Daily Archives: March 16, 2010

Lacrosse Helping Its Own: Senior Cazenovia (NY) High School Girls Lacrosse Player Taylor Matt Is In Need Of A Bone Marrow Transplant (Video)

Taylor Matt is a senior at Cazenovia (NY) High School and plays for the Cazenovia Varsity Lacrosse team and for the ethix Girls Lacrosse Club. Taylor, a great defender on the field, has leukemia. She has been in remission for five years, but unfortunately her Leukemia has returned.

Because she has been through chemotherapy before, she spends her time talking with and comforting the younger patients that are going through chemo for the first time. That is the kind of person Taylor is, always helping others, trying to lessen their pain and comfort them when they are afraid.

Taylor needs a bone marrow transplant. The doctors have searched the Be The Match Registry and there is currently no match for Taylor.

Part of the difficulty may be Taylor’s Native American heritage, she is 1/4 American Indian.

Racial and ethnic heritage are very important factors in determining a bone marrow match. Because the markers used in matching are inherited, patients are most likely to match someone of their own race or ethnicity.

Today, there simply aren’t enough registry members of diverse racial and ethnic heritage. Adding more diverse members increases the likelihood that all patients will find the life-saving match they need.

Your heritage can make all the difference. If you are from one of the following communities, you are especially encouraged to join the Be The Match Registry. * Black and African American * American Indian and Alaska Native * Asian, including South Asian * Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander * Hispanic and Latino * Multiple race

Sadly, 81% of American Indians do not receive bone marrow transplants within the critical first six months and ultimately not get the life-saving marrow transplant they need. Of the 7 million people on the registry, only 80,000 are American Indian.

The circle of life starts with you.

You have the power to heal, the power to save a life.

To schedule a bone marrow drive in honor of Taylor and the thousands of other patients searching for a life-saving match, please go here. http://giftoflifeonline.org/request/

Western College Men’s Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse (3-3) Faces #13 Notre Dame (3-2) In South Bend As Both Teams Search For Identity After Tough Losses To Lower Ranked Opponents

The University of Denver men’s lacrosse team (3-3) travels to South Bend, Indiana, for a 2 p.m. MT game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Tuesday. The game will be available via Live Stats and fans can follow the in-game blog at www.Twitter.com/DU_Pioneers.


The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are coming off back-to-back losses on the road, dropping a 7-6 overtime decision to No. 20 Drexel and a 10-8 loss to Fairfield. The Irish are 3-2 on the season, having secured wins over No. 2 Duke (11-7), Penn State (12-8) and No. 10 Loyola (11-9). Neal Hicks leads the team with 10 goals and 14 points, while Zach Brenneman, David Earl and Max Pfeifer have all added seven goals. Andrew Irving leads the team defensively with 24 ground balls, while face-off specialist Trever Sipperly has won 62-of-99 attempts. As a team, the Irish are averaging 40.0 shots per game and 9.6 goals per game.


After dropping its first two games of the season, Denver snagged its first win under head coach Bill Tierney as it defeated the No. 20 Albany Great Danes 17-13 to open the home season at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Denver then hosted the Ninth Annual DU Face-Off Classic, dropping an 11-7 decision to Penn to start the weekend, and closed with an 8-7 victory over Lehigh in the final seconds. The Pioneers then won their second straight game defeating Canisius 10-5 at home. Freshman Cameron Flint (Georgetown, Ontario) leads the Pioneers with 14 goals, while sophomore Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) leads Denver with 21 points. Senior Charley Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) leads the assists list with nine so far this season. Defensively, senior Dillon Roy (Denver, Colo.) tops the list for Denver with 26 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.


University of Denver men’s lacrosse senior Dillon Roy (Denver, Colo.) was named to the 2010 Tewaarton Watch List, one of college lacrosse’s premier awards, it was announced by the Greater Washington Sports Alliance.  The list is made up of the top lacrosse players across all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse. Watch list nominees are screened and selected by two Selection Committees. The Selection Committees are comprised of college coaches, one committee for the men and one committee for the women.

Tabbed the Eastern College Athletic Conference’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, Roy leads the team with 20 ground balls through five games. The defender also leads the team with 11 caused turnovers. Filling in as the face-off man due to injuries, Roy has also won 52.2 percent of his face-offs.


The only active Pioneer in the record books, senior Charley Dickenson ranks tied for third all-time on the career-assists list with 58 assists and is just nine assists away from securing the top spot. Daren Dickson (1990-93) currently holds the top spot with 66 assists. Dickenson also entered the career-points list and is tied for ninth with 87 career points. Todd Dickson (1990-93) leads the way with 199 points.


College Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Tactics: North Carolina Attacker Billy Bitter Demonstrates “Inside Roll” To Perfection

North Carolina’s Billy Bitter demonstrates the “Inside Roll” ….

NCAA College Men’s Lacrosse: Only 60 Teams Compete At The Division I Level Despite Tremendous Growth At The High School Level

Welcome to the wacky world of D-I athletics, where despite a national explosion of youth and high school lacrosse participation only 60 teams compete at the men’s level.

“It is really frustrating to see the tremendous growth at the high school level,” Urick said. “We’re seeing kids from Minnesota, Texas, California and Colorado playing our sport at the highest level, yet the growth has been painstakingly slow at the college level.”

