Monthly Archives: May 2010

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship: Maryland Women’s Lacrosse Defeats Northwestern 13-11 To Win 11th National Title

Maryland rallied to tie the game just before the half and scored three of the last four goals, including Caitlyn McFadden’s game winner with 5:47 left, for a 13-11 victory and the program’s 11th national crown before an announced record crowd of 9,782 at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Maryland set the stage perfectly to bring the NCAA women’s lacrosse championship back to College Park for the first time since 2001. The Terrapins came in as the No. 1 seed, boasted the stingiest defense in the tournament and, being so close to their home turf in Towson, drew a mostly partisan crowd of red-clad fans.

Facing five-time defending champion Northwestern, however, the Terrapins found themselves in a battle from the start as the No. 2-seeded Wildcats scored the first six goals. Once the Terps banished the jitters and got used to facing into the sun, they reigned all over Northwestern’s title streak.

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Michigan High School Lacrosse: Growth Of Michigan High School Lacrosse Reflects National Trends As Sport Became Officially Sanctioned In 2005


Lacrosse’s popularity and growth in Michigan reflects the national trend. In 2005, the Michigan High School Athletic Association took on lacrosse as an officially-sanctioned sport. Lacrosse is the third-fastest growing sport at the MHSAA level, behind competitive cheer and bowling, increasing from 114 teams (71 boys/43 girls) to 139 (87 boys/52 girls) in 2010.

Ypsilanti and Chelsea, shown above in a game in mid-May, are two of this area's newest squads. ( file photo)

Athlete participation in lacrosse increased every year since its charter season, going from 4,467 athletes (3,032 boys/1,435 girls) to 6,385 (4,249/2,136) in 2009. Overall, participation in MHSAA-sanctioned sports has remained constant with a 0.07 percent decrease in numbers.

“As far as coming out of the chute from the beginning of its sponsorship, I can’t say that any other sport has seen that explosion that lacrosse has had,” says John Johnson, MHSAA communications director for the past 23 years. “The only thing I can say is comparable was in the late ’90s until about 2005 in ice hockey, where we saw an almost doubling up.

“The crossover nature to it, the fast-paced nature of the game, the almost kind of extreme feel it has,” Johnson says. “It’s something that’s new, quick, edgy and it’s really caught on with kids, and those people that have got involved have really got involved in grass roots efforts and deserve a lot of credit.”

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Washington State High School Boys Lacrosse Championships: Bellevue Wolverines Boys Lacrosse (20-3) Defeated Mercer Island To Win First State Lacrosse Title

Ryan Deal scored with 1:50 remaining in overtime to give Bellevue its first state boys lacrosse title in 19 years with an 8-7 win over Mercer Island Saturday night before 2,650 at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.

It was the Islanders’ first loss in 22 starts this season, and their first to Bellevue since 2002.

The overtime period was set up as Wolverines midfielder Eric Omri beat Islanders goaltender Hap Giraud with 26 seconds remaining in regulation to knot the score at 7.

Omri’s goal four minutes earlier began Bellevue’s improbable run from a two-goal deficit to take the state title.

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Date Opponent Result
3/12 JESUIT-PORTLAND   W, 10-6
3/16 at Eastlake   W, 13-4
3/19 at Eastside Catholic   W, 20-6
3/23 SKYLINE   W, 11-6
3/25 OVERLAKE   W, 16-6
3/27 vs. Lakeridge   W, 5-4
3/29 vs. Lakeland/Panas   L,  9-8
3/31 at Vashon Island   W, 18-1
4/08 vs. Alpharetta   L,  7-6 (2OT)
4/09 at Dallas Jesuit   W, 7-3
4/10 at Plano   W, 11-0
4/19 MUKILTEO   W, 15-6
4/21 at Seattle Prep   W, 11-5
4/26 CURTIS   W, 11-4
4/30 at Lakeside   W, 15-8
5/04 PUYALLUP   W, 15-4
5/07 ISSAQUAH   W, 9-8 (OT)
5/12 at Northshore-Bothell   W, 13-9
5/14 at Mercer Island   L,  7-5
5/26 at Bainbridge Island   W, 13-3
5/29 vs. Mercer Island   W, 8-7 (OT)
Coach: John Baumann

San Diego High School Boys Lacrosse: La Costa Canyon Boys Lacrosse (23-0) Defeat Torry Pines 12-6 To Win Fourth CIF-San Diego Section Championship In 6 Years

“…the Mavericks convincingly defeated Torrey Pines 12-6 in the section boys lacrosse championship game at Del Norte High. It was the fourth time the two North County rivals met in a

The La Costa Canyon Mavericks, No. 2 in the sport’s state rankings, got four goals from senior midfielder #6 Ian Hare. Photo by LaxBuzz.

section final in the sport, but the first win for the Mavericks, who did win section titles in 2005, ’06 and ’08 against other opponents.”

 “I guess that Torrey Pines monkey’s off our backs,” La Costa Canyon coach Dallas Hartley said after directing a perfect 23-0 season.

The Mavericks had scrambled past the Falcons 7-6 when the teams met May 14 in regular-season play. Torrey Pines (17-3) outshot the winners, 37-26, this time, but trailed 2-0 2:13 after the opening whistle and 6-2 at halftime.

The Mavericks, No. 2 in the sport’s state rankings, got four goals from senior midfielder Ian Hare, plus two each from midfielder Michael Gennuso and attacker Timmy Andrews. The winners were keyed by scoring spurts of four unanswered goals late in the first half and a stretch of four goals to one by Torrey Pines midway in the second half for a 10-5 lead.

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NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Is First “Western” Team To Reach Title Game And Faces #5 Duke In Finals On May 31 In Baltimore, MD

Notre Dame is located the farthest west, by far, of any team to reach the national title game.

