Monthly Archives: December 2010

Top Lacrosse Videos: “Offensive Techniques & Drills For Championship Lacrosse” From Championship Productions Features Duke Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach John Danowski

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Becoming a better lacrosse player has everything to do with learning to play with and without the ball. Coach John Danowski presents an excellent skill program for the spring, in anticipation of the upcoming season. The skills in this lacrosse DVD are applicable to any offense in Lacrosse. He begins by demonstrating basic moves for the specific areas of the field for dodging (top, wings or behind). Each of these areas is broken down into right or left, or high or low. From the top, the split dodge and the merry-go-round move are taught. The wing is divided into high wing and low wing. On the wing, the goal is to attack the top foot of the defender when attacking. Options are the speed dodge and combo cut. Dodges from behind are keyed on the person with the ball making things happen. Speed, strength and change of direction are keys to scoring from behind. The step away, double and roll moves are universal techniques that are used behind the net and can improve any offense. Dragging the double is another move from behind the net. The objective of the step back/throw back and roll back/throw back are moves to increase movement away from the cage.

MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Lacrosse Magazine Releases “2011 Preseason All-Coyne MCLA Division II Team”


A – Joe Costello – Sr., St. Thomas
A – Chad Frost – Jr., Utah Valley
A – Eric Weber – Sr., Hope
M – Ian Bohince – Sr., Western Oregon
M – Samuel Carlson – Soph., Davenport
M – Chris Cole – Soph., Cal State Fullerton
FO – Anthony Hunt – Sr., Tennessee Wesleyan
LSM – Pat McMahon – Sr., St. Thomas
D – Dan Comite – Sr., SCAD
D – Steve Hurst – Sr., Dayton
D – Matt Lambourne – Jr., Westminster
G – Andrew Dymski – Sr., Grove City

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Concussions In Lacrosse: Study Finds High School Athletes Suffering Concussions Who Undergo “Computerized Neuropsychological Testing” Are Less Likely to Return To Play Within One Week

“It is possible that, despite reporting symptom resolution, these athletes had deficits in their neurocognitive function, adding further evidence to the benefit of neuropsychological testing in the management of sport-related concussion,”

Symptoms resolved for 83.4% of the athletes within one week, with symptoms lingering longer than a month in just 1.5%.

High school athletes who undergo computerized neuropsychological testing after sustaining a concussion are less likely to return to play within one week than those not tested, researchers found.

Just 13.6% of those who underwent testing returned to action within a week, compared with 32.9% of those who were not tested (P<0.01), according to William Meehan III, MD, of Children’s Hospital Boston, and colleagues.

There was a nonsignificant trend toward a reduced likelihood of returning on the same day among athletes who were tested (0.8% versus 4.2%, P=0.056), the researchers reported in the December issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

There are several possible explanations for the findings, they noted.

“It is possible that, despite reporting symptom resolution, these athletes had deficits in their neurocognitive function, adding further evidence to the benefit of neuropsychological testing in the management of sport-related concussion,” they wrote, noting that the test scores were not available.

It is also possible, they continued, that clinicians who order testing are more conservative in their management of concussions or that athletes who were considered to have more serious injuries were more likely to undergo testing.

To explore the epidemiology of concussions in high school sports, Meehan and his colleagues looked at data from the High School Reporting Information Online (HS RIO) injury surveillance system, which collects information from a nationally representative sample of 100 schools.

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MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Lacrosse Magazine Releases “2011 Preseason All-Coyne MCLA Division I Team” With Chapman, Colorado State And Michigan Placing Two Players On Team


A – Cooper Kehoe – Sr., Colorado State
A – Patrick Nemes – Jr., Michigan State
A – Trevor Yealy – Sr., Michigan
M – Andrew Harding – Jr., Brigham Young
M – Brandon Nispel – Sr., Minnesota-Duluth
M – Ryan Westfall – Sr., Arizona State
FO – Scott Gelston – Sr., Colorado State
LSM – Matt Walrath – Jr., Chapman
D – Harry Freid – Sr., Michigan
D – Jack Mata – Sr., Florida State
D – Andrew Salcido – Sr., Chapman
G – Nick Johnston – Sr., Oregon

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“Inside Lacrosse January 2011 Issue” Features National Lacrosse League (NLL) Boston Blazers’ Big Three Josh Sanderson, Casey Powell And Dan Dawson

Easton Sports Set To Formally Introduce “Easton Lacrosse” In January 2011 With High-Quality, Innovative Equipment And “Concussion Management” Helmet Technology Central To Company


 “…In January 2011 we will introduce, formally, Easton Lacrosse. We’re excited about it. In North America if you are looking at team sports, lacrosse for much of the last 10 years has been on the fastest growth rate. It’s penetrating more and more areas of the U.S…”

 “The heightened awareness around head injuries, concussion management, are incredibly topical and central to who we are as a company.” 

Chris Zimmerman, President of Easton Sports. Photograph by Nick Procaylo, PNG

Easton Sports President Chris Zimmerman’s mandate includes a push to make Easton the dominant brand in hockey, baseball and softball — and to establish a dominant presence in a rapidly growing market for lacrosse gear. The following is from a December 23, 2010 interview in The Vancouver Sun:

What is your primary objective as president?

It all starts with creating a culture and putting together a leadership team that can inspire and drive a rapidly changing business.

The second piece is a vibrant, well funded R-and-D team that is giving us a pipeline of new products that excite players.

But if you only do that in today’s world, the consumer is not going to find you. So for us it is all about that combined attack of really great product and then bringing the same level of innovation to our storytelling.

Is the technology changing for sports equipment?

Products don’t stay on the market quite as long because it’s become more competitive, there are more companies trying to accomplish the same things. Either it’s on the protection side, finding the right levels of protection that can be consistent with where the game is going, or on the performance side of how we find that unique way to build the next stick that is going to give players an edge that other products don’t.

What changes are you making with helmets?

Collectively, we make more helmets than any other company in the world for sports.

We have just created a facility called the helmet technology centre, nicknamed the Dome.

We have over 40 engineers working across all our sports, being able to share research, testing, insights about new foams for protections, different fit systems, and so we believe that we are positioned — in a world where the interest level, the sensitivity and the needs are going up to better understand head protection — to be both a thought leader and an innovation leader. It’s absolutely a corporate priority.

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Lacrosse In The 1950’s: Navy Men’s Lacrosse “Muscled In On Old Maryland Teams That Had Monopolized Ancient Indian Game” (Life Magazine, 1952)