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Lacrosse Instruction Videos: University Of Denver Coach Bill Tierney Demonstrates “Passing and Catching Combo Drills” In Instruction DVD’s
Southern California High School Boys Lacrosse Profile: Santa Margarita Catholic High School Lacrosse Senior Attacker Jack Cranston Will Be Playing For University Of Vermont Men’s Lacrosse In Fall 2009 (Video)
Founded in 1791 – UVM is a NCAA Division 1 school that participates in the America East Conference along with the likes of UMBC – the Maryland Lacrosse powerhouse.
He is the first D-1 player to come out of the SMCHS Lacrosse program which is only going into its 4th year of playing Lacrosse.
Southern California High School Boys Lacrosse: Corona Del Mar Head Coach Mark Todd Steps Down As Coach
Mark Todd led the Corona del Mar High boys’ lacrosse team to the big game in Orange County last year.
Todd now plans to guide his young twin sons on the field and concentrate on his real estate career.
Todd has decided to step down at CdM after leading the Sea Kings to the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section Orange County Championship game in his seventh season.
Todd turned CdM into one of the quality programs in the county and state, perennially ranked by LaxPower.com in the top 10. The Sea Kings won the Pacific Coast League crown.
The Sea Kings lost to Foothill 10-8, in the title game, ending the season at 20-2. One of the major accomplishments under Todd, besides reaching the championship game, was CdM beating Foothill in a regular-season nonleague game.
The victory was the Sea Kings’ first against the Knights in six years.
Lacrosse Profile: Canadian Goalie Kyle Miller (Cornell) Survived Osteogenic Sarcoma And Surgical Repair Of His Leg And Has Played For Team Canada Lacrosse In World Championships (Video)
The 24-year-old Orangeville native told himself he was going to be in London for this week’s world lacrosse championships — as a goalie for Team Canada.
“When I was going through treatment (three years ago), I knew this tournament was coming up and it was my motivation to be here. When I found out I made the team, it was a great feeling. That’s what I’d been working for.”
Miller was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in February 2003, during his junior year at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He took a year off to fight the disease (at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto) and then returned to the lacrosse field for his senior Big Red season — without his knee joint and a titanium rod in his leg.
“It’s always a blow when you hear the word cancer — I just sat there numb, not believing what I was hearing,” he said. “But I was lucky to have a great support group with my family and friends. I just had my final appointment on Tuesday. We practised and then I had to go back to Toronto to get a checkup.”
Thin for a lacrosse player, Miller lost a lot of weight from the ordeal and is trying to add to his 155-pound frame.
Goalies generally sweat off a lot of pounds during 80-minute games and practices, so it hasn’t been an easy proposition.
“When you go through chemo, your senses are heightened and there were a lot of foods I just couldn’t eat because of the smell,” he said. “My mom had hand lotion she had put on at the hospital and when she puts it on now, it still turns my stomach — from the memory of it.”
But weight doesn’t make a goalie great in lacrosse and Canada currently boasts two outstanding goalies in Miller, who’s a tournament rookie, and fellow Orangeville native Chris Sanderson, a wily ball-stopper who’s played at the previous two world championships. It’s still up in the air which goalie will see the bulk of the action here.
“Chris is the veteran — I started in the sport as a defensive midfielder and really became a goalie because of him,” Miller said. “When I was growing up in Orangeville, he was playing at Virginia and then at the worlds and I followed his career closely. It’s pretty cool that now we’re on the same team.”
Miller even works for Sanderson’s company, True North Lacrosse, which specializes in camps, clinics and gear. Team Canada defender Brodie Merrill is also part of that Orangeville crew.
“Our defence is an outstanding group and Brodie is the one who can watch his guy and everybody else’s at the same time,” Miller said. “We went to high school and the Salisbury school (in Connecticut). I call him Spider-Man.”
Playing goal in field lacrosse is an eye-opener for people used to seeing the big equipment of box lacrosse or hockey. Miller and Sanderson aren’t wearing a lot of extra padding and get by on good positioning, quick reflexes, and bravery.
“It’s not like box where you’re basically a blocker,” Miller said. “In field, you’re more of a quarterback. To prepare, I watch a lot of film to look for shooters’ tendencies but at the world level, they’re too good to have tendencies.”
Miller, who wears a shin pad over his right leg, says the India rubber ball used in lacrosse doesn’t hurt when it’s hurled at high speed.
That’s hard to believe, but after what he’s been through, a bruise earned in lacrosse would make anyone smile.
Western Lacrosse Recruiting: Adrenaline Lacrosse “High Rollers Camp” To Feature 250 Of The Top Western High School Lacrosse Players At Whittier College On Nov. 20-22
There is no setting more fit for the Adrenaline High Rollers Camp (Nov. 20-22) and the top 250 players in the western United States than Whittier College. The westernmost of only a handful of NCAA programs in the West, Whittier is the sole NCAA Division III program in California. Whittier also has the distinct honor of being the most successful NCAA program in the West.
