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Orange County High School Boys Lacrosse: Corona Del Mar Boys Lacrosse Defeats Foothill Knights 7-6 In Overtime On March 20

Corona del Mar Boys Lacrosse hosted Foothill on March 20 and won a tight battle 7-6 in overtime. Photo by LaxBuzz

 After Foothill High couldn’t stop Ryan Mix in overtime, the Corona del Mar senior could hardly contain himself.

For the second straight year, Mix scored the game-winner against the Sea Kings’ nemesis in boys’ lacrosse.

This time after scoring on an assist from Kyle Canale, Mix threw off his helmet, shouted into the Newport Beach sky and celebrated wildly with his teammates. His sudden-death goal 28 seconds into overtime gave CdM a 7-6 nonleague win over Foothill at Peninsula Park Saturday. That was the same score as last year.

Corona del Mar senior attacker #10 Ryan Mix (2 goals) beat three Foothill Knights defensemen to score a decisive goal in the 4th quarter of the Sea Kings 7-6 overtime victory over rival Foothill on March 20, 2010. Photo by LaxBuzz

This was only the second game for the Sea Kings (2-0), but they celebrated as if it were for a championship. Who could blame them? The last time these teams played, Foothill rallied for a 10-8 victory to capture the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section Orange County title.

A year ago, during the regular season, Mix scored in overtime, as CdM beat the Knights for the first time in 10 matchups.

This one proved to be a bit of payback.

“Unbelievable feeling,” Mix said of scoring the game-winner. “Every single time we meet it’s back and forth. It’s a great rivalry and we’ve been lucky to get them both times in the regular season. It just felt great to put that last one behind them.”

Even Foothill Coach Jon Fox could understand that the Sea Kings’ win was huge.

“It’s a great win by them; I would be celebrating too,” said Fox, who has guided the Knights to three straight Southern California titles. “Any time you can beat Foothill [it’s great]. Who knows when the next time it will be for them. They did an incredible job.”

CdM senior goalie Hugh Foster stood out for sure. He recorded 18 saves and stepped up in only his second varsity start.

Corona del Mar Boys Lacrosse senior goalie #8 Hugh Russell had 18 saves in the Sea Kings 7-6 overtime victory over Foothill. Photo by LaxBuzz

Last year, he was a back-up to Andrew Noto, who graduated and is now at UC Santa Barbara. Foster said he was nervous before the game, but once it started he was ready to stop shots.

He too was overwhelmed with excitement when he saw Mix score.

“When that ball went in it was ridiculous,” Foster said.

Foster’s defense helped the Sea Kings deliver the Knights’ first loss of the season, as they fell to 4-1.

“I had the pleasure of working with Andrew Noto for three years,” said G.W. Mix, Ryan’s father who is in his first year as head coach of the Sea Kings. “[Noto] was a terrific goalie. But I have yet to see a performance at CdM from a goalie like I saw from Hugh today.”

Mix and Blake Burkhart scored two goals to lead CdM on offense. Burkhart and Alex Mainthow were defensemen who scored for CdM. Randall Nelson and Michael Keasey scored one goal each.

Corona del Mar Boys Lacrosse senior defenseman #23 Blake Burkhart scored 2 goals to help avenge the Sea Kings loss to Foothill in the 2009 Orange County Championship game. Photo by LaxBuzz

Mainthow’s goal proved to be extra special, as he turned 18 Saturday. The Sea Kings sang, “Happy Birthday” to him after the game.

Mainthow was also part of the CdM boys’ soccer team that won the CIF Southern Section Division IV title and the CIF Southern California Division II Regional championship.

“The soccer team was great winning everything, but the fact that [Foothill] took it away from us last year, this meant so much,” said Mainthow, a team captain. “When we got that goal it was just awesome. I really wanted it. I told myself I was going to work hard during the off-season to get this win.”

G.W. Mix didn’t mind CdM’s celebration even though it was the Sea Kings’ second game.

“That’s a pretty big rivalry,” G.W. Mix said. “Any time you have an opportunity to beat someone who has dominated Orange County the past six years, that’s a big moment. It’s been circled on our schedule since we lost to them. To have a chance to win it and to win it, it’s tough to control that emotion. It’s tough for me, no? That’s my kid.”

CdM opened with a 2-0 lead after one period, and led, 3-1, with just under six minutes left in the half. But the Knights closed the second period with two goals, as the teams were tied, 3-3, at halftime.

The teams traded goals in the third period, and were tied, 5-5, going into the fourth.

