Daily Archives: May 28, 2009

Oregon Youth Lacrosse: Beaverton Youth Lacrosse Sponsored 2009 Oregon Cup For 18 5th/6th And 7th/8th Grade Boys Lacrosse Teams May 16 & 17


beavertonyouthlacrosselogoDuring the weekend of May 16 & 17, Beaverton Youth Lacrosse sponsored the 2009 Oregon Cup for the 5/6 and 7/8 level select lacrosse teams.   Beaverton Youth Lacrosse hosted a total of 18 teams who participated over 2 days of lacrosse, lacrosse, and more lacrosse.  Beaverton Youth Lacrosse is a league dedicated to teaching lacrosse to youth in a positive environment since 2002.  Lacrosse in Beaverton Oregon has become increasingly popular in the last 6 years and the competitive select teams competing at this tournament represent the best of Beaverton and local Oregon and Washington state clubs.  The tournament was held at the Howard M Terpenning Recreation complex in Beaverton , Oregon (http://www.thprd.org/facilities/hmtathletic/home.cfm ) which is a state of the art sports complex which allows 5 simultaneous games of lacrosse on turf and grass surfaces.

 

The 18 teams competing consisted of local “select” teams as well as teams from as far as Bellevue , Washington and Hood River , Oregon .  The tournament drew more than 1,000 spectators, players, and coaches.   The atmosphere was fun and memorable with retro music selections from local DJ Nathan Hodgson.  Additionally participants could shop for lacrosse gear from several vendors.  A favorite of the spectators were the snow cones as temperatures soared to 90 degrees over the weekend. Participants played 6 games over a two day period with standout performances despite the record blistering heat.

At the conclusion of the two day event, Kings Way Youth Lacrosse from Vancouver , Washington took the winner’s spot for 7th/8th select.

At the conclusion of the two day event, Kings Way Youth Lacrosse from Vancouver , Washington took the winner’s spot for 7th/8th select.

 The Beaverton Youth Lacrosse “home team” won the 5th/6th  select team winner’s title..  Both final games were hard fought wins and these teams showcased their mastery of fundamental lacrosse skills, great coaching strategies and were rewarded with their respective win.

The Beaverton Youth Lacrosse “home team” won the 5th/6th select team winner’s title.. Both final games were hard fought wins and these teams showcased their mastery of fundamental lacrosse skills, great coaching strategies and were rewarded with their respective win.

(http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=bylax )

San Diego High School Lacrosse: La Costa Canyon Boys And Girls Lacrosse Have Dominated CIF-San Diego Section Lacrosse In Recent Years


LaCostCanyonLacrosseIf history has anything to say about it, the La Costa Canyon High boys and girls lacrosse teams will be in the San Diego Section finals Saturday. 

 The boys team has played for the title six straight years, winning three championships. The girls team has been to the past four finals, also winning three.

“I think the goal is just to get there and give yourself a chance to win,” LCC boys coach Dallas Hartley said. “Sometimes you run into a better team when you get there. But getting there is always our goal.”

For girls coach Katie Dolan, who took over the program in 2007 and has won back-to-back titles, it’s a quiet confidence that drives the Mavericks.

“I don’t think we ever say the word championship going into the season,” Dolan said. “We know our goals for the team and what the personal goals are. We try to get through the regular season first and then take it game by game in the playoffs.”

Since lacrosse became a sanctioned sport in 2002, only Torrey Pines has matched LCC in section titles on the boys side. For the girls, Poway also has won three titles, but it’s been all LCC in recent years. Heading into today’s semifinals, that legacy isn’t lost on the current crop of players.

“I think it forces us to really bring our ‘A’ game to every game because even when we think we might be playing teams lesser than us, they are going to play up to our level,” said senior Spencer Peterson, who will continue his career at Duke. “At the same time, we don’t want to play down to anyone’s level, so it helps us in bigger games. And we’re really fired up to play teams that will give us a challenge.”

Players and coaches attribute La Costa Canyon’s success to several factors:

A strong middle school feeder program, allowing players to enter high school with several years of experience.

Enough participation and financial support to sustain junior varsity and freshman programs, assuring the top players are on the varsity teams.

A strong core of multisport athletes.

Should the seedings play out as designed, the team challenging the LCC boys will be No.1 Coronado. The Islanders are trying to become the first City Conference school to win a boys championship – a fact that had eluded Islanders coach Alex Cade.

“I hadn’t even thought about it, so it’s not something we talk about,” Cade said. “I think we have just a tremendous amount of focus with our juniors and seniors and great sophomores who have really embraced that leadership. It’s the strongest class I can remember.”

Should both teams advance, it would be a rematch of last year’s title game, which LCC won 15-5.

There’s also the potential for an LCC-Coronado rematch on the girls side. The Islanders come in as the No.2 seed behind the Mavericks. Last year, LCC edged Coronado 11-10.

