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Major League Lacrosse Profile: Denver Outlaws Defenseman Brett Hughes Plays All-Star Level Lacrosse And Co-Founded “Lacrosse The Nations” To Bring Lacrosse And Hope To Impoverished Countries


Brett Hughes earned an All-Star selection in 2008, as well as two MLL Defensive Player of the Week Awards, the second of which was earned after holding Rochester's John Grant Jr. without a goal for the first time in his career in an August, 2007 game.

Brett Hughes earned an All-Star selection in 2008, as well as two MLL Defensive Player of the Week Awards, the second of which was earned after holding Rochester's John Grant Jr. without a goal for the first time in his career in an August, 2007 game.

(From OurSportsCentral Article)

Brett Hughes of the Denver Outlaws has always been determined.

Suffering injuries sustained during his senior season at Virginia, Hughes was forced to take a year off from the sport of lacrosse before entering the League, and yet he was the first overall pick in the 2005 MLL Supplemental Draft and has become one of the League’s top defenseman.

It should come as no surprise to those who know him best that Brett Hughes would never let anything derail his dreams. Sports have long been a part of this Ohio native’s life. In addition to lacrosse, Hughes was a standout football player who could have just as easily pursued life on the gridiron over life on the lacrosse field. Hughes readily admits that his involvement in sports has had one of the greatest influences on his life.

“I think anyone who is where I am now knows that sports have taught them more than anything else in life,” says Brett. “The life lessons from football will always stick with me, and my freshman football coach, Nick Roman, will forever be a guide to me, even though he passed away around the week we won the NCAA Championship at UVA. I learned discipline from football, I learned teamwork from lacrosse, and the importance of doing your job as best you can with no ego attached. That’s why I play the way I do.”

And it’s the way that Brett Hughes plays the game that earned him an All-Star selection in 2008, as well as two MLL Defensive Player of the Week Awards, the second of which was earned after holding Rochester’s John Grant Jr. without a goal for the first time in his career in an August, 2007 game. Prior to that meeting, Grant had successfully scored in 48 consecutive MLL games.

And yet, despite the on-field accolades, it may be off the field where Hughes is having the greatest impact.

Lacrosse the Nations

Brett Hughes Lacrosse the NationsEarlier this year, Hughes became the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Lacrosse the Nations, an organization which aims to use the universal language of sport, lacrosse in this case, to bring hope and encouragement to children living in some of the most impoverished and underserved areas of the globe.

Lacrosse the Nations was founded in January, 2009 with co-founder Brad Corrigan, and coincided with Brett’s first trip to Managua, Nicaragua.

“My first trip to La Chureca came with the thought of Lacrosse the Nations and seeing what we could do with lacrosse in a community like this one in Managua,” says Brett. “We knew we wanted to bring lacrosse to this community but what it looked like, and what would come after it was what we needed to find out. Brad Corrigan is a beast for communities all over the world and fights for so many people with his music (www.braddigan.com) and just with his personality and heart…”

Corrigan, a former Middlebury lacrosse player, had discovered the “trash dump community” of La Chureca several years earlier, a place where many families live and work amidst piles of garbage, and had long been interested in bringing the sport of lacrosse there in order to share the joy and hope of the sport with the children of this area.

So in January, Lacrosse the Nations made the trek to Managua to spend a week sharing the sport that they all love with their friends in the community.

“[O]ur expectations were simple,” Brett says of that outing. “Let’s go bring the noise on this community, bring the joy we get in the states from this game and allow the kids of the trash dump to enjoy it with us.”

But the trip in January was not just a onetime event. Lacrosse the Nations has traveled to La Chureca three times this year, once as part of the Day of Light concerts that Brad conducts, and twice more to play lacrosse and perhaps more importantly, to build relationships within the community.

“It isn’t enough to just stop in and leave,” notes Brett. “You need to become part of the community to really help identify the things that can and should be changed and then also have the relationships to have the change continue when we do head back to the States. Dropping in and leaving is not what Lacrosse the Nations is about…we are ready to fight for the communities we are in.”

Brett notes that you often have to forget what you think you know.

“What we think is normal or stressful in our lives does not exist down there, as they have simple needs that are not met daily. How can they worry about credit card debt or if they have new shoes, when they are focused on what to eat for lunch?”

By provided a constructive and creative outlet, Lacrosse the Nations hopes to give families another option to time spent working in the dumps or submitting to the many vices that unfortunately are all too abundant in an area such as this.

