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2009 All-Western Region High School Boys Lacrosse Team Announced



Billy Mattimore, senior, St Ignatius Prep Wildcats, CA 
St. Ignatius Attacker Billy Mattimore. Photo by LaxBuzz

St. Ignatius Attacker Billy Mattimore. Photo by LaxBuzz

 With an attack unit which was comprised of all Division I recruits at Saint Ignatius Prep, Mattimore shined the brightest in 2009. Alongside Carlton Fisher (Lehigh) and Will Fredericks (Loyola), Mattimore was the quarterback and led the Wildcats to an impressive 21-1 record in addition to a No. 1 ranking in the state from LaxPower. Mattimore was a jack of all trades, finishing this season with 67 goals and 57 assists for 124 points along with 29 groundballs. One of the team leaders in addition to co-MVP with Fisher, Mattimore was a unanimous selection for All American in California and is heralded as one of the best to ever play in the Golden State. In the fall, Mattimore will attend Bucknell and bring his impressive resume to a surging program. 

Eric Law, senior, Arapahoe Warriors, CO

Arapahoe High School emerged as one of the best teams in the Western region, behind their playmaking attackman. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound attackman had a remarkable year even though every team tried everything in the book to stop him. Not only did Law lead the team with 90 points on 61 goals and 29 assists, but he also contributed six game-winning goals for the Warriors. Law was a four-time first team all-state selection and was named an All-American this past year for his outstanding play. The next destination for Law is Salisbury University where he will play for the Seagulls and try to win anational championship for the Division III powerhouse.

Frazier Cavness, senior, Kent Denver Sun Devils, CO

Even though Kent Denver did not repeat as state champions in Colorado, Frazier Cavness did all he could this season to make that possible. The 5-7, 160-pound attackman was a 2009 All-American and leading scorer for the high-scoring Sun Devil offense. Known for his quickness and playmaking, Cavness will be heading to the northeast to play lacrosse at Dartmouth under new head coach Andy Towers in the fall.


Peter Baum, senior, Lincoln Cardinals, OR

One of the most heralded talents to ever come out of the Beaver state is Peter Baum. The 6-1 180-pound Baum is an explosive dodger–especially from the midfield–and has been the focus of the Cardinal offense the past few years. Baum was voted the team’s Most Valuable Attackman, first team All-Conference, and was the highest vote getter for All-State and All-American. It was a memorable season for Baum as he scored 84 goals and handed out 38 assists for 122 points, while scooping up 73 groundballs. Against Washington powerhouses Mercer Island and Bainbridge Island, Baum had seven- and eight-point games respectively. Colgate University gets a proven winner next year as Baum looks to put Oregon on the lacrosse map.

Landon Carr, senior, Curtis Vikings, WA

It was no surprise to any opposing team that Landon Carr was the focal point of the Viking offense. Despite all the junk defenses thrown his way, Carr still finished his senior year with 37 goals and 28 assists for 65 points in addition to 73 groundballs. Known for his speed and athleticism, Carr initiated the offense for the Vikings and was voted the offensive MVP in addition to All-State and All-American. Washington is a rising hotbed for lacrosse and Carr hopes to elevate his game to the next level at the University ofMaryland in the fall.

Noah Molnar, senior, Corona Del Mar Sea Kings, CA
It was a banner year not only for the Corona Del Mar lacrosse program but also for their high-scoring midfielder. Molnar led the Sea Kings to their best record in history, going 20-2 after they won their first 17 games of the season. One of the most accurate shooters in the state, Molnar recorded 70 goals and 32 assists for 103 points. In addition, 49 percent of his shots were on goal and he racked up 56 groundballs. Molnar’s highlights included eight-point games against Wheat Ridge (CO) and Mission Viejo in addition to a seven-point game to powerhouse St. Ignatius Prep in a 13-10 loss. Many lacrosse fans in Southern California will remember the season the Sea Kings had in 2009 as the captain of the ship leaves to play lacrosse for Lehigh University in the fall.

 Face-off Specialist

Cory Wojciechowski, Bonanza Bengals, NV

In his only season at Bonanza, Wojciechowski led the Bengals to their third straight Southern Nevada championship. After transferring from Legacy, the multi-dimensional midfielder made plays in every way possible for the Bengals in 2009. He won a majority of his face-offs, scored goals in transition, and even contributed on the defensive side of the ball. Wojciechowski will take his game to Mount St. Joseph in the fall.


