn 88.5          
4/18 at Cherry Creek (7-2) CO Centen 88.9          
4/21 BURLINGAME (9-3) CA WBAL-S 76.0 4        
4/23 MENLO-ATHERTON (9-2) CA WBAL-F 75.2 6        
4/29 SACRED HEART PREP, CA (8-8) CA WBAL-F 70.2 9        
4/30 at California HS (10-3) CA EBAL 80.6          
5/05 at Miramonte (5-8) CA DFAL 74.9          
5/09 at Menlo School (9-4) CA WBAL-F 79.5 2        
    77.3           0.55

The Wildcats depart Thursday for a trip to Denver where they will play Cherry Creek (7-2) and Air Academy (9-0) – the No. 1 and No. 2 teams, respectively, in the West.

St. Ignatius’ only loss was a 17-8 defeat in March to St. Stephens and St. Agnes from Virginia. Behind the leadership of senior Kelly Lang, the Wildcats have beaten the best teams in the Bay Area, including a 7-6 victory over Amador Valley-Pleasanton, the defending North Coast Section champions.

Lang, a Cornell recruit, has recorded 45 goals and 17 assists in 10 games, and sophomore Rachel Hinds has added 27 goals and 14 assists.