“We enforce school, family, teamwork, and above all else love, which is what this community needs from outsiders,” Brett stresses. “Not exploitation, but people who want to listen to them, learn from them, and share a damn good time together.

And while there is much work to be done in these communities, it is not a hopeless situation.

“I think that this community (La Chureca) has the most incredible way to find joy in life than any other I have ever seen. That’s what makes this so powerful,” Brett explains. “There is obviously a lot that needs to be changed, but the hearts are something these people have in abundance.”

A Qmmunity Star

It was a friend of his at ESPN RISE, where Brett works covering and promoting the sport of high school lacrosse, who nominated the defenseman as a Star in the Qdoba Qmmunity contest, which allows people to nominate a person who has made a real difference in their community. QDoba will donate $5,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice, and Brett has selected The V Foundation as his charity.

In 1993, Coach Jim Valvano announced the creation of The V Foundation for Cancer Research, during a moving and emotional speech during the ESPY Awards.

“I have loved the Jimmy V foundation since I heard his speech, and it’s been a goal to get involved,” says Brett. He realizes that this is a special opportunity that he has no intention of wasting.

“If I have the platform to help us as a unified lacrosse community help others, then game on. Let’s do it!”

The coming year brings both challenges and excitement for Brett and his Lacrosse the Nations crew. Their certification as 501(c)3 non-profit organization should be coming shortly, and they are preparing to embark on some major fundraising and will bring their first “projects” to the lacrosse world. And all of that is in addition to his “day job” at ESPN RISE, where his goal is to continue to spread the game at the high school level. A trip to Europe is also is the works.

“I’ve never been, so anyone with ideas for what to do in Germany and England, let me know!”

Unfortunately, Hughes was plagued by injuries this past year and missed the majority of the 2009 MLL season with the Outlaws. However, he is excited to be taking the field along with several of his Outlaws teammates this coming weekend at the Colorado Lacrosse Showcase. On Saturday, October 24 at 1: 00PM MT, Brett Hughes and the rest of the Denver Outlaws squad will face-off against the University of Denver men’s lacrosse team, coached by Bill Tierney. A youth clinic will also be held prior to the game at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on the campus of the University of Denver.

No doubt that his teammates will be happy to have Brett Hughes on the field alongside them once again.

“My coaches always wanted someone who was going to do their job, who never gets tired of just doing the “right” thing, and that’s how I have molded my game and life around. I’ll never be a sexy defender,” he jokes. “But I’ll also always do my job. I think we can bring that mentality to communities… just doing the “right” thing for your family and being part of a team is huge when trying to lift up a community.”

The top five finalists in the Qdoba Qmmunity contest, according to number of votes received, will be presented to a panel, and the winner will be selected from that group of five. Currently, Brett is in sixth place overall in total votes received.

Each time you vote, or use the Qdoba Qmmunity tools to share your nominee’s story via social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, Qdoba will donate $1 to Starlight Children’s Foundation (up to $25,000).

Voting ends at 11:50 PM MT on November 1, 2009.

To vote for Brett and to read more about his nomination, please visit http://www.qdobaqmmunity.com/Nominee/id/103/Brett__Hughes.

To find out how you can help Lacrosse the Nations, please visit their website at http://lacrossethenations.org

To learn more about The V Foundation, please visit http://www.jimmyv.org/

http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3919464

College Lacrosse Recruiting: The Importance Of The Campus Visit (Victory Collegiate Consulting)


What additional information should I looking for on the campus visit? 

Keep your eyes and ears wide open and pay close attention to the tone of the environment. Watch closely to how the team interacts with the coaching staff and vice versa. Are the kids happy? Do they seem enthusiastic about being part of the program? Do the administrators respond with care and enthusiasm to your questions? Are the admissions representatives sincere in their general excitement and pride as a college representative? Take the entire trip “in” and by the end of your stay, you will have a strong feeling in your heart about the general “tone” of the college environment. 

