Daily Archives: November 7, 2010

Lacrosse In The 1960’s: Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse Defeated Navy 9-6 To Win 1967 National Championship And Bring Midshipmen’s 8-Year Dynasty To An End (Sports Illustrated May 22, 1967)

Coach Bobby Scott knew his Hopkins Blue Jays were usually slicker than Navy but would never win because they were too small. So he did what any smart recruiter would do, and now look who's the best

The manner in which it pounced on the United States Naval Academy, the defending national champion of lacrosse, makes it clear that Johns Hopkins is once again ready to dominate the sport that it cherishes almost as much as the intellectual freedom of the Homewood campus. Hopkins never trailed in last Saturday’s 9-6 victory over the Midshipmen, who had won 33 college games in a row and were out for their eighth straight title. Now the Blue Jays only need to defeat Maryland this weekend to win their first since 1959, and Bill Bilderback, who coaches the Navy and ought to know, doesn’t expect them to fail. “They are,” he said, “so much better than last year that I hate to think about it. I thought all along we could catch them in the fourth period—just like we used to—but we couldn’t.”

Johns Hopkins Men's Lacrosse Sophomore attacker Joe Cowan (on right). A pulled thigh muscle, heavily taped, slowed him against Navy in 1967, but he still managed to set up four goals, including three of the four scored by junior Phil Kneip. Cowan might have done even more damage to Navy, but he needed frequent rest. "I could hardly breathe out there sometimes," he said. "I was in bed from Wednesday night to Saturday morning, and I simply couldn't keep up part of the time." Throughout, however, Cowan was the man Hopkins looked for when it needed the big play. Coach Scott is already calling him the best all-round player he has ever coached.

The difference in the two superb, unbeaten teams was not the marvelous stickwork of Hopkins, for Hopkins always has been superior to the Navy in finesse. What brought the victory, before about 12,000 homecoming fans at Homewood, was the fact that the Blue Jays are (“at last,” sighed Coach Bobby ) almost as big as the magnificent physical specimens of the Navy, who congregated like drifting battleships at midfield and around their net. Scott has brought to Hopkins the same type of player—fast, smart and quick with a stick—that Homewood always has had, and now they are powerful enough to give as much punishment as they receive. And what makes the future so bright for Hopkins lacrosse is that most of Scott‘s biggest players are among the squad’s youngest, as well.

John Cardillo, a defenseman who ran the length of the field Saturday to score a breakaway goal that helped Hopkins to an early 2-0 lead, weighs 195, and Midfielder Charles Goodell is 190. Joe Cowan, an attackman, is the best of the sophomores—and one of the best in the country. A pulled thigh muscle, heavily taped, slowed him against Navy, but he still managed to set up four goals, including three of the four scored by junior Phil Kneip. Cowan might have done even more damage to Navy, but he needed frequent rest. “I could hardly breathe out there sometimes,” he said. “I was in bed from Wednesday night to Saturday morning, and I simply couldn’t keep up part of the time.” Throughout, however, Cowan was the man Hopkins looked for when it needed the big play. Scott is already calling him the best all-round player he has ever coached.

Scott‘s recruits are somewhat inconsistent with the image Hopkins usually presents in athletics. There has not been a winning team on campus in another sport for years. The basketball team has not had a winning season in 20 years, the baseball team in 14 and the football team in six. A ripple of anticipation swept through Homewood this year when the basketball team, trying for its ninth win in 17 games, led Towson State College by one point in overtime. But a Hopkins player committed a two-shot foul at the gun, Towson converted both free throws and won the game 84-83. The baseball team came just as close. It was tied going into the ninth in a game that would have pushed it over .500 at the season’s end. Alas, Hopkins gave up a run and lost again. “Actually,” admits one Hopkins student, “our teams are quite spirited and dedicated, but they just happen to be awful, too.”

That makes everybody love lacrosse all the more. Baltimore‘s prep schools produce expert stickmen, who have played the game since they were big enough to carry a crosse. And many of them chose Hopkins out of convenience and because they can live at home. This was particularly true in the years when the Blue Jays were collecting 25 national championships, 24 of which were acquired before 1959. That was the year that the naval academy, 23 miles to the south, decided to become gung-ho about lacrosse and promoted Bilderback from plebe to varsity coach. He took over with a flourish, bringing numerous Midshipmen football players out for lacrosse in the spring and installing them at positions where they could do the most damage. Navy’s aggressiveness, strength and depth nullified the Hopkins stickwork. After they upset the Blue Jays in Bilderback‘s first year the Middies set out on their own streak of national titles.

