Monthly Archives: November 2009

Western College Lacrosse: Oregon Women’s Lacrosse Signs Nine Recruits From Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio And California

University of Oregon head women’s lacrosse coach Jen Larsen has signed nine prep athletes to National Letters of Intent. The future Ducks will formally join the program for the 2010-11 academic year.

Maryland continues to be a recruiting hotbed for UO with four of the players hailing from the Old Line state. California is represented by a pair of Triple Threat LAX club players, and Larsen and her staff also tapped into Colorado, New Jersey and Ohio.

The Ducks begin the sixth season in program history on Feb. 13, 2010 at Jacksonville (FL). Oregon’s first home game is slated for Feb. 21 vs. St. Bonaventure at Pape Field.

Kelsi Anderson • A/M • Littleton, CO • Mullen HS • Team 180
HIGH SCHOOL – A senior at Mullen High School in Denver, Colorado…A four-year letterwinner in Lacrosse for the Mustangs…As a freshman was voted Most Improved Player by her teammates…Selected to Team Colorado in 2007…In 2008, was selected to the all-Centennial League second team…Top goal scorer on the team as a sophomore…As a junior made the all-Centennial League first team…Attack award in 2009…National team nomination…Fifth-leading scorer in the state…Plays club Lacrosse for Team 180…Academic accolades include: Spanish honors award (2007).

Jessica Esteban • A/M • Alamo, CA • San Ramon Valley HS • Triple Threat LAX
HIGH SCHOOL – A senior at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, Calif…As a sophomore, led the team with 60 goals and 15 assists…San Ramon Valley HS Most Valuable Player for 2008…First-team all-East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) as an attacker her sophomore year…In 2009, led the Wolves with 82 goals and 29 assists…Named team MVP for the second consecutive year as a junior…Second-team all-EBAL as an attacker under head coach Mark Elliott…2009 SandStorm all-Tournament team…Plays club Lacrosse for Triple Threat LAX…Academic accolades include: NCS distinguished scholastic team (2007, ’08, &’09), 4.0 GPA in Spring of ’09.

Caroline Federighi • GK • Pleasanton, CA • Amador Valley HS • Triple Threat LAX
HIGH SCHOOL – A senior at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, Calif…Helped the Dons reach the semifinals of the North Coast Section (NCS) for the third consecutive year in 2009…Started in all 21 games as a junior, recording a save percentage of 61%…Named to the all-East Bay girls lacrosse team by the Contra Costa Times…East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) MVP…Team MVP…2009 US Lacrosse first-team All-American…US Lacrosse Academic All-American…During her sophomore season helped Amador Valley HS capture the NCS Championship, going undefeated through EBAL play…Tallied a 66% goals saved percentage…Competed in the US Lacrosse women’s division national tournament in Baltimore, MD…Academic accolades include: NCA Scholar Athlete Award (’07, ’08, & ’09), AVHS Principals List for a 4.0 GPA (’07, ’08, & ’09), California Scholarship Foundation member (’07, ’08, & ’09)…Plays for Triple Threat LAX, which claimed championships in both the Galaxy Sr. Division and SandStorm tournament…In 2008, helped her club team take second place in Mid-Atlantic Sr. Division, and win the SandStorm and Surfside championships

Samantha Kiser • M • Severna Park, MD • Severna Park HS • SPlax 2010
HIGH SCHOOL – A senior at Saverna Park High School in Saverna Park, Maryland…A three-sport standout in high school lettering in lacrosse, field hockey and indoor track…As a sophomore in 2008 helped lead the Falcons to an undefeated season en route to becoming Class 4A county, regional and state champions…National School Girls Team 4 (out of 8)…In 2009, Samantha and Saverna Park HS repeated as 4A regional and state champions…Academic All-American as a junior…National School Girls Team 1 (out of 4)…Honor roll athlete (’07, ’08 & ’09)…Helped the Falcons become the 4A regional and state champions in field hockey in 2008…All-county honorable mention…As a junior lead SPHS to a repeat as 4A regional and state champions…Second-team all-county as a junior…In the 2009-2010 season, the Falcons became the 4A state champions for a third time in as many years…Lead the way accumulating first-team all-county nomination…Competed on the varsity indoor track team as a sophomore and junior…Plays club Lacrosse for SPlax 2010…Academic accolades include: National Honor Society, Student Government Association (SGA), SGA Secretary (2008-09).

