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Summer Lacrosse Clubs National Rankings: Inside Lacrosse/ESPN U Ranks Long Island Express Central As #1 With Alcatraz Outlaws (CA) And West Coast Starz Honorable Mention


espnu college sportsIn its inaugural effort to shake up the summer club scene by ranking, reporting and intently following summer recruiting teams, Inside Lacrosse discovered that creating said rankings is the equivalent of ranking apples and oranges.

That’s because variations between the programs tend to outweigh the similarities. Some teams play competitive tournament-style circuits. Others attend lacrosse showcase events. There are programs that practice consistently and some that just show up and let it rip.

Some programs split teams strictly by recruiting age groups; some pull together the best of the best regardless of age. Many organizations want to actually win the summer club title; others are content to showcase their kids with a secondary thought of winning.

So this is an attempt to gauge apples, orange, peaches, pears, kumquats and quinces. Inside Lacrosse looked at summer title records, final finishes, tournament competition and overall competitiveness. This is the end of summer rankings.

1. Long Island Express Central Team

 

The Long Island Express Central team, comprised of rising juniors, rolled through the summer with a 38-2 record. Though an All-Star team, LI Express Central played incredible team ball, beating physical opponents such as Boys' Latin (Md.) and Tri-State Black for top title victories.

The Long Island Express Central team, comprised of rising juniors, rolled through the summer with a 38-2 record. Though an All-Star team, LI Express Central played incredible team ball, beating physical opponents such as Boys' Latin (Md.) and Tri-State Black for top title victories.

Major titles
Champs — Tri-State National Tournament, Shootout by Brine Session II, Finalist — King of the Hill Session II

Players to watch
Will Mazzone, attack, Ward Melville (N.Y.); Ryan DeSimone, attack, Smithtown East (N.Y.); Greg Danseglio, defense, St. Anthony’s (N.Y.); Mike Pellegrino, defense, Connetquot (N.Y.)

Final take
The Long Island Express Central team, comprised of rising juniors, rolled through the summer with a 38-2 record. Though an All-Star team, LI Express Central played incredible team ball, beating physical opponents such as Boys’ Latin (Md.) and Tri-State Black for top title victories. It also took home some early summer trophies at the Tri-State Peddie School and Juvenile Diabetes tournaments. This team has the best group skills in the summer circuit, with knowledgeable scorers across the board.

 

2. CRABS 2011’s (Baltimore Lacrosse Club)

 Major titles
Virginia Team Camp (5-1)

Players to watch
Logan Connelly, attack, St. Mary’s (Annapolis, Md.); Wells Stanwick, attack, Boys’ Latin (Md.); Ryan Tucker, midfield, Gilman (Md.); Tyler German, midfield, Queen Anne’s (Md.)

Final take
Another team made exclusively of rising juniors, CRABS 2011’s finished the summer with just three losses, did well in its home tournament and was the top team at the Virginia Team Camp. The team had a few “out of the car” losses in various tournaments, but played strong after initial adversity. It’s a rising junior group that gets points for doing exceptionally well against teams with mostly rising seniors (though the 2010’s won their own tournament, the Crab City Challenge, earlier this summer.)

 3. Duke’s LC

 Major titles
Champ Camp 2009

Players to watch
Seniors: Jordan Wolf, attack, Lower Merion (Pa.); Andrew O’Connell, goal, Malvern Prep (Pa.); Stephen O’Hara, defense, St. Joe’s Prep (Pa.). Juniors: Kevin Forster, attack, La Salle (Pa.); Joe Sankey, attack, Penn Charter (Pa.)

Final take
Duke’s LC swept through Champ Camp with its mixed rising junior/rising senior Duke’s I team, beating a tough BELAX program 6-5 in the championship final. Also gave a solid performance at the Tri-State event, going 5-0 in pool play. Duke’s II, a team comprised mostly of rising juniors and sophomores, also had a solid summer, finishing 6-2 overall.

 

4. Top Gun Lax

Major titles
King of the Hill Session II

Players to watch
Garrett Campbell, attack, St. John’s Prep (Mass.); Jordan Greenfield, attack, The Rivers School (Mass.); Frank Wheeler-Larusso, midfield, Catholic Memorial (Mass.); Geordie Carrick, defense, The Rivers School (Mass.)

Final take
The highlight of the season was taking the King of the Hill Session II tournament with a 6-4 victory over the Long Island Express and a final record of 6-0. Top Gun Lax also finished a strong 5-2 at the Shootout by Brine and 4-1 at the MVP Tournament Session I.

 

5. Tri-State Lacrosse

 Major titles
Finalist — Tri-State National

Players to watch
Mac Davis, goal, Glen Ridge (N.H.); Ethan Kibrick, goal, The Peddie School (N.J.); Dean Dickey, Moorestown (N.J.); Matt Gilbertson, defense, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.)

