Daily Archives: October 22, 2010

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: The “2010 San Francisco Lacrosse Fall Classic” Featured Talented Play By Freshman For Both Notre Dame And Johns Hopkins (Video)

Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Freshman Attacker Westy Hopkins scored an unassisted goal in the third quarter of the 2010 San Francisco Lacrosse Fall Classic at Kezar Stadium.

Lacrosse In The 1960’s: Navy Men’s Lacrosse Defeated Army 9-4 To Win 1964 National Lacrosse Championship As Top Players On Both Teams Were No Longer From Maryland (Sports Illustrated, June 8, 1964)

Navy beat Army for another national title, but the real loser was the State of Maryland, which can no longer claim lacrosse as its own

When Navy beat Army for its fifth straight national lacrosse championship last Saturday the score was 9-4, the star was from Uniondale, N.Y. and the style was early Indian. Worst of all, the whole Free State of Maryland was faced with finally admitting that the game it has cherished as all its own for years is now being played tougher and better by a bunch of foreigners.

The Naval Academy is, of course, as geographically Maryland as Fort Mc-Henry and The Star-Spangled Banner. Conceding, though, that Navy, like the national anthem, is federal in character, then Saturday was lacrosse’s most national moment. All season long the two service academies have been much the best college teams in the country, and by the time they faced each other in front of a crowd of 7,200 at West Point‘s Michie Stadium both had come through their schedules undefeated, untied, unscarred and practically unscared. In five years Navy had lost only two games, both to Army, with whom it had to share the national title in 1961. Yet only a third of the players on the rosters of these two lacrosse titans last week were Marylanders. Instead, most of the representatives were from such mystic places as Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico and even Texas.

Mike Coughlin led the Mids to three-consecutive national championships from 1962-64, while Navy amassed an impressive three-year 27-1 (.964) record. The three national championships came in the middle of what became known as the Decade of Dominance for the Midshipmen, as legendary coach Willis Bilderback directed Navy to a 93-8 record between 1960-70 and featured nine national championships, including eight in a row.

The service schools have accomplished their lacrosse coup of Maryland in two ways: they have found natural athletes who did not know a lacrosse stick from a howitzer and taught them the sport, and they have, in a sense, given the game back to the Indians. The Indians used to play lacrosse among whole tribes, scheduling “games” to keep their hand in when no excuse for a massacre was readily available. Sometimes it was difficult to tell where lacrosse left off and a massacre began. And this is the way the service schools now play the game. They run more and they brawl more as they play a most untraditional but effective brand of lacrosse.

Since lacrosse rules no longer permit the whole Algonquin nation on the field at the same time, the academies help themselves by substituting incessantly, wearing their outmanned opposition to a frazzle. “The University of Maryland was the best team that we’ve played,” said Navy’s Win Peterson before the Army game. “I mean they fought the longest. Most teams we play just give out in the third quarter.”

Much of Navy’s muscle comes from the football team, which finishes spring practice early in April. Army gets little gridiron help, because the cooler New York weather results in spring football running until late April. Seven of the Navy lacrosse regulars are football players, including the whole fourth midfield. The Torpedoes, made up of Pat Donnelly, the first-string football fullback, Steve Szabo and John Mickelson.

Two other football players. Ends Jim Campbell and Neil Henderson, are also noteworthy Navy players, even though Henderson missed this whole season with a pulled hamstring. They are known on the team as “the bumper cars.” “When I was at Maryland,” Midfielder Brian Lantier, a transfer student, says, “it was stressed that we must stay on our feet at all times. The coaches figured if you went down, whatever the reason, the other team gained an advantage. At Navy it is a lot different. You see, if someone like one of the bumper cars is knocked down, usually two or three of the other team go down with him.” Lantier hits the ground so much himself now that he wears basketball kneepads.

But lacrosse has never been simply a game of stamina and brawn. Handling a stick is a deft art, and the most memorable players are the tricky little attackmen who do the slickest dodging and the most scoring. Navy has this season’s best in Jimmy Lewis, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound wisp who is so exciting to watch that he ended up mesmerizing even his own teammates in the Army game. They tended to stand around and watch him whenever he got the ball.

Lewis, only a sophomore, comes from Long Island, about the only area outside of Maryland where lacrosse is played among the high schools. The quality is good enough, too, so good that now even the Maryland colleges are recruiting there. Lewis is heralded as the best player ever born or brought up outside Maryland, the best sophomore of any nativity and potentially the best man ever to pick up a lacrosse stick.

Navy, which usually is a carefree squad, came into this game annoyed because Army upset it last year. To guard against overconfidence or underattention—June Week was coming up at the academies—Navy Coach Bill Bilderback packed his whole team up four days before the game and took it to the naval base at Bainbridge, Md. Anybody wishing to see the team, or any other Navy secrets at Bainbridge, had to sign in at the gate, carry a large “Visitor” sign in the car and faithfully promise to obey a prohibition against carrying “firearms, cameras or intoxicating beverages.” The lacrosse part of the base was, however, more casual. Coach Bilderback was seen with a camera, and the players relaxed to the point where a few of them slept through part of one afternoon practice.

They were wide awake for Army, though, jumping ahead 2-0 in the first six minutes. By half time it was 4-2, but in the third quarter Tim Vogel, a Cadet whose home is Annapolis, passed to Captain Roy Buckner, who bounced in a long shot to make it 4-3. Navy had not scored for more than 15 minutes and it appeared that Army was gaining momentum.

