Daily Archives: December 7, 2010

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Nick Myers Recaps Fall Ball, Discusses 2011 Schedule And Student-Athlete Community Service Work, And Launches “11th Man Campaign” To Raise Funds For Program


 

I hope everyone enjoyed a few days with friends and family over Thanksgiving. I am blessed to be at Ohio State and more importantly, have the opportunity to work with and teach our student-athletes every day. Not to mention, it is always nice to finish off the week with a big win vs. the Wolverines! As we gear up for the Holiday season, we wanted to bring you up to speed on our most current

Ohio State Men's Lacrosse Head Coach Nick Myers

events for Buckeye Lacrosse.

In September, we hosted the Lindner Family Memorial Golf Outing. We were lucky enough to have the event at our Scarlet Course here on campus. It was a beautiful day and another chance to recognize Dan and his family, as we raised more than $10,000 for the Aidan W., Daniel P., and Angela M. Lindner Memorial Athletic Scholarship Fund. The alums gathered to watch the Buckeye football team down the Ohio Bobcats the next day.

October 8 marked the annual Alumni Game, which this year was held at the Harmon Family Football Park. It was a great night of fellowship, and as we like to say, no one lost that night. It was an ideal opportunity for the men to make connections with other Buckeyes. The group of about 40 alums ranged from current pros to players from the 60s and 70s. 

Fallball wrapped up with a trip to Delaware for scrimmages vs. Navy, Delaware and Siena. It was an opportunity to play three great opponents and gave us a chance to play a lot of different guys and combinations. It helped us develop the identity of our team and get an evaluation on a number of players in an actual game setting. It really stoked the competitive fire among the men for the spring. Staying healthy through all three scrimmages made the day even more of a success. If you haven’t already, visit OhioStateBuckeyes.com for a highlight video from the day.

We are excited about having five captains this year –seniors Jarred Bowman, Conor David, Scott Lathrop, Bryce Woodson and junior Brock Sorensen. The group will establish a solid core for our team. They all have different strengths and complement each other well. The parents, players and alumni can all be proud of the group leading the squad into the spring season. We had a number of players indicate they were interested in leading the team before practice began and they auditioned throughout fall camp. The team voted on the final leaders, and we introduced them at the banquet.

The freshman class has adapted well into our system and the Buckeye Lacrosse Family. They have done all we’ve asked, dealing with all of their responsibilities – academics, conditioning, practice load and adjusting to college life. They have assimilated into the Buckeye Lacrosse Family easily. The upperclassmen have taken the lead to show them the way. 

The biggest addition to the Buckeye lacrosse Family is JJ Snider, a fourth grader who has battled with medulloblastoma. We adopted him through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a non-profit, charitable organization formed in 2005 that improves the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors and their families. Our men have really enjoyed having JJ and his family (his parents, Jodi and Mike and his siblings Rudy, Michael, Sarah, Mary and Joanna) a part of our family. They have visited us at practice, where we gave JJ his own lacrosse stick, and were special guests at the banquet. We have been to see a few of his flag football games, and visited with him at the hospital when he went in for an MRI. The guys, and everyone surrounding the program, have really been able to develop a relationship with JJ. We are excited to have him on our sideline in the spring! He has a website, http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jjsnider, if you would like to learn more about his story or leave him a message.

Our men have been working hard in the community this fall as we have already surpassed 250 hours of service. Nearly every weekend a group has been connecting with various organizations, from heading to JJ’s games, to working with Lacrosse the Nations, to again helping out at an Honor Flight Reunion. Engaging in our community is a priority, and the men have embraced it.

Pat DeBolt is the newest member of our staff, coming to Ohio State after serving as the volunteer assistant coach with Duke last season when it claimed the NCAA title. Pat played and coached at Hofstra University before spending last season down in Durham. We are pleased to have his expertise on staff as he will be working primarily with our goalies and faceoff guys.

Our Buckeye lacrosse family has grown by THREE since last season ended. Julie and I were blessed with Mason on Mother’s Day (May 9). Coach Dobbins and his wife Erin were joined by Colleen Oct. 5 and Coach Baxter and his wife Marika added Rae Nov. 10.