Final take
A good year all around for Tri-State’s different teams. The 2010 Black team finished 24-5, losing just once in three of their four tournaments, including twice to No. 1 Long Island Express 2011’s. Tri-State’s 2011 Team (rising juniors) finished 16-6 with winning records at King of the Hill Session I, Tri-State National and Princeton Team Camp. A note: The best year in its program could be the 2012 teams.

 

6. Madlax Super Select

 Major titles
Finalist — Crab City Challenge, Virginia Team Camp (3-1-1)

Players to watch
Garrett Swankowski, defense, Loudoun Valley HS (Va.), Virginia; Chris Daddio, midfield, Loudoun Valley (Va.), Syracuse; James Malm, midfield, Woodberry Forest (Va.), Johns Hopkins; Hunter DeButts, defense, Episcopal (Va.), Princeton

Final take
Both the Madlax Super Select team, a collection of the top 20 players in the club regardless of position, and strictly rising junior squads did well this summer. They ran through the Crab City Challenge, losing to Crabs 2010’s in the final. The Juniors Orange team did well at the Virginia Team Camp and the UP Lax tourney.

 

7. CT Bulldogs Red

 Major titles
Shootout by Brine Session 1

Players to watch
Brendan Rotanz, attack, Fairfield Prep (Conn.); Todd Heritage, attack, Cheshire (Conn.); Tobias Armour, defense, Choate (Conn.); Alex Rose, defense, Old Lyme (Conn.)

Final take
The team pulled off a big win in the Brine Shootout Session I, beating a tough Roadhawks White team in Inside Lacrosse’s favorite championship game of the summer. Also tied a LI All-Star team and beat West Coast Starz at their own Bulldog Jamboree. Other junior teams also performed well, with Bulldogs Grey making the final of the Junior AA bracket at Tri-State and Bulldog Blue winning the Junior A title.

 

8. BELAX (Md.)

 Major titles
Finalist — Champ Camp

Players to watch
Seniors: Tony Rossi, midfield, Calvert Hall (Md.), Maryland; Pat Powderly, midfield, St. Paul’s (Md.), Syracuse; Tyler Frederick, attack, McDonogh (Md.), Ohio State. Juniors: John Kelly, defense, Bullis (Md.); Bobby Gribbin, midfield, Georgetown Prep (Md.)

Final take
A strong group of elite players from the Maryland and D.C.-area prep schools, BELAX gave the Dukes all they could take in the Champ Camp final. They also rolled several top teams on the way to that title and finished third at the Evolution Games in Philly.

 

9. Roadhawks White (Central N.Y.)

 Major titles
Syracuse Shootout, Finalist — Shootout by Brine Session I

Players to watch
Billy Ward, attack, Baldwinsville (N.Y.), Syracuse; Carl Zimmerman, attack, Homer (N.Y.), Harvard; Connor Entenmann, attack, Auburn (N.Y.), Cornell; Danny Eipp, defense, Westhill (N.Y.), Harvard.

Final take
The Roadhawks’ premier team won 13 games in its final two tournaments, sweeping through the Syracuse Shootout before making the finals at the Shootout by Brine Session I. Its core of juniors (John Greacen, Ari Waffle, Stephen Basile) carried the team at UMBC before falling against the CT Bulldogs.

 

10. NESLL U19 Black (New England)

 Major titles
Semifinalists — Champ Camp, Shootout By Brine

Players to watch
Josh Dionne, attack, Avon Old Farms (Mass.); Sean Shakespeare, attack, Noble and Greenough School (Mass.); Pete Bowes, defense, Walpole (Mass.)

Final take
The NESLL program finished the summer with a strong run, finishing in third place at the Shootout by Brine Session II, losing to Landon and BL on their way through the third-place game. It also dominated at Champ Camp before falling to BELAX in the semifinals.

 

Honorable mentions

 Connecticut Chargers
Won the Bison Brawl and finished in the semifinals of the Crab City Challenge.

Edge Lacrosse
Seniors made the finals of the Gait Cup. Juniors won the Rutgers MXP Session II tourney.

Alcatraz Outlaws
Took home the King of the Hill Session I title with a win over Chicago/Team One.

Green Turtle
Won the Gait Cup over Edge Lacrosse Seniors.

New Hampshire Tomahawks
Made it to the final of the Long Island Lax Classic, losing to Smithtown in OT. Also solid records at showcase event UMass Mid-Summer Classic.

