Daily Archives: October 7, 2009

Western College Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Completes East Coast Fall Ball Matches And Looks Forward To Big 2010 Season

In the regular season, the team looks to continue its dominance in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation by earning a sixth consecutive MPSF title. For the first time this year, the championship will also come with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, something that the Cardinal are especially excited about after last year’s team wasn’t selected even after defeating three top-20 teams.

In the regular season, the Stanford looks to continue its dominance in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation by earning a sixth consecutive MPSF title. For the first time this year, the championship will also come with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, something that the Cardinal are especially excited about after last year’s team wasn’t selected even after defeating three top-20 teams.

(From Stanford Daily) After defeating No. 3 Penn in its last game of the 2009 season, in which it was left out of the NCAA tournament, the Stanford women’s lacrosse team needed a vacation. The team got one last weekend, albeit with a lot of hard work included, as the Card traveled to the East Coast looking to kick off the new school year with a bang and get ready for the spring season.

With a weekend of five “friendly” matches over two days, the team was able to play together for the first time and get a look at what to expect this year.

“Playing games like these early in the fall is awesome because it lets us know what we need to work on and look forward to for the rest of the year,” said senior Dana Lindsay.

On Saturday, the Cardinal took on Harvard and the University of Massachusetts, and Sunday brought games against Boston College, Boston University and the University of New Hampshire. The games were played without a visible scoreboard and clock, and an official score was not kept, but they served as a way to “play against some great competition and get a good sense of what [the team] needs to work on for the upcoming season,” according to head coach Amy Bokker.

Lindsay agreed, saying, “It’s always fun for us to take a trip to the East Coast in the fall, and we are so thankful for the opportunity to go and play tough competition this early in the year.”

Coach Bokker also emphasized the benefit of not keeping score, adding, “All of our players got to play, and we had the opportunity to see some great combinations offensively and defensively.”

In addition, the Cardinal used the trip to work off the summer rust and welcome some new faces from the Class of 2013. Although Stanford lost co-captain Melissa Vogelsong, all-conference selection Maris Perlman and midfielder Jamie Nesbitt to graduation, the Cardinal return all four 30-goal scorers from last season, including top scorer Sarah Flynn (36 goals). The 2009-10 roster lists 10 new freshmen, in addition to the rest of the upperclass returnees.

Coach Bokker thinks the combination will prove effective for the Card this year. “The freshmen are doing really well,” she said. “We have a strong group of returners, and [the freshmen] had the chance this weekend for the first time to compete side by side with them, which was great.”

However, the road trip was only the beginning of what could be a very memorable season for the team.

In the coming weeks, Stanford will continue preparing for the excitement of the spring season, with fall friendly matches against Saint Mary’s, UC-Davis, Cal and others. Hopefully, the Card will continue to successfully build on each of these matches in anticipation of the season.

With returning experience, some new talent and lots of the practice, this could be the year for the Stanford women’s lacrosse team.

“We have a ton to look forward to in the regular season this year,” Lindsay said. “From our big home opener against Northwestern to the opportunity we have to win an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, Stanford lacrosse has the chance to make a powerful statement this spring.”


Northern California Lacrosse: Top Colleges Now Recruit Heavily From Bay Area High School Lacrosse Teams As Participation Has Soared

Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association (From SFGate.com article) Lacrosse coaches talk about the Bay Area the way you would expect a baseball scout to talk about Latin America or a hockey scout to talk about Scandinavia. It’s the newest frontier, and the only question is how fast camp can be pitched.
Participation in youth and high school lacrosse in the Bay Area has skyrocketed during the past decade, and that expansion is reflected in the level and quantity of talent produced and, in turn, in increased interest from prominent collegiate programs.

On Saturday, two of the best programs in the country, North Carolina (No. 6 at the end of the 2009 season) and Brown (No. 11), will play an exhibition at Kezar Stadium at 3 p.m., preceded by free clinics in which the college coaches and players can talk with local youth coaches and players.

“It’s great for recruiting, because of the emergence of so many quality prospects,” Brown coach Lars Tiffany said. “But it’s also just a great adventure – exposing our players to something new.”

Tickets range from $25 to $35 and can be bought at sflacrosse.com or at Kezar the day of the game.

Tiffany, who coached at Robert Lewis Stevenson High in Monterey from 1990 to 1994, described the growth of California recruiting as “like being Daniel Boone, out on the frontier blazing a trail.”

“It’s not a gimmick anymore,” Tiffany said. “It used to be a neat idea. Now it’s a must. Everyone’s in on it. We’re fighting for recruits from the Bay Area with every team in the country.”


Since 2003, high school lacrosse participation in California has grown 229 percent among boys (2,240 to 7,365), according to the California Interscholastic Federation, and 170 percent among girls (1,834 to 4,956). The Northern California Junior Lacrosse League has expanded from 90 to 350 teams in that time.

