Monthly Archives: March 2010

Western College Men’s Lacrosse: Colorado Men’s Lacrosse Fires Head Coach Pete Stevenson And Hires Asst. Coach Michael Ryder

The University of Colorado made a surprising move early Monday morning, as head coach Pete Stevenson was relieved of coaching duty. Stevenson previously held the offensive coordinator position at BYU.

Kristopher Schoech, the director of CU Club Sports, released the initial statement about the move: “Today the University of Colorado Collegiate Sports Club Program made a coaching change for the CU Men’s lacrosse Team. CU Men’s Lacrosse coach Pete Stevenson was terminated and Assistant Coach Michael Ryder was hired as the new head CU Men’s Lacrosse Coach. Assistant Coach Taylor Short will

Former Colorado Men's Lacrosse Coach Pete Stevenson.

remain on staff with expanded coaching duties. The teams’ current 2-4 record was not the main reason why Coach Stevenson was terminated but the department and the student athletes felt it was time to go in a more positive direction. We wish Coach Stevenson the best for the future.”

Schoech would also like to make clear that the rumors of former head coach John Galvin are false. Galvin has only spoken to Ryder and nothing more.

Mike Ryder was brought in at the same time as Stevenson when the Buffs were searching to replace long time coach John Galvin. He was hired initially as a defensive coach due to his college career. Ryder is a Salisbury alum, serving two years under coach Jim Berkman before becoming a player/ defensive coach for the Club team after finishing playing. More recently however, he has been a member of the Colorado Sabertooths indoor lacrosse team, who placed second to Team USA in the 2009 Freedom Cup back in August.

Now Ryder has been given the responsibility of handling a team that demands nothing less than what they finished last year. “I am extremely honored to be named CU’s head coach. While the circumstances may not be the most ideal to become a head coach I am confident in the abilities of this team and the direction we are going to take for the rest of the season. “

Although Stevenson has a great mind of coaching, in the end it was not the best fit for Colorado. CU currently stands No. 13 overall in the Prodigy polls, but hold a 2-4 record and sit at the bottom of the RMLC Conference.

However, Ryder would go on to say that the team’s record was not the reason for the change. “First of all the decision has nothing to do with wins and losses. During a long lacrosse season all teams have highs and lows. Our record while not what we thought it would be at this point is the least important factor in a decision like this. It was a decision made by the Club Sports offices as well as the team as a whole. Every single person directly involved with this program was a part of this decision. For many of these players it will be one of the toughest decisions they will ever have to make in their lives.”

The players were asked not to comment at this time. The team recently returned from California with disappointing losses to Loyola Marymount and Chapman, and are also preparing for the Rocky Mountain Showdown against rival Colorado State, who currently hold the No. 3 ranking in the MCLA.

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Marin County Athletic League (MCAL) Girls Lacrosse: Redwood Girls Lacrosse Is Favored To Win Fourth Consecutive Title But Marin Catholic And University Will Compete

DESPITE HAVING an inside track on winning its fourth consecutive MCAL championship, the Redwood High girls lacrosse team will have to keep an eye on the challengers this season. Playing with an even larger target on their backs this season, the Giants will face challenges in league play from Marin Catholic and San Francisco’s University High.

MC is poised to do damage after losing just two seniors from their second-place squad in 2009. The Wildcats feature a good mix of established players who could give Redwood a run for their money. Santa Rosa schools Ursuline, who joins the MCAL after playing a non-affiliated schedule last season, and Sonoma Academy, which is under the guidance of new coach Eva Oliver, could play the role of wild cards.

Drake brings in a new coach, Keith O’Brien, and retained the services of its first-team all-MCAL goalie Annie Ostergard, and has ambitions of removing the stigma of past MCAL doormat. Tam could also figure to make some noise after finishing above .500 last year. The Red-tailed Hawks return team captain Tara Salisbury. San Marin features only a pair of seniors, but the Mustangs have been trending in the right direction in recent seasons.


Coach: Elizabeth Teasdale (second season)

Record: 6-2, 0-0 MCAL

2009 season: 15-6, 7-0 (MCAL champs, lost second round of NCS)

Outlook: The Giants return seven seniors to a team that’s smallest margin of victory in the MCAL in 2009 was four goals. In fact, Redwood was so dominant that it beat its MCAL opponents by an average score of more than 16-5 last season. Leading the attack will be a seniors and first-team all-MCAL midfielders Amelia Burke and MacKenzie Pope. Pope, along with co-team captains Madeline Dibble — a three-year starter at goalie — and senior attacker Nicky Ford — a second-team selection in 2009 — should have the Giants right back in the driver’s seat this season. Freshman Molly Hunt and Blaine Darden will also play significant roles on this year’s squad. Niki Melka, a key player in the Giants defensive scheme is battling a back injury, but hopes to be back on the field in a matter of weeks.