Ryan Mix scored with 6:42 left in regulation. But Foothill, which was without starting attackmen Tucker Rowe and Eric Adamson because of injuries, answered with a goal with 3:35 left in regulation.

Daniel Noto shot at the end of regulation, but the Knights’ goalie, Zach Schenker, stopped it for one of his 17 saves.

“It’s a statement, but if we learned anything from last year beating them in the regular season doesn’t mean we’re going to beat them in the playoffs,” Ryan Mix said of the win. “We’ve got to get a lot better before then.”


Western College Men’s Lacrosse: Denver Men’s Lacrosse (4-4) Scores Biggest Win Of Season With 13-12 Victory Over #12 Stony Brook (4-2) On March 20


Senior Charley Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) scored the game-winning goal for the University of Denver men’s lacrosse

Senior Charley Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) scored the game-winning goal for the University of Denver men's lacrosse team (4-4) and finished the day with three assists, lifting the Pioneers to a 13-12 victory over the No. 12/15 Stony Brook Seawolves (4-2) on Saturday afternoon at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y.

team (4-4) and finished the day with three assists, lifting the Pioneers to a 13-12 victory over the No. 12/15 Stony Brook Seawolves (4-2) on Saturday afternoon at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y. The win marks the first road victory for the Pioneers this season and is the first home loss suffered by the Seawolves.

“I am so proud of the way our guys responded today, being down twice by a significant margin and finding a way to battle back and eventually get the win,” said head coach Bill Tierney. “This is a great way for us to end our spring break trip and a great momentum booster as we head home to host Air Force in a non-conference match-up.”

Leading the offensive scoring effort for the Pioneers was sophomore Patrick Rogers (Portland, Ore.), who scored a career-high three goals and sophomore Mark Matthews (Oshawa, Ontario), who tied his season-high with three goals. Senior Cameron Kerr (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.) tied his career-high with two goals, while five other Pioneers dished in to secure Denver’s fourth win of the season.

In his second start of the season, senior Peter Lowell (Freeport, Maine) earned his first win of the year making 10 saves, five in the first quarter alone.

After allowing the Seawolves to score just three minutes into the game’s action, Rogers scored his first of the game, fourth of the season less than two minutes later to even the score. However, Stony Brook used a four-goal barrage to close out the quarter, and then added its fifth consecutive goal to start the second quarter, swinging the momentum drastically.

Appearing to have the game in hand, the Seawolves appeared to relax a bit and the Pioneers took advantage, scoring four straight goals to cut the deficit to one, 6-5 less than a minute before the intermission. Freshman Hayden Schuette (Encinitas, Calif.) scored his second of the season on a pass from Dickenson with 11: 44 left in the second, followed by Rogers’ second of the game, fifth of the season with 6:45 remaining.

With 4:13 left in the second quarter, Scott lit of the scoreboard for Denver as he netted a John Dickenson (Dallas, Texas) pass for his seventh goal of the season. Matthews provided the final goal for the Pioneers in the quarter as he drilled an unassisted shot with 33 seconds left to play.

As the final seconds of the half ticked away, Stony Brook added its seventh goal of the game as Kevin Crowley scored his 18th goal of the season to give the Seawolves a 7-5 advantage.

Returning from the locker room, the Pioneers opened the third quarter with the momentum as Rogers and Kerr both scored in the opening four minutes of play to even the score at 7-7. But Stony Brook sprang to life, scoring four goals to close out the quarter and take an 11-7 advantage.

Unwilling to admit defeat, the Pioneers rallied in the fourth quarter, out-scoring the Seawolves 6-1. Denver also held the advantage in shots (11-5), ground balls (7-6) and face-offs (6-of-8 to 2-of-8) in the final 15 minutes.

Matthews sparked the scoring explosion for Denver as he netted an unassisted shot just 1:13 into the fourth quarter, his second of the game and 10th of the season.

After the Seawolves’ Jordan McBride scored his third of the game with 11:49 left to play, Pioneer freshman Alejandro Brown (Amherst, Mass.) answered, scooping up the ground ball off the ensuing face-off and taking it all the way into Denver’s offensive zone, drilling a shot past Stony Brook’s goalie for his first career goal.

Chipping away at the Seawolves’ 12-9 advantage, Denver scored three more times over the next three minutes to tie the game at 12-12 as Kerr, Matthews and sophomore Alex Demopoulos (Canton, Conn.) all scored.

The game-winner came with 2:37 left in the game as Scott threaded a pass to an open Charley Dickenson in front of the net, who made a quick spin move to laser a shot into the back of the net for his third goal of the season.