Lacrosse remains outside the top 10 high school sports in participation, but its growth is the steepest of any sport. And since lacrosse became an official high school sport, participation has decreased slightly for baseball and softball – both spring sports that compete with lacrosse for participants.

“Baseball’s got a giant base, but spots are harder to get on baseball teams,” said University High boys lacrosse coach Braden Edwards. “Lacrosse is a compelling alternative – it’s fast-paced, with a lot of running, hitting and scoring, like football, but with kind of the same momentum that basketball has.”

“Over the past five, eight years, it’s been creeping in,” said Rick Steen, baseball coach at De La Salle-Concord, which now has three lacrosse teams. “It’s good for everyone – I cut a kid now, I know he can go play lacrosse.”


The chance to play in college also factors into the decision for athletes. Since 1981, the NCAA has gone from 138 men’s lacrosse teams to 239, and from 105 women’s teams to 301, including Stanford, Cal and St. Mary’s.

“Players – and really players’ parents, too – are starting to understand that lacrosse is a sport that can help you get into a good college,” Edwards said.

“If that’s one of the justifications to play, it’s a correct justification,” Tiffany said. “Every kid is picking up a basketball, or a bat, or kicking a soccer ball. So what’s your competition there for getting into the Ivy League or the ACC? With lacrosse, it’s a smaller pond; it’s easier to be a bigger fish.”

Perhaps the biggest fish to come from the Bay Area is St. Ignatius graduate Roy Lang, who played big minutes on defense and scored nine goals last season as a freshman for Cornell, the Division I runner-up.

Potentially even better is current St. Ignatius senior Rob Emery, regarded as one of the top five recruits in the country. He committed to Virginia as a junior.

“Five years ago, there were a few decent kids coming out of California, but now you’re seeing real quality in guys like Lang and Emery, and also a quantity,” said Tiffany, whose team includes University High graduate Parker Brown.

What’s next?

Two professional lacrosse teams have failed in the Bay Area over the past two years, but many coaches believe that a college such as Stanford could sustain a men’s lacrosse team.

“The sport is marching west – just look at Denver,” said Matt Field, president of the Marin Lacrosse Club, referring to longtime Princeton coach Bill Tierney’s move to the University of Denver this season. “I have no doubt Stanford and Denver could both be national contenders. We’ve got the talent around here now – it’s just about letting kids see the game.

“That’s what’s so great about this (exhibition). It gives kids the chance to see the game at its highest level.”

Lacrosse exhibition

Who: North Carolina vs. Brown

When: 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Kezar Stadium

Sponsor: Bay Area Youth Sports Foundation, a nonprofit, with proceeds benefiting local youth sports programs.

E-mail Jake Leonard at jleonard@sfchronicle.com.


Western College Men’s Lacrosse: Chapman University Men’s Lacrosse 2010 Schedule

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2010 Schedule
1/30 Sat. Alumni Game Home  
2/6 Sat. Univ. of San Diego Home  
2/13 Sat. Brigham Young (UT) Home  
2/17 Wed. Loyola Marymount Home  
2/20 Sat. Claremont Home  
2/26 Fri. San Diego State San Diego  
2/28 Sun. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo  
3/6 Sat. Florida State Home  
3/11 Thur. UCLA Los Angeles  
3/15 Mon. Texas Home  
3/18 Thur. Ithaca Home  
3/26 Fri. Colorado Home  
4/1 Thur. Oregon Eugene, OR  
4/3 Sat. Simon Frasier Lakeridge HS  
4/8 Thur. USC Los Angeles  
4/17 Sat. Whittier Whittier  
4/24 Sat. U.C. Santa Barbara Santa Barbara  















College Lacrosse Recruiting: Lacrosse Student-Athletes Must Have Parents Assume A Significant Role

 By Tom Kovic

 The college search for athletes has grown more complicated and increasingly competitive, especially during the past 10 years. There are countless components that require attention in developing and executing a successful plan of action, along with several key “players” who make-up the team that run the offense.

 Parents can play a significant role in the recruiting process and in my opinion; they should make an active commitment to enthusiastically assist their children from start to finish in what will be a very important life decision.

What follows is my take on how parents can effectively participate in helping their kids confidently navigate a potentially daunting process, while avoiding red flags along the way.


 The best starting point for any dream or goal is to firstly establish clear objectives and time-lines. Begin with the end game in mind and work backwards to the starting point of your plan. As you move backwards through the recruiting process, you will notice “checkpoints” along the way that you will eventually encounter. Whether it is the signing of the national letter of intent, the official visit, or the first phone call placed to the coach, you will begin to develop a checklist of “things to do.”

 Parents have the opportunity to not only encourage their children to envision the process, but to take an active role in creating it. Half the battle in reaching any goal is to understand the mission and create an educational, yet fun approach! The more we encourage our kids to take an active role in controlling their destiny, the greater the chance that they will appreciate the level of confidence mom and dad has in them.


