Monthly Archives: May 2009

CIF-San Diego Section Boys Lacrosse Championship: #1 Coronado Boys Lacrosse Defeats La Costa Canyon 9-4 To Complete “Undefeated Season Against Top California Lacrosse Teams”


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Coronado 9, La Costa Canyon 4

The 2009 Coronado Boys Lacrosse team completed a perfect, undefeated season against top California teams including St. Ignatius (7-6 on March 21), De La Salle (10-8 on March 13) and La Costa Canyon (7-5 on March 25 and 9-4 on May 30 in CIF-San Diego Championship game). Photo by LaxBuzz

The 2009 Coronado Boys Lacrosse team completed a perfect, undefeated season against top California teams including St. Ignatius (7-6 on March 21), De La Salle (10-8 on March 13) and La Costa Canyon (7-5 on March 25 and 9-4 on May 30 in CIF-San Diego Championship game). Photo by LaxBuzz

 

 

 

CIF-San Diego Section Girls Lacrosse Championship: La Costa Canyon Girls Lacrosse Defeats Torrey Pines 6-5 To Earn Third Straight Title


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La Costa Canyon 6, Torrey Pines 5

 

La Costa Canyon senior Jackie Candelaria, who will be playing for Stanford in 2010, led the Mavericks with 2 goals and 1 assist. La Costa Canyon won their 3rd straight CIF-San Diego Section championship as they defeated Torrey Pines 6-5 May 30.

La Costa Canyon senior Jackie Candelaria, who will be playing for Stanford in 2010, led the Mavericks with 2 goals and 1 assist. La Costa Canyon won their 3rd straight CIF-San Diego Section championship as they defeated Torrey Pines 6-5 May 30.

2009 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Highlights (Video)


Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC): San Diego State Men’s Lacrosse Coach Matt Holman Is Coach Of The Year; Chapman’s James O’Connor Martin Is Offensive Player Of The Year; San Diego State’s Billy Double Is Defensive Player Of The Year


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Division I SLC All-Stars
Div. I – SLC Coach Of the Year:
Matt Holman, SDSU

Div. I – SLC Offensive Player of the Year:
James O’Connor Martin, Chapman

Div. I – SLC Defensive Player of the Year:
Billy Double, SDSU

Div. I – 1st Team SLC All-Conference:
James O’Connor Martin, Chapman, Attack
Brendan Sindell, UCSB, Attack
Marcus Wooden, Chapman, Attack
Mike Clayton, Chapman, Midfield
Derek Mills, Chapman, Midfield
Alex Paul, LMU, Midfield
Max Sanford, Claremont, Long-Stick Midfield
Eric Chang, Claremont, Face-Off Specialist
Chris Small, Chapman, Face-Off Specialist
James Guzik, UCSB, Defense
Andrew Salcido, Chapman, Defense
Chris Schaible, UCSB, Defense
Billy Double, SDSU, Goalie

Div. I – 2nd Team SLC All-Conference:
Alex Bates, SDSU, Attack
Magnus Karlson, LMU, Attack
Philip Trapp, Claremont, Attack
Ryan Sanders, UCSB, Midfield
Ben Tilton, USD, Midfield
Blake Whitcomb, Chapman, Midfield
Ian Maunsell, SDSU, Long-Stick Midfield
Sebastian Croft, UCLA, Face-Off Specialist
Spencer Halvorsen, Chapman, Defense
Tim Murray, SDSU, Defense
Marc Napp, LMU, Defense
Alex Price, Claremont, Goalie