This season we have contests with five NCAA tournament teams from a season ago, including two national semifinalists, and will take on three of the four ACC teams. The non-conference schedule is one that will test us every week and prepare us for conference play. This year we will play Fairfield in the ‘Showdown in the Shoe’ as we look to set another NCAA attendance record. The ECAC will be one of the most competitive conferences top to bottom again this spring. New in 2011 is the conference tournament which will decide the AQ (automatic qualifier) to the NCAA’s. The seven teams will battle for a top 4 finish in the regular season to earn a spot in the league tournament in May.

The future of Buckeye lacrosse is growing stronger with the signing of our most recent recruiting class.  We are very excited about the ten young men that signed NLI’s this month. The character of this group is exceptional and we expect big things out of all the men as they prepare to put on the Scarlet and Gray next fall. We will be sending out a formal release after the Holiday season.

As we move into the 2011 season, we need your continued support.  This will be the third year of our 11th Man campaign.  The program was designed to provide an easy way to support the Buckeye Lacrosse Family.  We are very thankful for the support of all of those who have joined the elite club and those that have made donations to the general fund here at Ohio State.  For more information on the 11th Man campaign, please see the brochure attached.  We thank you for the continued support and wish you and your family all the best this holiday season.

Happy Holidays and Go Bucks!

Nick

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NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: San Diego State Women’s Lacrosse Announces 8 Student-Athletes In First Ever Recruiting Class


The San Diego State lacrosse team revealed its first-ever recruiting class, head coach Kylee White announced today. The eight-member class, which will join the Aztecs in the fall of 2011, includes three from San Diego County, two each from Florida and Ohio, and one from Australia.

Grace Korandovich is one of eight in SDSU lacrosse's first-ever recruiting class.

“I am proud to announce the first eight women’s lacrosse recruits for San Diego State,” White said. “This is a very talented group of student-athletes who will help build the foundation and future success of SDSU lacrosse. All eight of these young women possess exceptional athleticism, talent and a strong work ethic both on and off the field.

“It is exciting and telling of the growth of lacrosse in San Diego to have three of the top players in the area join this inaugural squad.”

A 5-foot-8-inch attack/midfielder, Jordan Cook comes to The Mesa from Saint Augustine, Fla., where she was an honorable mention All-American for Bartram Trail High School. Cook, who led the Bears to three consecutive district championships, also was a third-team all-state selection, and first-team all-region, first-team all-district and first-team all-league pick. While attending Bartram Trail, Cook was a three-sport athlete, playing volleyball and swimming in the off seasons. Cook played her club ball at LaxManiax.

A local recruit out of Carlsbad High School, Spencer Harden (5’8″) earned second-team all-league accolades as a defender for the Lancers. A San Diego Union-Tribune scholar-athlete in 2010, Harden also excelled for the San Diego Sharkz club team, which won three elite championships in the past year. Harden was an all-star selection at the Adrenaline Showcase, Adrenaline Shootout and Adrenaline Challenge while with the Sharkz.

A 5-foot-9-inch attack/midfielder, Grace Korandovich played her high school lacrosse at The Wellington School in Columbus, Ohio. Korandovich led the Jaguars to the state semifinals a year ago, while earning second-team all-state and first-team all-district accolades. A captain and an academic all-region pick, Korandovich led the team in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers. Korandovich, who also plays basketball for the Jaguars and is the student body president, is a member of the Midwestern Force Lacrosse Club.

A teammate of Korandovich with the Midwestern Force, Falon Manns starred for Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. Manns, a 5-foot-4-inch midfielder for the Comets, scored 13 goals and added two assists when they finished eighth in the state. Manns earned three letters at Mason under head coach Paul Limpert. She earned the Principals Award and Academic Achievement Award, while garnering scholar-athlete honors.