 I am a big believer in the team approach to college recruiting and in developing a group of key members who each play a significant role in moving the process forward. Not only can this approach be effective, it will be welcomed by our kids. Student-athletes have a tremendous amount on their “personal plates” and developing a plan that spreads the recruiting assignments out will create a much happy camper!

 Parents who have cultivated strong relationships with “typical” team members (guidance counselors, high school and club coach etc.) can begin to lay the groundwork to suggest specific roles that will be played out by each team member. Moms and dads can organize occasional team meetings at the house where the group can review regular progress in the college search and offer suggestions to keep the momentum moving forward.

 Encourage Independence

 College coaches will turn to high school and club coaches, guidance counselors and colleagues in an effort to gather information about the prospects they recruit, but they need to act as a resource for families as well. They want to be able to field questions from mom and dad, but when you break it down; college coaches want to see the prospect for who she truly is.

 One of the best choices parents can make is to encourage their children to be an active and independent player in the college quest. It encourages proactive preparation, the development of communication skills and it fosters the courage to stand alone in a worthy attempt to take the leap of faith into the recruiting arena.

 What might seem nearly impossible for some prospects in the beginning, will grow to a more confident approach with more practice and experience. Remember, college coaches are looking for 3 key ingredients in a prospect: Strong athletic ability, sound academic progress and a personal character that rises above the rest. Let’s give our kids the opportunity to stand alone and with confidence.

 Communication with College Coaches

 Personally, I encourage parents to play a very active role in communicating with the college coaches. The final college choice our kids make will be an important one and parents should be there every step of the way.

 Certain areas of the college search immediately come to mind as “important” for parents to be actively involved. Whether it is negotiating financial aid, requesting a preliminary read in admissions or asking questions concerning on campus safety, parents should not hesitate to respectfully inquire on behalf of their children.

 Equally important for parents to develop is the patience to “yield” in certain areas of the recruiting process, especially when our kids appear to be “stumbling.” Making mistakes, or feeling a level of uncertainty is commonplace for prospects as they navigate the nuances of recruiting, but when the dust settles, our kids will appreciate us more for allowing them to experience the “good struggle.” Remember, college coaches want to see our children “shine,” but they also want to see how they respond when their backs are in the corner.

Red Flags

 There are several “red flags” that could go up in the minds of college coaches and below are just a few tips:

 In face to face interviews with college coaches where parents are present, avoid answering questions that are directed to your children.

  • Avoid responding to phone and e-mail messages left by college coaches that are specifically directed to the prospect.

  • E-mail is used more than any form of communication in recruiting and although we want our kids to express themselves “grammatically correct,” parents should encourage the final draft to come from the prospect and in their words.

  • The “tough” questions should be timed appropriately. You do not want to go into the first meeting with a college coach asking for a scholarship for your son! Remember, this is about developing sincere relationships with the coaches: Plant; cultivate; grow.

 The rule of thumb in avoiding red flags is simple. First, develop a positive relationship built on trust, honesty and respect and keep the door of communication clear and always open. Secondly, parents will serve their children best by maintaining their position on the field and allowing their children the opportunity to make the play in the recruiting effort.


 Simply stated, we desperately want out children to succeed and make “right” and well thought out choices and the college search should be no different. Many of us though, can’t help ourselves from controlling situations, especially when it appears our kids are struggling. College coaches recruit families as much as they recruit prospects and the old adage is true: “The nut doesn’t fall too far from the tree!”

 Parents can play an impactful role in college recruiting and the best gift we can offer our kids is the freedom to spread their wings and fly. Focus on everything that is positive and fun in the college search and even when it appears our kids seem doubtful and frustrated, have the faith in their resiliency to rebound and to advance the quest with confidence and self reliance.

Tom Kovic is a former Division I college coach and the current director of Victory Collegiate Consulting, where he provides individual advisement for families in college recruiting. Tom is the author of “Reaching for Excellence” An educational guide for college athletics recruiting. For further information visit: http://www.victoryrecruiting.com.

 Copyright 2009 Victory Collegiate Consulting


Southern California Club Lacrosse: Starz Cup Lacrosse Teams To Hold Tryouts For Fall Leagues

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101 Starz
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Tryouts will held at Pepper Tree Park

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Sunday November 8th
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OC Starz
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Tryouts will be held at St.Mary’s & All Angels

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Saturday November 7th
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Tryouts will be held at Servite HS

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Westside Warriors
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Interested in Starting a Starz Club?

Starz lacrosse has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 5 years.  We are fortunate to be in a position to screen club applications, making sure we maintain the integrity of our program and adhere to our mission.  If you and your club see eye to eye with Starz and believe in growing lacrosse the way we do, there is a good chance we will find a way to work together.  We are a very creative organization and always find ways to help, especially in emerging lacrosse markets.

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