Daily Archives: October 3, 2010

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Continues Building One Of The Nation’s Top NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Programs

“…I could not have been more wrong. Not only were all of the normal Notre Dame lacrosse personnel in attendance of the Saturday morning practice, but there were a surprising number of recruits, fans and parents on hand to watch the scrimmage. As the game unfolded below (complete with three 25 minute running periods and contracted referees) I caught up with some parents and recruits in the press box and on the field…”

They also noted how impressed they were with Arlotta stadium and the other lacrosse facilities, saying that they were “by far the best facilities we have seen so far… and we have visited a lot of places.”


As I watched the scrimmage below I had a chance to speak with junior goalie Colt Power who was keeping time and score as he sat out the scrimmage with a walking boot on his leg. He, like most of the players I talked to, mentioned that fall ball had basically been business as usual. No drastic changes. No philosophy adjustments. And really… why would there be? The system they used last year got them within an OT goal of a national championship. The players all clearly buying what the coaches are selling.

“There are no celebrities on this team,” explains assistant coach and defensive mastermind Gerry Byrne, “We have a system, we put the right players in the system, and they do their job.” Even to the casual observer, it is clear that Notre Dame plays a different style of lacrosse than some other top programs.

“Our defense is predicated on great goaltending and not giving up high percentage shots,” says Byrne, “you come across a lot of teams who expect to be able to run up and down and take wide open shots from the middle of the field. We focus on making teams choose between taking low angle shots or trying to force the ball inside. Either one is as good as a turnover.”

Power also noted how the team was focused on building on their success last season. All of the players are well aware their successes do not allow them to be complacent.

“The coaches have stressed how we have to start over,” says Power, “last year was last year, and this is a completely new season. We have to put in the work if we want to get back this year.”

For more: http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2010/10/01/fallball-check-notre-dame-fighting-irish

California College Women’s Lacrosse: Saint Mary’s Women’s Lacrosse Announces Eight New Student-Athletes Additions To Team

Fifth year Saint Mary’s head coach Lauren Uhr is pleased to announce eight new additions to the team. The incoming freshman class consists of two US Lacrosse All-Americans, and features a talented group of players who have the ability to score goals and contribute immediately.

The incoming class includes Olivia Archer (Manhattan Beach, CA), Allie DeBruhl (Lake Oswego, OR), Morgan Dorsey (Pleasanton, CA), Holly Hayes (San Diego, CA), Delany Larkin (Seattle, WA), Krista Morgan (Poway, CA) Rachel Sunday (Venetia, PA) and Anna Turpit (Coronado, CA).

“We are very excited to welcome the class of 2014 to the Saint Mary’s Lacrosse family,” said Uhr. “Each player has the skill, character, determination and competitive drive to help us reach the next level. This will be a very exciting year for the Gaels!”

  • Olivia Archer comes to Saint Mary’s by way of Mira Costa High School, in Manhattan Beach, CA. While at Mira Costa HS she was a three-year starter for the women’s lacrosse team. The three-time First Team All-Bay League honoree was named co-captain her junior year. She led her team in scoring in 2007, ’08 and ’09 and was named the offensive MVP in 2008 and ’09.
  • Allie DeBruhl finished her career at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, OR as the state’s all-time leader in goals. She finished her career with 280 goals and led the state in points her junior and senior seasons. She was a three-time first-team all-state honoree, posting 113 goals and 30 assists as a senior, and 99 goals and 15 assists as a junior. DeBruhl was named First Team All-Three Rivers League in 2008, ’09 and ’10. She was ranked seventh in WestsideLax.com’s Elite 25 Senior Girls Lacrosse Players in the Western United States, and selected to play for Team Oregon in the U.S. Lacrosse WDNT Tournament in 2009.
  • Morgan Dorsey joins the Gaels squad after being a three-time letter winner for Amador Valley HS in nearby Pleasanton, CA. She received all-league honorable mention accolades following her junior season, and was an important piece of the 2008 squad that went undefeated en route to an East Bay Athletic League and North Coast Section Championships.
  • Holly Hayes comes to Moraga by way of Westview High School in San Diego, CA, where she was a four-time letter winner for the Wolverines. She was named team captain her junior and senior seasons. Hayes was named the defensive MVP in 2008 and 2009, leading her team in ground balls in her senior campaign. She was a two-time All-North County Conference selection in 2008 and 2009, and was named to the Pacific National Lacrosse Team in 2008 and 2009. In 2009, Hayes was named to the High School Sports Association’s All-Star Team.
  • Delany Larkin joins the Gaels after being a three-time letter winner for Bainbridge High School, where she helped the Spartans go 42-19 in her three years there. Following her senior season she was named second team all-state, she was also a two-time all-league honoree. In her junior and senior season’s she notched 65 points; her junior year she recorded 20 goals with eight assists, she followed that up notching 27 goals and 10 assists her senior year.
  • Krista Morgan comes to Saint Mary’s after a very successful career playing for Poway High School in Poway, CA, where she was a three-time letter winner for Titans. Following her senior season she was named to the U.S. Lacrosse All-American Team, after lighting up the stat book notching 49 goals, with 28 assists, while recording 32 draw controls and picking up 20 ground balls. She was named team MVP twice in 2009 and ’10, and was named First Team All-CIF in 2010, as well as first team all-league in 2010. Following her junior year, she was named Second Team All-CIF.
  • Rachel Sunday comes to Moraga by way of Venetia, PA where she was a multiple letter winner for Peters Township High School in Lacrosse and Field Hockey. She helped guide her team to three consecutive WPIAL Championships.
  • Anna Turpit joins the Gaels after lettering three years for Coronado High School. Turpit helped lead the Islanders to the CIF Championship game in 2008 and 2010. In her last two seasons, she recorded 71 goals, 36 assists and picked up 45 ground balls. In 2010 she was named team captain and helped guide the team to a 21-3 record. She was named first team all-league and was a CIF honorable mention honoree following her senior season in 2010.

For more:  http://www.laxpower.com/laxnews/news.php?story=21064

LaxBuzz Salutes The 2010 Cal Berkeley Men’s Gymnastics Team: “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” Jim Valvano

On behalf of the team, we would like to thank each and every one of you who supported us through this time of need. We would like to especially thank those working directly with Cal Gymnastics Forever for their quick response in trying to save the program. It is truly a sad day for Cal Gymnastics, along with the other ...Cal Athletic programs that were affected by this situation. Again, thank you for all your support! Go Bears!!