Daily Archives: November 18, 2009

California College Lacrosse: Chico State Men’s Lacrosse Aims For Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) Playoffs In 2010

(From a TheOrion.com article)   The theme of this year’s upcoming lacrosse season is tradition and first-year coach Charlie Jackson in spearheading the movement.

Balton Stokes (in white) of the men’s lacrosse attempts to run around his opponent Cary Smith to score during the team’s practice Friday.

“We’re trying to bring some old Chico back,” Chico State alumnus Jackson said.

With that comes a style of play and an attitude that has been missing in years past, midfielder Josh Roden said. Last year the team didn’t play terribly but there was a sense of underachievement.

The team wasn’t on the same page last year, but now there is enthusiasm and energy that had been missing at practices, Roden said.

With this newfound energy, the team has its goals set high, Jackson said. In two to three years Jackson wants a national championship berth and in three to five years he wants to win a national championship.

“Our goal for this year is just a playoff berth,” Roden said.

The top four teams from the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League make the playoffs. The league includes the likes of Chico State, Sonoma State, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Stanford and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Since lacrosse is a club sport and not a university-funded team it does not play in the California Collegiate Athletic Association like teams such as soccer, cross-country and basketball.

But there are some big schools in the league, Jackson said. Two Pac-10 conference schools make the division very competitive.

To stay competitive, the team will rely on upperclassmen such as senior goalkeeper and club President Austin Raab and Roden to help lead the team, as well as a large group of freshmen who are looking to contribute.

The sport of lacrosse has grown drastically in California and on the West Coast in general over the last 10 years, Jackson said.

“I remember when no high schools in the Bay Area had teams,” he said. “Now I have been able to coach all star teams at all age groups.”

With this increase in popularity, teams such as Chico State are able to get more talented players and compete and build the program.

Chico State has had a club lacrosse team since 1985, assistant coach DJ Ashby said. When the team originally consisted of 18 to 20 men and dues were about $150.

Today the team’s personnel reached nearly 40 players and dues near $2,000.

“You are able to do so much more with that kind of money, from traveling expenses to purchasing equipment,” Ashby said.

Throughout the season, the team will play each team in its league once as well as many out-of-league games including home games against Boise State and the University of Washington and road games against Colorado State, Arizona State and San Diego State.

Still far away from their first game of the season Feb. 13 against the University of Nevada Reno, the team has already started preparing by practicing three times a week.

They will start double days Jan. 11, which will give them a solid month of practice before the season opens.

While the team’s goal of making the playoffs isn’t out of reach, it’s going to take some hard work and dedication to regain that old Chico State style, Jackson said.


California College Lacrosse: Humboldt State Men’s Lacrosse Has Rejoined Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) After 11-Year Absence

Sophomore midfielder Gus Johnson receives a pass during an Oct. 24 game against University Nevada Reno at the Arcata Community Fields.

The Humboldt State Lacrosse Club existed for nearly 30 years, but had no head coach until Tony Silvaggio arrived in 2007. He arrived with a plan for Humboldt County.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in the heart of lacrosse country, Silvaggio wants to see this community embrace the culture of lacrosse that he grew up with on the East Coast.

“Back there, kids get born and get thrown a lacrosse stick instead of a soccer ball,” said Silvaggio.  “Out here people don’t even know what the hell it is. We don’t have a culture, foundation, or an infrastructure to support it and I’m here to develop that.”

Lacrosse is difficult to describe to those unfamiliar to the game. It is played with a stick (the crosse) with a net at the end, which a player uses to throw, catch, and scoop the ball.

Lacrosse is a game full of long sprints up and down the field, sudden starts and stops, as well as precision passes.  It combines the strength of football with the quickness and agility of soccer and basketball.

Since he became the coach of the men’s lacrosse team two years ago, Silvaggio has accomplished a lot. He reinstated the men’s team into the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) for the upcoming season after an 11-year hiatus from the league. For the previous decade, the Humboldt State Lacrosse Club existed as an independent team, free of any league ties.

“Seeing that we weren’t in a league until this season, a lot of people coming out of high school in California didn’t know that HSU had a lacrosse team,” said senior midfielder Uriah Johnson. “That’s a reason that our team has a lot of inexperienced players.”

Last year, Silvaggio helped found the first ever women’s lacrosse team at HSU last year. In the fall of 2008, junior McKenna Caudill and Japanese exchange student Ann Lee Kadaka were in the Quad looking for the one club sport that wasn’t there, women’s lacrosse.

“We were at the Quad looking for a women’s team, but there wasn’t one, so we ended up going to the men’s table and we found each other and just decided to make a team ourselves,” said Caudill.

With help from Silvaggio as well as Jan Henry of the Club Sport and Intramural Office, Caudill and Kadaka formed the women’s lacrosse team that same semester. By spring they had a full roster and were provisional members of the Western Women’s Lacrosse League (WWLL).

According to the national lacrosse organization, U.S. Lacrosse, there are now over 500 collegiate teams across the country. The game has been dubbed the nation’s fastest growing sport and many believe it to be North America’s oldest sport.

Native Americans first played the game in what is now Southern Quebec and Ontario, as well as in New England and the Great Lakes region.

To Native Americans, lacrosse had a spiritual and cultural significance. Lacrosse was played during harvest time to celebrate the changing of the seasons and as a right of passage for men. Since then, the game developed and standardized in the late 1800s in Canada into the modern game that we see today.

Tristan Carbery, team captain and junior kinesiology major, calls lacrosse a unique and dynamic game. “They call it the fastest game on two feet for a reason,” he said. “If anyone hasn’t watched a lacrosse game they should, because I guarantee they will get hooked.”

Date                                           Opponent                                 Time
Saturday Feb 20th               @ Southern Oregon University               1pm
Saturday March 6th            @ Willamette University                         12 pm
Sunday March 7th               @ Portland State University                    12 pm*
Saturday March 27th         @ San Jose State University                     12 pm
Saturday April 17th            UC Santa Cruz @ Humboldt                     11 am
Sunday April 18                    UC Merced @ Humboldt                             11 am
Saturday April 24th            @ University Nevada Reno                       12 pm
Sunday April 25th               University of Pacific @ Redding                1 pm
* tentative

See http://www.hsujacks.com/sports/2006/10/12/Redwood%20Bowl.aspx


Lacrosse Skills Video: Kyle Harrison And Joe Walters Demonstrate Quick Lacrosse Ball Movement And Shot-Making

Kyle Harrison and Joe Walters team up to show you a quicker way to move the rock and create shots for teammates while dodging. This video is provided courtesy of STX.