West Coast Starz
Did well at the UMass Lacrosse Classic showcase and performed at the Bulldog Jamboree.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=4375912

Northern California Club Lacrosse: Alcatraz Outlaws Had Impressive Wins In Top East Coast Tournaments During Summer 2009


The Alcatraz Outlaws was formed with the goal of offering the 20 best lacrosse players in Northern California an elite lacrosse experience while gaining valuable collegiate exposure. The team will be coached by Braden Edwards, Dave Grose and Greg Angilly.
The Alcatraz Outlaws was formed with the goal of offering the 20 best lacrosse players in Northern California an elite lacrosse experience while gaining valuable collegiate exposure. The team will be coached by Braden Edwards, Dave Grose and Greg Angilly.

Inside LacrosseBased out of San Francisco and headed by some of the area’s top high school coaches, the Alcatraz Outlaws surprised everyone with a tourney victory in the first session of the Battle of the Hotbeds, and also had a nice run through the Gait Cup. Cali lacrosse is on the rise and these guys showcased some talents on the scene.

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Name Grade Position Jersey High School
Niko Dutra Jr Goalie # 1 Monte Vista High School
Nick Massa So Goalie # 2 University High School
Ryan Lieber Jr Attack # 3 Monte Vista High School
Cameron Smith Jr Attack # 4 Los Gatos High School
Bobby Gray So Attack # 5 St Ignatius College Prep
Jack Bodine So Attack # 6 St Ignatius College Prep
Austin Shea Jr Attack # 7 University High School
Adam Roesthenal Jr Attack # 8 Redwood High School
Bear Mistele So Midfield # 9 University High School
Rob Emery Jr Midfield # 10 St Ignatius College Prep
Dax Cohan Jr Midfield # 11 St Ignatius College Prep
Will Naughton Jr Midfield # 12 St Ignatius College Prep
Ross Rudow Jr Midfield # 13 San Ramon Valley High School
Nick Aliman Jr Midfield # 14 St Ignatius College Prep
Sean Mullin Jr Midfield # 15 De La Salle High School
Chase Miller So Midfield # 16 San Ramon Valley High School
Nick Maruyama Jr Midfield # 17 The Menlo School
Giancarlo Sangiacamo Jr LSM # 18 St Ignatius College Prep
JJ Nathan Jr Defense # 19 Cardinal Newman High School
Carson Mead So Defense # 20 Miramonte High School
John Rosa Jr Defense # 21 Marin Catholic High School
Sommer Stein Fr Defense # 22 Marin Academy

 

California High School Lacrosse: Boys And Girls Lacrosse Participation Increases 45% From 2006-2008 According To CIF Survey


Participation was up in both boys' and girls' sports, the survey found. Lacrosse registered the biggest gain with a 45% increase in participation among both boys and girls. Other boys' sports with notable increases were swimming (14.1%), volleyball (7.6%) and wrestling (6.5%). Track and field experienced the biggest growth among girls' sports with a 7.5% increase, followed closely by swimming and diving (7.3%).

Participation was up in both boys' and girls' sports, the survey found. Lacrosse registered the biggest gain with a 45% increase in participation among both boys and girls. Other boys' sports with notable increases were swimming (14.1%), volleyball (7.6%) and wrestling (6.5%). Track and field experienced the biggest growth among girls' sports with a 7.5% increase, followed closely by swimming and diving (7.3%). Photo by LaxBuzz.

(From LATimesBlog) Track and field also replaces soccer as the most popular sport for girls with 41,736 participants. Football remains the top sport for boys–despite a 3.4% drop in participation–with 104,224 participants. Track and field is a distant second with 51,689 participants, followed by basketball (42,521) and baseball (42,064).

According to the 2009 California Interscholastic Federation Sports Participation Survey, there were a total of 736,727 high school athletes participating in sports last year, an increase of 1,224–or 1.6%–from the last survey conducted two years ago.

“The increase, although slight, is still a testament to the fact that our California schools and student-athletes are very much interested in increasing the athletic programs we have,” CIF Executive Director Marie Ishida said in a statement.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/varsitytimesinsider/2009/08/participation-in-athletics-registers-small-uptick-in-california.html

NCAA Lacrosse Scholarships: Only 2% Of All High School Varsity Athletes Receive Any Scholarship Award To Play For Division I Or II Schools Creating Demand For Recruiting Services


According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, there were 7.34 million high school varsity athletes nationwide in the 2006-07 school year. The National Collegiate Athletic Association limits the number of full scholarships that college teams can dole out in each sport. The NCAA estimates that only 2 percent of high school athletes, or about 147,000 students, receive an athletic scholarship to play on a Division I or Division II team each year.

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, there were 7.34 million high school varsity athletes nationwide in the 2006-07 school year. The National Collegiate Athletic Association limits the number of full scholarships that college teams can dole out in each sport. The NCAA estimates that only 2 percent of high school athletes, or about 147,000 students, receive an athletic scholarship to play on a Division I or Division II team each year.

