Daily Archives: October 20, 2009

Western College Men’s Lacrosse: BYU Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Simon Fraser (Canada) 17-9 In Top Level MCLA Fall Ball Match

BYUlacrosse logoIn what could easily be called one of the premier MCLA fall ball games this fall, BYU defeated Simon Fraser 17-9

Senior Elliot Grow Puts A Goal In As Time Expires

Senior Elliot Grow Puts A Goal In As Time Expires

Saturday afternoon at the University Fields on BYU Campus. The game featured two of the top 5 teams from this past season, and lived up to its billing.

 BYU came out of the gates strong as Senior Elliot Grow made a cross field pass to Sophomore Tyson Poole who stuck his shot in the top left corner of the goal to take the 1-0 lead. BYU would keep the pressure on as Sophomore Ted Ferrin and Sophomore Kent Mann would each find the back of the net before Poole found the net again to give the Cougars an early 4-0 lead.

“This week in practice and before the game we talked about starting fast,” said Senior Taylor Redd. “We came out firing and put the pressure on them early. It set the tone for the rest of the game.”

The Cougars would add to their lead before the end of the first quarter. Sophomore Jacob Houghton found Mann on the crease who put away his second goal of the game, and Senior Chris West found the back of the net off the next face-off to give the Cougars a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

“We couldn’t have been more happy with the first quarter,” said Assistant Coach Jordan Harris. “But coming out of that first quarter we knew Simon Fraser was going to make a run. It wasn’t going to come easy all game, and we expected Simon Fraser to come out strong in the second.”

Simon Fraser did come out strong, getting on the board just 40 seconds into the second quarter as Senior Adam Foss ran past two defenders and put one past Senior goalie Will Hilton. Simon Fraser added two more unanswered goals to cut the Cougar lead in half.

With only 8 seconds left on the clock, BYU Head Coach Matt Schneck called timeout to set up a play to try and add to their lead before halftime. Assistant Coach Josh Austin helped craft a last second effort to put the Cougars on the board during the second quarter.  After the timeout, Grow took the ball and drove to the goal and stuck a diving shot that beat the clock by 2 seconds to break the scoreless streak and give the Cougars a 7-3 lead going into half.

“It’s fantastic to have so many offensive weapons like Elliot Grow to choose from,” said  Schneck.  “He is a leader both on and off the field and represents everything you would hope for in a returning 4 year starter.  We needed to put something on the board after a tough second quarter and if that meant calling a time out with 8 seconds left to put something together, so be it. It’s not always going to go your way, this time it did.  We are developing new habits and new traditions with this team and it all begins with how we respect our time on the field.”

Coming out of halftime Simon Fraser again cut into the Cougars lead on a quick goal off of the opening face-off. Junior Dan Cole answered right back for the Cougars as he won the next face-off and took the ball all the way around the cage and wrapped a shot around the Simon Fraser keeper. The Cougars and Clan would trade goals the rest of the quarter to end the third quarter with BYU up on Simon Fraser 11-7.

The fourth quarter would start the same as the third, with Simon Fraser cutting into the BYU lead with a quick goal to bring the Clan within three. Grow would answer for the Cougars, followed by another Simon Fraser goal. The rest of the quarter would belong to Cougars as they added five unanswered goals to end the game. Mann added his third goal of the game on a put-back after a loose ball in front of the Simon Fraser goal. Freshmen Zach Jordan, Mike Fabrizio, and Zach Hansen each added goals during the run.

“It was nice to end the game the way we started.” said Harris. “We know we have a lot we still need to work on. There were a lot of little mistakes today that we need to correct, and that’s why we play fall ball. The effort is important regardless of when the games are, and the guys brought that all day.”

The Cougars continue their fall ball campaign next Friday against local rival Utah Valley University. The game will be held at 4:00 PM at Utah Valley University.