Erika McCool • M/D • Moorestown, NJ • Moorestown HS • South Jersey Select
HIGH SCHOOL – A senior at Moorestown High School in Moorestown, NJ…A three-sport standout for the Quakers lettering in soccer, basketball and lacrosse…As a junior, helped lead the lacrosse program to a Burlco League title before capping the 28-1 season with a New Jersey state championship…A four-year letterwinner in soccer helped lead Moorestown to three league titles…As a sophomore was named to the all-Burlington County League second team and all-South Jersey Group III as a goalkeeper…South Jersey Group III champions…Voted most dedicated to the team as a sophomore and junior…Team captain in 2009…First-team all-BCLS goalkeeper…All-South Jersey goalkeeper…All-State goalkeeper…Academic accolades include: High Honor Roll (’07, ’08, & ’09), member of the Honor and Service Society…Plays for the South Jersey Select club team.

Shannon Propst • M • Bel Air, MD • Fallston HS • Skywalkers
HIGH SCHOOL – A senior at Fallston High School in Fallston, Maryland…Two-sport letterwinner for the Cougars in lacrosse and basketball…Helped lead Fallston HS to the 2009 regional and state championships under head coach Michael McTeague…In the 2008-09 season, Shannon helped the Cougars’ women’s basketball team win the regional and state Championships…Plays club lacrosse for the Skywalkers…Academic Accolades include: National Honor Society and Spanish Honors Society.

Nicole Puszcz • M/A • Towson, MD • Maryvale Prep • Rome 2010
HIGH SCHOOL – A senior at Maryvale Preparatory School in Brooklandville, Maryland…Four-time varsity letterwinner for the Lions…Averaged 2.5 points per game as a freshman…Voted by her teammates the Most Advanced Player in 2007…Averaged 2.6 points per game as a sophomore…Scored a last-minute game-tying goal, leading to a game-winning final overtime goal to crown Maryvale Prep the Winters Mill Invitational champions…Averaged 3.5 points per game as a junior…Recognized by her teammates and coaches as the Most Outstanding Midfielder…Played organized tennis throughout high school for the Baltimore Tennis Patrons Red Team (2007, ’08 & ’09)…Plays club Lacrosse for ROME 2010.

Hannah Tack • M/A • Glenelg, MD • Glenelg HS • M&D 2010 Black
HIGH SCHOOL – A senior at Glenelg High School in Glenelg, Maryland…Three-sport letterwinner in lacrosse, indoor track and soccer…Played four years of varsity lacrosse for coach Virginia Kincaid…Helped lead the Gladiators to a Maryland state championship in 2008…Selected for the Mid-Atlantic Team #3 for women’s lacrosse divisional tournament as a sophomore…Played club Lacrosse for six years on the M&D 2010 Black Team…Won a total of 12 major tournaments, including the Evolution Games and the Vail Shoot-Out in 2009…Helped Glenelg HS win the Maryland state championship in Soccer as a sophomore in 2008…Ran indoor track throughout high school, training under speed coach Alonzo Ruffin…Hannah is a black belt in Karate.

Eve Tranchito • M/A • Cleveland Heights, OH • Cleveland Heights HS • Ohio Premier
HIGH SCHOOL – A senior at Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio…A two-sport athlete for the Tigers…Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse…Freshman of the Year in 2007…Second-team all-Region in 2008 as a sophomore…First-team all-Region as a junior…Also was named first-team all-State…Honorable mention All-American in 2009…Played four years of varsity field hockey for the Tigers…Freshman of the Year in 2006…Team MVP as a junior…Named team captain for both her junior and senior seasons…Academic accolades include: National Honor Society (NHS) (2009-10), Secretary for NHS (2009-10), Key Club Member (’07, ’08, ’09, & ’10), Key Club President (2009-10), Renaissance Shared Governance Team and Leadership Group, Honor Roll with a 4.41 GPA…Plays club Lacrosse for Ohio Premier where she was a captain in 2009…Named to the Great Lakes National first team in 2009.

