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