Monthly Archives: August 2010

Lacrosse In Hollywood: Brent “Bucky” Gunts Won His 4th Emmy Played For Cornell Men’s Lacrosse From 1970-72 And Won A National Championship

Brent "Bucky" Gunts (Cornell, '72), director of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony for NBC, won his fourth Primetime Emmy, for Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Gunts earned a degree in economics from the College of Arts and Sciences; he also played lacrosse for Cornell from 1970 to 1972 and helped the Big Red win an NCAA championship.

Youth Lacrosse Clinics: Major Lacrosse League (MLL) Chesapeake Bayhawks Held A Clinic On Aug. 29 (Video)

“” Lacrosse Clinic held by the MLL Championship BayHawks

Concussions In Lacrosse: After A Second Concussion A Virginia High School Girls Lacrosse Student-Athlete Is Advised To Stop Playing Lacrosse

Sarah Cottrell suffered her first concussion in May 2009. She fell during a game, slamming her head against the ground. When she stood up, she felt dizzy and was pulled from the game. During the next few days, she continued to

"...advising a student to stop playing is done on a case-by-case basis, depending on the severity of the injury, and the symptoms the student is exhibiting..." Photo by LaxBuzz

have a headache, and also was sensitive to light. The following November, she traveled to Washington, D.C., for a tournament. While Sarah was trying to score a goal, an opponent tried to “check” her by hitting her lacrosse stick against Sarah’s. The stick hit Sarah’s head instead. That time, she blacked out for a couple seconds.

It wasn’t just the dizzying pain that worried Sarah Cottrell when she got whacked in the head with a lacrosse stick during an April game.

She already had suffered two concussions playing lacrosse, and a doctor had advised her to drop the sport if she sustained a third. “I knew if I got hit again, I’d be out for good,” said Cottrell, 17, a Norfolk Academy athlete.

She kept quiet about the injury at first but came clean the next day when she woke up with a headache and nausea. Sure enough, her doctor benched her. That advice is being formalized in new guidelines released today by the country’s leading group of pediatricians.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that youngsters with sport-related concussions be pulled from a game immediately. They should not return to the field that day, even if they feel better, and they should be cleared by a doctor before playing again. The guidelines in the journal Pediatrics also recommend that athletes quit the sport entirely if they sustain multiple concussions or have symptoms – such as headaches, lack of focus or nausea – for more than three months.

Sport concussions have generated a lot of discussion recently. They are of particular concern when children are involved, as their brains are still developing. Long-term effects are not fully understood, but some studies show that repetitive head trauma can lead to problems with focus, memory and learning.

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Northern California High School Boys Lacrosse: St. Ignatius Defeated Amador Valley 13-12 During A Scrimmage In 2010 (Video)

This game was technically a scrimmage but was played full speed by both teams. S.I. ended up winning 13-12 in the final seconds of play.

Song used” P.O.D.- Boom

“Pay To Play” In Lacrosse: Charging Participation Fees Is “Unconstitutional” But How Else To Fund Lacrosse Programs In High School?

“It’s almost a fear of, if you don’t pay you don’t play,” McAllister said. “That pay-to-play is really abhorrent to a lot of people.”

The 1984 Hartzell vs. Connell court case concluded that “charging participation fees to students was an unconstitutional solution to school funding woes.”

The California Constitution weighs in on the issue, stating that the “constitutional right of free access encompasses all educational activities, whether curricular or extra-curricular, and regardless of whether credit is awarded for the educational activity. The right of free access also prohibits mandated purchases of materials, supplies, equipment or uniforms associated with the activity …”

Affluent families are willing to pay to have their children participate in classes and activities that expand their resumes and enhance the high school experience – sometimes forking over thousands of dollars. The idea that the lacrosse team can no longer charge for uniforms and coaches’ salaries, or that girls basketball can only subsist on voluntary donations, may mean an end to the programs altogether unless creative ways can be found to salvage the programs. And that possibility causes many students and their parents to lash out at the messenger. But ensuring equity is paramount. Should talented soccer players or gifted artists who, because of an inability to pay, be prohibited from developing their skills and reaching their full potential in the one institution in our society – public education – that purports to provide every child equal opportunity? Public education cannot solve the chronic problems of poverty and discrimination in society. But it is the one hope, perhaps our last hope, to level the playing field for those kids who have never received the kinds of advantages the middle and upper classes in our country often take for granted.

