Daily Archives: September 22, 2010

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse Gearing Up For 2010 San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic On October 16

The Johns Hopkins men’s lacrosse team is now in its second full week of fall practice under the guidance of head coach Dave Pietramala and assistants Bill Dwan, Bobby Benson and Jamison Koesterer.  The Blue Jays will field one of the youngest teams in the nation in 2011 and the coaching staff is spending a majority of its limited time with the team teaching fundamentals and program philosophies.

While instruction has been a key part of the early workouts, the coaching staff and players are all looking forward to October 16, when the Blue Jays will participate in the San Francisco Fall Lacrosse Classic at Kezar Stadium.  Johns Hopkins will play the University of Notre Dame that day in the second annual event to benefit the BAYS Foundation.

Prior to the start of the competition on October 16, free youth clinics will be held for boys 1st-8th grade, featuring coaches and student-athletes from the participating teams, and a free coaches’ clinic will be held for local youth and high school coaches with the coaching staffs from Johns Hopkins and Notre Dame.  The clinics are being presented by Easton Lacrosse.

“Our lacrosse family is excited to travel to San Francisco to compete against a talented Notre Dame team,” Pietramala noted. This trip provides our program with a number of tremendous opportunities.  Not only will we compete and be able to measure where we are against a talented team, we will also have the ability to help grow the game and make recruiting inroads in an area that is starting to explode.”

For more:  http://www.hopkinssports.com/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/092210aaa.html

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Scholarships: Competition For “Partial Scholarships” Has Never Been Greater

 “…NCAA Division I lacrosse has gone from 50 teams in 1981 to 60 in 2010. The number of participants has grown from 1,600 to 2,500. With more high school athletes vying for a Division I scholarship, the process has grown more competitive…”

Bill Tierney, University of Denver
“We’re an equivalency sport, which makes us different from football and basketball where everyone gets a full ride. What most college coaches do is break it up to some full rides, some in amounts of money, some in tuition, room and board or books. You can break them up any way you want, but in general if there is a 45-man team there might be 25 or so that are on some sort of scholarship money.”

For more:  http://rise.espn.go.com/lacrosse/articles/Recruiting-Road/Scholarship-breakdown.aspx?pursuit=Lacrosse

MCLA Men’s Lacrosse Preview: Loyola Marymount Men’s Lacrosse Lost Their Top Scorer But New Coaches Craig And Scott Hochstadt Should Make Team Dynamic

Loyola Marymount (13-5)

Key Loss: Alec Paul. The senior put up massive numbers (41g, 23a) out of the midfield for the Lions. The next-closest points man was almost 30 points behind. Magnus Karlsson (23g, 15a) brings back some punch in the midfield, but nothing approaching Paul’s impact.
Key Returnee: John Gilbreath. Thomas Holman graduates his .668 save percentage and much of the playing time, leaving a gaping hole in the cage for LMU. Enter Gilbreath. He played in 12 games last year, but saw just 55 shots the entire year. Unless someone pops up in the freshman class or via transfer, the Lions will be leaning hard on Gilbreath.
Wild Card: The Hochstadt brothers. Craig and Scott take over the head coaching duties this spring. There is very little question that, considering their connections and playing pedigree, they’ll be able to recruit and teach the game, but how will they react to the MCLA student-athlete and form a connection? Ultimately, for an MCLA coach, all of the rest is secondary. The Hochstadts should be able to figure it out, but there may be some growing pains for both coaches and players along the way.
Reality: The Lions were so close last year. The season-opening overtime loss to San Diego State ended up being a killer, and a win over UCSB late in the season may been enough to get in, as well. While Paul and Holman are gone, there are a lot of key pieces coming back, and the midfield and defense should be strengths. With maybe one more high-end attackman and a capable goalie, LMU should be a factor in the SLC.

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

California College Men’s Lacrosse: Chico State Men’s Lacrosse Will Have A Deep, Talented Squad For 2011 Season

Men’s coach Charlie Jackson is intrigued by the team’s number of players, he said.

“We got a bunch of guys coming back from injuries and a bunch of new recruits,” said Jackson, who will be entering his second season as coach.

With a year of experience built on top of players becoming familiar with his style of coaching and strategy, Jackson is looking for a strong season from his squad, he said.