Denver returns home to host the Air Force Academy Falcons on Saturday, March 27 at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in a non-conference match-up. Opening face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. and fans can purchase tickets through the DU Box Office or www.TicketMaster.com for just $9.


  • With his three assists in the game, Charley Dickenson moves into sole possession of third place in the Pioneer record books for most career assists. He is currently 13 assists away from the top spot that is currently occupied by Tug Howe (1967-70) who had 73 assists during his career.
  • Dickenson also moved into sole possession of 10th on the all-time points list with 91 career points.
  • Coming into the match-up, Stony Brook was averaging 16.0 goals per game. Denver’s defense held the Seawolves to just 12 goals.
  • Denver’s 13 goals scored marks the second-most goals scored this season by the Pioneers. The most goals scored by Denver this season was 17 against No. 20 Albany (2/27/10).
  • Denver is 2-2 against teams ranked within the top-25 this season.


MCLA College Men’s Lacrosse: #1 Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Defeats #7 Oregon 5-4 In Overtime

In frigid temperatures, wind, and a sideways snowfall, the #1 ranked University of Michigan men’s lacrosse team gutted out another tough win on Saturday night (March 20) in Dallas, Texas, defeating #7 Oregon by a score of 5-4 in overtime.  Playing in the marquee and final game of the Patriot Cup, the Wolverines gave up a goal with just five seconds left in regulation before banging home the game-winner under a minute into the over-time period to remain unbeaten on the season while also maintaining their now 46-game winning streak.

Michigan won the opening faceoff but following a turnover in the Duck’s zone, a breakdown in the Wolverines’ ride gave Oregon a great shot on the transition.  A chance on a wide-open goal was missed wide however as the Duck’s failed to convert the golden opportunity early on.

Oregon eventually got on the board first at the nine-minute mark on a shot from tight in on the right wing for the early lead.  The teams traded possessions for the majority of the first quarter, but Michigan was able to answer just before the quarter break on a man-up goal from senior midfielder Jamison Goldberg (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown).  Goldberg took a feed from senior midfielder Anthony Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) on the left wing and waited for the goaltender to commit before bouncing one into the cage to knot the game at 1-1 as the teams entered the second quarter.

The defensive struggle continued as neither team could find the back of the net through the first 11:18 of the quarter.  Michigan finally capitalized as senior midfielder Svet Tintchev (Rockville, Md./Bullis) took a feed from Hrusovsky on the right wing and fired a low screamer that found its way through traffic for U-M’s first lead of the game at 2-1 late in the first half.

Michigan kept the pressure on during the end of the second quarter, earning a man-up with 1:43 left.   The Wolverines failed to score however, and an Oregon save turned into a successful clear.  The Ducks quickly turned the ball over though, and Michigan raced up field for a final chance of their own before the half-break.  The Maize and Blue failed to capitalize once again however with the Wolverines holding on tight to the one-goal lead heading into the second half.

Oregon tied the game up four minutes into the third quarter on a dodge from the left wing, but Michigan answered at the 7:13 mark on a quick stick goal from junior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) after he took a feed from senior attackman Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson – Fair Haven).

Oregon didn’t back down and converted a Wolverine turnover at 4:16 to tie the game at 3-3.  The Ducks picked off a pass on a Michigan clear and took it in one on one on junior goaltender Mark Stone (Greenwood Village, Colo./Cherry Creek) before firing low.

After possessions for both teams, Michigan earned a man-up chance late in the third quarter and senior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, Md./Bullis) capitalized for Michigan, taking a feed from Goldberg on the left wing and firing low to high for the 4-3 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Michigan kept up the pressure at the start of the fourth quarter, with Yealy catching a pipe at 9:25 as the Wolverines continued to struggle finding the back of the net.  U-M maintained possession over the next five minutes and earned a minute-long man-up following a Duck slash at 4:26.  The Wolverines failed to capitalize, turning the ball over twice on the man-up as Oregon killed the opportunity and earned a possession with just under a minute left in the game.  As soon as Oregon got into the Wolverines’ box, the Ducks called a timeout with 52 seconds left to set up their last push.

Michigan’s defense was initially up to the task, as Oregon turned the ball over with just :19 seconds left.  The Wolverines couldn’t clear the ball however, and the Ducks were able to sneak one in just inside the left pipe from the left wing to tie the game at 4-4 and force overtime.