The last Navy goal had been by Lewis, on an assist from Owen McFadden, another sophomore attackman. Now McFadden spotted Lewis again, this time coming in close around the right side of the goal. McFadden flicked the ball, and Lewis, in spite of being double-teamed, was able to get just enough stick on it to knock it into the nets. Two big Army defensemen, out of a combination of momentum and frustration, knocked Lewis to the ground and actually into the crease just after the ball bounced home for a 5-3 Navy lead. Seconds later the Navy sophomores switched: this time Lewis passed to McFadden, and he scored on a low, hard shot to make it 6-3. Meanwhile, Bumper Car Campbell was so thoroughly rocking Army’s best scorer, Tom Sheckells, that the Cadet offense never could get going. Sheckells was kept from scoring or even getting an assist. In the fourth quarter Lewis settled the game by scoring again himself and then feeding Tommy Morris for still another goal.

It had been a bruising contest in the lacrosse style and manner that Army and Navy have used to become masters of the college game. And the Navy team proved, in the end, to be as breezy as its predecessors. It had warmed up for the game by having a rousing pillow fight Saturday morning. It was enough to make the Indians turn over in their mounds.

For more:   http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1075997/index.htm

Father-Son Legacies In Lacrosse: Yale Men’s Lacrosse Middie Matt Miller (’12) Has Followed His Father Randy Miller (’76) To Play For The Ivy League School

For Matt Miller (Yale,  ’12), who plays midfield on the lacrosse team, Yale was his own decision, but his father, who played basketball at Yale, did encourage him to play lacrosse.

Randy Miller ’76 (top) and Matt Miller '12

Matt said his dad never influenced his college decision and left his son free to make his own choice.

“I encouraged him to look around on his own,” Randy Miller ’76 said. “In the end I was happy [that he chose] Yale.”

And for the University’s part, the students’ athletic prowess played a much larger role in the admissions process than their legacy status, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeff Brenzel ’75 said Thursday.

“If a student is both a recruited athlete and a legacy, the primary consideration in the admissions process is going to be to the fact that they’re a recruited athlete,” he said. “The evaluation of their athletic ability or their ability to contribute to the Yale team is entirely a judgment we leave to the coaches.”

Mr. Miller added that Matt’s position on a team gives him and his wife a reason to go see the games. He said going back to Yale adds a father-son element to the experience, and it has strengthened his own ties to Yale.

Regardless of family tradition, the father-son pairs spoke of the privilege it is to be a Yale athlete.

“I don’t feel like I am fulfilling a family tradition or legacy,” Matt said. “I made my own decision to be here. It’s an honor to play with a Yale jersey on.”

For more:  http://www.yaledailynews.com/news/2010/oct/22/in-their-fathers-footsteps/

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: San Diego State Women’s Lacrosse Will Join Mountain Pacific Sports Federation And NCAA Division I In 2012

The San Diego State lacrosse team has joined the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the league recently announced. The Aztecs will play a complete

Head coach Kylee White and the Aztec lacrosse team has joined the MPSF.

schedule and six-game conference slate, beginning in 2012.

SDSU, which also competes in the MPSF in water polo, will join national power Stanford, Oregon, Denver, UC Davis, St. Mary’s and Fresno State in the seven-team conference.

“We are thrilled to be joining the MPSF,” first-year head coach Kylee White said. “The conference has a storied tradition of excellence and we are excited to continue the growth of lacrosse in the West. The MPSF is a talented conference and is a great fit for our program, but we hope to challenge immediately.”

Last year, Stanford represented the MPSF in the NCAA tournament after winning the MPSF tournament and knocking off Massachusetts, 15-12, in the NCAA Play-in game. The Cardinal has captured six consecutive MPSF tournament titles and has 13 conference championships in 16 years.

White, who was named the first head women’s lacrosse coach at San Diego State last month, is currently recruiting and filling out the coaching staff.

For more:   http://goaztecs.cstv.com/sports/w-lacros/spec-rel/102210aaa.html

Heroes In Athletics: Cal Rugby Lacrosse Alumnus Mark Bingham Honored Cal Berkeley Rugby And America By Defending The United States On 9/11 Aboard Flight 93 (Video)

“Excellence in Achievement by a Young Alumnus. This award pays tribute to Mark Bingham ’93, who died September 11, 2001, defending the United States on United Airlines Flight 93”

Mark Bingham

United Airlines Flight 93

Mark Bingham Mark Bingham (1970-2001), the chief executive officer of The Bingham Group, a public relations firm. Tall and athletic, he started playing rugby as a teenager and continued in college at the University of California, Berkeley. Even after graduating in 1993, Bingham pursued his love of the game, joining the San Francisco Fog, a gay rugby team. Along with sports, he was interested in politics and had served as a volunteer on Senator John McCain’s 2000 bid for the Republican presidential nomination. A self-made success story, Bingham founded his own company, which had offices in New York and San Francisco. It was a business trip that led Bingham to take United Airlines Flight 93. After the plane was hijacked, he called his mother, Alice Hoglan, and his aunt, Kathy, to let them know what happened and that he loved them. It is believed that Bingham participated in the effort to stop the terrorists along with several other passengers. Despite their efforts, they were unable to gain control of the plane, but they did stop the terrorists from using it as a weapon. The plane crashed outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. He has been remembered by friends and family as a hero, a leader, and a friendly, caring person.

Lacrosse Movies: Sports Legends Museum In Baltimore To Feature “Our Native Game: The Indian Roots Of Lacrosse”

The program will highlight the Indian roots of lacrosse, the history and development of the game through present day, equipment changes. There will also be a presentation of pertinent artifacts.

Save the date for, “Our Native Game: The Indian Roots of Lacrosse” on November 13th, 2:30 p.m. at Sports Legends Museum, 301 W. Camden Street. The Museum is found in the Camden Station building, just next to Oriole Park and the B&O Warehouse.

The presenter will be Chief Curator Shawn Herne.

For more:  http://www.wbaltv.com/r/25466412/detail.html