Daily Archives: October 3, 2009

Lacrosse Injuries: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Is Caused By Repetitive Brain Trauma And/Or Concussions And Can Progress To Full-Blown Dementia (Video)

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, CTE, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease caused by repetitive trauma to the brain, and is characterized by the build-up of a toxic protein called tau in the form of neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) and neuropil threads (NTs) throughout the brain. The abnormal protein initially impairs the normal functioning of the brain and eventually kills brain cells. Early on, CTE sufferers may display clinical symptoms such as memory impairment, emotional instability, erratic behavior, depression and problems with impulse control. However, CTE eventually progresses to full-blown dementia.

Western College Men’s Lacrosse: University Of Denver Men’s Lacrosse Coach Bill Tierney Gives 2010 Preview

Inside Lacrossebill tierney denver lacrosse coach1Since he arrived in the Mile High City just a few months ago, Bill Tierney knew he had to do something that sent a message to his players. He wanted them to know that he believed in them. He did just that—and fast. Denver will travel to the Carrier Dome to take on last year’s NCAA champions, the Syracuse Orange, for their first game of the 2010 season.

“Right off the bat the game against Syracuse is going to be a tone-setter for the year,” says senior Charley Dickenson. “We couldn’t be more excited about it.”

That’s the kind of thing that Tierney is expected to bring to the Denver program—excitement but also national prominence. First he’ll have to assemble his crew of guys that finished 7-8 in the Great Western Lacrosse League. And it all starts with fall ball.

What they’ve been up to?

“I asked the guys to close their eyes and forget everything they’ve learned about lacrosse. I want them to believe in us and not doubt what we’re going to be doing. We all need to get on the same page,” Tierney says.

denver lacrosseThat meant getting down to the basics. Throwing and catching, ground balls, clears, etc. The players need to get used to Tierney and the coach needs to see what he’ll be working with. So far, so good. Tierney points out things have been as he thought they would be, if not better.

The guys started their fall training a little over a week ago to some horrendous weather. Heavy rain and even some snow in the area had some thinking that Tierney must have brought that East Coast weather with him. It didn’t put a damper on the mood one bit though. From the senior leaders to the freshmen, only in their second week of college, everyone seemed excited to hit the field. Tierney actually had to blow the whistle on his own team in the first practice because the guys were going too fast and too hard.

What the team will look like?

Sixteen freshman and a few other transfers will have the opportunity to contribute right away. Since there’s a new coach and new system the slate is clean.

“There’s a handful that will be expected to be out there right away,” says Tierney. “A guy like Chase Carraro could become one of the best face-off guys in the country.”

Carraro, a freshman, was named All-American and State MVP (Kentucky) in 2009 and lead his team to championship titles his junior and senior years.

Then you have the core nucleus from a season ago. Guys like defenseman Dillon Roy, who was named first-team all-GWLL for two consecutive years. He’ll no doubt anchor the defense and has been tabbed by Tierney as a “phenomenal leader.”

Other Intangibles

While Bill Tierney will be calling all the shots, he certainly will have some impressive help. His son Trevor has joined the staff after serving as the defensive coordinator of the Denver Outlaws pro team for the past two seasons. His resume speaks for itself but as the only goalie ever to have won an NCAA Championship, and International Lacrosse Federation World Championship and a major League Lacrosse title, he brings some extra wisdom. The elder Tierney believes that Trevor will have a great grip on the defense and the goalies. Other than that he also relates well to the players. Trevor recently taught the team some yoga to help get some of the guys in shape.

Former DU Pioneer and current Denver Outlaw Matt Brown is a holdover from the Jamie Munro era and will work primarily with the offense.

New addition Kevin Unterstein will serve as a volunteer assistant after making the move from Princeton. He’ll be asked to help Trevor Tierney with the defense but where he’ll be most valuable is working with the face-off men. Unterstein was a short-stick midfielder at Hofstra.

Question of the Year: How fast can Tierney turn it around in Denver?

That kind of depends on the schedule. Opening with a team like Syracuse certainly makes an early statement but also adds a good deal of pressure. It’ll be interesting to see how the team responds. Coach Tierney knows what he’s doing though and the early message to his guys will help develop trust and a tight bond. When he decided to take the job in Denver he said he was looking to go somewhere that will challenge him. This year should be a challenge as any new head coaching job would be. He might not have the overall high level of talent but he does have a lot of skill at each position. The Pioneers should improve upon their 7-8 record this year and could wind up back in the tourney come May.


Oregon High School Boys Lacrosse Recruiting Profile: Lake Oswego Boys Lacrosse Defender Brendan Lake To Play Of University Of Hartford (CT) Men’s Lacrosse In 2009-2010

Brendan Lake · Lake Oswego, OR · Defense

Brendan Lake · Lake Oswego, OR · Defense

Lake played both lacrosse and football at Lake Oswego High School. The 6-1, 200-pound defender was a two-time first team all-conference pick in lacrosse. Lake also saw success on the football field, earning first team all-conference and first-team all-state honors. Lake is enrolled in the Barney School of Business.

University Of Hartford lacrosseThe University of Hartford lacrosse team will welcome 15 freshmen and one transfer for the 2010 season, as announced by Head Coach Peter Lawrence on Wednesday. 

“These guys are competitors, hard workers, and great students,” commented Lawrence. “This recruiting class, we focused on recruiting guys that are athletes and from winning programs.”

The Hawks welcome five Connecticut athletes to the 2010 lacrosse roster. Nick Ceme (Norwalk, CT/Brien McMahon), Adam Haig (New Milford, CT/New Milford), Drew Haig (New Milford, CT/New Milford), Colby Hine (Orange, CT/Amity Regional) and Frank Piechota (Trumbull, CT/Trumbull) will join returning sophomore Steven Groccia from New Milford, CT as natives from Connecticut.

Rounding out the class of 2013 will be Mike Brown (Wilmington, DE/Charter School of Wilmington), Christopher DuPointe (Brookhaven, NY/St. John the Baptist Diocesan), Jared Franze (Glenville, NY/Niskayuna), Gus Guido (Yonkers, NY/Iona Prep), Kyle Goodchild (Toronto, Canada/Courtice Secondary/University of Alabama Huntsville), Brendan Lake (Lake Oswego, OR/Lake Oswego), Ben Liebel (Longmeadow, MA/Longmeadow/Avon Old Farms), Sam Muller (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood), Rory Nunamacher (Albany, NY/Guilderland), Jordan Parker (Pikesville, Maryland/Pikesville) and Craig Polchinski (Huntington Station, NY/Walt Whitman).

Last season, the men’s lacrosse team finished with a 2-11 overall record. Both wins came at home with a 14-5 win over Presbyterian and the upset over UMBC on Senior Day. Highlighting the Hawks’ returning players is sophomore goalie Scott Bement who was named the America East Rookie of the Year and to the America East All-Rookie Team. Hartford also returns Aidan Genik, Ryan Compitello and Carter Bender – three all-rookie team selections. The trio of attackmen produced more than half of the Hawks’ offense in 2009.