Spencer Peterson, senior, La Costa Canyon Mavericks, CA

Opponents must be glad Spencer Peterson is graduating in 2009 after all the time he spent on the field. The athletic long stick midfielder covered the opposing team’s best player, and excelled in transition for Dallas Hartley’s squad. The accolades were countless for Peterson in 2009 as he was named Team MVP, first team All-North County Conference, first team All-CIF San Diego Section, All-American, and La Costa High School Male Athlete of the Year. Peterson was a vacuum on groundballs scooping up 131 in addition to his 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points. He also doubled as the team’s primary faceoff man winning 66 percent of the team’s draws. Peterson should be a great fit for Duke, which is known for their athletic defenseman.


St. Ignatius Defenseman Kevin Downs. Photo by LaxBuzz

St. Ignatius Defenseman Kevin Downs. Photo by LaxBuzz

Kevin Downs, senior, St Ignatius Prep Wildcats, CA


Nothing is more impressive than a shutdown defender who simply annoys offenses, and that was Kevin Downs this season. Matching up against the opposing team’s best player, Downs is a fundamental defenseman combining great footwork and tenacity. A groundball machine for head coach Chris Packard, Downs recorded 43 groundballs and caused 37 turnovers. Mt. Saint Mary’s gets a proven winner in Downs as he hopes to continue his success at the next level.




Brett Newman, junior, Fort Collins Vipers, CO

One of two juniors on the western squad, Newman is one of the best defenders in the western region for various reasons. The talented defenseman has started every game of his career and is the Vipers’ shutdown defender assigned to cover the opposing team’s best player. This past year he caused 32 turnovers and scooped up 54 groundballs. Newman was honored as first team All-Northern Conference, first team All-State and already verbally committed to Ohio State. The Vipers have another year with Newman, which is giving opposing coaches in nightmares heading into 2010.

Ian Gray, junior, Chaparral Firebirds, AZ

Many juniors have an impact on their team but defenseman Ian Gray was instrumental in Chaparral’s success in 2009. The heralded recruit, who verbally committed to UMBC, had 71 groundballs and five assists for the Firebirds, helping them to the Division I state championship in Arizona. As a junior Gray was selected first team All-State and anchored a defense which allowed double digits only once all season. The Firebirds will look to repeat as state champions in 2010 and Gray will be the centerpiece once again on defense to make sure history repeats in Arizona.


Pierce Bassett, senior, Brophy Prep Broncos, AZ

It will be a tough task for whoever has to fill the shoes left behind by Pierce Bassett, who started since his freshman year for the Broncos. In 2009 Bassett was first team All-State and defensive player of the year as he guided the Broncos to a second place finish in Division I. Bassett was a human wall this season, saving 175 shots of the 233 he faced for a 75 percent save percentage. In the fall Bassett will play for Johns Hopkins, joining former teammate Hunter Rodgers as they pave the path for Arizona lacrosse.


Guy Cerasoli, Arapahoe Warriors, CO

Many people outside of the Warrior program thought they would take home the Colorado state crown in 2009. Yet, Cerasoli proved all the doubters wrong this season leading the Warriors to a 16-3 record after losing three of their first four games. The Warriors lost their season opener to Kent Denver (PR: 97.6), 8-7, followed by a 9-7 loss to Pennsylvania state champion LaSalle (PR: 99.7) and then a 7-6 overtime thriller to another Pennsylvania power Malvern Prep (PR: 96.9). After the loss to Malvern Prep, the Warriors ran the table winning their last 15 games and not allowing any opponent to score double digits. For the first-year head coach, he was not afraid to play some of the nation’s best teams on their spring break trip and it resulted in a three-win improvement from 2008, a state championship and LaxPower Western Region Coach of the Year.