Oregon won the opening faceoff of the OT period, but turned the ball over on a missed feed in front.  Michigan was able to clear the ball as Goldberg took it up the right wing before finding senior attackman Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) just below the right GLE.  Zorovich quickly hit a cutting Yealy who fired low and away from the right wing for the game-winning goal as the Wolverines’ contingent rushed the field following the win.

Statistically, Michigan won every category.  U-M outshot the Ducks 41-26, and scooped up 46 groundballs compared to 22 by U-O.  U-M was 7 of 12 on faceoffs, and cleared the ball at a of 21-30 while riding Oregon to 16-27 totals.  The Maize and Blue scored twice on six man-up attempts with the Ducks scoring failing to score on two attempts.

The Wolverines will be right back on the road next weekend when they head to downtown Milwaukee to take on Minnesota-Duluth on the Marquette campus on Saturday, March 27 at 1:00pm MST.  For all of your Michigan men’s lacrosse needs, please visit mgobluelacrosse.com.


● Yealy was the only multi-goal scorer with two, while Goldberg and Hrusovsky tied Yealy for the team lead in points with two apiece.

● Senior faceoff specialist David Reinhard (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) finished 7 of 12 at the “X”.

● Senior midfielder Jordan Kirshner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and junior defenseman Harrison Freid (Needham, Mass./Needham) both led the team with six groundballs.

● Junior goaltender Mark Stone (Greenwood Village, Colo./Cherry Creek) was impressive in net, especially in the first period.  Stone finished with nine saves, including five in the first quarter.

● With the win, Michigan extends their winning streak to 46 games.

● The Wolverines had their lowest scoring output since their MCLA Tournament first-round loss to Northeastern (15-4) in May of 2007.

● Michigan improves to 4-0 all-time vs. Oregon.  Michigan’s last game vs. the Ducks resulted in an over-time win at Oosterbaan in 2005.

● The contest between the two squads was the final game of the 2010 Patriot Cup.  Over the course of the week, Dallas hosted numerous games and scrimmages between high schools and colleges from around the country to help support the Wounded Warrior Project.  The WWP provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life.  Visit patriotcup.com and woundedwarriorproject.org for more info.

NCAA College Men’s Lacrosse: Hofstra Men’s Lacrosse (3-1) Defeated Sacred Heart 14-6 On March 20 (Video)

The 6th ranked Hofstra men’s lacrosse team defeated the Sacred Heart Pioneers 14-6 at James M. Shuart Stadium on March 20, 2010. Hofstra’s Stephen Bentz scored five goals and junior Jay Card tallied four goals in the Pride victory.

Northern California High School Boys Lacrosse: St. Ignatius Senior Middie Rob Emery Scores On Incredible Shot (Video)

St. Ignatius Lacrosse senior middie #18 Rob Emery with an awesome behind the head shot.

Arizona Youth Lacrosse: Arizona Lacrosse Foundation Leagues Have Created Some The Top Lacrosse Talent In The Western U.S.

His hands couldn’t quite grasp the stick. The ball coming toward him wasn’t quite as big as his eyes.

Kyle Klein was like any kid in his neighborhood. He grew up playing in a field with a stick in his hands trying to annihilate a ball being thrown toward him.

The Desert Mountain lacrosse club prepares for a recent game against Chaparral.

Now 21, not much is different for Klein. He’s still playing in a field with a stick and a ball. But this time, the stick feels like an extension of his hands, and the ball is more like a friend.

Klein is a key player for one of the top NCAA Division I lacrosse programs in the country.

“I was playing baseball most of my life; when I first started playing lacrosse, I had no idea how to play the game,” said Klein, a Scottsdale Desert Mountain graduate who is a junior defender at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. (His twin brother Konner plays lacrosse for Grand Canyon University’s club team.) “But as soon as I had a (lacrosse) stick and a ball in my hands, I fell in love with it.”

Klein is a product of the Arizona Lacrosse Foundation leagues, which is helping shepherd what some believe is the fastest-growing sport in the West at the youth, high school and college level.

Though college lacrosse in Arizona can trace its roots to 1960 when Arizona formed its club team, lacrosse is primarily considered an East Coast sport.

Arizona State club lacrosse coach Chris Malone, who also is the director of the elite youth lacrosse program Arizona Burn, said he has seen the growth.

“When I first got here (in September 2007), there were 75 kids in my youth program. Now there are 225,” said Malone, who was an All-American at Maryland. “In my first season at ASU we averaged about 300-400 fans in the stands. This season we he had 5,050 in our first game, and we sold out our second game with 1,300 people. It’s an attractive sport. Kids like it, and those who are playing are introducing the sport to their friends.”

