Monthly Archives: November 2009

Northern California Lacrosse: Bay Area Youth Sports Foundation (BAYS) Sponsored The San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic Between Brown And North Carolina On Oct. 10 (Video)

The San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic, a NCAA Division I mens lacrosse game between Brown and North Carolina, was held in San Francisco on October 10, 2009. All proceeds from the event benefit the Bay Area Youth Sports Foundation (BAYS), which supports programs that create opportunities and increase access for low-income children in the San Francisco Bay Area to participate in organized sports and education programs.

Northern California Lacrosse: The Bay Area Youth Sports Foundation (BAYS) Raises Funds For Lacrosse Programs Benefitting Low-Income Children In The San Francisco Bay Area

The Bay Area Youth Sports Foundation (BAYS) supports programs that create opportunities and increase access for low-income children in the San Francisco Bay Area to participate in organized sports and education programs. Proceeds from its annual fundraiser, the San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic, benefit the Foundation and the programs it supports.

College Men’s Lacrosse: Princeton Men’s Lacrosse Vs. Delaware In 2009 Fall Ball (Video)

Men’s NCAA D1 Lacrosse Fall Ball 2009 – Princeton Vs. Delaware

LXMPro Lacrosse Tour: Pro Lacrosse/Blowout Concert/One Event In Orange County, CA Tomorrow

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  • 9:00a – CASTING CALL (Hollywood Sports Productions *must be registered)
  • 1:00p – TEAM STX LACROSSE CLINIC (Kyle Harrison and others)
  • 4:30p – LXM PRO LACROSSE GAME (40 of the best players in world)
  • 7:00p – CONCERTS (3OH!3, DRAKE, The Cab and more)

California High School Boys Lacrosse: An Interview With St. Ignatius Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Chris Packard

St. Ignatius Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Chris Packard. Photo by LaxBuzz

LaxBuzz recently asked St. Ignatius Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Chris Packard to answer questions regarding his 2009 Wildcat team and prospects for the upcoming 2010 team. He gave some very insightful answers that both confirm and surprise about what it takes to be California’s premier lacrosse program.    

LAXBUZZ: Your 2009 season was a great success. How many seniors and starters did you lose to graduation?   

CHRIS PACKARD: We lost a host of graduating seniors that played huge roles for St. Ignatius.  At starting attack (each guy is playing D1 college ball), the best shut down defenseman we saw play that’s also gone on to play D1, an entire midfield that will be playing college lacrosse (D1, D3 & club), and a bevy of other players that were instrumental in our team’s success.  Fortunately for SI we’re used to losing players to graduation and the incoming crop of players is excited to prove that they belong at the top of CA lacrosse.  

LAXBUZZ: Could you describe the strengths of the 2009 varsity squad and what do the strengths and weaknesses of the 2010 varsity team look to be?   

CHRIS PACKARD: The strengths of 2009 were our experience and our depth.  We also had great team chemistry and 2009’s team liked to work.  2010 will be different in that we’re going to have a lot of new faces starting on defense & attack but we’re confident the 2010 squad will share the passion for hard work and will continue to raise the skill level and speed at which the game is played.  

St. Ignatius Lacrosse lost All-American Attacker Billy Mattimore to graduation in 2009. Photo by LaxBuzz.

LAXBUZZ: Do you watch NCAA Division I lacrosse teams and incorporate any of their plays or schemes into St. Ignatius offense and defense? Do your teams reflect the talent levels of the individual players and you make changes accordingly?   

CHRIS PACKARD: Saturdays are reserved for watching NCAA lacrosse games.  We don’t like to schedule games on Saturday afternoons b/c we think that time is best spent by our boys in front of a college game.  The boys take many of the individual moves and try to incorporate them into their own repertoire at practice during the week (usually unsuccessfully!).  Our program has a very simple approach to the game & we try not to confuse our guys w/ complicated schemes.  The boys usually come to me w/ a play or a set they saw on TV that they’d like to try rather than me implementing a new offense or defense.   

LAXBUZZ: Do you actively assist your Juniors and Seniors with the college recruiting process? What is best thing a high school coach can do to prepare his players for the next level?   

CHRIS PACKARD: The recruiting process is challenging but we are actively involved in helping our student athletes.  I think the best advice for a coach is to educate himself & the parent’s of his/her players about the process of recruiting & how early the process is started.  It’s unfortunate that it’s gone this route but colleges are selecting players earlier than ever.  If your son or daughter is serious about playing lacrosse at the next level its important to find outlets where players can compete against their peers while being seen by college coaches.  Right now, that remains predominantly on the east coast although there are several west coast summer camps (California Gold & Adrenaline Shootout) that are attracting college coaches.   

LAXBUZZ: Is Strength and Performance Training becoming an important part of the St. Ignatius program? Do you have your own Strength and Conditioning coach or do you hire an outside trainer to assist during the off-season and pre-season?  

CHRIS PACKARD:  SI is fortunate to have lots of multi-sport athletes playing lacrosse.  Through other sports our players have been taught how to properly use a weight room, so many of our guys are comfortable working out on their own in the weight room, and many do so together after school.  During the season we use SI’s strength and conditioning coach to keep practices from becoming monotonous, but once games start we don’t have much time apart from the field.  We encourage our players to remain physically fit throughout the year & most of the off-season training is done on their own.

College Lacrosse Budgets: Cal Berkeley Continues Debate On The “Independent Funding” Of University Sports, Including Lacrosse (Video)

CALTV takes a look at what goes into the budget of Cal Sports and asks: what ought we to take out from it?

“College Lacrosse 2010”: Lacrosse Video Game Continues Development With Online Play

Online game play between a created Maryland Terps team and the fantasy squad, the Turtles. The Terps ultimately lost 6-3, this was the first half.

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

(From a 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


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.