A local standout with La Costa Canyon High School in Encinitas, 5-foot-3-inch attacker Jackie Mills will bring her talents to SDSU. Mills was named a 2010 U.S. Lacrosse All-American, and is a two-time (2009-10) first-team all-CIF selection and two-time (2009-10) first-team all-Avocado League pick. Mills led the Mavericks to back-to-back league and CIF titles (2008-09). A scholar-athlete who was named to the 2010 San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic team, Mills was listed as one of the top players to watch in San Diego for 2010. A two-time Union-Tribune Athlete of the Week, Mills also plays with the San Diego Rip club team.

The third San Diego County recruit, Brittany Parrish attends Scripps Ranch High School. As a 5-foot-1-inch attack/midfielder, Parrish helped the Falcons advance to the CIF semifinals in 2010 and the quarterfinals in 2009. Parrish was a Lax-All-Area honorable mention pick (2009) and was selected to the San Diego City League Second Team. A scholar-athlete, Parrish also excels in soccer and field hockey at Scripps Ranch, and plays alongside fellow future Aztec Spencer Harden on the San Diego Sharkz club team.

An Adelaide, Australia, native, Isabelle Pickett brings international experience to San Diego State as a member of the Under-19 Australian squad. Pickett has represented South Australia in nine national competitions, including a national championship win in 2010. Pickett also starred for the competitive Brighton Bombers Lacrosse Club team, which won three straight league championships (2008-10). A 5-foot-5-inch midfielder, Pickett is a scholar-athlete and also a high school letterwinner in cross country, soccer, tennis and beach volleyball.

The eighth and final member of White’s first recruiting class is Catherine Shepardson, a 5-foot-9-inch attack/midfielder from Winter Park, Fla. Shepardson garnered all-district, all-county and all-Metro Conference honors while at Winter Park High School. In 2010 with the Wildcats in Florida, Shepardson led the team with 103 points on 56 goals and 47 assists, and now attends Our Lade of Good Council in Olney, Md. Shepardson, who played her club ball at LaxManiax with Cook, was a member of the Florida U-19 team, and is a scholar-athlete and letterwinner in cross country and soccer.

The Aztecs will begin a full schedule in the spring of 2012 and will play in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF).

For more:  http://goaztecs.cstv.com/sports/w-lacros/spec-rel/120710aaa.html

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Air Force Men’s Lacrosse 2011 Schedule Includes Hofstra, Loyola, Denver, Ohio State And Hobart


Lacrosse In The 1970’s: Cornell Men’s Lacrosse Defeated Johns Hopkins 16-8 To Win 1977 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Behind Attacker Eamon McEneaney (Sports Illustrated June 06, 1977)


As Richie Moran did the coaching and Eamon McEneaney the scoring, the Big Red built a 9-0 lead and went on to rout Johns Hopkins 16-8 for the NCAA crown.

Two days before playing his final lacrosse game for Cornell last week, Eamon McEneaney, the game’s finest attackman, described what it is like to play for Big Red Coach Richie Moran. In lacrosse circles McEneaney is known as a brash, immature wise guy with a hot temper. Despite his talent, many of Cornell’s rivals have wondered how Moran has managed to put up with McEneaney for four years. “Richie and I get upset with each other,” he said, “but there is a common bond between us—winning. Sure, I’m rebellious, but the one thing about me that Richie knows is, if he sends the team out on a three-mile run, I’ll be the first to finish. I think he sees a lot of himself in me. I love Richie. I love him because he made me a winner, and that’s what I wanted to be.”

Cornell Men's Lacrosse Attacker Eamon McEneaney driving in 1977 NCAA Championship Game against Johns Hopkins.

Indeed, the combination of Moran and McEneaney has been all-victorious for quite a time now, but as if to make sure that no one would ever forget what a winning pair they have been, they saved their most triumphant triumph for last Saturday’s NCAA championship game. Before 11,340 fans at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, McEneaney scored three goals and had five assists to lead Cornell in a 16-8 shellacking of a good Johns Hopkins team. The victory gave the Big Red its second straight national title, making it the first school to win consecutive championships since the NCAA inaugurated its tournament in 1971. And the victory, Cornell’s 29th in a row, capped a second straight undefeated season. That isn’t just winning, that’s rubbing it in.

