Monthly Archives: February 2010

Western College Women’s Lacrosse: Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse Loses To #1 Northwestern 17-3


 California slowed down No. 1 Northwestern early in the game but couldn’t stop the five-time defending NCAA champion in a 17-3 loss to the Wildcats on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The Golden Bears’ record fell to 0-3, while the Wildcats improved to 3-0 after the nonconference match. Vail Horn led Cal with two goals. Katrina Dowd led all players with six points and five goals. Shannon Smith scored five points and four goals for the Wildcats.

The Bears came out strong Sunday after falling behind early against Ohio State in their previous game, a rainy 19-5 loss on Feb. 26 in Berkeley. This time, Cal produced the first two shots of the game, from senior midfielder Alyse Kennedy and sophomore Lauren Johnson, before Northwestern’s Brooke Matthews scored at 4:27 into the first half.

Cal also collected six of the first eight draw controls. The Bears had a 12-10 advantage on draws for the game, including a 10-7 advantage in the first half.

“I thought we started out the game very well,” Cal head coach Theresa Sherry said. “The first six to eight minutes were pretty good. We fought. We were doing pretty well in the draw controls in the entire first half. We just had trouble hanging onto the ball. Especially when we first came out, I thought our defense did a solid job and even created a couple of turnovers.

Cal fell behind 3-1 at the 8:18 mark, with Horn, a sophomore midfielder, scoring Cal’s goal at 7:26.

The Bears still trailed 3-1 six minutes later. But then six different Northwestern players combined to score 11 goals in less than 14 minutes, from 14:42-28:32, to claim a big 14-1 advantage.

Kennedy scored her lone goal at 29:02, and Northwestern took a 14-2 lead into halftime.

“It was that transition pattern, holding onto the ball down in the attacking end and finishing the few opportunities that we had that gave us a lot of trouble,” Sherry added. “I was really happy in general with the approach that my team took today. They came out here and wanted to battle, and they didn’t worry about rankings. We talked a lot about the Oklahoma State men’s basketball upset last night of No. 1 Kansas and how we wanted to be the other upset this weekend. There was a lot more fight there today than there was there Friday. We’re making steps. We just really have to execute on the attacking end.”

A freely substituting Northwestern outscored Cal, 3-1, in the second half. Horn collected her second and the game’s last goal at 52:55 to make the final score 17-3.

Northwestern, which now holds a 0-7 lead in the all-time series with the Bears, outshot Cal, 29-13. Bears junior goalkeeper Allie Shropshire made eight saves in 60 minutes. Northwestern starter Brianne LoManto made six saves in a little less than 43 minutes of work.

Cal plays its next game in just two days, when the Bears host Davidson on Tuesday, March 2 at Memorial Stadium.

GAME SUMMARY

	         1	2	F
Northwestern	14	3	17
California	2	1	3

Northwestern Scoring
Goals:
Dowd, Katrina 5; Smith, Shannon 4; Spencer, Danielle 3; Russo, Jessica 2; Fitzgerald, Erin 1; Matthews, Brooke 1; Thornton, Taylor 1. Assists: Dowd, Katrina 1; Smith, Shannon 1.

California Scoring Goals: Vail Horn 2; Alyse Kennedy 1. Assists: None.

Goalkeeping
Northwestern:
Brianna LoManto, 6 saves, 2 GA, 42:22; Darby St. Claire-Barrie, 1 saves, 1 GA, 17:38. California: Allie Shropshire, 8 saves, 17 GA, 60:00.

Att.: 468.

Western College Men’s Lacrosse: #1 Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Dominates #23 Arizona 15-5 In Season Opener


The University of Michigan men’s lacrosse team won their season opener on Saturday night (February 27) in Tucson, defeating #23 Arizona by a score of 15-5.  The Wolverines struggled to find their rhythm early on, but eventually picked up the pace in the second half, outscoring the Laxcats 10-2 in the final 30 minutes.  Junior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) picked up where he left off from his past two seasons, notching six goals in the contest to pace the Wolverines.

The Wildcats got on the board first, scoring under two and half minutes into the game after earning the first solid possession of the contest.  The Wolverines answered midway through the quarter on the man-up on a shot from the left wing from Anthony Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) that snuck inside the far-post.  Yealy gave Michigan their first lead of the game with 3:02 left in the first putting home a rebound in front following a shot from Hrusovsky.

The Laxcats tied the game with just 15 seconds left in the first quarter on a low screamer from the left wing.  Michigan regained the lead early in the second period on a tight angle shot from freshman attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) just over a minute in.  Senior captain David Rogers (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) gave U-M a two-goal lead at 9:02, clearing the ball down the right wing before firing low from 15 yards out for the 4-2 lead.

Under two minutes later Arizona responded, cutting the lead to one midway through the period.  After multiple possessions for both squads, Yealy banged home his second of the game on a feed from behind by senior Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) with just :52 left in the first half as Michigan took the 5-3 lead into the break.