Since becoming sanctioned in 2000, Whittier has been ranked in the Top 20 four times, made the NCAA playoffs three times and has one Final Four appearance in 2003. New head coach Brian Kelly, a member of Whittier’s ’03 Final Four team, will serve as the field director alongside Notre Dame’s Gerry Byrne, who will once again be the Clinic Director, for this year’s Adrenaline High Rollers.
Kelly is excited to host such rich talent at his school.
“We are very fortunate to be working with Adrenaline Lacrosse to bring High Rollers to our campus,” he said. “Hosting such a high quality recruiting event is certainly going to be a huge asset for our lacrosse program. Getting 250 of the best players in the West visiting our campus this fall will represent a tremendous value from a recruiting standpoint”
The seventh annual Adrenaline High Rollers will take place Nov. 20-22. This is the first of two highly touted Adrenaline “Primetime Recruiting Events” on the yearly calendar, the other one being the more selective Adrenaline Showcase, which some of the High Rollers players will qualify to be invited to attend in July. High Rollers has the top players from every pocket of lacrosse in the West attend based on coachs’ recommendations.
Players hail from Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Northern and Southern California, Colorado, Canada and Idaho. Many of the current western players that are on NCAA rosters have passed through this event.
The level of play has dramatically improved over the years as witnessed by Adrenaline President Alex Cade.
“Over the past few years the talent level has seen a tremendous spike which has been great for both recruiters and players,” said Cade. “Last year it was awesome to see not only the sophomores and juniors getting on coaches’ radars early but also seniors who had slipped through the cracks being picked up by coaches filling late holes in their recruiting classes.”
Format wise, players are split into teams amongst two divisions (Freshman/Sophomore and Junior/Senior) to compete in front of 40 NCAA recruiters, the majority of which are representing Division I programs.
Adrenaline’s VP of recruitment & team events, and former NCAA asst. Coach for Tufts Rory Doucette explains: “The way we have this event organized, coaches will be able to focus in on exactly what they’re here to find. Some guys are looking to finalize this year’s recruiting class, while others are already looking a year or two ahead. We remain focused on finding the right collegiate program for each player at this event, and this format helps us succeed in that.”
The recruiter list includes top DI programs: Army, Bellarmine, Brown, Dartmouth, Drexel, Duke, Fairfield, Georgetown, Hobart, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Robert Morris, Stony Brook, Syracuse, Towson, Maryland, UMBC, Denver, Vermont and Yale. Realizing that not every player is of NCAA DI caliber Adrenaline also has a handful of NCAA Divisions II and III and MCLA coaches on hand.
Advanced college-level clinics will be directed for the second year by Gerry Byrne, whose Notre Dame team comes off a 15-1 2009 season. Notre Dame is also the most successful western program at the Division I level, having made the NCAA Tournament nine out of the last 10 years including a Final Four appearance in 2001.
The combination of the top talent in the West and top-level NCAA coaches as clinicians has made this annual event a huge success and considerable driving force behind the massive explosion of western players emerging in the collegiate scene.
In true West Coast style, attending players are geared up fully by the appropriate Adrenaline Lacrosse sponsors. Players will be head to toe in the newly released 2010 Adrenaline Movement line. Additionally players will receive a pair of custom 2010 Warrior Burn cleats for participating.
Media partner Inside Lacrosse will also be providing coverage of this event on InsideLacrosse.com. As an added bonus players attending this event also qualify to be evaluated for Inside Lacrosse’s Young Guns National Recruiting Rankings.
More information on this event, including a video wrap-up of last year’s event, can be found on the Adrenaline Website at www.adrenalinelacrosse.com under Primetime Recruit Events, High Rollers.
Coaches with player recommendations may fill out a form on the High Rollers portion of the Adrenaline Website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Lacrosse Recruiting Profiles: Lehigh Men’s Lacrosse Adds St. Ignatius Prep Attacker Carlton Fisher And Corona del Mar Middie Noah Molnar To Impressive Freshman Lacrosse Class
Smith Family Head Lacrosse Coach Kevin Cassese welcomed a talented group of newcomers to the Mountain Hawks program this semester as 14 student-athletes set foot on the Lehigh campus to begin their college careers. Cassese has attracted talent that spans six states, including California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania and includes four All-Americans.
“There is a lot of excitement surrounding this group of freshmen,” Cassese commented. “It is a large group, it is a diverse group and it is a talented group. I have been impressed by the strength of character and overall leadership abilities that the members of this class have demonstrated over the course of their high school careers and during their short time on campus here at Lehigh. I look forward to working closely with them individually and collectively during their careers as Mountain Hawks.”