Div. I – Honorable Mention SLC All-Conference:
Bobby Enquist, USD, Attack
Kyle Morse, UNLV, Attack
Tim Roe, USD, Attack
Scott Trimble, Claremont, Attack
Logan Brown, Claremont, Midfield
Curtis Fillmore, Arizona, Midfield
Corey Janoff, USC, Midfield
Jack Miller, UCSB, Midfield
Spencer Rowe, Chapman, Long-Stick Midfield
Aaron Caton, Arizona, Defensive Midfield
Evan Youngstrom, SDSU, Face-Off Specialist
Ashton Clarke, Claremont, Defense
David Krumwiede, USC, Defense
Chris Plummer, Arizona, Defense
Shane Robinson, UCLA, Defense
Doug Rouche, UCLA, Defense
Mike Rosenberger, USD, Defense
Nick Rossler, LMU, Defense
Zack Carson, UCSB, Goalie
Thomas Holman, LMU, Goalie
Jason Kho, Chapman, Goalie
Dan Kirkpatrick, Chapman, Goalie

California’s Top High School Lacrosse Players: St. Ignatius Middie Rob Emery Represents The New Wave Of Lacrosse Student-Athletes Coming Out Of The West


“He’s the type of player who could play any sport in college,” first-year St. Ignatius coach Chris Packard said about Rob Emery. “He’s too big, too fast and too tall.”

“He’s the type of player who could play any sport in college,” first-year St. Ignatius coach Chris Packard said about Rob Emery. “He’s too big, too fast and too tall.” Photo by LaxBuzz

 

St. Ignatius Lacrosse Middie Rob Emery has size at 6'2" and at 175 lbs. can create shots. Photo by LaxBuzz.

St. Ignatius Lacrosse Middie Rob Emery has size at 6'2" and at 175 lbs. can create shots. Photo by LaxBuzz.

 

St. Ignatius junior middie Rob Emery is regarded as the third-best recruit in the nation in the class of 2010 by Inside Lacrosse Magazine. In February, he verbally committed to Virginia, arguably the top program in the country.

St. Ignatius junior middie Rob Emery is regarded as the third-best recruit in the nation in the class of 2010 by Inside Lacrosse Magazine. In February, he verbally committed to Virginia, arguably the top program in the country. Photo by LaxBuzz

St. Ignatius middie Rob Emery possesses great hands to go with the creativity and the speed (he’s the fastest player on his team) necessary to play a the highest level... He points to the coaching he received at Town, the athleticism he inherited from his sporty parents and the recommendation Packard – a former Cornell player – provided to get him an invitation to last summer’s exclusive Nike Blue Chip Camp in Maryland. It was there that the West Coast kid left his imprint on discerning eyes. Photo by LaxBuzz

St. Ignatius middie Rob Emery possesses great hands to go with the creativity and the speed (he’s the fastest player on his team) necessary to play a the highest level... He points to the coaching he received at Town, the athleticism he inherited from his sporty parents and the recommendation Packard – a former Cornell player – provided to get him an invitation to last summer’s exclusive Nike Blue Chip Camp in Maryland. It was there that the West Coast kid left his imprint on discerning eyes. Photo by LaxBuzz

California High School Lacrosse Participation: Only 173 High Schools (Out of 2,079) Play CIF Lacrosse Due To Issues That Include Funding, Liability, And Fear Of School Boards To Elevate Schools


Of 2,079 California high schools, only 173 play CIF lacrosse.

Liability questions have been raised. Staffing issues have been raised. Medical supervision issues have been raised. Maintenance issues have been raised. Playing site issues have been raised.

(From PressDemocrat.com article)    Their zeal was electric, fusing our phone connection with hot sparks that, I am Northern California Junior Lacrosse Associationsure, could be seen for miles outside on the phone lines linking our conversation. Todd Samet and Ted Spores were talking lacrosse, a sport for some, a caffeine derivative for them. So intense was their attachment to the sport, I suspected their wives aren’t permitted to say “lacrosse” at 10 p.m. for fear the word would keep their husbands up at night.

Three reasons have prompted them to be that way.

First, the lacrosse club teams from Petaluma and Casa Grande will be competing for a shot at the state club championship this weekend in Newbury Park. From the same city, they are Northern California’s representatives, a neat trick if there ever was one.