Yealy got the Wolverines going early in the second half, scoring just over a minute in following a successful Michigan ride that forced a turnover just outside the box.  Yealy scooped up the loose ball and raced in one on one with the goaltender before dipping and dunking for 6-3 lead.

Arizona didn’t back down however, scoring at 9:14 to the lead to two on a low shot from the left wing.  Hrusovsky’s second goal helped the Wolverines regain the momentum and the three-goal lead at the 4:36 mark before Yealy notched his fourth of the game just 46 seconds later as Michigan started putting things together offensively.

The U-M run continued as Paras netted his second of the game, cutting across the face of the goal before firing low.  Senior attackman Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson – Fair Haven) gave Michigan a six-goal lead just before the end of the third quarter on a transition feed from freshman defenseman J.D. Johnson (Malibu, Calif./Loyola) as the Wolverines started to pull away.

Senior midfielder Jordan Kirshner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) kept the momentum in Michigan’s favor scoring just 14 seconds into the fourth, taking it down the right wing by himself before shooting from 15 yards out.  Kirshner was on the other end of the next tally, feeding a cutting Yealy on the transition for the 12-4 lead with less than 12 minutes left in the game.

Yealy and Zorovich connected again at 9:49 on another feed from behind, this time on the man-up for Yealy’s sixth and final goal of the game, and Zorovich’s fifth assist.

McIntyre netted his second tally just under a minute later on a feed from senior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, MD./Bullis) before Paras closed out the Michigan scoring with his third of the game with 5:33 left.  A late goal from Arizona with 1:04 left resulted in the 15-5 final.

Statistically, the Wolverines won every category.  U-M outshot Arizona 46-29, and recorded 48 groundballs to the Laxcats 32.  U-M was 15 of 24 on faceoffs, and finished 18 of 26 on clears, while riding UA to 9-24 totals.  Michigan scored three times on five man-up attempts, while allowing Arizona one goal on three attempts.

The Wolverines will be back in action Wednesday, March 3, when they travel to Tempe to take on #3 Arizona State at the ASU Women’s Soccer Stadium at 7:00pm MST.  For all of your Michigan men’s lacrosse needs, please visit mgobluelacrosse.com.

http://mgobluelacrosse.com/2010/02/28/second-half-surge-powers-wolverines-in-opener/

Western College Men’s Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse Defeats #20 Albany 17-13 For Season’s First Win


 The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team (1-2) snagged its first win of the season, defeating the No. 20 Albany Great Danes (0-1) 17-13 in front of 811 fans at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Denver’s offense stepped into high gear as two Pioneers finished the day with hat-tricks and seven others netted goals to give DU head coach Bill Tierney his first win in crimson and gold.

“This was a great way to regroup from our two losses last weekend,” Tierney said. “Our offense has started to find its rhythm and you can really see our guys working together and understanding what we are asking of them. We are a young team but I think we proved a lot to ourselves today with this win.”

Sophomore Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) and freshman Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) both scored three goals each for the Pioneers. Demopoulos also finished the day with three assists for a total of six points.

Also contributing for Denver with two goals apiece were junior Todd Baxter (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and sophomores Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario) and Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.), while seniors Charley Dickenson (Dallas, Texas), John Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) and Cameron Kerr (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.), along with junior Emerson Eichler (New Vernon, N.J.) and freshman Colin Scott (Ridgefield, Conn.), all dished in a goal apiece.

Charley Dickenson also finished with a season-high four assists, moving him into fourth all-time in the Pioneer record books for assists.

Coming off back-to-back 17-save performances a week ago against No. 1 Syracuse and Jacksonville, ECAC Co-Defender of the Week sophomore Zander Buteux (Madison, N.J.) made 11 saves to get his first win of the season. Senior Peter Lowell (Freeport, Maine) also made an appearance for the Pioneers tallying two saves.

With the scored tied 7-7 at the half, the Pioneers used an eight-goal barrage in the third quarter and two more goals in the fourth quarter to seal their first win of the season. The Great Danes made several attempts to answer, but were only able to score six goals in the final 30 minutes of action.

Derek Kreuzer, Dave Brock and Joe Pompo led the scoring duties for the Great Danes, scoring three goals each, while Joe Resetarits added two goals and one assist. Albany goalie John Carroll finished the day making 12 saves, stopping eight Pioneer shots in the first half.

As a team, Denver finished the day with 37 shots, held the advantage in ground balls 45 to 32 and converted on three of five man-up opportunities.

