Daily Archives: April 24, 2009

California Lacrosse Camps: “The West Coast Lacrosse Showcase” Featuring Duke Lacrosse Coach John Danowski, On July 20-23, At Cal Poly San Luis Obispo In San Luis Obispo, CA

Duke Lacrosse comes to the West Coast!

The Global Sports Institute Announces

The West Coast Lacrosse Showcase

Directed by


john-danowski-duke-lacrosseJohn Danowski, Head Coach Duke Lacrosse


matt-danowski-duke-lacrosseMatt Danowski, Attack-Long Island Lizards and Duke Star

and featuring

Scott Morrison, Head Coach University of Arizona

and many other college and elite lacrosse coaches


July 20 through 23, 2009


Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


For Info go to: www.GsiLax.com


Come join us on the beautiful campus of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo,  California for one of the most unique lacrosse experiences ever on the West Coast of the United States.  The West Coast Lacrosse Showcase will feature one of the most recognizable and successful coaches in the history of NCAA lacrosse, John Danowski.  Coach Danowski will be joined by his very talented son, Matt Danowski to personally direct all facets of this residential lacrosse experience for boys.  The Danowskis’ will be assisted by some of the top lacrosse coaches in the western United States.  This camp is designed for players to get exposure to college coaches and to see and feel first hand the demands of the college game.


                                            Camp Dates:     July 20, 21, 22 and 23


                                            Camp Fees:      $575 per person before 6/1 ($550 if you pay in full)
                                                                    $650 per person after 6/1


                                             Participant ages:  14 to 18 Boys only (high school as of fall 09)


                                             Location:   Cal Poly, SLO
                                                             San Luis Obispo,  CA 93407


Under Coach Danowski’s direction, we VALUE LEARNING in all facets of life. We teach the fundamentals as a springboard to EXCELLENCE. We do not settle for mediocrity. We insist on loyalty and instill pride. We believe in ALL ACCESS to coaches, players, facilities, and experts. We know that your greatest resources are your teammates. You will walk away with confidence that your skill set is balanced, your talents are cultivated and your competence is unquestionable.


For Info go to: www.GsiLax.com

Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Profile (Video): Attacker Shamel Bratton

Height: 6-1  Weight: 188
High School/Previous College
Previous Experience
   Huntington Station, N.Y.

UC Davis Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Denver 16-14 In Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women’s Lacrosse Tournament

Sophomore Jacklyn Taylor scored a career-high five goals in the Aggies' 16-14 upset of Denver in Friday's MPSF quarterfinal round.

Sophomore Jacklyn Taylor scored a career-high five goals in the Aggies' 16-14 upset of Denver in Friday's MPSF quarterfinal round.

Sophomore midfielder Jacklyn Taylor scored a career-high five goals, including the equalizer and game-winner midway in the second period, to lead fifth-seeded UC Davis to a 16-14 upset over fourth-seeded Denver in the quarterfinal round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse tournament at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium Thursday evening.

The Aggies improve to 6-10 for the season. The Pioneers, ranked as high as No. 19 during the regular season, fall to 10-7 overall.

Taylor, who shot 5-for-7 in recording her first hat trick of the year, hit an eight-meter attempt with 13:27 remaining in the second period to tie the score at 13-13, then converted an assist from Christina Corsa three minutes later to put UC Davis ahead for good.

Junior Britt Farquharson added four goals for the Aggies, while Corsa and junior Molly Lapolla each contributed two goals and two assists. Sophomore Gina Hoffmire chipped in two goals and junior defender Molly Peterson had one for UC Davis.

Senior midfielder Karen Morton led DU with five goals, with Steph Coyne and Tulley Stapp providing three more apiece. Morton also led all players with three assists for the day.

UC Davis only trailed briefly during the entire contest. Lapolla had two eight-meter goals in a 3-1 Aggie start, but Coyne assisted Morton on back-to-back scores that pushed the Pioneers to a 4-3 edge. Some 43 seconds later at the 7:09 mark, Farquharson converted an eight-meter shot to the tie the game at 4-4, then hit another to ignite a 3-0 UC Davis run.


Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association: Club Lacrosse In Stockton Area Growing

 northern-california-junior-lacrosse-associationLacrosse has been gaining popularity in the area thanks to some dedicated enthusiasts of a sport that combines elements of football, soccer and hockey.

About 100 area youth participate in club lacrosse, and St. Mary’s High has frosh-soph and varsity boys teams competing in the Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference.

The sport is of native American origin and involves players using a long-handled racquet called a crosse to catch, carry and pass a small, solid rubber ball. The object is for the offensive team to hurl the ball into the opponent’s goal. The sport is more popular and established on the East Coast.

Though lacrosse seems to have a foothold in the area at the club level, expansion at the high school level won’t be coming soon, according to John Williams, assistant commissioner of the California Interscholastic Federation Sac-Joaquin Section.

“There is beginning to be some interest, but it’s a sport that doesn’t offer a playoff,” said Williams, noting fewer than 10 schools in the section offer lacrosse. “A third of the schools have to play the sport before we can offer a championship, so there needs to be at least 40 schools before we entertain that notion.

“It’s not a real good time for schools to be adding sports.”

The Stockton Lacrosse Club, which plays at Nelson Park, McNair High and Pacific, was established about six years ago and has grown to six teams of boys and girls ranging in age from 9 to 18. The club’s Stockton Spartans varsity girls team is ranked third out of 13 teams in the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association.

Lauren Hanley, a sophomore at St. Mary’s, has played with the Spartans for two seasons. Her teammates include girls from Lincoln, Bear Creek, Franklin and Linden high schools.

“It’s more than I hoped it would be,” Hanley said. “I get to meet girls from other schools and when we work as a team, it feels good.

“We’re girls who just want to play.”

Team captain Amanda Nunez, a senior at Bear Creek, said she was eager to play something different after eight years of basketball.

“I was looking for a new sport when I saw it (on television),” Nunez said. “It was nothing I’d ever seen before and I begged my dad to find me a team. I like the skill that’s required. I’m amazed at how different it is with sticks.”

St. Mary’s has about 50 boys participating, but the school does not have girls teams.

“It’s been challenging, but exciting at the same time,” said St. Mary’s coach Kris Udang, a 2003 Lincoln and recent UC Davis graduate. “I played all four years in college and fell in love with it.”

Udang said youth clubs are vital as potential feeders for high schools.

“There just hasn’t been a lot of exposure,” Udang said. “It’ll take more groups like the Spartans and more high schools giving it a chance.”

Stockton Spartans coach Denise Prato said U.S. Lacrosse can help teams get started with grant money, which is how she started the Spartans. The club wants new players and hopes to draw them to clinics posted on their Web site.

Word of mouth is how lacrosse became established in Sacramento and the Bay Area, San Jose Extreme club coach Jessica Paige said. Her team played the Spartans on April 5 at Nelson Park in Stockton.

“You’re always encouraging the girls who play to bring their buddies from other sports,” Paige said. “Just the development from the past six years has been huge.”


Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Junior Lauren Schmidt Named MPSF Lacrosse Player Of The Year

stanfordwomenslacrosselauren-schmidtStanford junior Lauren Schmidt was named women’s lacrosse player of the year in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation on Thursday, and first-year Stanford coach Amy Bokker was named coach of the year.

The Cardinal placed four players on the 16-player first team: Schmidt, a midfielder, as well as senior defender Maris Perlman, junior midfielder Julie Christy and junior attacker Dana Lindsay.

Schmidt rebounded from a knee injury that caused her to miss all of her sophomore season to become the team scoring leader with 27 goals and 15 assists for 42 points — all career highs. An all-MPSF selection as a freshman in 2007, Schmidt also has 30 draw controls (team high), 18 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. She essentially plays the role of a basketball point guard, setting the tempo, distributing the ball and slashing to the goal.

Bokker arrived at Stanford after 11 years at George Mason, where she was the winningest coach in program history. She has led Stanford to a resurgence of sorts. Stanford earned its first undefeated conference record (6-0) since 2005 and has outscored conference opponents 105-30, extending its conference winning streak to nine.