Colorado Lacrosse Showcase: University Of Denver Men’s Lacrosse And MLL Denver Outlaws Face-Off On Oct. 24 At Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium (Video)

The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team and Major League Lacrosse’s Denver Outlaws will face-off for the first time in the inaugural Colorado Lacrosse Showcase on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m.at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on the DU campus.

Western College Men’s Lacrosse: Western Washington Men’s Lacrosse Prepares For Tough 2009-2010 Season In The Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) Division II

western washiington lacrosse“Burn the boats!” is an expression Viking warriors would use upon arrival at an enemy’s shoreline. The Vikings would burn their own boats, making a statement that they were either going to enjoy victory or fight their hearts out in defeat.

Its also a motto the 2009 men’s lacrosse club team has adopted, as they have big plans for the upcoming season.

The 2008 club lacrosse team had an outstanding season last year. The Vikings went 4-0 and won the Northern Conference Division II regular season title last year, but their storybook season came to an end due to a tough one-point loss to Western Oregon University in the playoffs.

First-year head coach Avram Feld said this year they are hungry, revamped and ready to win a national championship.

The Vikings play in the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) Division II with schools such as Central Washington University, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Puget Sound and Whitman College.  The lacrosse team is not limited to those opponents; they also compete against larger Division-1 schools such as the University of Washington and Simon Fraser University.

Only a few starters, such as Russ Chiupka and James DeBoer, who have since graduated, were lost from the Vikings 2008 roster. The men’s team will enjoy the return of Western seniors Cody Bludorn and club President Adam Extine, who are two returning All-Americans.

Extine, who has played all of his four years at Western, said he cannot wait to get the season started.

 “We’ve totally elevated the status of a club experience,” Extine said. “You really get a lot out of the joining the club, it feels like a Division I team. Road trips and bonding with the guys is the best part of the season.”

This season will be Feld’s first leading the Vikings. Feld was a player and coach last year and said he is excited to take the Vikings all the way to the top.

“We have pretty high goals this year,” Feld said. “We had a great season last year and lost to the eventual playoff champs, Western Oregon University. We’re aiming for a national championship this year and have the guys to do it.”

Bludorn said there are many great reasons to join the lacrosse team this year. Beside the high expectations and elevated level of competition players enjoy, he said it is a great way to meet friends and a good way to stay in shape.

“We’re a tight knit team; it’s a big family,” Bludorn said. “We do a lot of things together and make lifelong friendships. You’ll do something you love or learn to love.”

Feld has his own opinions of why potential recruits should join the team.

“It’s a great group of guys,” Feld said. “It’s not as big of a time commitment as a varsity sport, and it’s really booming in popularity.”

Western sophomore Sven Sundee has played for the Vikings for two years and said he loves the competitive atmosphere.

“I played all through high school and love the game; it’s a lot of fun,” Sundee said. “My favorite part of the season is at the end when you’re working for a championship cause you’re really working hard for something.”

Bludorn said the game has many aspects that draw people to it. He said it is a fast-paced game and rarely has dull moments.

“I love the speed of the game,” Bludorn said. “It’s really fast paced, there’s a lot of action on both sides of the field, that’s what attracted me to it.”

Lacrosse is not only a game of speed and quickness. Extine prefers the physicality that is involved.

“I’m really into checking people,” Extine said. “I enjoy the physical aspect the most.”

Feld said the growth of the sport has grown drastically over the last decade.

He said lacrosse has a major connection to the East Coast, but the love for the game has spread rapidly around the country.

While the 2009 Vikings said they are poised for a championship run, there are several keys to having successful season.

“Everyone has to buy into the system and commit to the program,” Extine said. “Togetherness is key and we need to help each other out.”

The Vikings do not officially start their season until the end of January, but their practices are now well under way. The men’s lacrosse team starts play with a home match against the University of Washington Jan. 29.


Lacrosse Commercials: Casey Powell Stars In Hilarious New Bud Light Commercial (Video)

Bud Light Lacrosse Commercial featuring Casey Powell….