Daily Archives: October 11, 2010

Lacrosse In The 1960’s: Navy Men’s Lacrosse Defeated Johns Hopkins 16-11 To Win 1962 Men’s National Lacrosse Championship (Sports Illustrated, May 21, 1962)

The national lacrosse championship may well have been decided by the Navy-Hopkins game. Navy said all along it would win—and it did

In a gesture of good, clean sportsmanship, circa 1907, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore gave lacrosse lessons to its then friendly neighbor in nearby Annapolis, the U.S. Naval Academy. Playing its first game the following year Navy was thoroughly thrashed 6-1—by Johns Hopkins. “They taught us everything they knew—up to a fine, small point,” a Navy lacrosse coach reflected the other day.

Navy has not forgotten the slight and never overlooks a chance for settling—and re-settling—the old score. Last Saturday in Annapolis, before the biggest paid crowd (14,100) ever to watch an intercollegiate lacrosse game, Navy added to its measure of revenge in a meeting of undefeated teams that may have settled a national championship, too. When the head-banging and shin-barking was over, Navy had beaten Hopkins 16-11.

What hurt Hopkins the most was the fact that had it won this game it would have been Hopkins that was headed for the national title. This would probably (and properly, they say) have put the championship in Baltimore, the GHQ of lacrosse. But that’s how it’s been for three years running; Hopkins no more than gets its foot in the championship door than Navy ungallantly slams it.

The pattern that evolved in this year’s episode of the neighborhood rumble came as no surprise to Navy’s tacticians. Even the score was closely estimated in advance by a Navy coach, who astutely predicted a 15-9 victory for the Midshipmen.

“We’ll concede the early goals to Hopkins and then swallow them whole in the second half,” said Assistant Coach Dick Corrigan. Corrigan’s logic was based on some demonstrable facts. He knew—and dearly appreciated—that Hopkins had Henry Ciccarone and All-America Jerry Schmidt (SI, April 23), possibly the two finest college lacrosse players in the country. And, like Jason’s warriors springing full-grown from the dragon’s teeth, virtually every man on the Hopkins team had sprung from the lacrosse-fertile soil of Baltimore. Each of them had a reputation for being in the right spot at the right time and for being breathtakingly adept at manipulating that unwieldy-looking instrument, the lacrosse stick.

But, though Navy had no Schmidt and no longer a Ciccarone (he is a former Midshipman), it had capable players, and plenty of them, for every position. Hopkins’ talent was considerable but its ranks were thin, and Navy planned to win by the weight of numbers.

Accordingly, Navy was determined never to slow down, especially on defense. When a Hopkins man had the ball, the Navy men had orders to run him until he got rid of it. If a Navy man got tired, he had only to show it and a fresh reservist would be dispatched to the front immediately. A certain risk was involved, because this unusual lacrosse version of basketball’s full-court-press defense occasionally would let a Hopkins man get a clear shot at Navy’s goal. But Navy was cockily confident it could make up any deficit once Hopkins’ tongue was hanging. And, sure enough, it did.

Behind, but not unnerved

Controlling the face-offs from the very beginning (“That helped kill us right there,” Bob Scott, the Hopkins coach, said later), Navy scored twice in the first three minutes—the second goal by blocky Midfielder Pete Taylor, Navy’s highest lacrosse scorer this season, with 18 goals. (Significantly, it was Taylor’s only point of the day, an index to the fine overall balance of the Navy attack.) But then, even as Corrigan had foreseen, Johns Hopkins’ nimble opportunists broke through Navy’s swirling defense five straight times to score. Despite this upsetting flurry, Navy stuck undaunted to its pressing tactics—and also came up with four more goals of its own while on offense. At the half the game was tied 6-6.

The second half, while still following the Navy’s plan, looked like a different game. Hopkins was tiring, but Navy, having digested half-time oranges, Cokes and pep talks, was as fresh as ever. Freshest of all was Arnold Glassner, a sort of lacrosse garbage man who specializes in collecting loose balls around the goal mouth and throwing them home. Plying his trade, the midfielder scored three times in the space of 50 seconds, once by flipping the ball offhandedly over his shoulder. “That was our undoing, ” Hopkins’ Scott said afterward. “Physically I think we were holding up a lot better than Navy had expected us to, but then that Glassner broke our spirit.”

Not even lucky

From then on, Hopkins abandoned its crisp, short passes and turned instead to the long and desperate heaves that mark the throes of a losing team in several sports. But by now Hopkins’ luck, like its wind, was coming only in gasps. More often than not, a Navy man was waiting downfield for the long Hopkins pass. Jerry Schmidt might ordinarily have been clear to get such passes, but he was faced with the terrier tenacity of Navy Defense-man John Newton. Schmidt, with four goals, was Hopkins’ high scorer, to be sure, but he made all of them while Newton was on the sidelines.