Bokker’s up-tempo style of play has fit in perfectly with an athletic, versatile team with a deep bench. Stanford can run up and down the field and score goals and can defend well in man-to-man or zone sets. Bokker earned her 100th career victory this season and has led her team to a No. 14 national ranking.


Christy (21 goals, 2 assists) is a repeat all-conference selection, but this is the first honor for Lindsay (24 goals, 8 assists) and Perlman (22 caused turnovers, 21 ground balls).

Stanford (10-4) plays host to the MPSF tournament semifinals today. The Cardinal faces UC Davis (5-10), a surprise 16-14 quarterfinal winner over Denver, at 6 p.m.. Cal (7-10) plays Oregon (12-4) at 3:30 p.m.

The championship game will be Sunday at 1 p.m.

Stanford has won the past four consecutive championships.


Southern California High School Lacrosse: CIF-Southern Section Boys And Girls Lacrosse Title Games To Be Determined By End-Of Season Tournaments In Orange County And Los Angeles County

cif-southern-sectionThe L.A. City Section is not having a playoff because, well, it only has five teams.  According to Palisaded High lacrosse boys coach Scott Hylen, they will have an end-of-the-year tournament, but it’s not a playoff.  He says they’ll have that May 8 or 9, and they haven’t decided where.

Then there’s the Southern Section, which covers the huge area around L.A. and Orange County.  There are over 50 lacrosse programs in the Southern Section (fifty-something boys, fifty-something girls), but they don’t have a playoff either.  See, they require that 20 percent of their membership be signed up for a sport before they put together a playoff for it.  And since there’s 576 (576!!) schools in the section, that means they need 112 members participating. 

But like the LA section schools, the Southern Section lacrosse schools put their own end-of-season tournament together, and it’s going to be a lot bigger.  According to Foothill-Santa Ana girls coach Brian Cross, there will be a 16-team bracket of Orange County schools playing for the best-in-Orange County title.  And according to Palos Verdes boys coach Lane Jaffe, there will be an 8-team bracket of Los Angeles County schools (or Southern Section schools from north of Orange County) playing for the best North-of-Orange County title. 

Then the OC title winner plays the north-of-OC title winner in a championship game on May 15 at Mira Costa High School.  Anyway, more info on both tournaments as soon as I can get it. 


California High School Lacrosse Scores For April 23

laxpower22High School Boys

CA Birmingham 6, South Gate 3
CA Bonita Vista 7, Montgomery 0
CA Brentwood School 3, Palisades Charter 2 (2 OT)
CA Cardinal Newman 3, University SF 1
CA Coronado 13, Cathedral Catholic 4
CA Downey 6, Culver City 4
CA Foothill-Santa Ana 19, Trabuco Hills 0
CA Foothills Christian 13, Hilltop 3
CA Granite Bay 9, Bella Vista 4
CA Grossmont 13, El Capitan 4
CA Helix Charter 10, Valhalla 6
CA Marin Academy 13, Sonoma Academy 4
CA Northwood 12, Huntington Beach 10
CA Oak Park 8, Mira Costa 6
CA Orangevale 11, Gold Country 5
CA Peninsula 6, Crespi 4
CA Santana 11, Monte Vista-Spg Valley 9
CA St John Bosco 15, Saint Margaret’s 1

High School Girls

CA Berkeley, CA 10, Bishop O’Dowd 5
CA Burlingame 15, Notre Dame, San Jose 3
CA El Dorado 13, Sage Hill 10
CA Las Lomas 18, Dougherty Valley 5
CA Los Alamitos 20, Mater Dei 3
CA Mt. Carmel, CA 11, Fallbrook 0
CA Newport Harbor 17, Esperanza 7
CA Oak Ridge 11, Bella Vista 6
CA Palos Verdes 7, Peninsula 6
CA Redondo Union 18, Beverly Hills 1
CA St. Ignatius Prep, CA 13, Menlo-Atherton 5