Monthly Archives: September 2009

Lacrosse In The News: New England Patriot Coach Bill Belichick Played Lacrosse At Wesleyan And His Son Stephen Plays At Rutgers


"The difference between lacrosse and football is that at the end of each play, we get to go back in the huddle and get re-organized. In lacrosse, the game never stops," said Belichick.

"The difference between lacrosse and football is that at the end of each play, we get to go back in the huddle and get re-organized. In lacrosse, the game never stops," said Belichick.

(From Baltimore Sun article) The New England Patriots are spending this week preparing for a visit from the Ravens Sunday, but that didn’t stop Patriots coach Bill Belichick from talking a little lacrosse during a conference call with media members who cover the Ravens on Wednesday.

Belichick, who grew up in Annapolis and graduated from Annapolis High School, spent at least five minutes of his 15-minute conference call discussing lacrosse.

Regarding his relationship with Johns Hopkins and coach Dave Pietramala, Belichick said, “It’s a strong one. Coach Pietramala has been a good friend. Certainly enjoy talking to him and exchanging ideas about coaching and preparation and things like that and stats and players. I know the sports are different and all, but coaching is still coaching to a large degree and handling your team, there’s a lot of carryover even though the sports are different. He’s given me the opportunity to be around his teams, on the practice field, at games, and in meetings and in preparation. I’ve learned a lot and I’ve taken a lot of things that he’s done and incorporated them into some of the things that we do – more in terms of coaching and preparation style and that type of thing. He’s come up to visit us here a few times in training camp and at games, and I have a great exchange of ideas with him, and he’s been a huge help. I have a tremendous amount of respect for what he’s done and what he’s done with that great program, which I’ve always admired – even though I grew up at the Naval Academy and bleed blue and gold. But being that close to Hopkins and the program that they run there from when he was a player until now as a coach, I just have tremendous respect for him and the entire Johns Hopkins lacrosse program. It’s first class and they do things the right way. It’s been a great opportunity for me to watch them up close and see how they do some of the things they do so well.”

Lacrosse runs in the Belichick family. Bill played the sport at Wesleyan and his son Stephen plays at Rutgers. Belichick took a moment to compare lacrosse and football.

“The difference between lacrosse and football is that at the end of each play, we get to go back in the huddle and get re-organized. In lacrosse, the game never stops,” said Belichick, who also named current and former Blue Jays Paul Rabil, Stephen Peyser, Michael Evans and Michael Kimmel. “There’s always a flow and there’s no real time to set up a play for the most part. The game is a free-flowing game, so the decisions and the parameters you set up for your players to deal with a game like that are very interesting and in some ways, they’re a lot more complex than a game like football. Football’s a lot more complex from the standpoint that you have more time in between plays to put in new formations and new personnel and new plays and things like that. It’s different, but there’s a lot of good learning and application going both ways.”

The conference call ended on a lacrosse question: Can Syracuse win its third consecutive national championship?

“They’re pretty good,” Belichick said of the Orange. “Coach [John] Desko has done a great job up there, and I have a lot of respect for what he’s done and certainly for this year, coming back and doing it again after the ’08 team. That was a great accomplishment, especially after the year that they had in ’07 when everybody was on them. That’s a great program, but my heart’s with Navy and Hopkins and with the people, it’s really with Coach Pietramala. That’s really where it starts. I certainly recognize what Syracuse has done. They run a tremendous program up there, and I have a lot of respect for Coach Desko and the job that he has done.”

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/lacrosse/blog/2009/09/bill_belichick_talks_lacrosse.html

Lacrosse Conditioning And Training: Try A Basketball Sprint And Conditioning Workout To Improve Lacrosse Footwork, Speed And Power (Devoe Human Performance)


Devoe Human Performance logoLacrosse is most like basketball in its movements on offense, defensive help packages and footwork. In lacrosse, the middy is the point guard who uses a “crossover dribble” (split dodge) to penetrate “the lane” (the alley) for a shot. Meanwhile, the crease attackman is the “center” in the “post” that must use good footwork to get open, catch and finish.

