Daily Archives: September 12, 2010

MCLA Men’s Lacrosse Preview: Oregon Men’s Lacrosse Will Be More Experienced In 2011 But Needs To Win Non-Conference Games Convincingly

Oregon (10-5, MCLA Quarterfinals)

Key Loss: Justin Blackmore. A first-team all-PNCLL selection, Blackmore not only finished third on the team in goals and assists, but drew a lot of attention, opening up opportunities for his teammates.
Key Returnee: Nick Johnston. The league’s defensive player of the year, Johnston always seemed to show up in the biggest games. Throw in a close defense that returns nearly intact, and Johnston could be on the verge of a monster year. Having a confident goalie is going to make Oregon a tough out in the tournament.

Wild Card: The schedule. With only one (potentially) meaningful game in the conference (Simon Fraser), the Ducks not only need another strong schedule, but also must win some critical contests to keep them ahead of the ever-expanding pack of possible at-large contenders. It’s difficult to envision that will actually be an issue with what Oregon has coming back, but it’s best to cover all the bases.
Reality: Last year was a baby step. There were some young players receiving a lot of time and a couple of key veterans trying to break them in. This is the year the Ducks should be ready to roll from the opening whistle of the season. They are extremely deep in the midfield, which generates a good percentage of their offense, and the defense could be one of the best in the country. If the attack can increase its output, Oregon could be returning to the salad days of 2007.

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/blogs/coyne/090810_midsummer_nights_ranking_mcla_div_one

National Lacrosse Tournaments: The 20th Annual Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational Tournament On Oct. 29-31 Will Include Irouois Nationals

Inside Lacrosse has learned that the Nationals will be competing in this year’s Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational the last weekend of October, the event’s 20th Anniversary. The Iroquois will compete against all-star squads from past champions Wimmer Solutions, the Crease Monkeys and more teams that come from across the globe.

The Nationals were said to have had their strongest team yet leading up to this year’s World Championships but they weren’t able to make the trip to England because of a dispute with the British Consulate over their Haudenosaunee passports. The Iroquois succeeded in appealing to the U.S. Government for an exemption to use their Native documents, but the UK reversed course on an earlier decision and said they would not allow the Nationals on British soil for the tournament.

For more: http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2010/09/10/iroquois-nationals-play-hawaii-lacrosse-invitational

Lacrosse Documentaries: “The Road To Respect” By Josh Lane Chronicles Saint Leo University’s 2009 Men’s Lacrosse Team (Video)

Josh Lane’s ambitions are focused on sports and film. So far, they’re coming together nicely. Most recently, the 2010 graduate of Wesley Chapel High School earned accolades for his six-minute documentary, “The Road to Respect,” chronicling the Saint Leo University lacrosse team’s 2009 season. The film was named one of the top three documentaries in the state in the Jim Harbin Florida Association for Media in Education student media competition. In November, he’ll find out whether he wins.

The 18-year-old is focusing on classes at the University of Florida, where he is majoring in telecommunications and volunteering with the athletic department’s GatorVision sports media department.

But he got his start at Wesley Chapel High, where he won awards for a documentary on the school’s lacrosse team.

Aside from feeding Lane’s love of lacrosse and his desire to see the sport grow, his documentary is serving the program.

“We’ve posted his video on the site for recruits to look at, and it’s been a huge help,” Jorgensen said. “I’ve had coaches around the country write to me and ask, ‘How much did that video cost?'”

Eventually, Lane hopes to take his talents to an even higher level.

“Long term, I hope to be working for ESPN as a producer for college football or ‘SportsCenter,'” he said.

See “The Road to Respect” at http://saintleo lions.com/article.asp? articleID=2330

For more: http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/sep/12/pa-documentary-blends-his-love-of-sports-film/

Best Of New Jersey High School Boys Lacrosse: St. Augustine Prep Boys Lacrosse (19-3) 2010 Season Highlights (Video)

Highlights from the 2010 St. Augustine Prep High School Boys Lacrosse season.

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Highlights From The 2010 Denver Men’s Lacrosse Season (Video)

 Highlights from the 2010 Denver Men’s Lacrosse season