Monthly Archives: November 2010

Southern California Lacrosse Tournaments: Team Talon Boys Lacrosse Won The JV And Middle School Lacrosse Championships At The 2010 Palm Desert Lacrosse Classic

The Team Talon JV team, sponsored by Easton Lacrosse, won the 2010 Palm Desert Lacrosse Classic JV Division by playing a selfless, fast team oriented brand of lacrosse that has come to embody the team's approach. Over 5 games, the JV team scored 49 goals and allowed 5 goals. The JV team was made up of 16 freshmen and 3 sophomores, beating a talented sophomore loaded team from NorCal in the finals, 6-3. Photo by Richard Goss.

 The scores for the JV game were:   

Team Talon JV Lacrosse Middie Kodiak Adams in action against Lax West Snipers in the 2010 Palm Desert Lacrosse Classic. Photo by Richard Goss.


Team Talon 13, SoCal Crusaders 0
Team Talon 13, SoCal Tomahawks 0
Team Talon 11, OC Lax Club 0
Team Talon 9, Lax West Snipers 2
Team Talon 6, Norcal Golden Bears 3
The roster for the JV team was as follows:
Patrick Tracy
Frankie Hattler
Rick Emerson
Chris Hill
Steven Wilm
Sean Mayle
Joe Reid
Peter Tagliaferri
Mikie Schlosser
Kodiak Adams
Josh Wellman
Aran Roberts
Niko Souza
 Cole Steigerwald
James Harrison
Liam Bourke
Doug Strazza
Cyrus Scott
Will Ernst
The Team Talon Middle School Lacrosse team won the Middle School division by scoring 46 goals and while allowing just 12 goals. The scores for the Team Talon middle school team were:     

Team Talon Lacrosse Attacker Trenton Shore driving in the 2010 Palm Desert Lacrosse Classic. Photo by Richard Goss.

Team Talon 7, So Cal Red 0
Team Talon 11, OC Crush 2
Team Talon 9, La Paz Ligres 6
Team Talon 11, Lawless 2
Team Talon 8 Laz Paz Ligres 2




The roster for the Middle School team was:

Ben Knaus
Wiley Bonham
Trenton Shore
Ryan Clark
Nick Stinn
Peter Alimam
Colin Rutan
Tyler Mackin
Bailey Laolagi
Brook Rideau
Pat Ward
Mitch Olinger
Joey Carrington
Juan Carlos O’Neil
Greg Carroll
Austin Appleton
Phillip Goss

Team Talon Middle School Lacrosse goalie Austin Appleton in action at the 2010 Palm Desert Lacrosse Classic. Photo by Richard Goss.

Lacrosse Commercials: MLL Boston Cannons Middie Justin Smith Stars In “Code Blue Recovery Drink” Commercial (Video)

Code Blue Recovery Drink is perfect for all high intensity workouts. Professional Lacrosse player Justin Smith of the Boston Cannons (Official) works hard and plays hard, and knows the benefits of drinking Code Blue before and after his daily workouts and lacrosse games. Check out this video of Justin displaying his la…x moves & why Code Blue Recovery Drink “gets it done” in the world of tough workouts.

Arizona Girls Lacrosse: US Lacrosse Awards “2010 Excellence In Growing The Game” Award to Jessica Livingston Who Founded And Developed Girls Lacrosse In Northern Arizona And Phoenix Areas

US Lacrosse has announced Jessica Livingston (Scottsdale, Ariz.) as the winner of the 2010 Excellence in Growing the Game award. This award is for an individual who supports the US Lacrosse mission and vision, working effectively and tirelessly to develop lacrosse in a particular geographic area.

Livingston boasts a lengthy list of accomplishments and honors in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area and Northern Arizona lacrosse communities. Since 2002, she has held the head coach position of the two-time state champions, Chaparral Varsity Girls Lacrosse Club. She served as an umpire to the Arizona Girl’s Lacrosse Association (AGLA), a high school level league, from 2002 to 2004.

In 2004, she founded and still manages AZ Girls Lacrosse, LLC, a league for girls in grades K-9. To date, more than 1,000 girls have participated in the program. In addition to starting a program for the youth in 2004, she also founded and continues to play for the only women’s post-collegiate team in Arizona, the Arizona Storm.

She has received other formal recognition, including the Women’s Sports Association Community Leader of the Year Award for 2006-2007 and the YWCA Tribute to Women Sports Leader Award in 2007. From 2004 to 2008, she was on the Executive Committee of the AZGL. From 2008 to 2010 she was on the Arizona Chapter US Lacrosse Board of Directors and the US Lacrosse Board of Directors.