The players also seem to be optimistic about the team’s abilities.

“We got a group of really, really talented and motivated guys,” said senior Ross Kitchin, the men’s club vice president. “We’re excited to get the season started and improve on our record from last year.”

Senior Kevin Law thinks the team has a strong recruiting class and is eager for next year to roll around, he said. Fall ball is an important step in getting the team ready for the season.

“Everyone kind of gets their preseason jitters out of the way,” Law said in a phone interview.

Law also emphasized how useful it is to play against people other than your own teammates through fall ball.

“You don’t have to get bored beating up on each other,” Law said in regards to practice.

The men’s and women’s clubs won’t have to beat up on each other for long because both teams have tournaments starting in October.

The first men’s scrimmage tournament will be Oct. 9 as they host teams from the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division I, including UC Berkeley, UC Davis and Oregon State.

For more:  http://www.theorion.com/sports/cats-lacrosse-begins-preseason-training-1.1639518#5

Florida High School Lacrosse: Competition For Top Coaches At Elite High School Programs Continues With Hiring Of Lacrosse Legend Casey Powell By Saint Andrew’s School Boys Lacrosse

“Casey is a world champion lacrosse player, a dynamic leader and a great ambassador for the sport of lacrosse,” stated Ahern. “He is the all-time leading scorer in Major League Lacrosse history, 2010 National Lacrosse League MVP, and a former member of the US National Team. His resume is extensive and well-respected in the lacrosse world. We are very lucky to have him take the helm.”

Saint Andrew’s School is proud to announce that lacrosse legend Casey Powell has been hired as Director of Lacrosse Programs. In his role, Powell will assist Athletic Director David Ahern in supervision of all upper and middle school boys and girls lacrosse programs. He will also work closely with Interim Head Boys Lacrosse Coach RJ Dawson during the club and varsity seasons.

Upon hearing that Saint Andrew’s was engaging in a search for its nationally ranked lacrosse program, Powell’s agent contacted Headmaster Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek and Ahern.

Ahern is quite impressed with Powell and what he will bring to Saint Andrew’s.  Powell has coached and taught over 12,000 boys and girls at his summer camps and clinics throughout the United States as well as some International coaching in Japan, Australia, Mexico, England, Scotland, and Wales. Casey has also coached at Cortland State in New York.

“I’m excited about the prospect of coaching at Saint Andrew’s and helping their talented players take it to the next level,” said Casey Powell. “Staying in the Florida area and coaching the team here will allow me to broaden the lacrosse horizon for the students at Saint Andrew’s.”

Ahern said Powell will conclude his obligations with the Boston Blazers through the end of their season while simultaneously conducting his own duties as the Director of Lacrosse Programs for the Scots.

Meanwhile, Krejcarek is pleased to bring Powell’s leadership to the school campus.

“Casey Powell brings us over 20 years of great lacrosse knowledge, wisdom, and experience,” said Krejcarek. “He is one of the biggest names in the game, a true ‘Legend’, and he will be a strong fit for the Saint Andrew’s School community and a match to the Saint Andrew’s School mission.”

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/boys/2010-11/news/092110_casey_powell_to_helm_st_andrews_lacrosse

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Was Honored At Minor League Baseball Team South Bend Silverhawks Game On August 27 (Video)

The South Bend Silverhawks honored the University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team on August 27th with ND Lacrosse Night at “The Cove.” This video is a behind the scenes look at some of the fun… and shenanigans that surrounded the evening.

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: 2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships Hosted By Drexel University And Philadelphia Eagles At Lincoln Financial Field

Drexel University and the city of Philadelphia announced Tuesday they will team up with the Philadelphia Eagles to host the 2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships at Lincoln Financial Field.

Drexel and the Philadelphia Union soccer club will host the 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Quarterfinals at the Union’s stadium, PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

The city last hosted the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships in 2006. The region has never hosted the quarterfinals.

“The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships will bring thousands of fans from around the country to our region in 2012 and 2013,” said David Montgomery, chairman of the Philadelphia Sports Congress and general partner, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Phillies. “This is another wonderful example of Philadelphia being one of the country’s most diverse and dynamic sports destinations.”

For more:  http://philadelphia.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/stories/2010/09/20/daily13.html?t=printable