Daily Archives: October 26, 2010

Growth Of Western College Lacrosse: Led By Stanford Women’s Lacrosse, NCAA Women’s Division I Lacrosse Is Moving West Toward California Where San Diego State And USC Have Announced Programs

Last weekend, the Stanford women’s lacrosse team headed to Philadelphia, Pa., where it played Maryland, Virginia and Penn, three giants of the lacrosse world.

Stanford head coach Amy Bokker is one example of lacrosse spreading west. Bokker was previously the coach at George Mason in Washington, D.C., before bolting for The Farm

And while the Card’s trip east was an important gauntlet for the girls from the Farm, the sport of lacrosse inexorably headed west. In one week, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) has grown by two members, with San Diego State officially joining the MPSF on Friday and USC’s announcement that it will be starting Division I men’s and women’s lacrosse programs.

San Diego State’s women’s lacrosse program has been a club team since 2003, but the jump to Division I is a big move for the Aztecs. The program named former Stanford assistant Kylee White as its head coach. White helped guide the Card to three MPSF championships. Under her watch, Stanford became the first program west of the Mississippi River to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. San Diego State will become the eighth team to join the MPSF, and will play a full conference schedule starting in 2012.

Perhaps the most significant step in the westward expansion of lacrosse as a whole is USC lacrosse teams becoming Division I programs. New USC president C.L. Max Nikias announced the move last Monday.

“Pretty soon we are going to announce that we will introduce a women’s lacrosse team, Division I, at USC,” Nikias said to USC news source Annenberg TV News. “We are in the process of recruiting the coach for the team and then we will make the announcement.”

Stanford, Oregon and Cal are all in the MPSF, and USC is expected to join the conference as well.

Nikias also commented that the Trojans would add a Division I men’s lacrosse team in the next three to five years. Should the Trojans follow through with the D-I men’s lacrosse program, they would only be the third men’s Division I program west of the Mississippi River (the others are Air Force and the University of Denver), a huge step toward expanding the game in California.

For more:  http://www.stanforddaily.com/2010/10/26/w-lacrosse-lax-grows-west/

MCLA College Men’s Lacrosse: Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach John Paul Talks About Scrimmage Against NCAA Div. III Denison, Staying Motivated During Down Time, And The New Players Who Need To Step Up Next Season (Audio)

Michigan Men's Lacrosse Head Coach John Paul

Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach John Paul talks about the final fall ball scrimmage against DIII Denison University (OH), a 15-7 loss in Granville, Ohio on Saturday afternoon. The Wolverines and the Big Red played six “quarters”, the first three using stopped time, while the last three were continuous. Coach Paul called it “exactly the type of team we need to prepare against”. The team will now enter a 6 week period where players will pursue individual training and weightlifting and will need to stay motivated.    

MCLA College Men’s Lacrosse: Cal State Fullerton Men’s Lacrosse Has To Overcome Funding Barriers With Fundraising As It Prepares For 2011 Season

According to J.R. Grubert, who plays and serves as the team’s marketing coordinator, the team has a yearly operating budget of around $60,000. Much of that is funded from the players themselves, who pay team fees.

Cal State Fullerton Middie Chris Cole (So., Santa Ana, CA) will lead a high-scoring offense in 2011.

“We have helmets that are provided for us,” Grubert said. “But everything else is us. Whether it’s uniforms, nets, balls, whatever.”

Though the difficulties of raising money could be detrimental, Grubert cited the positives in being on the team and growing close with his teammates.

“We do it because we love playing,” Grubert said. “We’re all so close to one another. We’re all brothers.”

Thanks to the generosity of families who have sons playing, the program stays strong both on and off the field. Unfortunately, not everything that is needed to play lacrosse at the highest level is available.

The team supplies a wish list on their team website (csuflacrosse.com) of items that are needed to continually improve the program. Some items including team bags, a goalie throat protector, practice nets and more.

The team, because they are a club sport, also has to reserve practice time on campus recreation fields north of Titan Gym.

Titan Head Coach Kyle Morrison said some items are just too big of a cost, but that the program is always working to get the necessary equipment.

“It doesn’t hinder who we are as a team,” Morrison said. “We still come out here, practice and play, and try to improve as a team.”

The difficulties in funding the program would be more significant if not for the team’s annual casino night, an event for Grubert and Morrison honor as a success.

“Last year alone we made around $25,000 profit,” Grubert said. “It’s a great party with your typical casino table games and a bar open to those who are 21 and over.”

Morrison sees it as an opportunity to both raise money for his program, as well as promote the game of lacrosse to outsiders.

“It’s a fun time,” Morrison said. “The team works hard to sell tickets and get people there. The support we’re getting is great.”

Rachel Hausman, a lacrosse supporter and CSUF graduate, attended the past two casino nights.

“It’s like Vegas in Fullerton,” Hausman said. “It’s a lot of fun with the games and dancing.”

As the program continues their uphill climb, Grubert remains positive due in large part to his teammates and their overall love for lacrosse.

“We’re proud to represent CSUF,” Grubert said.

For more:  http://www.dailytitan.com/2010/10/26/titan-lacrosse/

Southern California High School Boys Lacrosse Recruiting: Foothill Boys Lacrosse Goalie Zack Schenker (Sr., Santa Ana, CA) Invited To Play For University Of San Diego Men’s Lacrosse In Scrimmage Against Cal State Fullerton On Oct. 23 (Video)

Foothill High School (Santa Ana, CA) Varsity Lacrosse goalie Zack Schenker spent the weekend at University of San Diego checking out the campus and the hanging out with the lacrosse team. He practiced with the team Friday afternoon and got some playing time Saturday when USD scrimmaged against Cal State Fullerton. Zack had friends on both teams. Chris Cole scored the only goal against Zack on a 1 on 1 fast break, but Zack returned the favor by stuffing him later in the game.