The last word: “We’ve got a pretty good lineup of girls that have experience,” said Teasdale, who played at San Diego State. “It’s great because we’ve got girls of all ages who are already taking on leadership roles. e We set a lot of goals before the season started — to go undefeated in MCAL, and get past the first round of NCS. And I think we can achieve those.”


Coach: Keith O’Brien (first season)

Record: 0-3, 0-1 MCAL

2009 record: 0-8, 0-6

Outlook: O’Brien joins the Pirates after coaching Petaluma’s Casa Grande program and takes over a team with limited success. Drake returns first-team all-MCAL goalie and team captain

Annie Ostergard for her senior season. Senior midfielder and captain MacKenzie O’Brien — Keith’s daughter — comes aboard after playing for Petaluma’s club team in 2009, while junior captains, defender Rachel Cranna and attacker Rachel Masoud, look to add some important depth to the Pirates. O’Brien will also look to Diana Ramos, Johanna Olesen, Aki Neumann, Ariana Pemberton and Audrey Bayless to provide stability and productivity to the Pirates’ program.

The last word: “For the most part we have a core of players who have some experience,” O’Brien said. “We’ve enjoyed sort of a resurgence of girls with an interest in lacrosse at Drake. It’s going to be a while before we make some noise in the MCAL, but if they stick with it and keep working together they can turn this around.”


Coach: Whitney Hanley (ninth season)

Record: 6-1, 0-0 MCAL

2009 record: 11-8, 7-2

Outlook: The 2009 Wildcats caught many by surprise, even their longtime coach. But the young team of only 16 players battled its way to a second-place finish in the MCAL last season. MC has since lost just two seniors while returning four, including returning team captains Ania Kurczko — the heart of the Wildcats defense who was named first-team all-MCAL in ’09 — and Sarah Kelly, who averages nearly three goals per game this season. Additionally, Hanley will look to leadership from senior captains Emily Cincebeaux, a second-team all-MCAL midfielder, and Katie Rooney, another midfielder, who transferred from St. Louis. With this viable combination of proven seniors, and a sampling of experienced freshmen, MC is looking to win an MCAL title and has hopes of returning to NCS, something they’ve done just once — in 2008.

The last word: “We have so many returning and experienced players,” Hanley said. “These captains are far superior to any other captains I’ve had. They’ve got us playing like a team, operating a balanced attack. e The goal scoring and assists have been well spread out and the girls are learning to play as a team.”


Coach: Kim Puliafico (first season)

Record: 0-1, 0-1 MCAL

2009 record: 2-8, 1-8

Outlook: A 2005 San Marin grad, and former Chico State lacrosse player, Puliafico takes over a Novato program with hopes of establishing the Hornets as contenders for years to come. Helping her this season will be defender Elinor Shaul and midfielder Lauren Liddle. Junior Yeonji Choi helps bolster the Hornets offense and Kelsy Hatfield will be a main force stabilizing the defense. Puliafico is also looking for big things from her promising left-handed middie, Sara Carlson.

The last word: “We have a few good leading players,” Puliafico said. “I hope that this season, the players can take on the role of building the program to a more serious level. We want to take the program and equal what the boys have. They have a great program, and I want to show (the team) that we can be a good program too.”


Coach: Justin Kurland (third season)

Record: 4-0, 1-0 MCAL

2009 record: 3-4, 3-6

Outlook: A young Mustangs team with only a pair of seniors has high hopes for 2010, but San Marin also realizes it needs a few breaks to go its way in order to sneak into postseason play. In order for that to happen, San Marin will lean heavily on junior Kelsey Diederick and senior Allison Koenig — both team captains — as the Mustangs look to rebound from a 3-6 mark last year. Goalie Sophia Mychajluk will also be paramount to the team’s success, as will an influx of talented freshmen, says Kurland.

The last word: “I still look at this season as a rebuilding year,” Kurland said. “I can tell you that we have the most amount of fun. I love wining but we enjoy playing, we go out there just to play and the girls just enjoy it.”