The reason is Title IX, or gender-equity ammendment mandating that if a college wants to maintain its federal funding it must offer athletic scholarships based on the proportion of male and female students enrolled. It is basically impossible for a college that fields a Division I-A football team and its 85 scholarships to be in compliance.

Of the 60 teams that play D-I men’s lacrosse, only 12 have I-A football teams and three of them are service academies where no athletic scholarships are offered so it’s not an issue. None of the recent additions – Robert Morris, Bellarmine, Jacksonville, Detroit Mercy and Presbyterian – play I-A football.

“It’s an equity issue,” Urick said. “So, we see this fantastic spectator appeal at our NCAA Tournament, we see high school kids all over the country picking up the sport and we’re stuck.”

The men’s loss is the women’s gain, as some schools such as Florida have launched women’s team to help offset the 85 football scholarship yoke around their necks. SU did the same thing a few years ago when it started a D-I women’s hockey team but no men’s team. There are currently 91 D-I women’s lacrosse teams compared to the 60 men’s squads.

Unless the fed provides some relief and makes football a separate entity, the gap will only widen, Urick’s frustration will grow and more and more talented male high school lacrosse players will find themselves playing D-III or joining pay-your-own-way club teams, a popular alternative at big schools such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Texas.


MCLA College Men’s Lacrosse Rankings: #1 Michigan Men’s Lacrosse (8-0) Is Followed By Chapman, Colorado State, BYU And Minnesota-Duluth


Week 6: March 15, 2010

Division I


MCLA The Lax Mag Logo

  1. Michigan
  2. Chapman
  3. Colorado StateUP 5
  4. BYU
  5. Minn-Duluth
  6. OregonUP 1
  7. Arizona StateDOWN 4
  8. Florida StateUP 2
  9. Virginia Tech
  10. ColoradoUP 1
  11. FloridaDOWN 1
  12. Cal Poly
  13. Michigan StateUP 1
  14. Boston CollegeUP 1
  15. TexasUP 3
  16. Lindenwood
  17. California
  18. UC Santa BarbaraUP 1
  19. SUNY-BuffaloUP 2
  20. Simon FraserDOWN 7
  21. ArizonaUP 1
  22. Central FloridaUP 1
  23. Texas StateDOWN 3

Colorado High School Boys Lacrosse: Interview With Mullen Boys Lacrosse Coach Mitch Brin

Mullen High School in Colorado takes the No. 2 spot in our Inside Lacrosse West Regional Rankings. After starting their season off with a few wins, including a big victory over a tough Regis Jesuit, the Mustangs will be heading to Texas to take on some of the top teams there including Southeast No. 2-ranked Highland Park.

Mullen Boys Lacrosse Coach Mitch Brin

Mullen Boys Lacrosse Coach Mitch Brin

Mullen coach Mitch Brin gave us a preview of the team this year and let us know how the team is preparing to hit the road.

How is the team looking this season?
They’re looking good. On each side of the field we have a lot of talent. Our offensive side is looking strong and our defensive side is in the process of rebuilding. Defense is a work in progress. It is early in the season but the team has won their first two games. We had a good win against Regis Jesuit (12-10).

Who has stood out as a leader early on?
It may sound cliché but all four of our senior captains have really stood out. Attackman Tyler Ankarlo, attackman Jake Smith, midfield Erik Smith, and Delaware bound attackman Brian Kormondy. They’re very talented players and great leaders. They’ve shown that to me and their teammates through their actions and words.

How do you prepare to play teams like St. Mark’s and Highland Park?
We don’t take it too seriously because it’s not an in-state competition. It’s definitely harder to scout those teams. Come game time you really have to adjust. But really you just have to study the opponent and figure them out the best you can. Also you have to adjust to their personnel, a big part of our games will be focused on that.

Who has had strong performances in your last two games?
All four of our captains have put up good numbers in the last two games. Jake Smith really gave us a pleasant surprise. He was out for six or seven months with his shoulder surgery and he missed all of the fall. Jake had a pretty serious shoulder injury and they did a good job on that. The way he has come back from that and shown his old self has been great for our team. It puts us on a different level having him back with us.

What needs to be worked on more this season?
Well, we graduated all three of our leading defensemen, our goalie, and our long stick middie. Two of them were first team all state and one was honorable mention. The goalie was first team all state and they really helped get us in to the state finals. We got a couple younger guys now that have showed a lot of ability and talent so we’re really counting on them to lead that new unit. We’re in that process of rebuilding. We know we have the offense to compete but it’s defense that wins championships.

What are your expectations for the season?
We got a hard early half of the season. We travel to Texas to play two top teams there, St Mark’s and Highland Park (Southeast No 6 and No.2). We come back and play some tougher Colorado teams such as Cherry Creek and Arapahoe. We want to take it one game at a time. I don’t expect to win all those games I just expect us to come away with a good record and learn from the teams we play. We just want to go out and play our best.

Date Opponent Result
3/04 DOUGLAS COUNTY   W, 16-3
3/10 at Regis Jesuit   W, 12-10
3/12 at Mountain Vista   W, 16-4
3/18 at St Mark’s    
3/20 vs. Highland Park    
3/24 at Cherry Creek    
4/03 vs. Fort Collins Unified    
4/07 ARAPAHOE    
4/14 GRANDVIEW    
4/15 CHATFIELD    
4/16 at Smoky Hill    
4/24 at Denver East    
4/27 at Kent Denver    
4/30 WHEAT RIDGE    
Coach: Mitch Brin