Daily Archives: April 25, 2009

Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Oregon 10-9 And Will Face #1 Stanford In MPSF Women’s Lacrosse Final


Junior midfielder Alex Tickner scored at the 47-minute mark to give the third-seeded Golden Bears a 10-6 lead, and Cal held on for the victory against the second-seeded Ducks.

Senior goalkeeper Morgan Dyson made 14 saves in Cal’s win, which pushed the Bears’ record to 8-10. Top-seeded Stanford defeated fifth-seeded UC Davis, 17-3, in Friday’s other semifinal. The tournament final is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Cal’s last game before the MPSF Tournament was a 13-12 overtime sudden victory against the Ducks on April 17 in Berkeley.

“We knew they were going to be out for blood, and it’s very hard to beat a team twice, so we knew it was going to be a battle,” Cal head coach Theresa Sherry said. “Even though we have confidence in our skills, we knew it was going to come down to a close game. I’m just proud of these guys. We’ve really made a change from the beginning of the season to the end. My team is tougher. They play together. We’re not relying on one or two individuals. We’re succeeding now because every single person that needs to is making an impact.

“But we’re not done yet. We want to make some changes from some things we did today. We want a championship. We don’t want to just be in the championship.”


After Tickner’s goal, Cal had four more shots, two of which were saved. The last, a blast by Catie O’Mahoney, hit the post. O’Mahoney, junior midfielder Alyse Kennedy and senior attacker/midfielder Elizabeth T Jahp each scored two goals to pace the Bears. Ilsa van den Berg (2 goals, 1 assists) and Alex Breiner (3 assists) each scored three points to lead Oregon.


Northern California High School Girls Lacrosse: Monte Vista Girls Lacrosse Defeats California High School 14-10 In Battle Of #1 Vs. #2 In North Coast Section

montevistagirlslaz When it comes to girls lacrosse, the team that wins the draws wins the games, and that is just what happened Friday night at Monte Vista High.

Monte Vista and California battled in a hard-fought East Bay Athletic League game, but the Mustangs came out on top 14-10 because of how they played in the first six minutes.

The game pitted the Nos. 1-2 ranked teams in the North Coast Section by Laxpower.com.

In the opening minutes, Monte Vista couldn’t do anything wrong: It won every draw and had perfect control. That perfect play gave the Mustangs the advantage they needed.

“That was probably the best first half we have played all season,” Monte Vista coach Noemi Hites said. “Usually they don’t come out strong.”

The Mustangs wanted to come out strong, knowing California is always one of the tougher teams to play. Last season, Monte Vista barley squeezed by Cal in their first meeting and lost in their second, something the girls were trying to prevent.

“We came into the game really pumped up,” said Monte Vista’s Jillian Bush, who had a game-high five goals. “We really wanted the win. We didn’t want a repeat of last year.”

California coach Scott Corso was impressed.

“Their offense was really quick,” he said. “They won the draws and whoever wins the draw in girls lacrosse wins the game.”

Monte Vista took an 8-2 lead into the half before watching Cal cut the leadto 12-9.


For the Grizzlies, it was a never-quit attitude that helped them come back into the game. The Grizzlies were led by Jocelyn Algieri, who scored four goals, all in the second half.


Rnk Team                        PR     PR    In     Out    Adj    QWF     W-L   W  L  T

  1 Monte Vista, Danville     83.00  87.67  82.90   0.00   0.32   0.70   0.75  12- 4- 0
  2 California HS             80.24  83.76  80.06  -0.13  -0.41   0.57   0.73  11- 4- 0
  3 Acalanes                  79.68  82.96  77.66   0.00   0.54   0.70   0.81  13- 3- 0
  4 Carondelet                79.34  82.48  78.43   0.10   0.02   0.47   0.69   9- 4- 0
  5 Amador Valley             78.98  81.98  79.04   0.98  -0.56  -0.15   0.53   8- 7- 0
  6 Foothill, Pleasanton      78.88  81.78  77.96   0.37   0.33   0.00   0.62  10- 6- 0
  7 San Ramon Valley          78.28  80.59  77.33   0.00   0.00   0.05   0.64   9- 5- 0
  8 Redwood 76.46 77.01 74.32 0.26 -0.20 -0.27 0.58 7- 5- 0 9 Davis                     76.17  76.44  71.83   1.16  -0.89   0.68   0.73  11- 4- 0
10 Campolindo                76.01  76.12  72.55   0.00  -0.40   0.40   0.71  10- 4- 0

Southern California Lacrosse Association: Lacrosse Tournament Playoff Games For Conejo Valley Division Division Set For May

Westlake junior varsity player, Jake Crawford, shoots on goal in a recent SCLA club lacrosse game.