Lacrosse Injuries: Women Lacrosse Players At Higher Risk Of ACL Injuries Due To Mechanics Of Jumping And Landing (Video)

Dr. Kathy Weber, M.D.,  a team physician for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls, discusses why women are more prone to ACL injuries.

Lacrosse Fundraising: HEADstrong Foundation Sponsored The 3rd Annual Nicholas Colleluori Lacrosse Festival (PA) On Oct. 10-11 (Video)

Footage from the 3rd Annual Nicholas Colleluori Lacrosse Fesitval, held at Ridley High School (PA) on October 10th & 11th, 2009.
Nicholas “Head” Colleluori was a true hero that defined the word “Relentless” in his battle against Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Nicholas was amazing person, an undersized athlete that was noted for his aggressiveness and character on the field. In his sophomore year at Hofstra University, after experiencing allergy like symptoms, he was diagnosed with Non- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a vicious type of blood cancer that affects the lymphatic system. He battled the disease relentlessly for 14 months, undergoing intense chemotherapy, radiation, a stem cell transplant, and experimental treatments.
He was a true inspiration. While sick, Nicholas counseled fellow patients and continued to workout on a regular basis. He possessed such determination and drive that while undergoing treatments he found the strength to participate in one last game in August 2006. Nicholas passed away on November 28, 2006 at the age of 21. Even though he is gone, his memory will live on forever with the HEADstrong Foundation. While Nicholas was fighting his disease he created the HEADstrong Foundation, it was his vision to share his illness with the public to raise cancer awareness and to help others affected by the disease.

Nick Colleluori, was a 2004 graduate of Ridley High School and Division I lacrosse player for Hofstra University. Nick may have lost his battle on November 28, 2006 but his vision has just begun.

The HEADstrong Foundation is dedicated to Nick’s life. He drew the logo as he was waiting to go into the operating room for a procedure. Because lacrosse was his passion and he can no longer carry the ball, his family and friends will carry the ball for him. Please join our effort to bring Nick’s vision to reality to promote cancer awareness, support research and help eliminate this disease.                                      

Our Mission is to generates funds for cancer research, distributes grants and assistance to survivors of blood cancer, provides financial assistance to families that are experiencing the hardships of having a sick family member, provides scholarships and grants for students with ambitions of entering the medical field.

To date the HEADstrong Foundation has raised numerous funds to carry out our mission. We are recruiting you to join Team HEADstrong in our battle for finding a cure and eliminating this disease.

To see some of the great things we are doing, please visit our website at:

Lacrosse Fundraising: Team Impact And Foothill Knights Boys Lacrosse Join The National Lacrosse League (NLL) In Raising Money For Breast Cancer Research

The Foothill High School Boys Lacrosse Team (Santa Ana, CA) was represented by eleven players as part of Team Impact, which completed the 2009 Breast Cancer 3 Day Walk For The Cure on Nov. 20-22 in San Diego, CA. Team Impact raised over $28,000 which benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research. The event brought together over 4,000 participants and raised over $9,250,000.

The National Lacrosse League is proud to announce its efforts to help "Black Out Breast Cancer" during the 2010 season. Each of the league's eleven teams will host a special-themed "Black Out Breast Cancer Night" during a home game that takes place between March 26 and April 3.

California College Lacrosse: Fresno State Women’s Lacrosse Signs Five Student-Athletes To National Letters Of Intent, Representing Ohio, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, And California

Fresno State lacrosse coach Sue Behme announced the signings of five high school seniors to National Letters of Intents during the early signing period. The five players that will join the Bulldogs for the 2011 season are Kara Concheck, Lisa Barnaba, Ashley Phillips, Briana Hetherington and Rachel Minarovich.

