Daily Archives: October 23, 2009

College Women’s Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Announces Challenging 2010 Schedule That Includes Northwestern, Syracuse And Maryland

Stanford LacrosseStanford women’s lacrosse coach Amy Bokker announced the 2010 schedule on Tuesday. The schedule includes nine home games to be played at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium as well as a difficult road schedule.

Date                                     Opponent                      Location                Time 

10/03/09                         Harvard                          Boston, Mass.      8:30 a.m. PT                                              Massachusetts              Boston, Mass.      10:50 a.m. PT10/04/09                         Boston University       Boston, Mass.      6:10 a.m. PT                                              Boston College              Boston, Mass.      8:30 a.m. PT                                              New Hampshire            Boston, Mass.      9:40 a.m. PT10/17/09                          UC Davis                         Stanford, Calif.    10:00 a.m. PT                                               Saint Mary’s *               Stanford, Calif.      1:00 p.m. PT10/18/09                          Saint Mary’s                   Berkeley, Calif.      8:45 a.m. PT                                               Fresno State                  Berkeley, Calif.     10:15 a.m. PT                                               California                        Berkeley, Calif.     12:30 p.m. PT                                               UC Davis                          Berkeley, Calif.       2:00 p.m. PT10/25/09                          California                        Davis, Calif.               9:50 a.m. PT                                               UC Davis                          Davis, Calif.             12:50 p.m. PT                                               Saint Mary’s                   Davis, Calif.              2:10 p.m. PT                                               Fresno State                  Davis, Calif.              3:30 p.m. PT

01/31/10                           Cal Playday                    Berkeley, Calif.          All Day

02/19/10                           LeMoyne                         Syracuse, N.Y.       10:00 a.m. PT02/21/10                           Syracuse                          Syracuse, N.Y.       10:00 a.m. PT02/26/10                           Northwestern                Stanford, Calif.        4:00 p.m. PT02/28/10                           Ohio State                        Stanford, CA            1:00 p.m. PT03/04/10                           Davidson                         Stanford, CA            4:00 p.m. PT03/07/10                           Vanderbilt                     Stanford, CA             1:00 p.m. PT03/22/10                            Cincinnati                      Stanford, CA             1:00 p.m. PT03/25/10                            Maryland                       College Park, Md.    4:00 p.m. PT03/27/10                            Towson                           Towson, Md.             10:00 a.m. PT03/31/10                             Hofstra                            Stanford, CA             6:00 p.m. PT04/02/10                            Fesno State *                 Fresno, Calif.            7:00 p.m. PT04/04/10                            California *                     Berkeley, Calif.        1:00 p.m. PT04/11/10                             Denver                             Denver, Colo.           12:00 p.m. PT04/16/10                             Oregon *                          Stanford, Calif.        6:00 p.m. PT04/18/10                             Saint Mary’s *                Stanford, Calif.        1:00 p.m. PT04/25/10                             UC Davis *                      Stanford, Calif.         1:00 p.m. PT04/29/10                             MPSF Championships Denver, Colo. TBA04/30/10                             MPSF Championships Denver, Colo. TBA05/01/10                             MPSF Championships Denver, Colo. TBA05/02/10                             MPSF Championships Denver, Colo. TBA

The Stanford women will play a challenging schedule that includes five teams from last year’s NCAA tournament. They will open their home season against the defending national champion, Northwestern, on Feb. 26.

Last season the Cardinal finished 14-4 and won its fifth consecutive MPSF title, but were not selected for the NCAA tournament. In 2010, they will look to continue to raise the reputation of West Coast lacrosse as they seek their second NCAA bid in program history and first since 2006.

In addition to Northwestern, the Cardinal will face returning tournament teams Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Maryland and Towson. Vanderbilt will travel to Stanford on Sunday, March 7, but the Cardinal will have to face the other three opponents on the road.

The difficulty of the schedule should allow Stanford to prove they belong in the NCAA tournament if they can beat some of the nation’s top teams.

Conference play begins Friday, April 2, when they travel to the Central Valley to face Fresno State. A week later they face Bay Area rival, California, also on the road. The home conference season opens Friday, April 16, when Oregon comes to town. Saint Mary’s and UC Davis make up the rest of the home conference schedule.

Stanford will seek its sixth consecutive MPSF tournament title beginning Thursday, April 29. This season the University of Denver will host the competition.

NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse: Lacrosse Loses An Average Of $640,000 Per School As Football And Basketball Are Only Profitable Sports

NCAA Men's Lacrosse(From Wall Street Journal Article)

Whenever the NCAA issues a report documenting the net revenue of sports across the country, there are always two inevitabilities: Football and basketball make gobs of money, while almost everything else is in the red.

Costly Competition

Here are the median revenues for collegiate sports in schools that have major football programs.

Football +$1,950,00
Basketball +$518,000
Baseball -$709,000
Track & Field, Cross Country -$657,000
Lacrosse -$640,000
Ice Hockey -$605,000
Soccer -$583,000
Swimming -$545,000
Wrestling -$518,000
Gymnastics -$418,000

Source: NCAA

 You name it, and colleges lose money on it. In a list examining the athletic departments of 119 Division I schools, 15 of the 17 men’s sports the NCAA examined lost money. Baseball and track and field were the most costly, and even fencing had a median loss of $114,000. Only basketball and football were profitable, but they don’t bring in enough cash to offset the money-draining volleyball and wrestling teams of the world.