The N.C.A.A. men’s lacrosse tournament has long been dominated by one of the most persistent monopolies in sports. Only four teams — Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, Princeton and Virginia — have won the title since 1992. Despite the game’s rapid growth, it has flourished in the same areas and been dominated by teams wearing familiar jerseys.

No. 5 Duke upset No. 1 Virginia, 14-13, on a Max Quinzani shot with 12 seconds left in a scintillating game. Unseeded Notre Dame cruised past No. 7 Cornell, 12-7, in the other semifinal behind brilliant play in goal by Scott Rodgers.

Neither Duke nor Notre Dame has won an N.C.A.A. men’s lacrosse title. This will be the first time two teams will play for the title without one of them having won one since 1973. For perspective, that was the third year of the N.C.A.A. tournament.

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NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship: No. 1 Maryland (21-1) Vs. No. 2 Northwestern (20-1)

“For a lot of people, I think, having the two most successful programs in women’s lacrosse meeting is phenomenal,” said Sheehan Stanwick Burch, women’s lacrosse analyst for CBS College Sports Network. “Both teams are so athletic, so talented and really strong defensively.

They have 15 national titles between them, including 13 of the past 18.

No. 1 Maryland vs. No. 2 Northwestern for the NCAA women’s Division I lacrosse championship.

When the teams square off at 5:30 p.m. today at Towson’s Johnny Unitas Stadium in their first meeting since 2007, they bring much more than their top rankings. They have 15 national titles between them, including 13 of the past 18.

Maryland (21-1) has twice as many championships with 10 (one before the NCAA took over the tournament), but the Wildcats (20-1) have all the momentum. They come in as the five-time defending champions. The Terrapins have a record seven straight crowns, but they haven’t won since 2001, the last year of that streak.

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Colorado High School Boys And Girls Lacrosse: Cherry Creek High School Lacrosse Has Dominated Colorado Boys And Girls Lacrosse, Winning 25 Combined Championships Since 1998

In the official Colorado prep history of lacrosse — girls were sanctioned in 1998, the boys a year later — a combined 25 titles have been handed out. Cherry Creek has won 12 of those.

“You look back, and we kind of feel like it’s Cherry Creek versus the field,” Perry said. “Sometimes it’s Fort Collins, sometimes it’s Mullen, sometimes it’s Arapahoe. Every year, there’s a new challenger.”

Coach Cayel Dwyer’s head felt a little lighter Thursday morning.

Hours earlier, his Cherry Creek Bruins won yet another girls lacrosse championship — bringing the program total to eight.

Dwyer had promised his team it could shave his head if Cherry Creek went undefeated en route to winning a state title. After a 19-0 season, the clippers came out.

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San Diego High School Boys Lacrosse: La Costa Canyon Boys Lacrosse (22-0) Defeated Poway 12-1 In CIF-San Diego Semifinal And Will Meet Torrey Pines In Championship Game

It took all of six seconds of its CIF San Diego Section semifinal game on Thursday night for the La Costa Canyon High boys lacrosse team to show that it wasn’t resting on its laurels.

That is how long it took top-seeded La Costa Canyon to win the opening faceoff against Poway, move the ball quickly up field and onto the stick of Ian Hare, who wasted no time in whipping a shot into the net. The Mavericks (22-0) scored two more times in the first four minutes and were never threatened as they raced to a 12-1 victory over Poway to earn a spot in their eighth consecutive CIF final.

“That’s a testament to our program,” said La Costa Canyon coach Dallas Hartley, who has led the team to titles in 2005, 2006 and 2008, “and to our middle school feeder program, the Mustangs. I’ll give a shout-out to them. And it’s (because of) kids playing year-round.”

La Costa Canyon will meet Torrey Pines, an 11-8 winner over Coronado, in the CIF championship match at 7 p.m. Saturday at Del Norte High.

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Southern California High School Boys Lacrosse Recruiting Camps: Silverfin Lacrosse Recruiting Camp To Be Held At Cal Lutheran University In Thousand Oaks On June 25-27, 2010

Silverfin Lacrosse announces its highly anticipated recruiting event that will take place 25-27 June on the beautiful campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks California. Featuring coaches and staff members from Colgate, Ohio State, Dartmouth, Rutgers, Air Force, and other major college lacrosse programs, this event provides access to many of the top collegiate programs in the country. Campers have the option of a day camp or sleep away camp. In addition, we will be offering a week long day camp from 12-16 July at Oaks Christian High School. Youth players of all ability levels are encouraged to attend. Silverfin Lacrosse, Southern California's premier lacrosse training orgainization, is comprised of former and current military officers, ivy league graduates, and former Division-1 lacrosse players. They have come together to provide the absolute best training experience that you will find for players in Southern California. Our process is efficient, proven, and fun for players of all ability levels.

Utah High School Girls Lacrosse: Alta Girls Lacrosse (15-0) Defeated Riverton 19-3 To Win Second Consecutive State Championship

Alta Girls Lacrosse won its second consecutive Division I title on May 15, defeating No. 2 Riverton 19-3. The undefeated Hawks won their games by an average of 15 goals. They haven’t lost since falling to Jordan in the 2008 quarterfinals.

The Alta girls’ lacrosse team has never worried much about the numbers on the scoreboard.

With a 15-goal average margin of victory and a 40-1 record over the past three seasons, why would the Hawks have to?

But for the two-time Utah Lacrosse Association Division I state champions, the 2010 season wasn’t about demolishing its competition, although the Hawks did plenty of that. It wasn’t only about cruising to an undefeated record or defending their 2009 division title.

“Our coach’s motto was that we don’t care about the other team,” Alta captain and state defensive MVP Taylor Dunn said. “If we didn’t beat ourselves, we didn’t count it as a good game for us.”

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