Actually, the title game was not as close as the score indicates. Midway through the fourth quarter, before Moran gave everyone except himself a turn on the field, Cornell led 16-3. At that point, Mike O’Neill, Hopkins’ leading scorer, sat on the bench and admitted, “They’re just better than us. But I don’t think they’re that much better. This is embarrassing. Come on, clock,” he pleaded, ignoring his team’s futile rally, “run down.”

Despite Cornell’s overwhelming victory, there are some non-believers who challenge the Big Red‘s claim to be No. 1 in college lacrosse. The doubters tout Hobart College, the Division II title-holder and also a winner of two consecutive NCAA crowns. The Statesmen were 15-0 this season and outscored their opponents 352-106. They won some games by as many as 30 goals. If nothing else, the suggestion floating around Charlottesville that a Super Bowl should be played between the Division I and II champs served to point out that lacrosse is no longer the property of Maryland and Long Island. Hobart and Cornell are located within 50 miles of each other in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York.

In Moran‘s nine years high above Cayuga’s waters, he has won three national titles—including the first NCAA tournament in 1971—eight Ivy League championships and 106 of 120 games. He is a graying, rounded Irishman who deluges anyone who will listen with a torrent of blarney. A Hopkins assistant coach recently likened Moran‘s personality to a “freshly opened, well-shaken bottle of pop.” “He’s a conniver,” says McEneaney, “a fast-talking Mick. You can clown around with Richie, because he’s doing that with you. It’s all fun and games. Except at practice. Practice is like Parris Island.”

Moran prides himself on his ability to relate to his players. “In coaching you can’t have a double standard,” he says, “but you can’t handle all players the same.” Few have tried his patience as severely as McEneaney has. “Eamon’s got a fuse that would make a lot of people happy on the Fourth of July,” says Moran. “What we try to do is harness his emotions to make him become the player he’s capable of being.” In McEneaney’s first varsity game as a sophomore, Moran had to bench him for 10 minutes to calm him down after a questionable call by a referee. As recently as two weeks ago, in Cornell’s crushing 22-6 NCAA semifinal win over Navy, Moran had to pull McEneaney. “He was so mad that he was yelling at the ref, at the fans, at the stadium, at the airplanes in the sky,” says Moran. “He yells at me, too, but I let it go in one ear and out the other. He’s the only kid I know who yells and screams with affection. Did you ever see two Irishmen try to converse when the adrenaline is flowing?”

Obviously, Moran succeeded in harnessing McEneaney just enough. He was a first-team All-America the last two seasons, and surely will be again when the 1977 squad is announced this week. As a sophomore he was voted the top attackman in the nation, an honor he should regain this year. He also played two seasons of football as a wide receiver and was named to the All-Ivy team last fall. “His weight is only 156, but his heart must weigh 154,” says Moran. “At times I don’t understand Eamon, but I always make believe I understand him. One thing I do know for sure is that he badly wants to be a winner. He’ll drive you nuts, but he’ll get the team up.”

Dan Mackesey, the Cornell goalie, is the antithesis of McEneaney—cool, intellectual, articulate—but he sounds a familiar refrain when he says, “There is no question that during my four years at Cornell Moran has been the most influential person in my life. Last season my father got sick and then died. Richie was the one person whom I found I could open up to. He sensed it, and he made himself available.”

Mackesey was the nation’s outstanding goalie in 1976, but he had some indifferent games early this year until he went to an eye doctor and discovered that with his old contacts he could not read the second line on the chart. “My teammates said I should have been playing with a Seeing Eye dog,” he says. “They promised that if a shot was heading for the upper left corner of the cage they’d bark twice.” On the eve of the championship, Mackesey, whose play improved with new lenses, was still berating himself for his early-season performances. “If Dan hadn’t played well this year,” Moran scoffed, “I’d be up in Ithaca now cutting the lawn.”