As the losses to Navy accumulated, Scott and his staff spent more and more time recruiting throughout Maryland and in New York‘s Long Island. “We simply had to get the bigger men who could handle a stick, too,” he says.

“However, they can’t help us if they don’t have the grades,” insists Athletic Director Marshall Turner Jr. As he spoke, Turner was leaning back in his office in a gleaming $2.5 million field house that suddenly cropped up next to the lacrosse field in 1965. Named the Newton H. White Jr. Athletic Center, after a naval captain who endowed many scholarships at the university, the complex houses a basketball court, swimming pool, handball courts and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. “The place is magnificent,” says Scott, “and it sure hasn’t hurt our recruiting.”

Indeed it hasn’t. It may be only a coincidence that players like Cowan, Cardillo and Goodell were graduated from high school just as the complex was finished. But many other prospects took one look at Captain White’s memorial and decided to stay, including some members of this year’s Baby Jays, Hopkins’ unbeaten freshman team.

Still no one knew just how good the varsity was until the Navy game. Jack Kelly, former All-America and one-man public-relations agency for the sport, who travels the country for his Lacrosse Newsletter, was one expert doubter. “I guess you have to go with Navy,” he said, “until they’re beaten.”

The Blue Jays had opened their season with an impressive 10-4 win over Mount Washington, a club comprised mostly of former collegiate All-Americas that usually handles the best of the college teams. There were those who said Mount Washington was not in condition for Hopkins, and this opinion was strengthened when the clubmen later defeated Navy 9-8. So Kelly‘s was the prevailing impartial view on Saturday morning.

Jerry Schnydman, co-captain of the Blue Jays, who sees the world from only five feet above his shoe tops, had put in a miserable week. “I couldn’t sleep. Food had no taste to it,” he said. “To me, this game is more important than life itself. Most of us feel that way, I know.”

Scott was hardly a comforting influence. “I think about how one goal—just a little ball going into a big net—can ruin everything or make it wonderful,” he said. “I just want to get it over with.”

Hopkins, carrying the attack to Navy from the outset, took a 1-0 lead on Kneip’s goal and boosted it to 2-0 on Cardillo’s shot. Then suddenly the Hopkins defense collapsed for a spell and repeatedly failed to clear. Navy quickly tied the game at 2-2. But Kneip’s second goal, completing a marvelous pass play from Cowan, put Hopkins ahead for good. The Blue Jays took control of the contest and ran up a 7-3 margin.

Far from cracking in the fourth quarter, the Blue Jays maintained their dominance. “I couldn’t believe we had won,” said Schnydman, “until I heard the announcer say there was a minute to play when we were ahead 8-6. Then I started thinking about Maryland.”

Kelly wandered through the locker rooms, congratulating the winners and consoling the losers, and all the time he was shaking his head. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a defense like the one Hopkins threw at them today,” he said. “They’re all big, strong and smart. I don’t really know when they’ll lose.” If they don’t this weekend, a lot more lacrosse fans will be wondering the same thing.

For more:  http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1079850/index.htm

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Top 25 Rankings Features #1 Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Followed By North Carolina, Maryland, Syracuse And Princeton


1. VIRGINIA (16-2) Outstanding overall talent earns Virginia our top spot; excellent coaching from Dom Starsia and Marc Van Arsdale helps as well; the Cavs played hard through tragic circumstances in ’10; Ghitelman’s experience in the nets is a huge plus; will continue to play fast and push the ball.

Virginia Will Miss: Brian Carroll on Offense and Ken Clausen on Defense

Virginia Does Return: Rhamel and Shamel Bratton, Steele Stanwick, and Goalie Adam Ghitelman

2. NORTH CAROLINA (13-3) Reawakening of program continues under Head Coach Joe Breschi; continued influx of talent makes practice extremely competitive; Chris Madalon and Steve Restivo will battle for starting goalie spot, Tar Heels have won big games; next step is to advance to the Final Four.