The combined annual profit for football and basketball (using median figures) was about $2.5 million. But if you take the median profits of every sport the NCAA documented, the typical athletic program lost almost $4 million. (And that doesn’t include women’s sports—all 19 the NCAA examined lost money, including basketball.)

Baseball teams are a particularly substantial financial drain largely because these programs offer nearly as many scholarships as basketball and travel as much as football teams. Another major problem is attendance. Some of the most prestigious football programs welcome 100,000-plus fans to home games. Meanwhile, last year when San Diego State had pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg—the No. 1 pick in the 2009 MLB Draft and widely considered one of the best prospects ever—the team averaged 1,012 fans per game. That’s not to mention television contracts. Major networks aren’t exactly lining up to broadcast the national gymnastics championships.

But in the end, if your basketball and football teams rake in wins, your school will rake in cash. The Florida Gators’ cross-country and swimming teams, among others, lost $4.6 million last year. Football and basketball? They pulled in a gaudy $49.4 million.


Western College Women’s Lacrosse: Denver Women’s Lacrosse Announces 2010 Schedule Which Includes Duke, North Carolina and Stanford

denver lacrosseThe University of Denver women’s lacrosse team will play nine of 17 games at Barton Lacrosse Stadium in addition to hosting the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament, DU head coach Liza Kelly announced today.

Date                            Day                  Opponent                Location  

Jan. 29                        Fri.                    St. Mary’s           Moraga, Calif. 

Jan. 31                        Sun.                 Cal Play-day       Berkeley, Calif.

Feb. 12                       Fri.                   Duke                      Durham, N.C.

Feb. 14                       Sun.                 UNC                   Chapel Hill, N.C. 

Feb. 18                       Thurs.             Stony Brook      Barton Stadium

Feb. 22                       Mon.               Duquesne           Barton Stadium

Feb. 28                       Sun.            Mt. St. Mary’s          Barton

Mar. 3                         Wed.               Loyola                   Barton Stadium

Mar. 6                         Sat.                  Holy Cross           Barton Stadium 

Mar. 20                       Sat.                  Rutgers              Barton Stadium

Mar. 26                       Fri.                    George Mason     Washington, D.C.

Mar. 28                       Sun.                 Albany                  College Park, Md.

Apr. 2                          Fri.                    California              Berkeley, Calif.

Apr. 9                          Fri.                   UC Davis           Barton Stadium 

Apr. 11                        Sun.                 Stanford                Barton Stadium

Apr. 17                        Sat.                  Fresno State         Barton Stadium 

Apr. 24                        Sat.                  Oregon             Eugene, Ore.

Apr. 29-May 2 Thurs.-Sun.           MPSF Championship      Barton Stadium 

May 8                         Sat.                  Play in Game (A-10 Champion @ MPSF Champion)

May 16                       Sun.                 First Round NCAA Tournament           TBA

May 22                       Sat.                  Second Round NCAA Tournament      TBA   

May 28-30                 Fri-Sun            Final Four NCAA Tournament     Towson, Md.          TBA


Denver will face four of the nation’s top ranked teams from last season: North Carolina (fourth in the NCAA in 2009), Duke (fifth), Stanford (13th) and Loyola (18th). Additionally, the winner of the MPSF Tournament in Denver will face the Atlantic-10 champion for a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

 “We have created a challenging schedule that should help our young team develop as we head into the MPSF Tournament,” Kelly said.

 The Pioneers open the season with four straight on the road, beginning at St. Mary’s (Jan. 29) and in Berkeley, Calif., for Cal-Play Day (Jan. 31).

 Denver then takes on two of the nation’s toughest teams when DU heads to Duke (Feb. 12), which finished fifth last season after falling in an overtime thriller to Penn in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals, and the University of North Carolina (Feb. 14), which played in the national championship game last year.

Denver return home for six straight at Barton Lacrosse Stadium against Stony Brook (Feb. 18), Duquesne (Feb. 22), Mount St. Mary’s (Feb. 28), Loyola (March 3), Holy Cross (March 6) and Rutgers (March 20).

 After another road swing, DU returns home for three final regular season home games against UC Davis (April 9), Stanford (April 11) and Fresno State (April 17).

 DU will host the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament at Barton Lacrosse Stadium on April 29-May 2. The winner of the MPSF title will play the Atlantic-10 champion for an NCAA Tournament bid.

 The Pioneers return 23 players from the 2009 squad, including All-MPSF honoree Ali Flury (Arnold, Md.) and MPSF Co-Newcomer of the Year Ashley Harman (Boyertown, Pa.). DU finished the 2009 season with a 10-8 overall record and went 4-2 in the MPSF.

Western Collegiate Lacrosse League: 2010 Preseason Rankings Have Cal Poly SLO Men’s Lacrosse Ranked #1


Division I:

  1. Cal Poly SLO (6) 69
  2. Sonoma State 60
  3. California (1) 57
  4. Stanford 49
  5. Santa Clara 42
  6. Chico State 37
  7. UC Davis 29

Division II:

  1. UC Santa Cruz (6) 69
  2. Saint Mary’s (1) 60
  3. San Jose State 57
  4. Nevada 50
  5. Pacific 39
  6. Humboldt State 36
  7. UC Merced 32

Lacrosse Skills: Major League Lacrosse Defenseman Joe Cinosky Demonstrates “Ding-Dong Check”

From Lacrosse Magazine’s “Your Edge” series, Toronto Nationals and U.S. training team defenseman Joe Cinosky takes Kevin Buchanan’s candy with a ding-dong check.