Daily Archives: September 17, 2010

High School Girls And College Women’s Lacrosse Rules: US Lacrosse Increases Penalties For Hits To Head, Rough Play And Behavior


The major changes in the women’s game were made to the Rule 7, Misconduct and Suspensions section; the changes are as follows:

  • The head coach will be responsible for the behavior of personnel affiliated with her team, including all assistant coaches, and will receive any cards related to lack of bench decorum.
  • Anyone receiving two yellow cards in a single game must sit out of the team’s next game.
  • Anyone receiving a red card must sit out of the team’s next two games. For youth teams using Level FC rules where a check to the head is a mandatory red card, a player will continue to sit out one game if a red card is received. 
  • Once a team receives its third card of the game the team will play shorthanded for the remainder of the game. They will lose an additional player each time another card is received.

On Sunday, Sept. 12, the US Lacrosse Board of Directors approved the new women’s lacrosse rule changes and clarifications for the 2011 season that were formally recommended by the US Lacrosse Women’s Game Committee and Rules Subcommittee. The 2011 US Lacrosse women’s rules are endorsed by the National Federation of State High School (NFHS) Associations as the official rules for high school lacrosse. They are also used by the US Lacrosse Women’s Division Intercollegiate Associates (WDIA) and in youth play at all levels under the age of 15.

The 14-member Rules Subcommittee met Aug. 6-8 for their annual meeting in Baltimore, led by veteran Rules Subcommittee Chair and national umpire, Pat Dillon. The subcommittee’s recommendations for 2011 demonstrate a comprehensive approach to addressing penalties by increasing the severity and accountability for major fouls for the individual player, coach and team. The committee also felt it was important to specifically clarify and emphasize the importance of using at least two US Lacrosse trained umpires on games played at the high school and youth level. US Lacrosse is the only organization in the United States that provides officials with a standardized women’s lacrosse certification and rating program for all levels of play.

“The US Lacrosse Rules Subcommittee should be commended for its leadership in making these significant changes in the women’s game this year,” said US Lacrosse Women’s Division Director, Ann Carpenetti. “While changing the rules to increase penalties for dangerous play and major fouls is not the only way to ensure a safe playing environment, it certainly plays a significant role. We hope that the NCAA Women’s Rules Committee in 2012 will follow suit.”

“Rather than simply having teams play with fewer players below the restraining line, as many people have proposed, the Rules Subcommittee has chosen to take a more comprehensive approach to penalizing unsafe and dangerous play,” said Dillon. “Our hope is that reckless and card-accumulating players and coaches will alter their behavior. We believe the team as a whole will most certainly be impacted by these changes.”

For more:   http://www.uslacrosse.org/Portals/0/womens_div/2011WomensRuleChanges.pdf

California College Women’s Lacrosse: San Diego State Women’s Lacrosse Names Loyola Assistant Coach Kylee White As First Head Coach


“…White worked three seasons on the staff at Stanford where she helped the Cardinal to three Mountain Pacific

Kylee White has been named SDSU's first women's lacrosse coach

Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships. Stanford became the first program west of the Mississippi River to earn a bid to the NCAA Division I Championships…”

White comes to Montezuma Mesa after spending two seasons at Loyola University in Baltimore, Md., where she served as the first assistant coach, instructing the midfield and defensive players. White was also the coordinator of recruiting and team travel.

 Kylee White, a three-time member of Canadian World Cup teams, has been named the first head women’s lacrosse coach at San Diego State, Aztec director of athletics Jim Sterk announced today. Women’s lacrosse becomes the 19th collegiate sport at SDSU and the first addition since 2000, when women’s indoor track and field began competition.

“Kylee White has participated in lacrosse at the collegiate and international level as both a student-athlete and coach,” Sterk said. “She possesses a tremendous will to win, and an intensity and drive to build our program the right way. As a former scholar-athlete and all-Big Ten performer, Kylee understands that having a great program means not just achieving success on the playing field, but developing our student-athletes as scholars and citizens.”

“It’s an honor to be selected as the first head women’s lacrosse coach at San Diego State University,” White said. “I’m excited to join the Aztec family and to help continue the development and growth of lacrosse in the West. SDSU has a great tradition of academic and athletic excellence and I’m looking forward to building a program that encompasses these same standards.”

For more:  http://goaztecs.cstv.com/genrel/091710aaa.html

MCLA Men’s Lacrosse Preview: Michigan State Men’s Lacrosse Lost Goalie Dean Hall To Graduation And Must Demonstrate Ability To Win On Road


Michigan State (10-6, MCLA Tourney)

Key Loss: Dean Hall. No surprise here. The Spartan goalie was a game-changer, posting a .611 save percentage against a stiff schedule. Hall’s departure is made more glaring by the relative lack of action received by either of his backups.
Key Returnee: Patrick Nemes. The team leader in goals and assists, Nemes is vital more for his vision than his scoring. His ability to set up teammates for easy conversions was a huge part of Sparty’s success last spring. If his counterparts can be more efficient after the catch, Nemes’ assist numbers should balloon this spring.
Wild Card: Expectations. They can be dangerous. The Spartans have to avoid the temptation to believe that expectations can be a substitute for hard work and discipline. They have enough talent to return to Denver, but if they think the Michigan State brand will win games on its own, they are in for a rude surprise. Sparty isn’t that good yet.
Reality: It’s no fun being a perpetual second fiddle in your conference, but being Michigan’s de facto travel partner has its advantages. Not only will the Spartans get some quality non-conference home games, but more often than not, the opponents will either be gassed from just playing the Wolverines or distracted from looking ahead to the champs. If Michigan State can win the ones it’s supposed to and snag a couple of quasi-upsets, it should be in Denver.

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

California Women’s College Lacrosse: Fresno State Women’s Lacrosse Coach Sue Behme Resigns Position To Accept Position At University Of Rochester


Fresno State lacrosse coach Sue Behme has announced her resignation as head lacrosse coach effective October 1. Behme has accepted a position as the head women’s lacrosse coach at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Assistant coaches Carlee Buck and Lindsay Gotham will serve as the co-interim head coaches for the remainder of the academic year.

“We want to thank coach Behme for her service at Fresno State in starting our women’s lacrosse program,” Fresno State Associate Athletics Director Martina Buckley said. “She worked hard in not only building the program but teaching the community about the sport of lacrosse. We wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor at the University of Rochester. “

  • In Behme’s two years as head coach she built a program that was solid in the classroom and in the community. For two straight years her team won the Athletics Director Community Service Award and the team had 18 student-athletes that were named to the Mountain Pacific All-Academic team and this past year the team had their first all-conference honor as Krisdina Gehring earned second-team Mountain Pacific honors.

“I want to thank President Welty, Thomas Boeh, Betsy Mosher and Martina Buckley for the opportunity to start the first ever women’s lacrosse program here at Fresno State,” Behme said. “I understand the timing of my decision is not ideal but this is what is best for me, my future and my family. I wish only the best for my student-athletes and I will miss them. I wish the best for all the student-athletes here at Fresno State.”

For more:  http://www.ksee24.com/sports/Help-Wanted-at-Fresno-State–Sue-Behme-resigns-as-Lacrosse-Coach-103114114.html

Lacrosse Skills And Techniques: Paul Rabil Demonstrates Mechanics Of His “Split Dodge” Maneuver (Video)


World champ MVP Paul Rabil shows the mechanics of his nasty split dodge.

NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse: Le Moyne College Men’s Lacrosse (NY) Fall Update September 15, 2010 (Video)


Le Moyne College Men’s Lacrosse Fall Update September 15, 2010