Carolina Will Miss: Gavin Petracca and Sean DeLaney on Offense.

Carolina Does Return: Billy Bitter, Thomas Wood, and Michael Burns.

3. MARYLAND (12-4) Top three teams in the College Beat poll are all ACC teams and the other is a Top 10 Team (and defending National Champion) which speaks volumes about how tough the conference really is; new Terp staff inherits 16 seniors with dominant players on both attack and defense; goalie experience and midfield scoring are the question marks.

Maryland Will Miss: Will Yeatman on Offense and Goalie Brian Phipps.

Maryland Does Return: Grant Catalino, Ryan Young, and Travis Reed on Offense.

4. SYRACUSE (13-2) The Orange had a 2007 5-8 record followed by 2008 NCAA Championship; 2010 1st round home playoff loss followed by what (?) in 2011 is the big question. John Galloway in cage and LSM Joel White are huge factors; who will run the offense and distribute is the next biggest question.

Syracuse Will Miss: Chris Daniello and Cody Jamieson on Offense.

Syracuse Does Return: Goalie John Galloway, Midfielders Jeremy Thompson, Stephen Keough and Jovan Miller, and Long Stick Midfielder Joel White.

5. PRINCETON (11-5) Year 2 for Chris Bates’ as Head Coach; Tyler Fiorito in cage is big, athletic defense and more talented offensive players added to the mix helps; Tigers are favorite to win the Ivy.

Princeton Will Miss: Attackman Rob Engelke (17 Goals) and Defenseman Jeremy Hirsch.

Princeton Does Return: Attackman Jack McBride (35 Goals) Mike Chanenchuk (28 Goals) and Goalie Tyler Fiorito.

6. HOFSTRA (9-5) Overall depth of CAA continues to improve making it crowded for Hofstra; adding three impact transfers to a senior team with two proven scorers in Jay Card & Jamie Lincoln; need to make more saves with greater consistency in the net.

Hofstra Will Miss: Dan Stein on Offense and Christian Scuderi on Defense.Hofstra Does Return: A loaded attack of Jay Card, Jamie Lincoln and Kevin Ford.

7. CORNELL (12-6) DeLuca has been a top defensive coach and knows the system; solid in all phases; experienced Final Four team plus Rob Pannell on Attack make Cornell a solid Top 10 team.

Cornell Will Miss: Ryan Hurley (47 Goals) and Pierce Derkac (75 Ground Balls).

Cornell Does Return: Attackman Rob Pannell (29 Goals, 51 Assists).

8. NOTRE DAME (10-7) Hungry again after one goal NCAA final loss; plenty of returning talent plus the next ‘Joey Kemp’ in goal.

The Irish Will Miss: Grant Krebs (24 Goals) and Neal Hicks (23 Goals) and Goalie Scott Rodgers.

Notre Dame Does Return: Zach Brenneman (29 Goals, 13 Assists) and an excellent defense.

9. DUKE (16-4) After three seasons of five classes vs. opponents’ founds; loads of talent returns to now compete on a level playing field and defend their ’10 Championship.

Duke Will Miss: Ned Crotty (23 goals and 63 assists) and Max Quinzani (68 goals).

Duke Does Return: Attackman Zach Howell (51 Goals and 19 Assists) and Goalie Dan Wigrizer.

10. STONY BROOK (13-4) Head Coach Rick Sowell was a great asset to Team USA; he brings the same coaching to Stony Brook; this team gave the Cavaliers a great battle in ’10 quarterfinals; program is on a steady rise and this continues in 2011.

Stony Brook Will Miss: Tom Compitello on Offense and Charlie Paar in the Net.

Stony Brook Does Return: Attackmen Kevin Crowley (51 Goals) and Jordan McBride (48 Goals).

11. ARMY (11-6) Rebounded from an awful 16-2 midseason loss to Hofstra to reach quarterfinals following a big upset of Syracuse; kept coaching and playing hard in ’10; strong character team capable of beating anyone and also of bouncing back from big losses; have Garrett Thul on attack and Tom Palesky in goal returning.

Army Will Miss: Tyler Seymour (23 Goals).