Last weekend in the quarterfinals, Casa beat the Palo Alto Tomahawks, a team with players from two high schools (Palo Alto and Gunn). In turn, Petaluma beat a team composed of players from Folsom and Rancho Cordova.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Petaluma and Casa play for the state championship on Sunday,” said Samet, Casa’s coach.

Second, there’s the $20,000. The Petaluma Youth Lacrosse League will write the Petaluma School Board a check for that amount, with the flexible stipulation that the school board apply that money as it sees fit, ostensibly to help boast underfunded sports programs at the city’s two high schools.

“Some people may call it a bribe,” Samet said. “I don’t think I would use that word.”

A sweetener, perhaps?

“That might be a better word,” Samet said.

A sweetener so that the school board and the administrators at the two schools may relax their defenses, wash away their fears and elevate these two club teams to CIF status next year.

Which would lead to the third reason: Samet and Spores, the PYLL president, are at the point of the spear, relentlessly thrusting lacrosse into the consciousness of the school board and school officials. Elevate it to a CIF sport, please. No good reason to deny.

“They want to be safe,” Spores said, “and not to be placed in a bad light if it fails. They are afraid of failing. I don’t have a lot of faith in them (school board) at all.”

If that sounds like the voice of exasperation, it’s the product of a two-year battle and counting. The PYLL is in its fifth year, with Samet and Spores turning up the flame the last two years as they felt Petaluma lacrosse had reached self-sustainability.

The organization was in place, running smoothly. Fund-raising now has $40,000 in the bank. Once with only 70 kids on the field, PYLL now has 375. Once with only four teams, it now has 16. It has youth programs beginning at 11. That’s why they thought that $20,000 “sweetener” would attract attention, if not to soften the hard realities of an economically challenged school district.

“Now if the check had been for $750,000 to resurface Durst Field,” said Troy Sanderson, school board president, “no … I’m only kidding, I would never ask them for that. Fact is, it doesn’t change the actual problems, doesn’t address the actual issues.”

Liability questions have been raised. Staffing issues have been raised. Medical supervision issues have been raised. Maintenance issues have been raised. Playing site issues have been raised.

Popularity issues have been raised: Of 2,079 California high schools, only 173 play CIF lacrosse. Funding issues have been raised, such as financially strapped parents reducing or even abandoning their donations. Commitment issues have been raised, as Casa and Petaluma are the only Sonoma County League schools playing club lacrosse.

“They really present false barriers,” Spores said.

So, the arguments for and against remain the same, a battleground in which there has been little advancing in the last two years.

Only two things have changed: Petaluma lacrosse attaining a higher profile because of that $20,000 check and its two teams playing for a chance to play for the state championship this weekend.

Of course, to be fair, being a state club champion in lacrosse is not the zenith of the lacrosse experience in California. Only 36 club teams remain in the state, and the number becomes smaller each year.

The two teams Petaluma and Casa beat last weekend, they represent four high schools that will play CIF lacrosse next year. It is a feather in their cap that Petaluma and Casa won by not merging into one team while each beat a club team that did. It is, however, a small feather.

“We want to face better competition,” Samet said. “That’s the big reason we want to go CIF.”

Ironic, isn’t it, that a club sport doesn’t supply the best competition in California, when in almost every other sport in this state the club brand is much preferred over the high school variety.

Club volleyball, club soccer, AAU basketball, summer league baseball are just a few sports that gather more attention and college recruitment than their high school counterparts.

“In two years,” Spores predicts, no club lacrosse teams will exist in the state. They will have either moved up to CIF or vanish. The parents, he predicts, will tire of making considerable time and funding commitments that won’t result in CIF status.

If two years indeed represents the endgame, then Todd Samet and Ted Spores should have one and only one immediate goal. They need for school officials to feel what they feel, that caffeine rush, that lacrosse rush, something strong and powerful to keep you up at night.