  Tom Kovic

Victory Collegiate Consulting

Western College Women’s Lacrosse: Fresno State Women’s Lacrosse Announces Challenging 2010 Schedule Which Includes Maryland, Navy And Stanford


Fresno_State Womens Lacrosse logoSATURDAY FEBRUARY 6       *FRESNO MEN’S CLUB TEAM
SATURDAY FEBRURY 20         ALUMNI GAME (H) 1:00 PM/PT
FRIDAY FEBRURY 26                         LASALLE (A) 7:00 PM / EST
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28                    VILLANOVA (A) 1:00 PM / EST
WEDNESDAY MARCH 3                     CENTRAL CT. (A) 4:00 PM / EST
FRIDAY MARCH 5                                UMBC (A) 7:00 PM / EST
SUNDAY MARCH 7                              NAVY (A) 10:00 AM / EST
THURSDAY MARCH 11                DETRIOT MERCY (H) 4:00 PM / PT
FRIDAY MARCH 19                        IONA (H) 7:00 PM / PT
TUESDAY MARCH 23                   CINCINNATI (H) 7:00 PM / PT
FRIDAY APRIL 2                              STANFORD (H) 7:00 PM / PT
SUNDAY APRIL 4                            OREGON (H) 12:00 NOON / PT
WEDNESDAY APRIL 7                        ST. MARY’S (A) 4:00 PM / PT
SATURDAY APRIL 17                         DENVER (A) 1:00 PM / MT
FRIDAY APRIL 23                           UC DAVIS (H) 3:30 PM / PT
SUNDAY APRIL 25                               CAL (A) 1:00 PM / PT

MPSF CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS @ DENVER:

THURSDAY APRIL 29, 2010 / QUARTERFINALS
FRIDAY APRIL 30, 2010 / SEMIFINALS
SUNDAY MAY 2, 2010 / CHAMPIONSHIP

Last year the Fresno State women’s lacrosse team had only three home games but still led the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in attendance. For 2010 the Bulldogs have doubled their home games to six along with playing exciting nonconference games on the East coast.

“We are excited for the 2010 season,” Fresno State coach Sue Behme said. “It is nice to have the ability to schedule six home game in comparison to last season’s three home games. We are excited that our great fans and our community will have the opportunity to see so many lacrosse games in Bulldog Stadium. Our support is unbelievable.”

The Bulldogs open the season on February 26 at LaSalle and play their home opener on March 11 against the University of Detroit. That starts a stretch of five straight home games where the Dogs play Iona on March 19, Cincinnati on March 23, Stanford on April 2 and Oregon on April 4. The final home game is against UC Davis April 23. The final four home games are all conference games.

The Bulldogs open the season playing back East for two weeks as they play at LaSalle (Feb. 26), Villanova (Feb. 28), Central Connecticut (March 3), UMBC (March 5) and Navy (March 7).

“I think our non-conference games prepare us well for our MPSF Conference games against, Stanford, Cal, Oregon, Denver, St. Mary’s and UC Davis,” Behme said. “We are fortunate to have some really great teams traveling to Fresno to play from all over the country. This is beginning of many great things to come. Our number one goal is to stay focused on one game at a time whether it be on the road or at home.”

The road games in league are against Saint Mary’s (April 7), Denver (April 17) and Cal (April 25).

The people of the Central Valley will have a unique opportunity to become familiar with the sport of lacrosse on Feb. 6 when the Bulldogs will scrimmage the Fresno Men’s Club team.

The game will be played with women’s lacrosse rules and provide fans an opportunity to see what men’s lacrosse looks like.

“This is a unique opportunity for Fresno State lacrosse to support the lacrosse community here in Fresno and the Central Valley,” Behme said. “It provides us with an opportunity to promote both women’s and men’s lacrosse. As a coaching staff, we are looking for a great turn-out so that we have the opportunity to educate the community while the game is in progress and after the game.” The Bulldogs will also play an Alumni game on Feb. 28.

