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)


Lacrosse In The 1980’s: Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse Is Led By Twin Brothers Paul And Gary Gait During 1988 Season, The Best Players Since Jim Brown In 1957 (Sports Illustrated May 23, 1988)

Syracuse's Gait twins are a one-two punch in the NCAAs.

 If Gary, who led the nation’s colleges in regular-season scoring with 56 goals, is the alltime best, then Paul is No. 1-A. “Gary’s the best since ’57, when Jim Brown played here,” says 87-year-old Roy , who coached the Orange from 1931 to ’70. Brown was as dominating in lacrosse as he was in football, and, Simmons says, “Gary may be as good as Big Jim, and Paul may be as good as Gary.”

The best lacrosse player in the country, perhaps the finest to ever play the game, walks into the room. His coach beams. “I’d like to introduce Paul….”

“Gary,” the player interrupts.

“Ah, yes,” says the coach. ” Gary Gait.”

This is no way to treat a star, but it’s understandable, for Gary Gait is the identical twin of Paul Gait, and both are sophomore midfielders at Syracuse, which carries a 12-0 record, a first-round bye and the No. 1 seeding into this weekend’s second round of the NCAA tournament. The Gait twins are near

Gary Gait made the No. 22 jersey synonymous with lacrosse success at Syracuse.

equals on the field. The Gaits insist that Paul is as good. “We do everything the same, always have,” says Paul. Adds Gary, “In our league back home, Paul was MVP last summer, I won the award the summer before that, and Paul won it the summer before that.” Paul finishes the thought: “We take turns having great seasons.”

Back home is Victoria, B.C., and the league is part of Canada‘s box-lacrosse circuit, which uses out-of-season hockey rinks as the sites for six-man games. The Gaits, who first picked up sticks when they were four, were weaned on the indoor game. “Box is a lot of fun,” says Gary. “It’s tighter, faster, rough along the boards. Cross-checking’s legal, and we’re pretty good-sized, so we did well.”

The brothers wound up playing at Syracuse, 3,000 miles from home, because Canada has no college lacrosse and virtually all the U.S. lacrosse powers are strung along the Eastern Seaboard, from Massachusetts to North Carolina. And when it came time for the Gaits to choose one of those schools, Syracuse coach Roy Simmons Jr., who inherited the Orange team from his father 18 years ago, had an edge.

“A while back we played some practice games against the Canadian national team as a favor,” says Simmons. “Their coach, Bobby Allan, said, ‘Roy, I owe you one.’ He called two years ago and said, ‘Here’s the tip. There are two kids in B.C. who are going to be stars for our team in a couple of years, and they want to go to college. Get ’em!’ ”

“A few colleges got in touch,” says Gary. “But Coach Simmons was the most persistent. He told us the weather in Syracuse was beautiful, nothing but sunny days. Our first day here, we had a huge snowstorm.” Paul chimes in: “In Victoria there are billions of flowers. I’m still looking for some color around here. Coach lied. We’re bummed.”

Actually, the twins are very happy playing for the Orange. They like their coach’s relaxed style—”We’re serious about winning, but we smile all the while,” Simmons says—and have become campus heroes. The Gaits are at home in the classroom, too; they take all the same courses in the College of Arts and Sciences and have twin averages of 2.8. “We’re here for four years, definitely,” says Gary. “We came for an education, not for lacrosse,” says Paul.

Lacrosse Skills And Techniques: Faceoff Situations Highlighted In 2010 Maine Class B State Lacrosse Championship (Video)

Lacrosse officials training. This video shows a variety of faceoff situations and highlights officials’ mechanics. The faceoffs are from the 2010 Maine Class B State Championship game. As you would expect in a one goal game, each team won half of the faceoffs.

Western Canada Recruiting Success Stories: Stony Brook Men’s Lacrosse Middie Kevin Crowley (Sr., New Westminster, British Columbia) Is Named Lacrosse Magazine’s “2011 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Div I Preseason Player Of The Year”

“…a lanky midfielder named Kevin Crowley, who was drawing interest from Bellarmine, Division III Whittier (Calif.) College and Division II (Calif.) Notre Dame de Namur...”

“For any kid growing up on the West Coast [of Canada], it’s a dream come true to play at the Division I level at a place like this,” said Crowley, who has amassed 176 career points and needs 26 to set a school record.

Stony Brook Men's Lacrosse Middie Kevin Crowley

By the time he had left St. John’s to take over as the head men’s lacrosse coach at Stony Brook University, Rick Sowell already had one Canadian scoring machine in his recruiting sights. Sowell asked incoming attackman Jordan McBride if he knew of any other solid prospects back home in British Columbia.

McBride told Sowell to take a serious look at a buddy and former teammate — a lanky midfielder named Kevin Crowley, who was drawing interest from Bellarmine, Division III Whittier (Calif.) College and Division II (Calif.) Notre Dame de Namur.

Sowell heeded the advice, and the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Crowley is no longer a secret. Crowley is the do-it-all senior midfielder who is coming off one of the greatest seasons in Stony Brook history, and he is Lacrosse Magazine’s Preseason Player of the Year.

“Kevin is a nightmare to defend, pretty darned good with or without the ball, and his decision-making has come a long way,” said Sowell, heading into his fifth year with the Seawolves. “He’s a dynamic player who has been fun to watch.”

On a loaded offense that averaged 13.2 goals per game, Crowley shot an amazing 38.8 percent and pushed Stony Brook to a 13-4 record in 2010 — which ended with a 10-9 loss to Virginia in the NCAA quarterfinals. He stood out, and figures to do so again.

Crowley led the NCAA with 4.53 points per game and became only the fourth junior since 1995 to win the USILA’s Enners Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding Division I player. He led the Seawolves with 51 goals, ranked second in assists (26) and helped anchor the faceoff wing with 69 ground balls (third). He also fed McBride, a fellow New Westminster (B.C.) Secondary School graduate, for many of his 48 goals.

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