For more on North Bay high school sports go to Bob Padecky’s blog at padecky@pressdemocrat.com. You can reach Staff Columnist Bob Padecky at 521-5490 or bob.padecky@pressdemocrat.com.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20090528/NEWS/905289894/1326/ENTERTAINMENT09?Title=Petaluma-Casa-lacrosse-teams-in-state-of-crisis

Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Names Stanford’s Maris Perlman (D) And Lauren Schmidt (M) To West/Midwest All-Region First Team


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West/Midwest Region

First Team

Shaylyn Blaney, Notre Dame, So., M

Ashley Boccio, Penn State, So., D

Shannon Burke, Notre Dame, Sr., D

Alicia Burkhart, Oregon, Sr., M

Jillian Byers, Notre Dame, Sr., A

Sarah Downing, Vanderbilt, Jr., A

Meredith Frank, Northwestern, Sr., M

Cara Giordano, Vanderbilt, Sr., M

Kelly Haggerty, Ohio State, Jr., A

Morgan Lathrop, Northwestern, Sr., GK

Alex Mundy, Vanderbilt, Jr., D

Hannah Nielsen, Northwestern, Sr., A

Maris Perlman, Stanford, Sr., D

Lauren Schmidt, Stanford, Jr., M

Gina Scioscia, Notre Dame, Jr., A

Kerry Shea, Penn State, Sr., M

 Second team

Ally Carey, Vanderbilt, Fr., M

Julie Christy, Stanford, Jr., M

Stephanie Ellis, Penn State, Jr., GK

Ali Flury, Denver, Jr., M

Bergan Foley, Louisville, So., A

Meghan Frederick, Duquesne, Jr., A

Rachel Guerrera, Notre Dame, Jr., D

Kendall Gysin, Ohio State, Sr., D

Denna Faye Herald, California, Jr., D

Alayna Markwordt, Ohio State, Fr., A

Karen Morton, Denver, Sr., M

Anna Poponyak, Oregon, Sr., GK

Sam Price, California, Sr., A

Laura Simanski, California, Sr., A

Alex Tickner, California, Jr., M

Ashley Wood, Duquesne, Sr., M

La Costa Canyon Girls Lacrosse To Face Torrey Pines In CIF-San Diego Section Lacrosse Championship Game


La Costa Canyon High's Jackie Candelaria, right, and Sam Slavinsky celebrate their win over Rancho Bernardo in the CIF San Diego Section girls lacrosse semifinals on Thursday. (Photo by John Koster - For the North County Times)

La Costa Canyon High's Jackie Candelaria, right, and Sam Slavinsky celebrate their win over Rancho Bernardo in the CIF San Diego Section girls lacrosse semifinals on Thursday. (Photo by John Koster - For the North County Times)

On Thursday, LCC’s top-seeded girls lacrosse team clinched a berth in the section final with a 16-5 victory over Rancho Bernardo in the semis. The Mavericks will face rival Torrey Pines on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Helix.

The LCC girls dispatched Rancho Bernardo (12-6) with ease for the third time this season. Much like the first two meetings —- 10-5 and 15-5 wins by the Mavs —- there was little doubt from the outset.

Kylee Gibson scored the game’s first goal almost six minutes into the first half. Candelaria scored twice before the Broncos cut the deficit to 3-1 on a goal by Chaz Major.

But the Mavericks (17-4) scored the next eight goals to secure their spot in yet another final against Torrey Pines, which beat Coronado 9-8. The Falcons snapped the Mavericks’ 11-game winning streak with an 11-10 win in the regular-season finale.

“We wanted them,” said Candelaria, wearing an ice pack on her left knee. “This will make it even sweeter to play Torrey Pines in the finals.

“We played Coronado in last year’s finals, so it’s good to play someone new. But we really wanted another shot at Torrey Pines on Prom Night.”

The Stanford-bound Candelaria finished with six goals, giving her a team-high 77 this season. Jackie Mills, Kendra Keenan and Mills added three goals each, and goalie Sam Slavinsky made 10 saves.