Honorable Mention

Sam Snow, Bainbridge Island, WA
Daniel Shields, Mercer Island, WA
Sam Baker, Oregon Episcopal School, OR
Carlton Fisher, St. Ignatius Prep, CA
Kyle Riddle, Amador Valley, CA
Connor White, Palo Verde, NV
Andreas Haglund, Chaparral, AZ
Jayden Haws, Brighton, UT
Ryan Mix, Corona Del Mar, CA
Adam Fenenbock, Lake City, ID
Adam Fishman, Brophy Prep, AZ
Bobby Braun, Coronado, CA

Nick Richards, De La Salle, CA
T.C. Whaley, La Costa Canyon, CA
Chace Calkin, Mullen, CO
C.J. Schmidt, Regis Jesuit, CO
Rex Sanders, Eastview, MN
Jordan Goldstein, Issaquah, WA
Cole Nordstrom, Bellevue, WA
Michael Gale, Oregon Episcopal, OR
Michael Fay, West Linn, OR

Davis Gunter, Arapahoe, CO
Kyle Hertcher, Heritage, CO
Jake Stroud, Kent Denver, CO
Nick Eggemeyer, Bishop’s School, CA
Jonny Poe, Coronado, CA
Matt Garin, Eastview, MN
Connor McClain, Issaquah, WA
Ben Smood, Lakeridge, OR

Andrew Parker, Oregon Episcopal School, OR
Andrew Noto, Corona Del Mar, CA
Zeric Butters, Corona del Sol, AZ
Patrick Gilligan, Benilde-St Margaret, MN


College Lacrosse Recruiting: Lacrosse Student-Athletes Should Begin Submitting “Personal Profiles” To College Coaches After End Of Sophomore Year

victorycollegiateconsultingWhen should I submit my initial personal profile to college coaches?

 Each sport is slightly different, but the rule of thumb is to get your portfolio (which will include you personal profile) to the coaches after the end of the sophomore year in high school. Coaches are beginning the recruiting evaluation process earlier and by presenting the coaches with a 1 page, streamlined and informative personal profile, you are assisting the coach in doing a quick, but effective initial evaluation of your all-around talent.

  Tom Kovic

 Victory Collegiate Consulting




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2009 Vail Lacrosse Shootout Completes Fifth Day Of Competition With Baltimore Teams Capturing Under-19 Boys And Girls Lacrosse Championships

vail lacrosse shootout 2009It was all about Baltimore today, as the Baltimore Crabs and M&D Lax took home U-19 championships for the boys’ and girls’ divisions. M&D was first up, easily handling PA Express, and then the Crabs played well for a 12-9 victory over Team Colorado. It was Baltimore’s fourth consecutive U-19 title, a record at Vail.

With the conclusion of the high school comes the close of the first phase of the tournament. The Toronto Renegades won Division II with a 12-2 victory over fellow Canadian squad Winnipeg. The Girls’ Silver Division was won by a group of rising high-school freshmen, the Stars Silver.

Tomorrow, the Men’s and Women’s Elite divisions kick off with some very exciting games on tap. Can Team 21 start right on the road to a repeat? Or will Lacrossewear’s Merrill Lynch finally break through to the top?

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Dr. Tom Watts Memorial Boys’ U-19LaxPower

Championship Game: Baltimore Crabs 12, Team Colorado 9

The Baltimore Crabs were able to cash in their offensive opportunities en route to their fourth straight Dr. Tom Watts Memorial Tournament Championship on Wednesday afternoon. Their late run started at 2:36 in the third with a rip from John Kaestner (Johns Hopkins – 3g, 1a), and moments later Chris Costabile (Dartmouth – 3g, 0a) punched one home. The Crabs then got off two more scores sandwiched around a Colorado goal by Michael Biemford (Ohio State – 3g, 0a) to push the score to 12-9 with 9:05 left. That hill would prove too tough for Colorado to climb who battled well all game but did not have the firepower to get their first win since 2005.

The Crabs offense got hot twice and used those runs to set them apart from Colorado. Their first started after a broken play with 5:40 left in the second quarter. At the time Colorado was leading 4-3, but the Crabs scored five goals before the half ended, taking an 8-4 lead into the break. Colorado played good individual defense on the day and handled Baltimore’s transition game well, but the Crabs were good at creating confusion off ball and used their excellent lacrosse IQ as the game wore on.

The close defense of Baltimore hounded the dangerous Colorado attack all day long and held their starters to 2g, 1a. In goal, Adam Cohen (UMBC) played the first half, finishing with six saves, and Harry Krieger (Harvard) also had six saves but made five of them in the fourth quarter to fend off the a possible Colorado comeback. Mark Jutkowitz (Maryland) and Harry Prevas (Virginia) were brilliant on defense for the Crabs.