Westlake junior varsity player, Jake Crawford, shoots on goal in a recent SCLA club lacrosse game.

Local high school club lacrosse teams from Thousand Oaks, Agoura, Newbury Park, Westlake, and Calabasas are concluding their regular season campaigns and preparing for league playoffs. Teams will compete in the preliminary rounds on Sunday. May 3, and Wednesday, May 6. The Championship game will be played on Friday, May 8 (time tbd). All tournament playoff games and the Championship game will be played at Newbury Park High School. Game times and seedings will be announced next week. The club teams compete in the Conejo Valley Division of the Southern California Lacrosse Association.

The top two high school teams in the SCLA Conejo Valley Division playoffs will receive an automatic berth in the Regional playoffs on May 16th and 17th. The State Championship tournament is scheduled on May 30th and 31st. Newbury Park High School will also be the host site for the Regional and State Championship tournaments. Currently, four teams in the Conejo Valley Division, Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Agoura and Westlake, are ranked among the top ten club lacrosse teams in the state according to LaxPower.com.

The Conejo Valley Lacrosse league also includes a girls division (grades 7 – 12) with teams from Oak Park, Agoura and Thousand Oaks. The girls schedule includes non-league games with El Segundo and Glendale. The boys high school non-league schedule includes teams from Pasadena, Saugus, Valencia, El Segundo, Edison, Glendale and Long Beach.

The SCLA also offers a youth program with divisions for third/fourth grades, fifth/sixth grades and seventh/eigth grades. The Youth Division includes teams from Agours, Calabasas, Newbury Park, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Westlake.

League lacrosse arrived in the Conejo Valley five years ago with the formation of the Conejo Valley Lacrosse League. In the first year of competition, league enrollment was about 40 players. This season, over 600 youth and high school student-athletes play lacrosse in the Conejo Valley Division of the SCLA.


Lacrosse is the fastest growing youth and high school sport in the country. And accordingly, college coaches consider Southern California to be a future recruiting hotbed for the sport. Some of the most talented high school lacrosse players in the county, including Thousand Oaks’ Josh Bounds and Clay Venetis, will be showcasing their talent at next week’s SCLA playoff tournament. Bounds, a senior at Thousand Oaks High School, will be playing lacrosse for West Point this fall. Venetis, also a Thousand Oaks senior, is undecided but the list for fall enrollment included the University of Denver and Boston University. This season’s Player Awards Ceremony will take place immediately following the May 8 Championship game and will recognize a High-School All-America selection, a High School All-American Academic selection, and the All-League team will be announced.

Conejo Valley club lacrosse players making their mark at the collegiate level include last year’s SCLA High School All American selection, Mike Cammorata. Cammorata played lacrosse at Agoura High School and now plays for the University of Arizona.

Area high school standout CIF lacrosse players include include Brett Zoella – Oak Park HS; UC Davis, Chad Costello – Oak Park HS; Yale University, Richard Gelb – Cate School; Colgate, Bobby Nordlund – Oaks Christian; US Naval Academy. Nordlund also received Academic All-American Honors. Oak Park High School, Cate School and Oaks Christian compete in lacrosse as CIF teams.

The sports’ growing popularity in the Conejo Valley has attracted some of the top young coaching talent from across the country. Area coaches include a trio of players from collegiate powerhouse, Syracuse University. Thousand Oaks coach, Jay Pfeifer played five years of lacrosse at Syracuse and won two NCAA championships. Westlake coaches; Sean Lindsay and Kieran Hughes also played on NCAA Championship teams at Syracuse. Lindsay is a two-time All American and a member of the US Mens National Team. He also played professional lacrosse for the LA Riptide. Westlake Coach Seth Cohen played his collegiate lacrosse at Gettysburg College. Agoura Coach Tyler Gilbert played at the University of Virginia. Oaks Christian coaches, Pat Smith and Brad Conners played their college lacrosse at perennial power, the US Naval Academy.

