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NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Announces Challenging 2011 Schedule Including Notre Dame, North Carolina, Syracuse, Duke, Penn, Ohio State And Stanford

Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller  today announced the Wildcats 2011 women’s lacrosse schedule, which gets underway in February. The challenging 17-game slate features 10 games against teams that qualified for last season’s NCAA tournament, 10 match-ups with teams that finished among the nation’s top-20 in 2010 and a neutral site game at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

Date                       Opponent               Event Location             Time

02/19/11      at Notre Dame              South Bend, Ind.          4:00 p.m. CT02/25/11     at North Carolina        Chapel Hill, N.C.           4:00 p.m. CT02/27/11     at Vanderbilt *             Nashville, Tenn.          12:00 p.m. CT03/03/11     at Navy                           Annapolis, Md.             6:00 p.m. CT03/05/11    at Georgetown             Washington, D.C.         12:00 p.m. CT03/11/11     vs. California                Evanston, Ill.                  3:00 p.m. CT03/19/11     vs. William & Mary    Dallas, Texas                   7:00 p.m. CT03/23/11     vs. Syracuse                 Evanston, Ill.                  7:00 p.m. CT03/26/11     at Massachusetts       Amherst, Mass.               6:00 p.m. CT04/02/11     vs. Duke                        Evanston, Ill.                    1:00 p.m. CT04/08/11     vs. Penn State *         Evanston, Ill.                    7:00 p.m. CT

04/10/11     vs. Penn                       Evanston, Ill.                  12:00 p.m. CT

04/14/11     at Florida *                  Gainesville, Fla.               5:30 p.m. CT04/16/11     at Johns Hopkins *   Baltimore, Md.              12:00 p.m. CT04/22/11    vs. Ohio State *          Evanston, Ill.                    7:00 p.m. CT04/24/11    vs. Stanford                 Evanston, Ill.                    1:00 p.m. CT04/30/11    at Virginia                   Charlottesville, Va.       11:00 a.m. CTAmerican Lacrosse Conference Championship05/05/11   ALC Quarterfinals * Nashville, Tenn.                   TBA05/06/11   ALC Semifinals *       Nashville, Tenn.                   TBA05/07/11   ALC Final *                 Nashville, Tenn.                    TBA

“I could not be more excited about the 2011 schedule,” said Amonte Hiller. “We have another young team this season and the challenges presented in this schedule should provide a great opportunity for this team to mature, and do so quickly. Our conference should again prove to be one of the strongest conferences nationally and the combination of our ALC and non-conference opponents gives us an extremely dynamic schedule. Our student-athletes are very excited about this challenge.”

Northwestern will be tested from the opening draw of the year as the Wildcats’ first five games will be on the road against 2010 NCAA tournament qualifiers. NU begins the season with an NCAA first round rematch at rival Notre Dame on Feb. 19 before a trip to the southeast, taking on North Carolina in Chapel Hill in a semifinal rematch and opening up American Lacrosse Conference play at Vanderbilt in Nashville the last weekend in February.

March will open up with what should prove to be a memorable game for Amonte Hiller as her Wildcats will travel to Annapolis, Md., on March 3rd to face Navy, which is coached by Cindy Timchal, Amonte Hiller’s head coach during her playing career at Maryland and the first head coach in Northwestern lacrosse history. Northwestern then wraps up its season-opening five-game road trip at Georgetown March 5th.

Northwestern will take to the turf at Lakeside Field for the first time on March 11 when it hosts California. Then comes the spring break trip to Dallas when the Wildcats will take on William and Mary at the brand new billion-dollar Cowboy Stadium before a showdown against national semifinalist Syracuse in Evanston on March 23.

For more:  http://nusports.cstv.com/sports/w-lacros/spec-rel/112410aab.html

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Penn State Men’s Lacrosse Completed Fall Ball Practice On Nov. 18 (Video)

The Penn State Men’s Lacrosse team wrapped up its fall practice schedule on November 18, 2010, with it’s final fall workout under new Head Coach Jeff Tambroni. GoPSUsports took some time to speak with senior captain Matt Bernier, and get his thoughts on how the fall schedule went.

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Recruiting: The Canadian Kawartha Women’s Lacrosse Club Team Now Has 11 Student-Athletes Receiving NCAA Div. I Lacrosse Scholarships At Schools Including UMass, UMBC And Monmouth (Video)

The Kawartha Women’s Lacrosse Club has reached double digits in a prestigious category — and we don’t mean wins on the field.

With the announcement at Kenner Collegiate Tuesday morning of three members committing to NCAA Division 1 schools in the United States on field lacrosse scholarships next fall, it brings the number from the club advancing in that fashion to 11.