Additionally, she ran free clinics for girls; made presentations to many schools and organizations demonstrating lacrosse; and partook in Sports Explosion, the Governor’s Sports Clinic, Native Vision and Gamebreaker Camp. Livingston has helped coordinate local events surrounding the 2009 and 2010 US Lacrosse Women’s Division Intercollegiate Association Championships in Scottsdale. She also played an active role in the Youth Sports Summit and the City of Scottsdale’s Youth Sports Task Force.

“Knowing and working with Jessica reminds us why we do what we do at US Lacrosse,” said Mary Cate Slay, US Lacrosse manager of youth development. “She embodies the spirit, honor and growth of this game for young women and is a natural leader for all who are lucky enough to work directly or indirectly with her. She has volunteered countless hours at the local and national levels and we are proud to add her name to the past decade of Youth Award recipients.”

“I am continually amazed at her enthusiasm and commitment to growing the sport in Arizona,” said Marie Baca, US Lacrosse Arizona chapter president. “While Jessica’s love and commitment to the game is evidenced on paper, nothing beats seeing the amazing interaction she has with players, parents and fellow lacrosse coaches.”
About US Lacrosse

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Lacrosse Stick Skills: IMG Lacrosse Academy Video Features Sean DeLaney (Video)

Lacrosse superstar Sean DeLaney performs some awesome lacrosse tricks and lacrosse stick tricks at the IMG Lacrosse Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

The IMG Lacrosse Academy is the premier lacrosse training facility in the world. Directed by Kevin Finneran, the IMG Lacrosse Academy has lacrosse camps for boys and girls throughout the year and during the summer.

Legends Of Lacrosse: Former Penn State Women’s Lacrosse Midfielder Mary McCarthy Stefano Led Nittany Lions To 1987 NCAA National Lacrosse Championship (Video)

Former Penn State coach Susan Delaney-Scheetz loved the scrappiness of now-Hall of Fame player Mary McCarthy Stefano.

Lacrosse In The 1970’s: Hobart Men’s Lacrosse Captured The 1972 USILA National Championship For Small Colleges And Highlighted The Emergence Of Central New York Lacrosse Programs (Sports Illustrated April 22 1974)

Foregoing traditional finesse in favor of the fast break and volume shooting, tiny Hobart is swamping opponents under a torrent of goals

The idea of Hobart College (enrollment 1,000) beating Syracuse University in anything other than Scrabble would appear to be ludicrous. Why, Hobart‘s very nickname, the Statesmen, suggests as much. The aims of the college, to quote its catalog, are simply “to civilize…to humanize…to liberate intellectually.” Well, last week on tiny Boswell Field, Hobart‘s lacrosse team civilized, humanized and intellectually liberated the Orangemen of Syracuse by the incredible score of 23-1.

Not that Hobart is a newcomer to the game of lacrosse. The college has been playing the sport since 1898 and prior to this season had won over 58% of its games. In 1972 the Statesmen won the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association tournament, the first national championship held for small colleges. This year they are 3-0, including a 28-3 rout of Clarkson that broke the Hobart scoring record, and are once again a strong contender for the title.

Hobart‘s eminence in lacrosse is further proof that the Finger Lakes region of central New York state is beginning to rank with Baltimore and Long Island as a hotbed of the sport. In 1971 Cornell, which is, of course, high above Cayuga’s waters, won the NCAA lacrosse title. Close by, on Seneca Lake in Geneva, N.Y., Hobart was, as noted, the small-college champion the next year while nearby Cortland State won the same title last year. Now recruiters from the even more traditional Southern powers are beginning to scout the area’s high schools for talent.

For 37 seasons the lacrosse coach at Hobart was a legendary gentleman named Francis L. (Babe) Kraus, who won 208 games and is now in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He was succeeded in 1967 by Buddy Beardmore, who stayed only one year before moving on to Virginia and then to Maryland, where last year he coached the Terrapins to the NCAA championship. Beardmore in turn was followed by the current coach, Jerry Schmidt, who seems determined to outdo both his predecessors. In seven years Schmidt‘s teams have won 75% of their games and have yet to lose in their league, the Independent College Athletic Conference.

Hobart‘s frenetic style of play, on the other hand, might best be compared to that of a fast-breaking basketball team. It is built around creating unsettled situations—anything less than the standard six-on-six—for Statesmen’s offense.

The 1972 Hobart Men's Lacrosse Team was 17-1-0 and won the USILA National Championship and featured five All-Americans in Dave Creighton ’72, Bob Raleigh ’73, Rick Gilbert ’74, Greg Hughan ’72, and Tom Gaggin ’72, and produced five current Hobart Hall of Fame members: Don Aleksiewicz ’73, B.J. O’Hara ’75, Creighton, Gilbert, and Raleigh. Together, the team recorded a +9.89 scoring margin and registered 17 wins, the most in the history of the program.