Coronado coach Jessica Battle said the level of play has elevated throughout the section, making for intriguing postseason matchups.

“There have been so many strong teams this season and it will be really interesting,” Battle said via e-mail. “However, I truly believe when we are on, we are a tough team to beat. My girls are prepared and we are ready to play.”

For LCC’s Jackie Candelaria, the Stanford-bound attacker who drives the Mavericks’ offense, winning is addictive. She recalled losing in the title game her freshman season and the thrill she felt winning championships her sophomore and junior seasons.

“We try to instill in the younger girls the sense of joy we get each year from winning,” Candelaria said. “The new girls don’t really know what that’s like. All the girls are eager, and hear how exciting it is, and that motivates them even more.”

One lacrosse question at LCC is unlikely to be answered: Who would win a game matching the Mavericks boys against the girls (noncontact, of course)?

“The guys would,” Peterson said. “I think we’re way more intense.”

Candelaria, naturally, disagreed.

“Obviously, the girls would,” she said. “We’ve got better skills.”

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/may/28/mz1cz28dual032623-la-costa-ready-put-lacrosse-dual/?northcounty&zIndex=106862

NCAA Women’s College Lacrosse Dynasty: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse 5 National Title Is Closing In On Maryland’s 7 Consecutive Titles


The Northwestern women's lacrosse team celebrates on the field following a 21-7 victory over North Carolina. (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun/MCT / May 24, 2009)

The Northwestern women's lacrosse team celebrates on the field following a 21-7 victory over North Carolina. (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun/MCT / May 24, 2009)

 It’s worth a moment’s pause to look one last time at what exactly the Northwestern women’s lacrosse team accomplished this season. After all, there is a laughably long list of milestones the Wildcats bagged en route to their fifth straight national title.

  • That’s a good place to start – the five straight titles, which is second best all-time.
  • Maryland holds the record for most consecutive titles, tallying seven in a row from 1995 to 2001.
  • Since NU’s streak began in 2005, the team is 106-3, a winning percentage of 97.2.
  • NU set NCAA records this season for points (with 570) and goals (407).
  • The 15 first-half goals scored by NU in the title game were an NCAA Tournament record.
  • Speaking of tournament records, Katrina Dowd scored 22 goals in the ’09 tourney, smashing the previous best of 17.
  • With its 21-7 win over North Carolina in the title game, NU capped an undefeated season. It was the school’s second perfect season after rolling to 21-0 in 2005, when the Cats won the first of their five titles.
  • NU will also likely be the first school to take home four straight Tewaaraton Awards, which is given annually to the nation’s best men’s and women’s lacrosse player.
  • Northwestern’s Kristen Kjellman won the award in 2006 and 2007, and NU senior Hannah Nielsen won it last season. Nielsen, who had six assists Sunday against UNC, is in line to win the award again this year. In the nine-year history of the Tewaaraton, no school has won two in a row, let alone four.
  • Nielsen will finish No. 1 in NCAA history with 224 assists, as well as the record-holder for single-game assists (10) and single-season assists (83).
  • The Wildcats’ average margin of victory this season was 10.8 goals.

http://northwestern.scout.com/2/867459.html

College Lacrosse Recruiting: The Importance Of Taking A “Team Approach” In College Recruiting


victorycollegiateconsultingThe team approach in college recruiting sounds great in theory, but daunting. Can you clarify?

 This is an important question if you plan to utilize the team approach as part of your college recruiting plan. A good comparison would be two football teams that have the same goal of winning the conference championship.  Team one is comprised of a group of athletes who are hungry for that conference championship! The only problem if that the coach feels the kids can coach themselves and he literally “rolls the ball” out before every practice. No plan, no coaching, no direction.

Team two, on the other hand, have the same goal of willing the conference championship, but with a more organized approach. The coach clearly identifies the goal, along with a detailed plan of attack. The season is broken down into specific phases of training and each daily regimen of training is communicated and clearly understood by the players and coaching staff. Every participant on the team is expected to offer his best effort in reaching the team goal.

 Which team do you want to play for? 

Utilizing the team approach in college recruiting by incorporating passionate individuals who bring “area strengths” to the table will provide families and their children with the best chance of success.

  Tom Kovic

 

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College Lacrosse Recruiting: The Importance Of Being Organized During Recruiting Process


victorycollegiateconsultingHow do we even begin to organize for college recruiting?

 I suggest beginning with the end result in mind. Establish and define the “brass ring” as best you can.  Your plan will be shaped by the goals you choose and that goal will provide a light at the end of the tunnel that will burn more brightly as the family moves forward. Plans will change slightly, but the goal will remain stable and true. A constant reminder of exactly where you are headed.

Tom Kovic

Victory Collegiate Consulting

 www.victoryrecruiting.com

 610-620-3189

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