“This year’s recruiting class will compliment our first recruiting class very well,” Behme said. “Kara, Lisa, Ashley, Briana, and Rachel all bring tremendous athletic ability and experience to the table. Each of these student-athletes have a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and are dedicated to being the best in the classroom and on the field. They are fighters and are willing to work as hard as they can to help us move towards a MPSF Conference Championship.”

Here is a closer look at each person’s accomplishments.

Kara Concheck: Columbus, Ohio /The Wellington School
2009: First-team all-state, first-team all-region, and played for the Great Lakes Region at the 2009 National Tournament. 72 goals in her junior year in lacrosse and has been a four year starter on her basketball team.

Behme on Concheck: “Kara is a great addition to our program. She is fast, athletic, and will have the ability to develop into a great student-athlete here at Fresno State. Kara’s 6’1″ frame will bring the added height we need on the field. She played for Midwestern Force and has experience against the top players in the country.”

Lisa Barnaba: Abington, Maryland / John Carroll School
2009: Played for Mid-Atlantic Team 2 in the National Tournament and has been a four year varsity member of her high school team. In 2008, her high school team was ranked No. 1 in the nation and No. 1 in Maryland. In 2007 and 2008, her school won the IAAM “A” Conference Championship.

Behme on Barnaba: “It is exciting to have another great goalkeeper join our roster. Lisa comes from a national ranked high school team and has been very well coached. She has played with and against amazing lacrosse players. In addition to her high school experience, Lisa played for the NEMS Lacrosse Club in Maryland. I am thrilled that I have the opportunity to personally train Lisa between the pipes.”

Ashley Phillips: Amherst, New Hampshire / Souhegan High School
2009: New Hampshire D1 second-team all-state, 2009 Coaches Award, 2008 D1 State Champions with an undefeated season.

Behme on Phillips: “Ashley is coachable and athletic. She is composed and played from Granite State Elite which meshed well with high school lacrosse program. This has prepared her well for her career at Fresno State. I am excited to see Ashley develop as a student-athlete.”

Briana Hetherington: Mantua, New Jersey / Clearview Regional High School
2009 and 2008 Olympic Conference Second Team. Rookie of the Year as a freshman for her high school team. Briana played for the South Jersey Devils and has played consistently against strong competition.

Behme on Hetherington: “Briana brings a competitive fire and drive to our program. She is versatile and has the ability to develop into a strong player for us. Her energy is contagious.”

Rachel Minarovich: San Diego, California / Westview High School
In 2009, she lead Westview High School in goals and assists, was selected to North County All-League First Team, and All-CIF San Diego Section Second Team. Rachel was selected in 2008 and 2009 to play for the California Region in the National Tournament and in 2009 was selected by her team as a team captain and the Most Valuable Offensive Player.

Behme on Minarovich: “Rachel is aggressive and determined. She is has the drive to excel on and off the field. I am very excited to see Rachel develop here at Fresno State.”

Lacrosse Skills And Training: Lacrosse Goalie Balance And Fitness Training From Rashad Devoe

For those goalkeepers who are not interested in expanding waistlines this Thanksgiving, Lacrosse Magazine strength and conditioning coach Rashad Devoe has a few tips to work on your balance and fitness.

California College Lacrosse: Notre Dame De Namur Announces 2010 Schedule Which Includes 11 NCAA Div. II Games

The Notre Dame de Namur lacrosse team and Head Coach Stephen Dini have announced their schedule for the upcoming 2010 season. 

The Argos’ schedule features 14 games, including eleven Division II contests.  In addition to home and homes with Grand Canyon and Dominican, NDNU will also make a pair of trips across the country to play in seven D2 games.  Also on the schedule is California rival Whittier College and home games against Colorado College and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

The first trip will begin on March 6th with NDNU heading to North Carolina and Florida to take on Queens University, Saint Leo, Wingate and St. Andrews.  The Argonauts have faced all four schools in the past with much success.  NDNU is 3-0 all-time against St. Andrews, including a 16-7 victory in 2008.  The Argonauts have also toppled Queens College and Saint Leo in their only meetings and split a pair of contests with Wingate.

