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College Lacrosse Recruiting: Communication With College Lacrosse Coaches

victorycollegiateconsultingHow should I approach communication with coaches?

 I suggest maintaining a very simple, organized and honest approach with the coaches. “Simple” means realizing firstly that coaches are people too! They want only the best for the kids and they will usually be up front with the families. This also means they will possibly provide you with information you might NOT want to hear!

 “Organized” means you are prepared and not communicating simply for the sake of saying “hello.” You should have a bullet list of topics you want to cover or questions that need answers. Coaches do not have time to waste and neither do you.

 “Honest” means being truthful about your sincere interest in the institution and the program. Avoid leading the coach on about any questionable interest you might have about the program. Give the coach a reasonable chance to recruit you.

  Tom Kovic Victory Collegiate Consulting




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Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Championship: Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Chapman 12-11 To Win Second Consecutive MCLA National Championship


David Rogers (left) scored his first career hat trick with all three goals coming in the midst of a second half comeback that gave Michigan a 12-11 victory over Chapman in MCLA championship game in Denver.  The win gave the Wolverines their second straight undefeated season and 40 consecutive victories.

David Rogers (left) scored his first career hat trick with all three goals coming in the midst of a second half comeback that gave Michigan a 12-11 victory over Chapman in MCLA championship game in Denver. The win gave the Wolverines their second straight undefeated season and 40 consecutive victories.

The #1 seeded University of Michigan Men’s Lacrosse team won their second consecutive Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) National Championship on Saturday night (May 16) in Denver, Colorado at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, defeating the #3 seed Chapman Cougars by a score of 12-11.

In a rematch of last year’s championship game, the Wolverines trailed 8-4 at the half, but battled back in the final 30 minutes to earn their second straight perfect season, going 40-0 in the past two years.

Chapman got on the board first under two minutes in with a low shot from the left wing that snuck just inside the near-side post followed by a transition goal just 50 seconds later as the Panthers took an early two-goal lead. Chapman kept up their solid play early on, finishing a pass from behind the cage to make it 3-0 under four minutes into the contest.

The Wolverines called a timeout to settle things down, and although they lost the ensuing faceoff, the Maize and Blue eventually earned possession and a man-up opportunity following an interference call on Chapman. Michigan was unable to capitalize however and still trailed 3-0 mid-way through the first.

Three minutes later U-M was nailed for an unnecessary roughness call at the 4:23 mark following a check at midfield, but Michigan was able to kill off the penalty and put together just their second offensive possession of the game. A slashing call on the Panthers soon after gave the Wolverines another man-up opportunity, and this time they were able to capitalize as junior midfielder Jamie Goldberg (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) found junior attackman Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) just outside the crease for the quick-stick goal.

Chapman answered right back however, winning the ensuing faceoff and scoring quickly as they regained the three-goal lead. Sophomore Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) responded for U-M, dodging from behind the cage and firing out front to cut the lead to 4-2 with 1:05 left in the first.

The Panthers regained the three-goal lead early in the second, scoring at 14:05 after scooping up a loose ball and firing from 12 yards out. The Wolverines were nabbed for a slashing call at 12:02, but were able to kill off the penalty, only to be called for a delay of game under two minutes later. The Panthers were able to capitalize on a shot from 12 yards out, building their largest lead of the game to that point at 6-2 with 10:17 left in the first half.

Chapman continued to dominate possession throughout the second quarter, and extended the lead to 7-2 with 6:44 left in the second following a scrum in front. Michigan had a solid chance the next time down as junior faceoff specialist David Reinhard (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) won the faceoff and fed Yealy right in front. Yealy’s dunk attempt was thwarted however, as Michigan continued to have difficulty finishing.

The Wolverines finally got on the board in the second quarter on a transition goal as sophomore defenseman Justin Burgin (Farmington Hills, Mich./Catholic Central) carried the ball deep into the Panther zone and fed Zorovich right out front as Michigan cut into the lead with 4:07 left in the half. Michigan was unable to build any momentum however as Chapman responded just 48 seconds later on a dodge from behind the cage to make it 8-3.


NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships: Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Johns Hopkins 19-8; Duke Defeats North Carolina 12-11; Semi-Finals Set For Saturday

NCAA Men's Lacrosse


Saturday, May 16
At Hempstead, N.Y.

Syracuse 11, Maryland 6
Cornell 6, Princeton 4

Sunday, May 17
At Annapolis, Md.

Virginia 19, Johns Hopkins 8
Duke 12, North Carolina 11

Saturday, May 23
Gilette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.

Syracuse (14-2) vs. Duke (15-3), noon
Virginia (15-2) vs. Cornell (12-3), 2 p.m.


University Of Nevada Las Vegas Men’s Lacrosse Team (5-5) Completes First Year As A Club Division I Progam

UNLV’s club lacrosse team huddles during a recent practice.  Katrina Llapitan / Special to the Las Vegas Sun

UNLV’s club lacrosse team huddles during a recent practice. Katrina Llapitan / Special to the Las Vegas Sun

Despite a low turnout, high equipment and league fees, the UNLV men’s lacrosse team is staying positive.

“This is our first year as a club D-I program. So we’re pretty much setting the base for everything to come,” said Eric Ruppel, the club’s president . “Next year we plan on going to Florida and hopefully making the playoffs for the first time ever in school history.”

And that will be a steep feat for the team.

Lacrosse isn’t a popular sport on the West Coast, but UNLV’s men’s team is trying to gain recognition.

They finished their season on a high point, beating Long Beach State 13-9 last weekend to finish 5-5 overall and 1-3 in division play.

That’s not bad, considering UNLV’s roster of 18 is half the players of other schools in their division like San Diego State, Arizona and the University of San Diego, who average 35 on the active roster.

Ruppel and others are already starting to plan for next year — a process that starts with recruiting. The Rebels lacked depth at certain positions, especially goalie, and often struggled with endurance late in games when other schools had the manpower to rotate players on and off the field.

“Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing demographics in the West Coast,” said Turner Krueger, who played lacrosse locally at Centennial High and is a current Rebels midfielder. “The more important thing is that UNLV can be a supporting factor and give these kids some place to go after they graduate. The high schools have to give the team recognition so they can actually use campus facilities like any football team and anything else like that.”

UNLV coach Gary Campo, who is a volunteer, is also the coach at Bonanza High, which won the Las Vegas Lacrosse League championship last year. A native of Long Island, N.Y., an area where lacrosse is popular, Campo knows this part of the country has some catching up to do compared to the traditions of the East Coast.

But Campo has seen the Las Vegas area make significant progress.

“When I came into the valley there were 180 kids playing lacrosse,” he said. “Now, we’re up to 1,350 kids. We have 13 middle schools, 11 high schools and girls are playing.”

Some believe the sport that continues to grow in Las Vegas can keep up with the institutions in the East.

Krueger says though the East may have the older universities, the older programs and long-standing traditions, the West has the athletes.

“East coast lacrosse seems to be the designated place for it because it’s been a long founded tradition. They have programs lasting out there more than a hundred years now,” he said. “The athleticism in the West coast cannot be denied. It’s actually started to become a huge factor.”

Since Rebels lacrosse is only a club sport, the university gives the team $500 a year for expenses, which doesn’t come close to covering expenses. Each team member has to pay $1,000 to play and the team gets some funding from private donations, Ruppel said.

“A player can spend about $100 per piece of equipment with the exception of the helmet. The helmet is $200. Average gloves are a $100. Nice gloves are $150. Arm pads about $50 or $60 and shoulder pads, well mine are cheap like 40 bucks, but other players can spend up to $150,” Krueger said.

Campo remembers his days in college and how the cost of the equipment made him be a little protective of it.

“It’s an expensive sport! You have to take care of it,” he said. “In college we used to sleep with our sticks. They were expensive back then, too.”

Despite the expenses and with the growing popularity, UNLV expects to field a full, 30-man roster next season according to Campo.

“Next year will be the best team UNLV has even fielded. We’re going to be very competitive and were going to be very young. So as long as we can continue to build the program, were going to be a program to be reckoned with in the future.”

Campbell is a UNLV undergraduate in the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies. He can be reached at p_soup87@msn.com.