Coach: Eva Oliver (first season)

Record: 1-5, 0-0 MCAL

2009 record: 12-5, 6-4

Outlook: One of two MCAL entries from Santa Rosa, Sonoma Academy relies on sophomore twins Allie and Katie Bryan, as Oliver takes over this private school program. Last year, Sonoma received consistent contributions from juniors Kate Detrick, Emma Ritcey, M.P. Greene, Katie Lamb and Julia Gurney, all of whom will be important elements to another successful campaign. No further information was available.


Coach: Christina Samala (second season)

Record: 1-2, 0-0 MCAL

2009 record: 8-7, 4-3

Outlook: Led by team captain Tara Salisbury, seniors Monica Milstein and the heart of the Red-tailed Hawks defense, Catie DeBendictis, Tam looks to be in the MCAL mix this season. However, regardless of the strong leadership it boasts, the Hawks’ season may hinge on the sticks of three newcomers to the sport, most notably junior Daniel Torne, who’s already shown an offensive deftness in the early going. And as the case with any lacrosse team, the Hawks will rely on strong play from their goalie Baylin Vreeland to keep them in games.

The last word: “We’ve got three new players without experience on the team that are playing huge and having fun, adjusting well,” Hawks assistant Natalie Butler said. “The older teammates are being great leaders and showing the girls the ropes, rather than bossing the younger ones around. e I think our team right now is just adjusting to having a few newer players on the team, and once we get a sense of each other and gel, we could be pretty good.”


Coach: Robin Harvey (first season)

Record: 1-5, 0-0 MCAL

2009 record: 6-14-2, 4-3

Outlook: A San Francisco entry into the MCAL normally boasts a fair amount of Marin talent. This year Harvey takes the reigns of the program after Mary Beth Noel took a leave of absence after giving birth. Harvey was not available for comment.


Coach: Matt Eaton (first season)

Current record: 1-4, 0-0 MCAL

2009 record: 2-8 (non-affiliated)

Outlook: With 33 players trying out for the team, Ursuline is hoping they can make some noise in its inaugural season as a part of the MCAL. The Bears, a Santa Rosa school, don’t have any players from Marin, and Eaton takes over a program that’s still relatively young.

The last word: “We are excited to start this year in the MCAL,” Ursuline athletic director Rich Herman said. “There is a strong crop of teams from Marin, and we think the competition will serve our program well.”



Coach: Amy Harms (fourth season)

Record: 3-3

2009 record: 15-2

Outlook: San Francisco’s St. Ignatius, an unaffiliated program, is perennially among the best in the state, and as is usually the case, this edition of the Wildcats has a strong Marin flavor to it. Mill Valley junior midfielder Heidi Halstad along with a pair of Tiburon sisters, senior attacker Sofia Robinson and sophomore Alexa, a defender, will head a strong crop of North Bay athletes looking to make an impact in San Francisco. Also hailing from Marin are midfielders Tess Mattimore (Tiburon), and Kaly Leonoudakis (Corte Madera) who should each play a vital role in the attack. First-year varsity players include midfielder Grace Buckingham (Ross), Erin Geraghty (Tiburon), and freshman Meg Wallace (Ross) will provide youth to a program that tends to re-load its collection of talent as opposed to rebuild.

The last word: “(In the past) we’ve been lucky to have some great success,” Harms said. “A good portion of our players and our starters are from Marin, and those athletes tend to have good ability, speed, and stick skills. e This year we’re pretty young, e I wouldn’t want to say our expectations are lessened, but in reality we want to compete, and get better everyday.”

Western College Men’s Lacrosse: Colorado State Men’s Lacrosse (10-0) Defeated Utah 17-5 On March 27

CSU men’s lacrosse gave yet another team a thrashing, beating Utah State 17-5 on Saturday.

Senior journalism major Jake Flax (1) attempts to score in the fourth period of the game against Utah State Saturday night at the Loveland Sports Park. CSU men’s lacrosse’s next game is April 3 against the University of Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver. Samantha Baker | Collegian

The win improves their record to 10-0 and creates even more momentum into the final stretch of the season, which includes a showdown with CU-Boulder April 3 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver.

Utah State was not expected to give the Rams much difficulty, being heavily outweighed on paper and the result backed that up even further.

“They’re actually a better team than I’ve seen them in years,” senior goalie Alex Jacques said. “We’re still a little stronger than them, but they kept their top guys in so we definitely had to work hard on it.”

Young players got to see quality playing time as a product of the easy victory, making the depth on the team that much better.

Rams head coach Alex Smith was most impressed with the play of his young defense.