Attack Cassie Raglan, midfield/ attack Jordan Lyons and goaltender Katie Donohoe announced they have committed to three different universities all within the eastern time zone. All three are also currently vying for spots on the national team, which will be officially announced in January in preparation for the world under-19 championships in Germany in August.

Raglan, 17 will be going to the University of Massachusetts, after spending a year at Timothy’s All Girls Prep School in Baltimore last year. She is in Grade 12 at Kenner this year, enrolled in the baccalauréat program. Her first two years of high school were at St. Peter’s.

Lyons, 17, will be attending the University of Maryland at Baltimore County and is finishing up her Grade 12 at St. Peter’s. The 16-year-old Donohoe, in Grade 12 at Holy Cross, will be playing field lacrosse at Monmouth University in New Jersey.

While they are Kawartha club members, they haven’t played for it the last couple of seasons because of their involvement with the national side. They each have four years experience with the club with Raglan the only one with all at the U19 level. The other two have three with U19, including one each with the U15 team.

For more: http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2859558

The Lacrosse Team That Changed The Game: The 1970-71 Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Team Completed A “Perfect” Season In ’70 But Was Ranked #5 At Season’s End By The “Good Old Boy” U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, Ushering In The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament In ’71

“Do you think we showed Baltimore something? Do you think they’ll rank us as high as third?”

The questions, as reported in a June 14, 1971, Sports Illustrated article by Peter Carry, were in jest and meant to drive home a point to all those who would listen. They were asked by Cornell men’s lacrosse coach Richie Moran immediately following the 1971 national championship game, which the Big Red had won over Maryland, 12-6.

But to understand why these questions were asked, one must go back to 1970.

In April, 21 players and three support staff (head coach Richie Moran, trainer Rick LaFrance and team manager Kim Eike) from the 1970 team returned to Cornell to be honored at halftime during the game against Brown on Schoellkopf Field. Photo by Tim McKinney

In that year, the second of Moran’s 29-year career with the Big Red, the men’s lacrosse team posted a perfect 11-0 record. The Big Red won the Ivy Championship outright for the third time in five years and dispatched its opponents by an average of 8.6 goals per game. The squad featured five All-Americans — Mark Webster (first team), Jeff Dean (second team), Bob Shaw (third team), John Burnap (honorable mention) and Al Rimmer (honorable mention) — and was widely considered the best in the Northeast.

Unfortunately, being the Northeast’s best didn’t mean much to the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, the governing body that awarded the “mythical” national championship to the team with the best won-lost record in the Mideastern Division, which included schools primarily from Maryland and surrounding areas.

Therefore, despite being the only undefeated team in the country, Cornell finished the year ranked fifth in the nation while Johns Hopkins (9-1), Navy (11-1) and Virginia (8-2) all shared the national championship crown, despite all having at least one loss apiece.

“Obviously, we were extremely disappointed because we played well all season,” says Moran of the 1970 team. “We were hurt because we’d had a game against Virginia that was cancelled due to bad weather. I’m not saying we would have won that game, but it would have given us an opportunity to prove ourselves against the elite of the class.”

Heading into the 1971 season, the returning team members knew that they would have a chance to redeem themselves with the newly created NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament, which would determine the national champion through playing — not politics.

When asked earlier this year if the snub of the 1970 team motivated him and the team the following season as it compiled a 13-1 record and etched its name in the lacrosse history books by taking the first-ever NCAA tournament title, Moran answered: “I was never that type of guy to use that as a crutch. But I didn’t realize it until the reunion dinner we had a few weeks ago that a lot of the team knew about the championship.

“Many members of the 1970 team had been juniors, and they had vowed to do everything possible to get into the championship and make amends for the voting committee. It wasn’t really about revenge. It was just good athletic thinking to achieve something for their teammates that they felt they deserved.”

During the weekend of April 24, 2010, 21 members of the 1970 lacrosse team (and three support staff) returned to East Hill to be honored at halftime during the Big Red’s game vs. Brown at Schoellkopf Field. And while that group may have a small sense that they were overlooked by the “lacrosse establishment,” they don’t allow bitterness to overshadow all that they accomplished.

“There is always some talk of the injustice, but we are sufficiently happy to celebrate our accomplishments and just enjoy getting together and reconnecting with each other,” said Mickey Fenzel ’71 after the team’s reunion weekend. “Having won it all in 1971 provided us with further evidence that the 1970 team was something special as well. We had plenty of reasons to think that the 1970 team may have been even better than the 1971 team, so we know in our hearts that we were the best in the country that year also. The lacrosse world cannot challenge what took place on the field.”

Julie Greco is associate director of Cornell Athletic Communications.

For more:  http://ezramagazine.cornell.edu/update/May10/EU.1970.lax.team.html