Try the basketball court for this sprint and conditioning workout. Though intense, it’s better than running miles on a track. This workout improves footwork, change of direction, explosive speed and power within 10 yards.

Suicides (3 Sets)
The following should be completed in 30 seconds:
–    Start at the baseline and run to the free throw line.
–    Sprint back to the baseline.
–    Sprint to half court and back to the baseline.
–    Sprint to the opposite free throw line and back to the baseline.
–    Sprint full court to the opposite baseline and back. Defensive shuffle – Start in the middle of the foul line and shuffle back and forth the width of the foul line for 30 seconds.

Backpedal Sprint (3 Sets)
–    Start at the baseline underneath the basket.
–    Backpedal to the foul line.
–    Sprint to the baseline.
–    Repeat for 30 seconds.

Backboard Taps (2 Sets)
–    Start at the baseline and sprint the full length of the court.
–    On the opposite end, jump and touch the backboard.
–    Sprint back and slap the other backboard.
–    Repeat for one minute.

Full Court Shuffle (2 Sets)
–    Start on the far left baseline.
–    Shuffle diagonally until you reach the backboard.
–    Drop step and shuffle to the sideline.
–    Repeat this the length of the court.
–    Sprint to the opposite end of the court.
–    Shuffle diagonally down to the other end.

Sideline Sprints (2 Sets)
–    Start on the sideline.
–    Sprint to the opposite sideline.
–    Repeat for 30 seconds. 

Full Court Sprints (5 Sets)
– Start at the baseline.
– Sprint to the opposite end of the court.
– End to end, complete each set in 30 seconds.

Rashad Devoe is a lacrosse specific strength and conditioning coach who has worked with some of the best players in the country for over 13 years. For more info on Devoe Human Performance or Devoe’s training, go to www.devoehp.com.

Western College Men’s Lacrosse: University Of Oregon Men’s Lacrosse Was 10-6 In 2009 And Qualified For MCLA National Championship Tournament (Video)


Team Record Home Away GF GA Last 10 Streak Win %
Oregon 10-6 3-1 7-5 209 136 6-4 Lost 1 .625

US Lacrosse and Cardiac Science Provide Grant to Make AED’s (Automatic External Defibrillators) Affordable for Lacrosse Programs


cardiac science

US LacrosseUS Lacrosse is playing a leading role in ongoing research and is committed to educating the national lacrosse community about the life-saving value of having Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) available during lacrosse games and practices. In order to achieve that goal, US Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport, and Cardiac Science, a leading manufacturer of cardiology products, are offering an AED grant program which provides an AED and comprehensive management of AED and CPR training to lacrosse leagues or US Lacrosse chapters. 

 “This new component of our strategic alliance with Cardiac Science is focused on increasing awareness of the value and accessibility of AEDs to the national lacrosse community,” said Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse.  “Having an AED on the sideline is a risk management best-practice that we want every lacrosse program to consider strongly.”

 “US Lacrosse is at the forefront of helping to prevent the approximately 365,000 deaths per year that are due to sudden cardiac arrest – 7,000 of them among the young,” said Mike Brode, Cardiac Science director of strategic business. “Commotio cordis is the second leading cause of sudden cardiac death in school athletes and US Lacrosse is taking extraordinary measures to ensure their sport stands out in terms of safety by working to ensure AEDs are available where their members play and train. They serve as a model.”

 Commotio cordis is a rare but potentially catastrophic phenomenon that can result in sudden cardiac arrest. Commotio cordis can occur when a blunt, but often relatively mild blow to the area of the chest directly over the heart occurs during a precise moment of the heart’s cycle, leading to sudden cardiac arrest. Examples of the blunt object may include: baseball, lacrosse ball, hockey puck, fist, shoulder or knee. According to the American Heart Association, defibrillation within three minutes of sudden cardiac arrest raises the chance of survival to 70-percent. When a shock is delivered within one minute, survival rates can increase from 5-percent to as much as 86-percent in some cases.