http://www.gobulldogs.com/sports/w-lacros/fres-w-lacros-body.html

NO NAME HT/WT POS/EVENT(S) Year/Class Hometown High School
32 Aguilar, Diana 5-5 GK SR Keyes, Calif. Pitman High School
14 Badali, Paula 5-7 MF/Att. FR Poway, Calif. Poway
18 Cross, Amanda 5-6 MF/Att. FR Danville, Calif. San Ramon Valley
17 Ferrell, Amira 5-8 MF/D SR Bakersfield, Calif. Foothill High School
2 Fiehler, Taylor 5-2 MF FR Valley Center, Calif. Valley Center
23 Gehring, Krisdina 5-9 D SR Turlock, Calif. Turlock High School
13 Harrington, Natalie 5-5 MF FR Oregon City, Ore. Oregon City
1 Jack, Heather 5-3 Att JR Las Vegas, Nev. Palo Verde High School
11 Martinson, Kasandra 5-5 D JR Redwood Valley, Calif. Ukiah High School
20 Natale, Lauren 5-4 MF FR Acworth, Ga. Harrison
4 Rawlings, Alexis 5-6 MF/Att. FR Caste Rock, Colo. Regis Jesuit HS
10 Rose, Jennifer 5-3 MF SO Fresno, Calif. Fresno Christian
12 Rose, Michelle 5-3 MF SO Fresno, Calif. Fresno Christian
5 Ross, Jennifer 5-2 MF FR Livermore, Calif. Granada HS
6 Seidman, Callie 5-5 MF SO Temecula, Calif. Temecula Valley High School
21 Smith, Jennifer 5-9 MF/Att. SR Pleasanton, Calif. Foothill High School
3 Swalwell, Vanessa 5-5 MF FR San Diego, Calif. Cathedral Catholic
7 Trisko, Melissa 5-4 MF/D FR Danville, Calif. Monte Vista
24 Walker, Sophie 5-5 D/MF FR Lutherville, MD Mercy
19 Weber, Sara 5-4 MF FR Coto de Caza Tesoro
25 Weeks, Sarah 5-6 MF/D FR San Ramon, Calif. California
27 Wilbur, Katie 5-8 GK FR Canandaigua, N.Y. Canandaigua Academy
16 Wolford, Margaret 5-10 Att/MF FR Columbus, Ohio Worthington Kilbourne
9 Zachariades, Allie 5-3 MF/Att. SO Pleasanton, Calif. Amador Valley High School
Coaches
Sue Behme – Head Coach
Carlee Buck – Assistant Coach
Lindsay Gotham – Assistant Coach
Aja Scheuber – Volunteer Assistant Coach
Numerical
NO NAME HT/WT POS/EVENT(S) Year/Class Hometown High School
1 Jack, Heather 5-3 Att JR Las Vegas, Nev. Palo Verde High School
2 Fiehler, Taylor 5-2 MF FR Valley Center, Calif. Valley Center
3 Swalwell, Vanessa 5-5 MF FR San Diego, Calif. Cathedral Catholic
4 Rawlings, Alexis 5-6 MF/Att. FR Caste Rock, Colo. Regis Jesuit HS
5 Ross, Jennifer 5-2 MF FR Livermore, Calif. Granada HS
6 Seidman, Callie 5-5 MF SO Temecula, Calif. Temecula Valley High School
7 Trisko, Melissa 5-4 MF/D FR Danville, Calif. Monte Vista
9 Zachariades, Allie 5-3 MF/Att. SO Pleasanton, Calif. Amador Valley High School
10 Rose, Jennifer 5-3 MF SO Fresno, Calif. Fresno Christian
11 Martinson, Kasandra 5-5 D JR Redwood Valley, Calif. Ukiah High School
12 Rose, Michelle 5-3 MF SO Fresno, Calif. Fresno Christian
13 Harrington, Natalie 5-5 MF FR Oregon City, Ore. Oregon City
14 Badali, Paula 5-7 MF/Att. FR Poway, Calif. Poway
16 Wolford, Margaret 5-10 Att/MF FR Columbus, Ohio Worthington Kilbourne
17 Ferrell, Amira 5-8 MF/D SR Bakersfield, Calif. Foothill High School
18 Cross, Amanda 5-6 MF/Att. FR Danville, Calif. San Ramon Valley
19 Weber, Sara 5-4 MF FR Coto de Caza Tesoro
20 Natale, Lauren 5-4 MF FR Acworth, Ga. Harrison
21 Smith, Jennifer 5-9 MF/Att. SR Pleasanton, Calif. Foothill High School
23 Gehring, Krisdina 5-9 D SR Turlock, Calif. Turlock High School
24 Walker, Sophie 5-5 D/MF FR Lutherville, MD Mercy
25 Weeks, Sarah 5-6 MF/D FR San Ramon, Calif. California
27 Wilbur, Katie 5-8 GK FR Canandaigua, N.Y. Canandaigua Academy
32 Aguilar, Diana 5-5 GK SR Keyes, Calif. Pitman High School
Coaches
Sue Behme – Head Coach
Carlee Buck – Assistant Coach
Lindsay Gotham – Assistant Coach
Aja Scheuber – Volunteer Assistant Coach

Lacrosse Skills: Kyle Harrison And Joe Walters Compete In Lacrosse Target Contest (Video)


Kyle and Joe are at a school in Maryland in a target game of LAX. Like playing “horse” in basketball, here is a contest to see who can shoot the best.

Team USA Men’s Lacrosse: Maryland Men’s Lacrosse Vs. Team USA Lacrosse At 2009 Navy Fall Ball Exhibition (Video)


Team USA Lacrosse v. University of Maryland in a fall exhibition match