Instead he was up early the morning of the championship game, inspecting the artificial turf at Scott Stadium. However, he was not up as early as McEneaney. Unable to sleep, McEneaney rose at 7:30 and went for a three-mile run to relieve his tension. No doubt Moran made believe he understood that. What was easier for him to comprehend was that the day would be hot and the surface temperature on Virginia‘s fake turf would be more than 100� by game time. Twenty minutes before the opening face-off, Moran decided on a gamble. In hopes of exhausting Hopkins, he ordered his team to run all out for the first period, pressing on defense and fastbreaking on offense, rather than setting up and working the ball patiently for shots. In short, he wanted to give the Blue Jays the old Parris Island treatment.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1092500/index.htm#ixzz17HM5Lkwb

MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Claremont Men’s Lacrosse (CA) Announces Team Captains And Releases 2011 Schedule Including BYU, Whittier, UC Santa Barbara, UC Berkeley, USC And Chapman


The Claremont Colleges Men’s Lacrosse Club announces its captains and releases schedule for 2011.

7th year Head Coach Pete Ginnegar is pleased to announce that Alex Bargmann, Sr. Mid, Pelham Memorial HS, Pelham, NY; David Cook, Sr. Att, Thacher School, Woodside, CA; and Robey Miller, Sr. Def., Cate School, Chicago, IL, have been chosen to lead the Cougars for the 2011 season.

The “Cougs” also are pleased to release its most ambitious schedule in the program’s 52-year history for the 2011 season. The schedule features eight home contests with nationally ranked powers including BYU, Chapman, UC Santa Barbara, Texas State, Loyola Marymount University, and Univ. of Minnesota-Mankato.

Day Date Opponent Location  
February 2011
Sat 02/05/2011 Biola Home 1:00 PM
Sun 02/06/2011 Alumni Game Home 10:00 AM
Sat 02/12/2011 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Away 2:00 PM
Fri 02/18/2011 San Diego State University San Juan Hills HS 7:00 PM
Mon 02/21/2011 BYU Home 2:00 PM
Sat 02/26/2011 Whittier Away 1:00 PM
March
Sun 03/06/2011 UC Santa Barbara Home 1:00 PM
Sat 03/12/2011 U Minnesota – Mankato Home 1:00 PM
Mon 03/14/2011 Texas State Home 3:00 PM
Sat 03/26/2011 Loyola Marymount University Home 1:00 PM
April
Sat 04/02/2011 UC Los Angeles Away 3:00 PM
Sat 04/09/2011 UC Berkeley Away 1:00 PM
Sun 04/10/2011 Santa Clara University Away 2:00 PM
Wed 04/13/2011 University of Southern California Away 7:00 PM
Sat 04/16/2011 Chapman University Home 1:00 PM
May
Sat 05/07/2011 Southwest Lacrosse Conference Tournament TBD TBD
Tue 05/17/2011 Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Tournament Denver, CO TBD

The “Cougs” also travel up the coast to face WCLL foes Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo, Cal Berkley, and Santa Clara Univ., as well a neutral site contest with San Diego State Univ., and SLC divisional contests with both UCLA and USC. NCAA Div. III Whittier College is also on the slate. Claremont will open its season on 2/5/11 with Biola University.

Check out everything that is the “Coug” nation at www.claremontlax.com

Lacrosse Documentaries: “Sacred Stick” Explores The Origins And Importance Of Lacrosse To Indian Heritage (Video)


Patty Loew, producer of the new lacrosse documentary “Sacred Stick,” discussed the origins, traditions and significance of the “fastest growing sport in America” — lacrosse — when she visited Beloit College on Nov. 7, 2010. Her comments begin at the 3:05 minute mark.

Loew, a producer with Wisconsin Public Television, is also a professor of life science communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal. She produced the new documentary film titled “Sacred Stick.”

Bill Green, director of the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College, introduced Loew. The same morning, a piece appeared on the college’s internal news site, The Terrarium, where Green himself gave a brief background on the sport and showed off two of three lacrosse sticks in the museum’s collection.

“Apart from its recreational function, lacrosse traditionally played a more serious role in Indian culture,” he wrote. “Its origins are rooted in legend, and the game continues to be used for curative purposes and surrounded with ceremony.”