(From Long Island Business News Article)  Parents who believe their child has a chance at obtaining an athletic scholarship often invest heavily in development programs. “They’re hiring strength coaches and pitching coaches,” Collins said, “all for the possibility of getting a scholarship.”

College athletic coaches determine how to distribute scholarship funds, said Jackie Nealon, vice president of enrollment services at the New York Institute of Technology, whose main campus is in Old Westbury. “Awards can range from a couple of thousand dollars up to a full scholarship,” including room and board, especially important in this economy where attending college may be unaffordable otherwise.

NYIT is in the NCAA’s Division I for baseball and Division II for other sports, which include lacrosse, volleyball, soccer, and track and field. For the 2008-09 school year, NYIT allotted $2 million of its overall $30 million financial aid budget to athletic scholarships. There are 184 students that receive athletic scholarships.

To boost their child’s chances of snagging a scholarship, some parents turn to online sports recruiting services. Mike Lancaster, owner and manager of Athletic Scholarships Sports Recruiting Services, based in Monterey, Calif., said his company works with 1,000 schools and 500 athletes per year. The firm helps the family prepare student profiles and package applications, which can be submitted to every head coach in the student-athlete’s sport. Lancaster said 85 percent of the students who use the service receive an athletic scholarship of some denomination.

Applications often include a link to a Web site where coaches can view videos of the player. “We encourage our clients to upload their videos to YouTube,” Lancaster said.

However, there are fewer scholarships in a sport like lacrosse than for football, which generates revenue for universities. In Division I men’s lacrosse, for instance, a maximum of 12.69 full scholarships are allowed per school, vs. 85 for football.

Collins said his school sometimes takes advantage of recruiting services to find students in remote states and other countries, since it’s often more affordable than traveling.

To receive an athletic scholarship, students must be “special athletes, or, especially for a Division II school, be able to package themselves as strong at both academics and sports,” Collins said. “A strong academic student is attractive to coaches, because the coach doesn’t have to offer as much money out of the athletic funds, since the student will probably get a partial academic scholarship as well.”

In Division II programs, sports are just one slice in the overall pie.

“For us, it’s not about getting a sponsorship from Coca-Cola,” Nealon said. “It’s about creating a robust student life experience for all our students.”

http://libn.com/blog/2009/08/04/sports-scholarships-hard-to-score/

Western College Lacrosse: Houghton Brothers Transfer From University Of Denver To BYU Men’s Lacrosse For 2009-2010 Season


BYUlacrosse logoJared and Jacob Houghton, both members of the 2007 NCAA Division 1 men’s lacrosse team and on athletic/academic scholarships at Denver University announced they will be transferring to BYU and will join the men’s lacrosse team for the 2009-2010 season. The twin brothers recently returned from two-year LDS church missions to Argentina.

Both Jared and Jacob were presented with a scholarship opportunity to return to DU for the 2010 season, but the brothers ultimately decided that their academic and lacrosse careers would take a new direction at Brigham Young University.LaxPower

Jared Houghton, a 6’3, 215 lb. midfielder who prior to playing at DU was at Rocky Mountain H.S. (Fort Collins Unified) in Windsor, CO where he was a three-sport athlete excelling in football, basketball and lacrosse. In lacrosse Houghton was named to the all-conference second team and was named academic all-state. In football he has been an all-conference honorable mention selection twice and was named academic all-state. In basketball he was named to the all-conference first team and was an honorable mention academic all-state selection. Jared saw significant playing time during DU’s 2007 season and scored the final goal in DU’s win over Penn State on February 17, 2007, 10-5. He also tallied 11 ground balls on the 2007 season.

“I’m excited to come to BYU and to be able to play lacrosse for a great program and a great team.” said Jared Houghton, “I’m looking forward to having this great opportunity to come to this great institution and play lacrosse.”

Jacob Houghton, a 6’3, 215 lb. midfielder, was also a three-sport athlete, competing in football, basketball and lacrosse. In lacrosse he was named first-team all-state and all-conference first team. In football Houghton earned academic all-state honors. In basketball he earned honorable mention academic all-state honors. Jacob played in all 16 regular season games for DU during the 2007 season and covered 18 ground balls and recorded 2 assists as a defensive specialist.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity to play for a great program at BYU.” said Jacob Houghton, “I am excited to be a part of this great team and help bring national championships to BYU. It will be a great experience for the both of us and we are excited to be here together.”

“Jared and Jacob are outstanding young men and lacrosse players. We are excited that they will be joining our program this fall” said BYU head coach Matt Schneck. “It is indicative of the fact that men’s lacrosse at BYU is headed in the right direction and will continue to attract outstanding student-athletes.”

Early reports show that as many as 75+ student-athletes are expected to try out for the team the first week of school, which begins August 31st.

http://www.laxpower.com/laxnews/news.php?story=15900