After returning home for three games, the Argonauts close out the season with a road game against Whittier and a three game road trip to the Pittsburg area.  On April 17th, NDNU will travel down to Whittier to face the Poets for the fifth straight season.  The Argonauts lead the all-time matchup 5-1 with three games being decided by one goal.  Five days later, NDNU will face Wheeling Jesuit in West Virginia before heading to Erie, Pennsylvania to face powerhouse Mercyhurst.  Finally, the Argos will close out their season with a game against Seton Hill.  NDNU has made this trip twice before and are 2-0 against both Wheeling Jesuit and Seton Hill while they have fallen short both times at Mercyhurst. 

The Argonauts home schedule starts on February 12th against Colorado College, a Division III school located in Colorado Springs.  The meeting will be the first between the two schools.  At the end of March, NDNU returns home to face Grand Canyon for their second meeting of the season.  The Argos are 4-0 all-time against the Antelopes with a pair of wins coming last year.  After a home contest against Cal Poly SLO, NDNU will host their final home game of the season against Dominican University.  The Argos will look to remain unbeaten all-time against the Penguins as they currently lead the head-to-head battle 5-0.

“I am very excited about the schedule we have put together for this season.” Coach Dini said.  “We have our biggest varsity schedule ever with 11 games against Division II competition and two more against D3 programs.  I think this will be a big stepping stone for the future of our program.”

Date Opponent Location Time/Result  
Feb. 6 Grand Canyon Phoenix, AZ TBA  
Feb. 12 Colorado College NDNU 2:00 pm  
Feb. 20 Dominican University San Rafael, CA 2:00 pm  
Mar. 6 Queens College Charlotte, NC TBA  
Mar. 9 Saint Leo’s Saint Leo, FL TBA  
Mar. 12 Wingate Wingate, NC TBA  
Mar. 13 St. Andrews Laurinburg, NC TBA  
Mar. 20 Grand Canyon NDNU 12:00 pm  
Mar. 21 Cal Poly SLO NDNU 1:00 pm  
Apr. 10 Dominican University NDNU 2:00 pm  
Apr. 17 Whittier College Whittier, CA TBA  
Apr. 22 Wheeling Jesuit Wheeling, WV TBA  
Apr. 24 Mercyhurst Erie, PA TBA  
Apr. 25 Seton Hill Greensburg, PA TBA

College Men’s Lacrosse: “Inside Lacrosse” NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Rankings Have Duke, Syracuse And Virginia As Top 3 With Denver Men’s Lacrosse Ranked #17

1 – Duke

2009 Record: 15-4
2009 Goals Per Game: 11.74
2009 Goals Against Average: 8.42
The Skinny: A talent-laden team in each of the past few years, the Blue Devils have a great 1-2 punch at attack with Ned Crotty and Max Quinzani. Can 2010 be the year they finally get over the hump?

2 – Syracuse

2009 Record: 16-2
2009 GPG: 12.94
2009 GAA: 7.39
The Skinny: Lost plenty of leadership from last year’s NCAA Championship squad, but everybody said the same thing after ’08. With Cody Jamieson, Stephen Keogh, Joel White and some talented newcomers, ’Cuse has a shot at the three-peat.

3 – Virginia

2009 Record: 15-3
2009 GPG: 13.00
2009 GAA: 8.56
The Skinny: If championships are won at the midfield, the Cavaliers are in good shape, since they return Shamel Bratton and Brian Carroll to lead the most talented and experienced group in the country. The ’Hoos have question marks at attack and in net.

4 – North Carolina

2009 Record: 12-6
2009 GPG: 12.50
2009 GAA: 9.06
The Skinny: The first year under alum Joe Breschi was an unqualified success, with an NCAA Quarterfinals appearance and a bumper recruiting season. How will his sophomore year go with Billy Bitter and Co. in a loaded ACC?