Army Does Return: Garrett Thul (41 Goals) and Jeremy Boltus (29 Goals and 38 Assists) and Goalie Tom Palesky.

12. JOHNS HOPKINS (7-8) Petro, staff and team worked hard during the offseason to erase ’10; more realistic schedule faces Blue Jays in 2011; have they solved their lack of athleticism and team speed in the defensive half?

Hopkins Will Miss: Steven Boyle (32 Goals, 23 Assists) and Michael Kimmel (23 Goals) and defenseman Matt Drennan.

Hopkins Does Return: Kyle Wharton (24 Goals in ’10 and 34 goals in ’09).

13. DENVER (12-5) Year 2 for Coach Bill Tierney; proven system with excellent game preparation each week; looks to move to quarterfinals after one goal loss in ‘10.

Denver Will Miss: Charley Dickerson (22 Assists) and Dillon Roy (82 Ground Balls) on Defense.

Denver Does Return: Mark Matthews (38 Goals) and Alex Demopoulos (36 Goals).

14. GEORGETOWN (9-5) Hall of Fame Coach Dave Urick is ready for the challenge of meshing new faces; goals are to win the Big East and secure an NCAA bid.

Georgetown Will Miss: Craig Dowd (31 Assists), Andrew Brancaccio (25 Goals), Chris Nixon on Defense and Goalie Jack Davis.

Georgetown Does Return: Travis Comeau (25 Goals) and Ricky Mirabito (24 Goals).

15. MASSACHUSETTS (8-6) Excellent coaching from Greg Cannella and tradition always keep the Minutemen in the mix; another talented freshmen group to compete in rough and tumble CAA.

Masachusetts Returns: Will Manny (27 Goals).

16. HARVARD (6-6) Well deserved opportunity for Chris Wojcik at the Helm; inherits talented roster; continue to instill blue collar work ethic.

Harvard Returns: Jeff Cohen (29 Goals) and Dean Gibbons (27 Goals).

17. NAVY (7-8) Mids played through injuries in ’10; Patriot League games are usually decided by two goals or less; always a 60 minute effort.

Navy Returns: Andy Warner (22 Goals).

18. DELAWARE (10-7) Bob Shillinglaw continues to be among the best coaches in the game; close loss to talented Carolina team in first round proves that Del can play with anyone; graduated scorers Dickson & Cahill; CAA is a challenge again in 2011.

Delaware Returns: Kevin Kaminski (31 Goals).

19. LOYOLA (9-5) Overtime loss to Big Red in ’10 NCAA first round; heavy graduation losses on offense; will battle Denver in ECAC.

Loyola Retruns: Eric Lusby (20 Goals).

20. TOWSON (7-8) Second consecutive loss in CAA final prevented an NCAA bid; Tigers had a great second half in ’10; look to keep the momentum going.

Towson Returns: Tim Stratton (18 Goals, 33 Assists)

21. YALE  (10-4)  Andy Shay moved the program forward with quality wins and competitive losses to top teams; the next step is to make the leap over Princeton & Cornell at the Top of the Ivy.

Yale Returns: Brian Douglass (32 Goals).  

22. DREXEL (10-5)  Consistent seasons have been the hallmark of late for the Dragons; as the recruiting wars heat up, they are expanding their base and building on a winning tradition.

Drexel Returns: Robert Church (32 Goals).  

23. VILLANOVA (10-5)  Mike Corrado has been outstanding as a part time coach; the move to the Big East means additional funding and support; well prepared and strong defensively; will put pressure on Syracuse, Notre Dame and Georgetown.

Villanova Returns: Jack Rice (26 Goals).  

24. BROWN (8-6)  Last year’s youth got plenty of quality minutes; small margin of error in the tough Ivy League; last team to open in ’10; looks to hit the ground running in ’11.

Brown Returns: Andrew Feinberg (36 Goals).  

25. BUCKNELL  (8-6) Patriot League log jam creates “must” wins outside the league to advance; the Bison are physical and athletic; can they rise to the top?

Bucknell Returns: Ryan Klipstein (34 Goals).

For more:   http://www.laxnews.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=456

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Highlights: Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Vs. Army In 2010 Fall Ball Play (Video)

Virginia Men’s Lacrosse vs. Army in 2010 Fall Ball Lacrosse