Colorado fought hard but wasn’t able to tie the game at any point in the second half. Midfielder Drew Babb (Denver – 1g, 0a) had a good day and played well on both ends creating a lot of good opportunities on offense. In goal, Dom Poletto (Manhattanville) finished with six saves playing the first half and James Standley (Chapman) had with five in the second half.

The championship for the Crabs marks the only time a team has won four straight U-19 titles at the Vail Lacrosse Shootout.

Wednesday Results

Division I
Championship: Baltimore Crabs 12, Team Colorado 9
3rd Place: East Coast Kings 11, Players Lacrosse Club 5
5th Place: Team Ohio 15, War Cry Lacrosse 3
7th Place: Maverik Dallas 8, Blue Lion Elite 7

Division II
Championship: Toronto Renegades 12, Winnipeg Wolverines 2
Consolation: Salpointe Lancers 8, Sacramento Heat 7 (ot)
Consolation: Team Nebraska 4, Salpointe Lancers 3
Consolation: Sacramento Heat 8, Team Nebraska 0

Final Rankings

Division I
1. Baltimore Crabs
2. Team Colorado
3. East Coast Kings
4. Players Lacrosse Club
5. Team Ohio
6. War Cry Lacrosse
7. Maverik Dallas
8. Blue Lion Elite

Division II
1. Toronto Renegades
2. Winnipeg Wolverines
3. Sacramento Heat
4. Salpointe Lancers
5. Team Nebraska

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U-19 Girls’

Gold Championship: M&D Lax 16, PA Express 4

The first 10 minutes of the competition were anyone’s game, but M & D Lax powered themselves to the 2009 Vail Lacrosse Shootout championship. It ended up being a very defensive game for PA Express. They fought hard against M & D’s strong, fast movement in the midfield, but it wasn’t enough, as M & D Lax maintained the lead throughout. PA Express’s goalie, Melissa Lloyd, had 14 saves in the 16-4 loss.

High scorers M & D Lax
5 goals Margaret Smith
4 goals Beth Glaros
3 Goals Anna Kim

Wednesday Results
Gold 9 – Houston Heat 11, Minnesota Lakers 9
Gold 10 – CTLF 2, Heros 2010 15
Gold 11 – Team Colorado Red 8, MFL 3
Gold 12 – PA Express 4, M & D Lax 16

Silver 9 – Idaho Hawks 9, Bay Area Wave White 10
Silver 10 – Lakeshore Lacrosse 16, Team Utah 8
Silver 11 – Team Colorado Blue 4, Puget Sound Select 15
Silver 12 – Stars Silver 12, Bay Area Wave Blue 11
Bronze 5 – Mountain Mania 1, Team Vegas 12
Bronze 6 – Players Club 8, Blue Lion Pride 5

2009 All-Tournament Team Selections

Position         Name                Team
Line Attack      Beth Glaros         M & D Lax
Line Attack      Carly Reed          Stars Silver
Line Attack      Amy Rogvski         Heros
Attack Wing      Colleen O'Malley    Pa Express
Attack Wing      Morgan Obendorfer   Pa Express
Center           Margaret Fogarty    Stars Silver
Defense Wing     Natalie Forester    Colorado Blue
Defense Wing     Lauren Freeland     Ctlf
Line Defense     Stephanie Roberts   Houston
Line Defense     Taylor Virden       M & D Lax
Line Defense     Sara Kuhlman        Mfl
Goalie           Megan McGinnis      Colorado Red
MVP              Margaret Smith      M & D Lax
Coaches' Award   Tami Tomlinson      Puget Sound

Final Rankings

Gold Division
1. M & D Lax
2. PA Express
3. Team Colorado Red
4. MFL
5. Heros 2010
7. Houston Heat
8. Minnesota Lakers

Silver Division
1. Stars Silver
2. Bay Area Wave Blue
3. Puget Sound Select
4. Team Colorado Blue
5. Lakeshore Lacrosse
6. Team Utah
7. Idaho Hawks
8. Bay Area Wave White

Bronze Division
1. Team Vegas
2. Players Club
3. Blue Lion Pride
4. Mountain Mania