Nick Cavanez, a senior captain for the Scottsdale Chaparral club lacrosse team, began playing the game in the fifth grade.

“When I first got into high school there were 40 guys on the team; now there are at least 60,” he said. “At (Phoenix Brophy Prep), they had 100 people come out for their team. It’s definitely growing really fast.”

There are 25 high school boys clubs in the Valley and 15 high school teams in the Arizona Girls Lacrosse Association.

The number of elite players from Arizona has grown as well. In 2004, Scott Hochstadt founded the Starz Lacrosse Organization, which is the largest elite club lacrosse organization in the country. The Burn are a member of the organization.

“The talent there (in Arizona) is stronger than any other area, believe it or not,” Hochstadt said.

Along with Klein, there are a handful of players playing Division I lacrosse on the East Coast. Hunter Rodgers, a sophomore midfielder, and Pierce Bassett, a freshman goalie, are believed to be the first Arizona products to play for Johns Hopkins, which has won nine Division I titles and is considered the premier program in the nation.

Malone said his goal is to increase the number of elite players who are athletically and academically equipped to earn scholarships from big-time college programs every year.

Klein said it’s only a matter of time.

“Kids are starting to play the sport when they’re a lot younger now,” Klein said. “By the time they get into high school, the sport will there will be bigger, and Arizona will be a hotbed for lacrosse.”


San Diego High School Girls Lacrosse: Torrey Pines Girls Lacrosse (1-1) Returns An Experienced Team And Will Compete For 2010 CIF-San Diego Championship

Torrey Pines High senior Chelsea Yogerst knows what it’s like to play for a section championship team in field hockey. She would like to close her high school career by doing the same in lacrosse.

Torrey Pines senior Chelsea Yogerst would like her lacrosse teammates to enjoy the championship feeling Yogerst savored as a member of the Falcons field hockey squad. Photo by K.C. Alfred

“It’s very much on my mind,” said Yogerst, who contributed to the Falcons’ San Diego Section Division I field hockey title as a junior. “It’s one of our goals to win (the championship). We have talent to do it if we put our best efforts in.”

Torrey Pines is bidding for its first lacrosse crown ever with all but three starters back from last season’s team that finished as runner-up to La Costa Canyon. Yogerst spearheads the lineup as a midfielder who earned all-section honors a year ago.

For an early-season measurement, Torrey Pines (1-1) competes today in the Surf, Sun & Stix Tournament at Westview High. When they last played in this tourney two years ago, the Falcons won the varsity and JV titles.

“Our focus and effort are definitely there,” said first-year Torrey Pines coach Lauren Dachille, who previously guided the JV for two seasons. “We’re working together as a team and focusing right now on perfecting all the little things so that the big things can happen for us at the end of the season.”

Date Opponent Result
3/13 CARONDELET   L,  9-6
3/31 at Carlsbad    
4/01 at Coronado    
4/08 HOLY CROSS, MD    
4/13 at Poway    
4/14 ST. CATHERINE, UK    
4/20 at Rancho Bernardo    
4/23 WESTVIEW, CA    
4/30 POWAY    
5/04 CARLSBAD    
5/11 at Westview, CA    
5/18 at La Costa Canyon    
Coach: Lauren Dachille

Dachille, who played college lacrosse at Villanova, takes over the program from Amanda Bourquin. Dachille receives assistance from Kaitlin Swagart, a member of Virginia’s national championship team in 2004.

Another coach on the field in a sense is Yogerst, who coached the field hockey team at Earl Warren Middle School in Solana Beach the past two winters during a break between playing her two sports.

“I love coaching little kids, and it also gives me a more strategic outlook,” said Yogerst, who hopes to play one or both of her sports on a club basis in college.

Yogerst has seen her role expand over three varsity seasons from principally a defensive midfielder to someone who also contributes to the attack.

“Chelsea has such a presence on both sides of the field,” Dachille said. “She’s so quick that she’s able to contribute each way. One of the strengths of our program is that we have a very athletic group of girls, and she is a great example.”

Also returning at midfield from last season are seniors Steph Cowles and Julia Colley as well as junior Caroline Boucher. Back up front are senior Annelyse Eggold and junior Anna Knowles. Junior standout Katie Trees is due back in two weeks from a knee injury sustained late in the soccer season.

Returning junior Carrie Yang holds forth in goal.

“Lacrosse is just a fun, fast-paced sport, and I love the girls I play with,” Yogerst said. “So it’s exciting to end my senior year with it.”

Especially with a title bid in mind.