Daily Archives: September 7, 2010

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: Stanford Women’s Lacrosse Coach Amy Bokker Has Created “A Culture Of Unity And Excellence” To Attract And Retain Top East Coast Lacrosse Players


 “90% of our players are coming from the east coast”, she says, “and we put an emphasis on developing a family here.” 

 When you’re surrounded by the best, you consider yourself to be the best, and in this way Standford athletes move together.  The expectations are that you’ll excel in the classroom, win games, and positively contribute to the community.

Regardless of the task, each senior was invited to share her leadership skills with the team, exemplifying that every player has a talent to bring to the table and that the team is strongest when everyone brings what they have to offer.

Amy Bokker is drawing women’s lacrosse players to Stanford through a culture of unity and excellence.  If not for her friendly and up-beat personality, Bokker is a name to keep tabs on for her consistent rise toward lacrosse prominence.  In her short tenure as head coach at Stanford her teams have tied and broken the all-time wins per season mark, made the school’s second appearance in the NCAA tournament, and snagged two conference championships. 

In only two seasons, Bokker has begun to establish a shift in culture with her Cardinal squad, making NCAA tournament success a regular goal.  A bronze medal stint in the World Cup as an assistant coach with Canada and her recent appointment to the U. S. National Team coaching staff, further confirm that Bokker is an ever-rising star.  While Stanford has long been respected as a unique and challenging option for lacrosse players nationwide, Bokker’s jump to the west coast is proving a pioneering move of tremendous potential.

For more:   http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2010/09/07/beyond-xs-and-os-cardinal-lacrosse-go-west-with-purpose

In Memoriam: UC Santa Barbara Professor Lawrence Badash (1934-2010) Played Lacrosse At Rensselaer Against The Great Jim Brown In 1950’s And Went On To Found UCSB Men’s Lacrosse Program

“(Larry Badash) attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he completed a BS in physics in 1956. At Rensselaer, Larry competed on the Lacrosse team. On occasion RPI faced a Syracuse team led by future Cleveland Browns great Jim Brown who played Lacrosse in the off-season. When he arrived at UCSB Larry brought his love of Lacrosse with him, founding what is now a thriving program…”

Larry Badash, UCSB professor emeritus and one of the nation’s most respected historians of science has passed after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. The author of seven books and numerous articles, Larry taught generations of students during his 36-year career at UCSB. Larry specialized in history of physics and specifically nuclear weapons. He served the Santa Barbara community as president and long time member of the ACLU. Larry also spent over a decade helping rescue children and lost hikers as a member of the Los Padres Search and Rescue Team. Many Sierra Club hikers will remember this kind, soft spoken man whose love of hiking extended from the Santa Ynez Mountains to the Sierras to trekking in the Himalayas.

For more:  http://www.independent.com/news/2010/sep/07/lawrence-badash-1934-2010/

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: Hofstra Women’s Lacrosse 2011 Schedule To Include Oregon and Denver

From there the month of February will finish up with a pair of games, a road tilt at Oregon on February 20 and then a home contest versus Denver on February 25.  The Pioneers won 13 games last season, one of six schools on the schedule with at least that many victories.

Hofstra University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach Abby Morgan today released her squad’s 2011 schedule, a 16-game slate that features 11 opponents that won at least 10 games last season and four schools that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2010.

“Our 2011 schedule follows the tradition that has been set here at Hofstra,” commented Morgan.  “We continue to play top notch non-conference opponents to prepare us for our competitive Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) schedule.  Coming off a year in which two CAA teams made the NCAA Tournament, we need to compete against the best in the country to achieve our post-season goals.”

Hofstra’s nine non-conference opponents in 2011 put together a combined winning percentage of 66% (102-52) in 2010, with the University of Pennsylvania leading the way with a 15-4 mark last season.

Penn is one of two teams on the Pride’s schedule that advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament last season, with James Madison being the other.  In addition to those two schools, Notre Dame and Towson are the other two opponents on the schedule that made the NCAA Tournament.

The season gets under way on February 16 when Hofstra hosts Boston College.  The Eagles posted a 12-6 mark last season, and it will be the first meeting between the schools since 2004.  From there the month of February will finish up with a pair of games, a road tilt at Oregon on February 20 and then a home contest versus Denver on February 25.  The Pioneers won 13 games last season, one of six schools on the schedule with at least that many victories.

For more:   http://www.gohofstra.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=109707&SPID=13602&DB_OEM_ID=22200&ATCLID=204987121