Hopkins’ Ciccarone, meanwhile, despite a Navy defense tactic created in his honor, played with his usual verve—he scored two goals and assisted on two more. Said Navy’s John Hewitt, a lacrosse midfielder who is better known as captain of the football team: “Ciccarone can be walking one second and gone the next.” Ciccarone was flattened by a block at one point, for example, but without losing the ball he got up, ran half the length of the field and whipped a fine shot past the dismayed Navy goalie for a score.

Such glimpses of brilliance were too infrequent under the oppressive blanket of Navy’s steady pressure; the Midshipmen had taken charge of the proceedings early and imperiously directed the way the game was to go. Now virtually assured of at least a tie for the national title, Navy will try to do the same thing again in its last two college games and take the championship all for itself. Only one team has any real chance to upset the plan. And, like Hopkins, it is another old enemy—Army.

For more:   http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1073827/index.htm

Southern California Club Lacrosse: Earthquake Lacrosse Fall League Completes Week 3 With Top-Ranked Highlandtown (4-0) Defeating Cougars (1-3)

Newport Harbor High School Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Mark Todd led his undefeated "Highlandtown" (3-0) against the Cougars (1-2), coached by Capistrano Valley High School Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Russ Wilhelm in Earthquake Lacrosse Fall League Week #3 action in Aliso Viejo, CA. Photo by LaxBuzz.

Highlandtown attacker scoring on Cougars in Week #3 action of Earthquake Lacrosse Fall League. Photo by LaxBuzz.

US Lacrosse National Team: Men’s National Lacrosse Team Played Harvard In Fall Ball Exibition Showcase At Harvard Univesity (Video)

The Men’s Lacrosse National Team took on Harvard in a fall ball exhibition showcase. Check out the action featuring: Chazz Woodson, Max Quinzani, Matt Striebel, Paul Rabil and many more of your favorite US Players

The Politics Of College Varsity Athletics: Decisions By Cal Berkeley Chancellor And Athletic Director Have Shown “Gender-Bias” And A Desire To Spend Millions Of Dollars On “Buildings” To Achieve National Status Rather Than Support The “Traditions Of Athletic Excellence”

“I think this is gender-biased,” he said in accusing Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Athletic Director Sandy Barbour and the Academic Senate. “They could have diverted some of those stupid funds that they’re putting up there on the hill to make an Olympic center. What the heck is that? I’m all for upgrading Memorial Stadium, and having a weight room and all the other aspects of it, but an Olympic center is $30-$40-million. What are we putting that thing in for?”

THE SIX MEN returned to the scene of their baseball triumphs, Evans Diamond on the UC Berkeley campus. Two of them are hobbling, but all six were agitated as they envisioned something special disappearing before their very eyes.

Dr. Bob Albo used a walker and Bob Milano used a cane as they came to look at the 77-year-old field that will no longer host baseball games if the proposed athletic department budget cutbacks go through.

Albo and Milano were joined Thursday by Earl Robinson, Kevin Maas, Cody McCormick and John Baker, collectively spanning six decades of Cal baseball.

Clearly the angriest of the six was Albo, a Cal baseball and basketball star in the early 1950s, and a captain of both teams his senior year. A team physician to both the Raiders and Warriors, he now needs a walker for assistance as he’s battling a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

On Sept 28, Barbour and Birgeneau announced that UC Berkeley would be eliminating baseball, men’s and women’s gymnastics, and women’s lacrosse, while reducing men’s rugby to club status.

Albo immediately fired off a letter to Barbour, calling the cancellation of the 118-year baseball program “a travesty” then adding “you have done the university a great disservice. You and the rest of your so-called committee should be ashamed.”

Albo and other irked baseball alumni are wondering aloud that if UC Berkeley had a male athletic director instead, perhaps women’s softball would have been axed instead of baseball.

There are complaints, too, about the tree-sitter costs, which ran a million-plus, and all the “golden parachute” retirement packages for faculty and campus employees. UC Berkeley hasn’t exactly managed itself well financially, and its athletic funding ranks at the very bottom of the Pacific 10 Conference.

Now as the Pac 10 evolves into the Pac 12, Cal and Colorado will be the only schools without a baseball team. And it was Cal alumni, not UC Berkeley, who renovated Evans Diamond in 1992 at a cost of $275,000.

So it’s easy to see why the baseball alums are plenty mad.

Milano gave 31 years to Cal baseball as a player in the early 1960s and then as a coach, the last 22 years as head coach before retiring in 1999. Now using a cane as he fights sciatica, he refused to be quoted the first week after learning that baseball was one of the budget victims.

”I was emotionally upset,” he said. “I was too volatile at first, and didn’t need to say something stupid. But (the decision) was done harshly and too quick, and it could have a rippling effect. Other colleges might do the same thing.”

Can Cal baseball ultimately be saved?

“I’d say 60 percent no, 40 percent yes,” said Milano. “Sandy made it clear to me that there was no way to reinstate the program.

For more:  http://www.insidebayarea.com/top-stories/ci_16299944