5 – Cornell

2009 Record: 13-4
2009 GPG: 12.18
2009 GAA: 8.41
The Skinny: The Big Red’s run fell agonizingly short last year, and though they graduated some significant talent, coach Jeff Tambroni has a knack for reloading. Rob Pannell and Ryan Hurley are good building blocks at attack.

6 – Johns Hopkins

2009 Record: 10-5
2009 GPG: 11.53
2009 GAA: 10.33
The Skinny: For 38 straight years, the Blue Jays have made the NCAA Tournament, but a near-upset by Brown in the first round and rout at the hands of Virginia in the ’09 Quarterfinals were a step back for a squad that made the Final Four six of the previous seven years and won two titles.

7 – Maryland

2009 Record: 10-7
2009 GPG: 10.00
2009 GAA: 7.71
The Skinny: The Terps lost a lot at midfield, but return nearly all of their attack and defense. With size all over the field, they’ll resemble Maryland teams of old as they look to silence the doubters in a high-pressure year.

8 – Princeton

2009 Record: 13-3
2009 GPG: 11.10
2009 GAA: 7.60
The Skinny: Season One of the Chris Bates era begins in New Jersey, but Bill Tierney left a pretty full cupboard when he exited for Denver. Young stars Jack McBride, Chad Wiedmaier and Tyler Fiorito have the Tigers looking at another NCAA run.

9 – Notre Dame

2009 Record: 15-1
2009 GPG: 11.00
2009 GAA: 6.19
The Skinny: The Fighting Irish led the nation in defense last year and the word from South Bend is this year’s group may be better. Middie Grant Krebs leads an offense that has to adjust to life without Ryan Hoff.

10 – Hofstra

2009 Record: 11-4
2009 GPG: 9.47
2009 GAA: 8.6
The Skinny: Christian Scuderi made All-American for coach Seth Tierney’s squad after transferring a year ago — can Denver-transfer Jamie Lincoln repeat the feat alongside fellow Canadian star Jay Card and get the Pride back to the NCAA Tournament?

11 – Harvard

2009 Record: 8-5
2009 GPG: 10.54
2009 GAA: 6.69
The Skinny: New blood in Cambridge has the excitement for the Crimson nearly boiling over. Attackmen Dean Gibbons and Jeff Cohen and middie Jason Duboe are back to lead the offense, but the defense will need some retooling after being hit by graduation.

12 – Navy

2009 Record: 11-5
2009 GPG: 8.94
2009 GAA: 7.69
The Skinny: Death, Taxes and Navy being at or near the top of the Patriot League — all things you can count on. This year’s crop of Mids is senior-heavy and has key returnees on both offense (Tim Paul, Patrick Moran) and defense (Jaren Woeppel).

13 – Georgetown

2009 Record: 7-7
2009 GPG: 9.64
2009 GAA: 8.71
The Skinny: The Hoyas’ heralded senior class has one last chance to make a run. Attackman Craig Dowd, midfielders Scott Kocis and Andrew Brancaccio and longstick Barney Ehrmann can provide leadership.

14 – UMBC

2009 Record: 12-4
2009 GPG: 12.06
2009 GAA: 8.19
The Skinny: All-American midfielder Kyle Wimer hopes to lead the Retrievers to their fifth straight NCAA Tournament. The midfield was decimated by graduation and longtime starting goalie Jeremy Blevins graduated as well, but Bobby Atwell returns from injury to lead the defense.

15 – Brown

2009 Record: 12-4
2009 GPG: 10.7
2009 GAA: 8.3
The Skinny: Coach Lars Tiffany has one of the best attacks in the country, led by Thomas Muldoon and Andrew Feinberg, which helps balance the graduation of standout goalie Jordan Burke.

16 – Loyola

2009 Record: 9-5
2009 GPG: 10.43
2009 GAA: 8.71
The Skinny: Coach Charlie Toomey’s Greyhounds were heartbreakingly close to wins over Syracuse and Johns Hopkins that would have meant a ticket to the ’09 NCAA Tournament. Look for attackmen Cooper MacDonnell and Colin Finnerty to lead the way in the new-look ECAC.