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Lacrosse Skills: Paul Rabil Demonstrates Techniques Needed To Master “Ground Balls” (Video)

From the August issue and Maverik University series, pro lax star Paul Rabil talks GBs.

Lacrosse Training And Conditioning: Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Men’s Lacrosse Coach Mike Cummings Regimen Reviewed (Video)

LM recently featured a series in which strength and conditioning coach Rashad Devoe hit up Savannah to check out SCAD coach Mike Cummings regimen. Here's the video.

Lacrosse In Hawaii: 20th Annual “Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational” Takes Place October 29-31 In Honolulu, HI

We are proud to announce the 20th Annual Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational Tournament on October 29th - October 31st, 2010. There are a limited amount of team slots in both the men's and women's brackets this year. CLICK ON PICTURE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

The Wahine Lacrosse Club formed in 2000. Both the men’s and women’s teams play and practice primarily at Kapiolani Park, where the 20th annual Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational is scheduled for Oct. 29-31.

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Polocrosse: “King Of The One Horse Sports” Is Gaining In Popularity

Polocrosse is an international sport, widely played in Australia (where it originated), Great Britain, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, and the United States. The activity started as a training exercise for learning horse riders during off-seasons, when they weren’t working on their more vigorous routines. Think of it as Victorian cross-training. Polocrosse blends both Polo and Lacrosse into the most interesting sport.

The rules of Polocrosse are actually quite simple. There are three players on each team, each with their own horse and stick. The sticks, to a casual observer, appear to be crude wooden ancestors of the modern Lacrosse stick, which makes them even more terrifying as the riders plunge through the mud, swinging them freely. Number 1 players are the offensive; they score goals. Number 2 players can play both offensive and defensive, while number 3 players just defend their goal. Games are also surprisingly short, lasting only eight minutes each. The offensive Number 1 riders simply have to bounce the ball in the end zone and then lob the ball through the goal posts to score.

Polocrosse is gaining in popularity across the United States. Minnesota has its own club, Minnesota Extreme Polocrosse or PLX. Most of the riders who competed in the 4th of July tournament at Chateau Saint Croix came from Minnesota and Wisconsin. However, some combatants made their way all from Texas, Maryland, and Delaware. The Chateau St. Croix, a winery seven miles north of downtown St. Croix, has hosted the tournament for several years now, and even houses year-round practices for local players.

When I first arrived at the Chateau, it shocked me. Nestled in endless rolling corn fields sits a gigantic stone fortress. In any other setting, the Chateau might look prudish.

In fact, polocrosse itself is the common man’s rebuttal to the affluent: dirty, rough, and definitely not proper. Maybe that’s why the sport was attracted to this area, a land where the people have no pretensions or affectations. Like polocrosse, we don’t try to be anything we are not, even if that means sometimes we get a little messy.

The polocrosse association hosts a tournament Sunday, August 29 at the Chateau. Play starts in the morning, there’s a lunch break and afternoon games start after 2 p.m.

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NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: Boston University Women’s Lacrosse Announces Seven Recruits Including Kameryn Downing (Cherry Creek, CO)


Kameryn Downing (A • 5’8″ • Cherry Hills Village, Colo. • Cherry Creek)

Served as team captain for Cherry Creek High School as a senior … Helped lead the team to the state championship in 2007, 2008 and 2010 … Named a US Lacrosse First Team All-American and Academic All-American as a senior … Garnered team MVP honors and was a finalist for school’s athlete of the year … Two-time first-team all-state member (2009, 2010) and three-time All-Centennial League First Team member (2008-10) … Received US Lacrosse All-America honorable mention accolades as a junior.

Robertshaw on Downing: “Kameryn is a smart attacker who is a good goal scorer. She sees the game very well and is a natural fit for our system.” 

The Boston University lacrosse team will welcome seven newcomers to the squad’s 2011 roster, head coach Liz Robertshaw announced. The Class of 2014 joins 16 returning letter winners who helped the Terriers capture their sixth straight America East title in 2010.

The additions include attackers Kameryn Downing and Elizabeth Morse; midfielders Becca Church and Sydney Godett; defenders Shannon Gilroy and Christie Hart; and goalkeeper Christina Sheridan.

“The Class of 2014 is a good, hard-working group of student-athletes,” said Robertshaw. “They have championship experience and will help the team reach the next level. It’s a strong class at each position and they’re a group that will do the things we believe in here at BU.”

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