Daily Archives: June 5, 2010

Growth Of NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: The Number Of Division I Teams Has Nearly Tripled To 91 Since 1990, But Only Four Teams Have Won National Championship


Since the tournament expanded to 16 teams with automatic qualifiers in 2001, only seven programs, including Northwestern and Syracuse, have debuted in the semifinals. In 28 years of NCAA championships, only 16 programs have played in the title game. Including this year’s semifinalists, 22 have reached the final four.

Three of last year’s semifinalists return: five-time defending champion Northwestern, Maryland and North Carolina. The “newcomer” is Syracuse, but the Orange isn’t all that new. It was a semifinalist once before, in 2008.

In a sport that is growing rapidly at the college level — nearly tripling the number of Division I programs in 20 years — and is getting more competitive all the time, that parity has not shown up at the top very quickly.

Only four programs have won national championships in the past 19 years, even though the number of NCAA Division I teams has grown from 36 to 91 since 1990. Maryland has eight of those 19 titles, including seven straight from 1995 to 2001. Northwestern has five; Virginia and Princeton, three each.

Newcomers are rare to the Division I final four, too. Since the tournament expanded to 16 teams with automatic qualifiers in 2001, only seven programs, including Northwestern and Syracuse, have debuted in the semifinals. In 28 years of NCAA championships, only 16 programs have played in the title game. Including this year’s semifinalists, 22 have reached the final four.

Coaches often talk about parity in the sport, and it is certainly there, but mostly in a logjam just below a top 15 or 20 that has been tough to break into and a top five or six that has been even tougher to crack.

For more:   http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-05-27/sports/bs-sp-womens-lax-parity-20100528_1_women-s-lacrosse-parity-maryland-coach-cindy-timchal

California College Women’s Lacrosse Profile: Whittier College (6-11) Attacker Lauren Bibby (So., MA) Named To All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team


Lauren Bibby had a sensational lacrosse season for Whittier College in California, being named to the All-Southern

Lauren Bibby, a sophomore attacker from Marblehead, MA, started all 15 games at attack. She was second on the team in goals scored with 41 and had four assists to put her second in total points. Bibby also had 31 ground balls for the Poets and her shots-on-goal percentage was an impressive .663.

California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team.

The Poets are coached by former Marblehead grad Emily Frey Hammer (Class of 1997), who went on to star at Denison (Ohio) University and has been the head coach at Whittier College for five years.

The Poets finished the season 6-11 overall and 4-5 in conference play, falling to the University of Redlands in the SCIAC tournament semifinals. Bibby and Carolyn Mukai combined to score all six Whittier goals. They trailed by seven goals at halftime, but Bibby scored two in a row (the second on a free position strike) to cut the deficit to fivem but couldn’t get closer.

For more:  http://www.salemnews.com/sports/x1996914456/Jean-DePlacido-column-This-Poet-lets-her-actions-speak-louder-than-words

Date Opponent Result
2/24 at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps   L,  15-12
2/27 at Occidental   W, 16-12
3/06 CLAREMONT-MUDD-SCRIPPS   L,  24-13
3/09 CARTHAGE   W, 15-9
3/15 GOUCHER   L,  13-11
3/17 SEWANEE   L,  19-15
3/18 FONTBONNE   L,  9-8
3/21 PUGET SOUND   L,  20-12
3/24 POMONA-PITZER   W, 25-10
3/31 at Redlands   L,  15-7
4/04 at Ohio Wesleyan   L,  18-13
4/05 at Wittenberg   W, 15-14
4/06 at Denison   L,  17-5
4/14 OCCIDENTAL   W, 15-14 (OT)
4/16 at Pomona-Pitzer   W, 20-15
4/25 REDLANDS   L,  19-11
5/01 REDLANDS   L,  14-6
Coach: Emily Hammer

Northern California High School Girls Lacrosse Highlights: Monte Vista (23-0) Defeated Foothill 12-8 On March 26 (Video)


Highlights from Monte Vista’s 12-8 win over Foothill on March 26, 2010. Catch Foothill Girls Lacrosse games live and on-demand at KBCsports.com.

Date Opponent Result
3/08 OAK RIDGE   W, 15-2
3/12 REDWOOD   W, 13-6
3/19 ACALANES   W, 15-5
3/20 POWAY   W, 15-6
3/23 AMADOR VALLEY   W, 7-6
3/26 at Foothill, Pleasanton   W, 12-8
3/30 at Granada   W, 21-14
4/02 CALIFORNIA HS   W, 14-10
4/13 LIVERMORE   W, 16-3
4/16 at Carondelet   W, 11-7
4/19 ST. IGNATIUS PREP, CA   W, 14-12 (OT)
4/20 SAN RAMON VALLEY   W, 15-4
4/23 at Amador Valley   W, 11-8
4/27 FOOTHILL, PLEASANTON   W, 14-13 (OT)
4/30 GRANADA   W, 14-8
5/04 at California HS   W, 14-10
5/05 MIRAMONTE   W, 14-9
5/07 at Livermore   W, 14-5
5/11 CARONDELET   W, 9-8
5/14 at San Ramon Valley   W, 12-7
5/22 GRANADA   W, 15-6
5/26 FOOTHILL, PLEASANTON   W, 13-11
5/28 vs. Amador Valley   W, 6-5
Coach: Dearborn David