17 – Denver

2009 Record: 7-8
2009 GPG: 10.27
2009 GAA: 10.00
The Skinny: There’s a lot of enthusiasm in the Mile High City as coach Bill Tierney gets his squad set for their first year of ECAC competition. Mark Matthews leads the attack, Charley Dickenson is a playmaking middie and Dillon Roy is a hard-nosed defenseman.

18 – UMass

2009 Record: 9-6
2009 GPG: 9.53
2009 GAA: 7.93
The Skinny: Graduation hit the Minutemen hard, with four of the top six scorers gone, along with four-year starting goalie Doc Schneider. A young core features All-New England selections Diogo Godoi and Bobby Hayes along with sophomore attacker Art Kell.

19 – Bucknell

2009 Record: 9-7
2009 GPG: 10.44
2009 GAA: 8.00
The Skinny: Like Brown, the Bison are fantastic at attack, starting with assist machine Austin Winter and clutch finisher Charlie Streep. Billy Haire’s graduation leaves a hole on defense.

20 – Albany

2009 Record: 7-7
2009 GPG: 10.57
2009 GAA: 11.64
The Skinny: Brian Caufield continued his evolution into one of the better attackmen out there and Joe Resetarits was an immediate hit for the Danes last year as a freshman. Can they bounce back from a season where all but three losses were to NCAA-bound teams?

21 – Ohio State

2009 Record: 8-8
2009 GPG: 10.06
2009 GAA: 8.81
The Skinny: Jimmy Green is a stud midfielder looking to break out in his senior season. The Buckeyes have a lot of newcomers looking to make a splash for second-year coach Nick Myers.

22 – Army

2009 Record: 6-10
2009 GPG: 9.2
2009 GAA: 8.9
The Skinny: Battling in a tough Patriot League, Jeremy Boltus is the offensive star, but the real key to a strong season will be the play of goalie Tom Palesky.

23 – Penn State

2009 Record: 9-5
2009 GPG: 9.64
2009 GAA: 8.07
The Skinny: PSU has question marks in goal with Drew Adams’ graduation and top recruit Steve Rastivo’s transfer. Always a late-season bloomer, the Lions could benefit from the CAA move if they can get hot for the conference tourney.

24 – Drexel

2009 Record: 7-8
2009 GPG: 8.2
2009 GAA: 8.53
The Skinny: New coach Brian Voelker should bring a new offensive look to a team that ranked in the NCAA’s bottom third on offense last year. Colin Ambler is an emerging star for the Dragons’ attack.

25 – Villanova

2009 Record: 11-6
2009 GPG: 9.24
2009 GAA: 7.65
The Skinny: Can the Wildcats continue the evolution of their program into the mid-major level in the cutthroat Big East?

College Lacrosse Recruiting: Lacrosse Student-Athletes Should Maintain A Personal Recruiting Website

What information should be loaded on my personal college recruiting  website? 

I suggest a very simple approach. As you can imagine, you can load a website with a lot of stuff, but keep in mind… Coaches do not have time at their disposal to navigate link after link on a website in order to get to the “meat and potatoes” of an athletic evaluation.

 The two most important components of the personal website should be the skills/competition web stream and the personal profile. Additional links (newspaper clippings, recommendations, photos etc.) can be added at your own risk! 

Make the job of evaluating academic and athletic talent as simple as possible and your personal website will be an effective tool in assisting college coaches on their end of the recruiting process that they will appreciate greatly.

Tom Kovic
Victory Collegiate Consulting

Western College Lacrosse: BYU Men’s Lacrosse Announces 2010 Schedule Which Includes Chapman, Michigan And Simon Fraser

Brigham Young University Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Matt Schneck has announced The Cougars schedule for the upcoming 2010 season. The schedule features 14 regular season games with 11 teams that were ranked in the Top 25 in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association last season.

The Cougars will kick the season off early this year with a trip to sunny California over President’s Day Weekend. Visiting San Diego State University for the first time on February 11th, BYU will take on the Aztecs in an early evening game. Two days later The Cougars will face the Chapman Panthers in a rematch of last year’s national semi-final game which saw the Panthers edging The Cougars with a 10-9 overtime victory.