“Part of the plan was to take control of the game right away, and when we had opportunities to go to the net, we had to score,” LCC coach Katie Dolan said. “We jumped on them pretty good all three times.”

Allison Proehl and Hannah Smith each scored two goals for the Broncos.

“We expected a battle to the end,” Broncos coach Kadi Stamper said. “We had to maintain possession of the ball, but we couldn’t do that very well.”

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2009/05/29/sports/highschool/z70578595e686a41f882575c5001bb5d0.txt

La Costa Canyon Boys Lacrosse Has 10 Different Players Score In 15-3 Victory Over Cathedral Catholic To Earn CIF-San Diego Title Matchup With #1 Coronado


La Costa Canyon's Alex Pardieu, left, and Cathedral Catholic's Alex Pascale battle for the ball during the Mavericks' victory in the CIF San Diego Section boys lacrosse semifinals. (Photo by John Koster - For the North County Times)

La Costa Canyon's Alex Pardieu, left, and Cathedral Catholic's Alex Pascale battle for the ball during the Mavericks' victory in the CIF San Diego Section boys lacrosse semifinals. (Photo by John Koster - For the North County Times)

The La Costa Canyon Boys lacrosse team overwhelmed Cathedral Catholic 15-3 for a date with top-seeded Coronado in the championship match at 5 p.m., also at Helix.

Timmy Andrews, Alex Perdieux, T.C. Whaley and Michael Gennuso scored two goals each and 10 different players scored as the No. 2 Mavericks won their 14th straight game.

“Our defense has been a staple all year,” LCC coach Dallas Hartley said. “It’s one of the best defenses around.

“We wanted to go into this last game hot and we got what we wanted, another shot at Coronado, which is a very good team.”

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2009/05/29/sports/highschool/z70578595e686a41f882575c5001bb5d0.txt

2009 College Women’s Lacrosse Tewaaraton Trophy Winner: Northwestern’s Hannah Nielsen Wins Award As Nation’s Best Lacrosse Player For Second Year In A Row


The same week she capped her senior season with her fourth national title, Northwestern senior Hannah Nielsen was named Thursday as the winner of her second straight Tewaaraton Award, given to the nation's best lacrosse player.

The same week she capped her senior season with her fourth national title, Northwestern senior Hannah Nielsen was named Thursday as the winner of her second straight Tewaaraton Award, given to the nation's best lacrosse player.

Last weekend the Northwestern women’s lacrosse team nabbed their fifth straight national title. And on Thursday, NU senior Hannah Nielsen was again awarded the Tewaaraton Trophy, given to the nation’s best lacrosse player. It is Nielsen’s second straight Tewaaraton, and that after NU’s Kristen Kjellman won the award in 2006 and 2007. No player – besides Kjellman and Nielsen – has won the award twice in a row, nor has any school.

In helping the Wildcats to their first undefeated season since 2005, Nielsen racked up a bevy of records. In 2009, she set the single-season and single-game bests for assists – 83 and 10, respectively – in addition to becoming the NCAA’s all-time assist leader with 223. She also set NCAA Tournament records with 16 assists in 2009, and had a total of 35 Tournament assists in her four years at NU, also a record. Predictably, she was named to the 2009 All-Tournament team for the third straight season.

Nielsen will leave Northwestern undefeated at home (42-0) and in the NCAA Tourney (26-0).

“Hannah has does everything for this team,” said head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller in a statement released by Northwestern Athletics. “More than ever she has taken the lead for us this season. She is one of the most dominant players that I have seen and I can’t think of a better way for her to top her career.”

This most recent Tewaaraton comes after Nielsen was already named Player of the Year by WomensLacrosse.com as well as WomensLax.com.

In addition – yeah, it’s a long list – Nielsen led the nation in points in 2009 with 142, the second highest single-season total in history. She also had 398 career points, good for third all-time in Div. I. She had three game-winning goals in 2009, and scored at least one point in her final 67 games at NU.

http://northwestern.scout.com/2/868166.html