CIF Lacrosse Update

While the SCLA Conejo Valley teams currently compete at the club level, it is the stated goal of the league to transition all of the high school division teams to CIF for the 2010 spring season. The SCLA CIF sub-committee is working with school district officials and high school athletic directors to faciltate CIF status for the individual Marmonte League schools currently fielding high school club teams. On February 17, 2009, the Thousand Oaks High School Lacrosse Boosters presented a CIF proposal to the Conejo Valley Unified School Board. The Thousand Oaks CIF proposal prompted board members to direct District officials to compose a written policy by which emerging sports teams can transition from club to CIF status.


Southwestern Lacrosse Conference Playoffs: Arizona Men’s Lacrosse Defeats UC Santa Barbara 7-6 In Overtime, Claremont Defeats University Of San Diego 11-10 In Overtime; Semi-Finals Today At Coronado


Division 1 Semi-Finals –  (at Coronado HS, San Diego)

4:00pm – Claremont vs San Diego State

6:30pm – University of Arizona plays Chapman


Division 2 Semi-Finals – (at CSU Fullerton Stadium)

5:30pm – Long Beach State vs Pepperdine

8:00pm – Irvine plays Fullerton

California High School Lacrosse Scores For April 24

 laxpower23High School Boys

CA Acalanes 18, Alhambra 0
CA Amador Valley 15, Livermore 2
CA Bentley School 9, Urban School 8
CA Berkeley 6, Bishop O’Dowd 2
CA Bishop’s School 10, Francis Parker 4
CA Campolindo 19, Dougherty Valley 2
CA Capistrano Valley 10, Tesoro 3
CA Clayton Valley 16, Berean Christian 0
CA College Park 9, Northgate 3
CA Dana Hills 8, Aliso Niguel 5
CA De LaSalle 13, Foothill 6
CA El Toro 14, Woodbridge 1
CA Esperanza 10, Manual Arts HS 9
CA Glendale 4, Saugus 3
CA Huntington Park 8, Jordan 1
CA La Jolla HS 15, Mira Mesa 6
CA Laguna Blanca 8, Dunn School 3
CA Lick-Wilmerding 15, Saint Mary’s-Berkeley 2
CA Malibu 7, Oaks Christian 6 (OT)
CA Miramonte 22, Dublin 1
CA Monte Vista/Danville 13, California 5
CA Newport Harbor 14, Avalon-Catalina 1
CA Novato 8, Marin Catholic 7
CA Oak Ridge 8, Foothill-Sacramento 2
CA Piedmont 16, Davis 5
CA Redondo Union 7, Palisades Charter 2
CA Saint Ignatius Prep 11, Bellarmine Prep 5
CA San Clemente 11, Mission Viejo 7
CA San Ramon Valley 15, Granada 4
CA Santa Fe Christian 11, San Dieguito 8
CA Santa Margarita Cath 12, Anaheim Servite 2
CA Tamalpais 14, Sir Francis Drake 13
CA Temecula Great Oak 14, Mount Carmel 5
CA Watsonville 7, Scotts Valley 5
CA Westview 8, Fallbrook 4

 High School Girls

CA Aliso Niguel 9, Dana Hills 8
CA Campolindo 21, Dougherty Valley 5
CA Canyon Crest Academy 12, La Jolla CDS 4
CA Carondelet 14, Foothill, Pleasanton 12 (OT)
CA Coronado 7, Cathedral Catholic 6
CA Davis 12, Piedmont 9
CA Dublin, CA 9, Miramonte 5
CA El Toro 23, Woodbridge, CA 4
CA Foothill, Santa Ana 13, Trabuco Hills 2
CA La Costa Canyon 10, La Jolla HS 3
CA Menlo School 17, Gunn 5
CA Mercy, Burlingame 9, Notre Dame, San Jose 6
CA Monte Vista, Danville 14, California HS 10
CA San Ramon Valley 13, Granada 5
CA Santa Fe Christian 12, San Dieguito Academy 4
CA Westview, CA 13, Great Oak 2


College Lacrosse Recruiting: NCAA Rules On Coaches Contacting Potential Recruits

victorycollegiateconsulting11Why are coaches restricted in contacting prospects?

 Coaches are restricted in what, how, where and when they can execute recruiting tactics for one simple reason. It is important that coaches respect family personal space and time during a very important life process. Maintaining respect for families, especially the prospect, is very important and the NCAA rules are very clear in guiding coaches in recruiting.


Tom Kovic
Victory Collegiate Consulting
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