“The BYU – Chapman series has become a wonderful on field battle every season”, said Schneck. “Whether we are playing at home, away or at a neutral location, this game always becomes one of the season’s best.”

Date                                Opponent                                                                  Location 

Feb. 11                            San Diego State University                                    SDSU

Feb. 13                           Chapman                                                                       Chapman

Feb. 15                           University of California- Santa Barbara           UCSB

Feb. 27                           Pending                                                                         BYU

March 6                          University of Michigan                                           BYU

March 10                       Westminster College                                                BYU

March 13                       Montana                                                                       BYU

March 18                       University of Washington                                    Washington

March 20                      Simon Fraser University                                       Simon Fraser

March 27                      Santa Clara                                                                  BYU

April 2                           Utah State                                                                    BYU

April 9                          Sonoma State University                                       BYU

April 10                       University of Utah                                                     Sandy, UT

April 24                       Colorado State University                                     Colorado State

April 26                       University of Colorado                                           Colorado

April 30                       Semi Finals – RMLC Championships                   BYU

May 1                            RMLC Championship                                                BYU

May 11                          Round 1 – MCLA Championships                        Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, CO

May 12                          Quarter Finals – MCLA Championships            Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

May 14                          Semi Finals – MCLA Championships                  Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

May 15                          MCLA National Championship Game                Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, CO

The Cougars will travel up the coast where they will face perennial rival University of California – Santa Barbara on February 15th, before heading back to Provo.

Two weeks after returning home from California, the Cougars will face one of their toughest tests of the season as the defending MCLA National Champion Michigan Wolverines visit Provo on March 6th. Michigan and BYU have combined to win the last 3 MCLA National Championships, with Michigan posting back-to-back undefeated seasons the previous two years.

“We are excited to host the University of Michigan in Provo this year”, said Schneck. “Coach John Paul and his staff have done an exceptional job preparing their team the past two seasons to become the dominant force in the MCLA. We look forward to their visit and what promises to be an exciting challenge.”

BYU will play two more home games before hitting the road again. Local rival Westminster College will visit The Cougars on March 10th, and PNCLL Division 1 University of Montana will play at BYU on March 13th.

The Cougars will fly to Seattle to face the University of Washington Huskies on March 18th. The meeting with the Huskies will be the first between the programs and is slated to be a premier local event held in Husky Stadium. Two days later The Cougars will cross the border to Canada take on the Simon Fraser Clan. This will mark the third year in a row the Clan and Cougars have met in the regular season with each team winning once. The teams also met in one of the most memorable quarterfinal games in recent history in 2008 with The Cougars edging out the Clan 10-9 in a muddy game in Texas.

A 3-game home stand will follow the trip to the Northwest. The Cougars will face University of Santa Clara on March 27th, Utah State University on April 2nd, and Sonoma State on April 9th.

On April 10th, The Cougars will meet the University of Utah in the annual Lacrosse Classic at Juan Diego Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The match-up has become the most exciting lacrosse event in Utah and is poised to draw thousands to the game.

The final two games of the season will be against Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) rivals University of Colorado and Colorado State University. The Cougars will travel across the Rocky Mountains to face the CSU Rams on April 21st, and the Colorado Buffs on April 23rd. Both teams have been ranked in the top 10 for much of recent history, and both will provide stiff competition for the Cougars.

“This weekend is a great way to end the regular season”, said assistant coach Jordan Harris. “RMLC tournament placement will be determined by the end of the weekend.”

After a quick turnaround, The Cougars will host the RMLC Championships in Provo the weekend of May 1st as the Cougars vie for a spot in the National Championship Tournament hosted in Denver May 11th through May 15th.

“The RMLC has proven to be one of the best lacrosse conferences in the country” said Schneck. “I don’t expect anything less this year. We look forward to hosting the RMLC Championships in Provo and being a part an exceptional lacrosse weekend.”
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