Next up, the Pioneers host the 9th Annual DU Face-Off Classic, welcoming Penn, Lehigh and Air Force for the two-day event at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Action starts off on Saturday, March 6 as Air Force will face Lehigh at 11 a.m., followed immediately by the Pioneers’ game against Penn. The Classic will conclude on Sunday, March 7 as Air Force will take on Penn in the first game of the day, followed by DU’s game against Lehigh at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Face-Off Classic are available through the DU Ticket Office, our through Ticket Master. Two-day passes (four games) are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Face-Off single-day passes (two games) are $15. DU students are free with a valid Pioneer Card. For more information visit www.DenverPioneers.com.

http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=90265&SPID=10874&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=18600&ATCLID=204897129

Lacrosse Commercials: Professional Lacrosse Defenseman Brodie Merrill In “ReeDefine” Commercial For Reebok (Video)


Professional Lacrosse Defenseman Brodie Merrill in “ReeDefine” commercial for Reebok.

College Men’s Lacrosse Highlights: North Carolina Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Navy 11-4 On Feb. 25 At Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Video)


The No. 3 Tar Heels scored the game’s first six goals as they overwhelmed the No. 11 Midshipmen, 11-4, at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

North Carolina senior attackman Gavin Petracca led all scorers with seven points on two goals and five assists, and senior midfielder Sean DeLaney added three goals and two assists for the Tar Heels, who improved to 4-0 for the third consecutive season.

Utah College Men’s Lacrosse: Westminster Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Boise State 10-4 To Begin 3-Game Road Trip


The Westminster men’s lacrosse team began a three-game road swing with a 10-4 win against Boise State on Friday night at Boise, Idaho. No. 12 Westminster picked up its second win of the season behind a 7-2 second half.

The Westminster men’s lacrosse team began a three-game road swing with a 10-4 win against Boise State on Friday night. No. 12 Westminster picked up its second win of the season behind a 7-2 second half.

Leading just 3-2 entering the third quarter, freshman Jake Arthur ignited a four-goal run by the Griffins with two unassisted goals.

Brett Bird and Dallin Hall finished the game with two goals apiece.

Andy Lehr added one goal and one assist while Josh Condas, AJ Ariss and Jayden Dixon scored a goal each. Dallas McLellan made 14 saves in net and allowed just the four goals.

The Griffins are back in action on Sunday, Feb. 28, when they face Southern Oregon at Lake Oswego High School in Portland, Ore.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700012639/Westminster-campus-briefs.html

Western College Men’s Lacrosse: Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse Travels To Missouri To Play Lindenwood And Texas


CSU lacrosse faces its first road trip today and Saturday in Missouri where it will meet Lindenwood and the University of Texas.

The two games will provide an early test and an opportunity for the team to find some chemistry, as well as giving the young players a chance to learn what it takes to win away from home.

The Rams’ first match up against Lindenwood, a team they have played several times in previous seasons.

“We’re very familiar with Lindenwood,” CSU head coach Alex Smith said. “We have played them four or five times, definitely more than Texas.”

Senior defenseman and Co-captain Andrew Stein remembers what Lindenwood will bring to the game.

“They are really good and are always at the top of the division,” Stein said. “They always give great competition and we will bring our best to them, too.”

On the other hand, the Texas Longhorns are unknown for the most part. Texas has not been an opponent scheduled by CSU in recent memory.

“We don’t know a whole lot about (Texas),” Smith said. “We’ll just have to fly by the seat of our pants.”

CSU has a record of 1-1 so far this season, beating nearby Northern Colorado 17-6, but falling short against a much tougher team in Colorado College 12-70.

Smith said the loss to CC came because of costly mistakes at both the offensive and defensive ends of the field.

“We didn’t take advantage of our possessions,” Smith said. “We kept bailing them out with turnovers.”

To go along with turnovers, the defensive play was also lacking. Stein said it will take more than one person to improve the defense.

“I put as much (pressure on myself) as I can,” Stein said. “Our whole philosophy is team defense, so I lead as much as I can game to game.”

The young season has also seen another captain raise his level of play in junior attackman Cooper Kehoe. Kehoe leads the team in both goals and shots with six and 14, respectively.

Smith looks to Kehoe to fill the role of primary goal scorer, but Kehoe doesn’t see it the same way.

“I just contribute the best way I can,” Kehoe said. “It starts downfield, being at the right place at the right time. Everyone on this team can do it.”

The biggest challenge in Smith’s mind will be making sure the younger players handle themselves properly on the road and hopes it will build team chemistry in the process.

“Obviously, (the big challenge) is it’s the first trip of the year,” Smith said. “It’s tough to make sure everyone acts the same way. We need to get ourselves together and establish team identity.”

Older players like Kehoe have given their advice to the young players as well.

“Stay focused, one game at a time,” Kehoe said. “Sometimes you look forward. Just win one and then look to the next one.”

Smith is a former Ram goalie who graduated in 2003. This, however, is his first full year as head coach. He does not feel as if any additional pressure is placed on his shoulders.

“I don’t put pressure on winning,” Smith said. “Every game is important, personally I feel it’s important to establish identity and come together as a team.”

Team chemistry is obviously important and the team motto is “family” after all. But winning would certainly help.

http://www.collegian.com/index.php/article/2010/02/rams_lacrosse_begins_1st_road_trip_to_missouri