Schmidt was an All-America attackman at Johns Hopkins University in the early ’60s (SI cover, April 23, 1962), and at Hobart he has fostered a style of play that makes Baltimore traditionalists look askance. Lacrosse is generally divided into Northern and Southern styles of play, although the differences are rapidly merging. Southern lacrosse, epitomized by the play at Hopkins, emphasizes polished stickwork, maneuvering for the percentage shot and conservative defense in which the defenseman primarily concerns himself with maintaining position between his opponent and the goal. The Northern brand of the game lacks the finesse of the Southern but makes up for it in aggressiveness and contact, with a lot of body checking similar to that in hockey. Without sacrificing stickwork Hobart has carried aggressiveness and contact to new extremes.

Lacrosse teams are composed of three attackmen, three midfielders, three defensemen and a goalie. Attackmen almost always stay at their opponents’ end of the field while the defensemen and the goalie remain at their end. Normally a game consists of three attackmen and three midfielders maneuvering the ball for a score against three midfielders, three defensemen and the goalie. This is known as a settled situation.

To accomplish his aims Schmidt has introduced a pressing, double-teaming defense designed to steal the ball. In a Johns Hopkins-Virginia game two years ago Hopkins Attackman Jack Thomas stood near the corner with the ball for five minutes and the Cavaliers politely let him be. At Hobart, players would have been after him like Doberman pinschers sicced on a burglar. Instead of merely trying to stay between their opponent and the goal, Hobart defensemen constantly harass the opponent, double-teaming to get at the ball whenever possible. If it were as easy to pass a lacrosse ball under pressure from one stick to another as it is to diagram plays on paper, a double team would be an easy situation to beat, and in fact some of the goals scored off Hobart look embarrassingly easy. As Schmidt concedes, “Basketball teams that press get a lot of layups scored against them.” But more often than not Hobart ends up with the ball in an unsettled situation. And then what Schmidt calls his “well-legged kids” take off.

Unless they have a man advantage, as in a four-on-three, most teams slow the ball down and wait for their six-man offense to set up. Not so with Hobart, where Schmidt urges his team to rush the net. “We made a rule,” he says. “If a guy takes a shot, we never criticize him. We never say ‘bad shot.’ It’s easier to score in a three-on-three than in a six-on-six because there are fewer sticks to knock the ball down, there are fewer backup defenders if you get by your man and you can see an open man more clearly.” Schmidt also sees a distinct psychological advantage. “If you’re going to catch your breath in sports,” he points out, “you should do it on offense. Most players tend to do it on defense because they want to score. Hobart takes advantage of tired midfielders.”

Pity the opposing goaltender. Last year the Statesmen took 917 shots to their opponents’ 550. In the three games this year they have already outgunned opponents 178-69. Schmidt will admit that they were not all great shots but “what you lose in quality, you make up in volume.” This is particularly true in lacrosse because the ball can sometimes take awfully crazy bounces off the chewed up turf in front of the goal. Furthermore there is always the chance to knock in a rebound against a shell-shocked goaltender.

Understandably, attackmen gravitate to Hobart. “An attackman would want to come here just like a split end would want to go to a school that throws the ball a lot,” says Schmidt. “He knows he’s going to be a good goal scorer here.” Schmidt was a big goal scorer at Hopkins. In his senior year he scored 36 times to finish fourth in the nation. Two years ago his three starting attackmen each had 47 goals.

One of those attackmen, Rick Gilbert, then a sophomore, added 75 assists to total 122 points. Lacrosse records are surprisingly vague but Gilbert’s is probably the highest point total ever. Last year he added 114 more points while setting a single-season assist record of 88 feeds. Research at Hobart has turned up only one other instance of a 100-point season in all the history of collegiate lacrosse. With the 91 points he scored as a freshman, Gilbert is a cinch to pass the 400 mark for his career. In three games this season he has already rammed home 13 goals and had 17 assists to push his career total to 357 points.

At 5’8″, 160 pounds, with long, stringy hair and glasses, Gilbert hardly resembles the stereotype All-America. A political-science major who hopes to teach elementary school in Baltimore, he seems even less concerned than his coach about the professional contract he will never sign. “Athletics shouldn’t be utilized to make money,” Gilbert says. “They don’t have that much value in society.”

Schmidt‘s “well-legged kids” almost failed to get off to a good start this spring. In the first quarter of the opening game against Adelphi, the Statesmen played poorly and fell behind 5-2. Then Gilbert literally took matters into his own hands. In a stretch of just 84 seconds early in the second quarter he scored three unassisted goals to tie the game. At that point Schmidt rested his star, substituting a freshman, John Hayes. Hayes promptly raced down the field and on his very first shot as a collegian rifled home a goal to put his team ahead. For Hobart opponents there is no rest. These Statesmen never heard of a ceasefire.

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