 AEDs made available through this program offer the following benefits:

  •  Powerheart AEDs are dependable, easy-to-use defibrillators.
  • Rescue Ready®  technology self-tests all main components including the battery, hardware, software, and pads daily to ensure anytime functionality.
  • RescueCoach™ voice prompts and CPR metronome guide users through a very stressful rescue situation.
  • The AED device knows when to, and when not to deliver a shock.
  • A text screen lends extra help in noisy and chaotic environments.
  • The AED unit has a 7-year warranty and a 4-year full operational battery replacement guarantee.

US Lacrosse member groups and chapters can apply for the US Lacrosse/Cardiac Science AED grant program by visiting http://www.uslacrosse.org/programs/AEDgrantprogram.phtml. Deadline to submit an application is November 30, 2009.

 Cardiac Science is a global leader in the development, manufacture, and marketing of diagnostic and therapeutic cardiology products and services. The company provides a full spectrum of cardiology products and services that help protect hearts and save lives. To learn more about Cardiac Science, please visit www.cardiacscience.com.

 US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has more than 300,000 members in 62 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.

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Media Contacts:                                                         

Colleen Sperry Aungst                                                 

Public Relations Manager, US Lacrosse

410-235-6882 ext. 155                                                   

caungst@uslacrosse.org                                                

 

Michael Brode

Director of Strategic Business, Cardiac Science

mbrode@cardiacscience.com

College Lacrosse Recruiting: Lacrosse Student-Athletes Should Include Sports Specific Athletic Credentials In Personal Profile


What athletic credentials should be included in the personal profile? 

This is obviously a “sports specific” question, but here are some general tips to consider:

 You want to provide athletic statistics (games played, goals, assists, points etc.) for the college coaches from the most recent season of play.

  • Include a short list of key tournaments, showcases and camps where you have participated and any noteworthy accomplishments.
  • Share any athletic “honors and awards you have received.
  • Include your height, weight and physical performance tests (bench press, 100 meter time etc.) that are sport specific.

  Tom Kovic

Best Of Pennsylvania High School Boys Lacrosse: Malvern Prep Plays Haverford At “Checking For Cancer Lacrosse Invitational” On April 18, 2009 (Video)


Haverford School hosted the Inaugural Checking For Cancer Lacrosse Invitational Saturday, April 18. The event brought together some top boys lacrosse programs in the name of competition and cancer awareness.

Best College Lacrosse Stadiums: The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium


The post-renovation Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is the finest lacrosse venue in the world. The Bilderback-Moore Navy Lacrosse Hall of Fame takes visitors through the rich, 100-year history of Navy lacrosse. The playing surface, sightlines, comfortable seating, media accommodations, and sheer size of the stadium make it ideal for hosting NCAA men's lacrosse quarterfinal games. Of the 25 largest regular-season crowds in NCAA men's lacrosse history, eight were in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The site also played host to the 2005 Women's Lacrosse World Cup and the 2005 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship. Professional lacrosse has gained a foothold in Annapolis as well, with the Washington Bayhawks moving to the stadium last year. Major League Lacrosse played its championship in Annapolis in 2009, and will continue to do so through 2011.

The post-renovation Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium is the finest lacrosse venue in the world. The Bilderback-Moore Navy Lacrosse Hall of Fame takes visitors through the rich, 100-year history of Navy lacrosse. The playing surface, sightlines, comfortable seating, media accommodations, and sheer size of the stadium make it ideal for hosting NCAA men's lacrosse quarterfinal games. Of the 25 largest regular-season crowds in NCAA men's lacrosse history, eight were in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The site also played host to the 2005 Women's Lacrosse World Cup and the 2005 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship. Professional lacrosse has gained a foothold in Annapolis as well, with the Washington Bayhawks moving to the stadium last year. Major League Lacrosse played its championship in Annapolis in 2009, and will continue to do so through 2011.