“Not one person on the team scored all of our points. It was spread around,” Smith said. “Our freshmen defenders could easily start here (soon), so it was good to get them some time.”

Older players like captain Cooper Kehoe were also pleased with the production the team got out of its less experienced players.

“I was really impressed by them,” Kehoe said. “A few of our guys we needed to step up really stepped up and contributed by scoring some points, which was good to see.”

The game had been scheduled to be played on campus, but the recent snow created problems for the field and the location was switched to Loveland for the second game in a row.

Kehoe and the rest of the team were looking forward to what would have been only the second true on-campus home game of the season.

“It would have been nice to play on campus,” Kehoe said. “Just to get a little more support from the school and get the crowd out there, so it was a little disappointing.”

However, the team seemed grateful to have an alternate field to play on in circumstances such as this.

“Loveland is actually a pretty field,” Jacques said. “It’s a little annoying driving there every day, but it’s definitely good turf.”

While unfortunate, the team does not let the lack of actual home games get them down because moving games to Loveland is something of a norm now.

“To be quite honest, we are used to it,” Kehoe said. “We just roll with the punches and whatever comes our way, no one is really upset.”

The damage was not only felt in the disappointment of missing out on another home game, but more importantly a chance to promote the game with CU-Boulder the following week to those people who are not aware of CSU lacrosse.

“I think we have a pretty good group of people who will follow us,” Smith said. “It’s got to hurt a little bit, though. We’re going to have to get out there this week and spread the word.”

San Diego High School Boys Lacrosse: Poway Boys Lacrosse (4-0) Senior Attacker Jack McGarry Has Learned Lacrosse From His Father Who Played East Coast Lacrosse In New York


No matter what’s on the dinner menu, there’s sure to be a heaping helping of lacrosse talk when Poway High senior Jack McGarry joins his father, Tim, at the table.

The discussion might focus on Jack’s play with the Titans’ varsity team since he learned the game as a youngster from his dad, a former club coach who now directs the Poway junior varsity.

Or talk could touch on officiating; Tim has been followed as a referee by his son, who is getting his start in a striped shirt in the youth ranks.

Date Opponent Result
3/12 at Scripps Ranch   W, 12-6
4/01 CORONADO    
4/16 at San Marcos    
4/20 at Westview    
4/23 FALLBROOK    
4/30 CARLSBAD    
5/07 at Mount Carmel    
5/14 at Rancho Bernardo    
Coach: Paul Sanit

“We are always taking X’s and O’s at dinner and around the house,” said Jack, an attackman. “It probably drives my mom crazy. I might have questions about offenses, and since my dad was a defender, he’ll give me the defensive perspective. He taught me the game.”

Jack, who remembers having little lacrosse sticks as a toddler, played for his father from his start in organized lacrosse in fifth grade until entering high school.

“I like to have Jack espouse his ideas and strategies,” said Tim, whose officiating duties include Division II colleges, the highest level on the West Coast. “He’ll bounce it off me, and we go back and forth.”

Jack analyzes the game from the standpoint of an honor student who ranks among the top of his class. While he plans to play lacrosse in college on some level, Jack is deciding on a school based on his goal to study biomedical engineering.

Tim may be best known as a coach and referee but still identifies himself as a player first. From his start in the lacrosse hotbed of Long Island, N.Y., he remains active playing on masters teams.

After Tim moved midway through high school with his family to San Francisco, he didn’t have the prep opportunities that exist today, so he practiced with the University of California Berkeley club team. He subsequently went to UC Davis to compete in wrestling and discovered he could also play lacrosse on the club level.

Lacrosse dominates father-and-son conversations, yet gymnastics has also been a family topic. Tim’s wife, Laura, has been an assistant coach at Poway High, and his daughter, Katie, placed third in the San Diego Section finals in the all-around competition two years ago before heading to UC Santa Barbara.

Jack previously tried baseball and also played soccer for years before focusing on lacrosse after making the varsity his sophomore year.

“I like the speed of the game,” Jack said. “I don’t like to get bored or sit around waiting. They call lacrosse the fastest game on two feet. You’re always involved in what’s happening.”

Jack, who ranked among Poway’s point leaders last season, works upfront with longtime teammate junior Conor Sanit, the son of coach Paul Sanit, and junior Henry Donahue.

“Jack does it all very quietly,” his father said. “Now his dad was a New Yorker who was very vocal. I was in people’s faces playing defense, although later in college I learned how to shut up and work hard with my feet and stick.”

At the dinner table, their tastes remain the same.