Daily Archives: December 15, 2010

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: University Of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon States He Would Like To Add “Men’s And Women’s Lacrosse As Varsity Sports”


“It’s a fast-growing sport and a great television sport.”

“You’re starting to see it move into the Big Ten,” he said. “So you’re starting to see it come a little bit west. More and more high schools feature it as a major sport with spectator interest and participation.”

Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon

said he’d like to add varsity men’s and women’s lacrosse at some point during his tenure.

“I’m really interested in pursuing lacrosse as a varsity sport,” he said recently. “It’s a fast-growing sport and a great television sport.”

Currently, the Wolverines have a men’s lacrosse team that has competed as a club team since 1965. It plays in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association and does not offer scholarships.

“Obviously, I’m excited that there is the possibility of adding lacrosse at Michigan, if Dave Brandon ultimately decides it’s the right move,” club team coach John Paul wrote in an e-mail.

He deferred on further comment to Brandon.

No timetable exists for launching the programs. Brandon said there are operational, facility and financial questions that need answers before he could project a start date.

Michigan’s athletic department projected an operating surplus of $16.2 million for fiscal year 2010, but that is expected to narrow to $4.7 million in 2011.

Michigan offers 25 varsity sports. Women’s water polo was the last sport added to the varsity level – that move came in 2001.

Sixty schools offer Division I NCAA men’s lacrosse programs, although just two Big Ten schools are among them – Ohio State and Penn State. Northwestern offers women’s lacrosse, but not men’s.

Brandon hopes to be part of a growing trend.

“You’re starting to see it move into the Big Ten,” he said. “So you’re starting to see it come a little bit west. More and more high schools feature it as a major sport with spectator interest and participation.”

For more: http://www.annarbor.com/sports/um-football/michigan-athletic-director-dave-brandon-interested-in-adding-lacrosse-as-a-varsity-sport/

Southern California Boys Club Lacrosse Recruiting Events: “2011 Adrenaline Challenge” Features 31 Elite Boys Lacrosse Teams Competing On Jan. 8-9 In Del Mar, CA


Western Youth Lacrosse Programs: US Lacrosse Announces “2011 Equipment Grants” To 6 Girls And 11 Boys Lacrosse Programs In Western US


One hundred lacrosse organizations in 31 states will receive US Lacrosse Equipment Grants this year. The US Lacrosse Equipment Grant Program, in its twelfth year, is an annual offering of US Lacrosse. Since the inception of the Equipment Grant Program, US Lacrosse has donated equipment to over 400 fledgling lacrosse programs with the retail value of $1,800,000.

The US Lacrosse Equipment Grant is one of the most impactful programs that US Lacrosse offers. The generous contributions of equipment from manufacturers STX, Onyx, Harrow, Adidas, Brine and Warrior, directly support the growth of lacrosse across the country, allowing more youth to have the opportunity to play the sport each year. The program is also supported by US Lacrosse memberships and the generous financial donations of lacrosse enthusiasts from coast to coast.

“US Lacrosse is vital to the future of the sport of lacrosse,” said 2009 equipment grant recipient, William Spath of Green Tech High Charter School in Albany, N.Y. “Its youth programs, clinics, and equipment grants help so many people. Many programs and communities rely on US Lacrosse for leadership and support to give their young people opportunities to participate.”

Girls’ Package:

Del Norte High School Nighthawks- San Diego , CA

Kealing Middle School Girls Lacrosse Club- Austin, TX

Stanwood Lacrosse (SCJAA)- Stanwood, WA

Shawnee Mission Lacrosse- Prairie, KS*

Longs Peak Middle School-Longmont, CO+

Mukwonago Lacrosse Team- Mukwonago, WI+

Boys’ Package

Flour Bluff Lacrosse Club- Corpus Christi, TX

CISI Larry Hawkins- Chicago, IL

KIPP McDonogh 15 School- New Orleans, LA

Ionia High School Lacrosse- Ionia, MI

Bellevue Lacrosse- Bellevue, NE

Highland Hornets- Albuquerque, NM

North Olympic Peninsula Lacrosse Club- Port Angeles, WA

Ozaukee Youth Lacrosse- Cedarburg, WI

Skyline High School Lacrosse Club- Oakland, CA

LBJ/LASA Boys LAX Booster Club- Austin, TX

Wausau Wolfpack Pups Youth Lacrosse- Wausau, WI

Program Package

Little Rock Lacrosse Club- Little Rock, AR

Hillcrest Middle School- Glendale, AZ*

Fort Worth Youth Lacrosse Assoc.- Benbrook, TX

Harbor Fire Lacrosse- Gig Harbor, WA

Ygnacio Valley High School- Concord, CA

Mendez Learning Center- Los Angeles, CA

Connally High School Lacrosse Club- Austin, TX

Valencia High School- Placentia, CA

Temecula Valley High School Lacrosse Booster Club- Temecula, CA

Pikes Peak Lacrosse- Colorado Springs, CO

Grand Ledge Youth Lacrosse- Grand Ledge, MI

KIPP Renaissance High School- New Orleans, LA+

Physical Education Package

Ahwatukee Lacrosse- Phoenix, AZ

Excelsior Middle School- Discovery Bay, CA

Fresno Unified School District- Fresno, CA

Canyon Creek Elementary School- Austin, TX

The McGillis School- Salt Lake City, UT

All Saints Catholic School- Spokane, WA

* Fast Break Grants – program was awarded an equipment grant in conjunction with the 2010 Fast Break program.

+ First Stick Grants- program was awarded an equipment grant in conjunction with the inaugural US Lacrosse First Stick Program.

Lacrosse Teams That “Changed The Game”: The 1981 North Carolina Men’s Lacrosse Team Led By Head Coach Willie Scroggs Vaults To The Top Of NCAA Men’s Lacrosse In 3-Year Turnaround Of Program (Sports Illustrated March 30, 1981)


Led by Coach Willie Scroggs, upstart North Carolina is about to crash—and perhaps crush—the sport's elite.

There’s no reason in the world why the University of North Carolina should be any good at lacrosse. Or even that it should want to be. After all, high school lacrosse isn’t played in the state, so all Tar Heel players must be recruited a long way from home—primarily from the Baltimore area and New York‘s Long Island, which are the sport’s hotbeds. If pressured, most sports fans in the Carolinas would be hard pressed to say whether lacrosse is something burned on lawns by the Klan or a town in Wisconsin.

Yet last week, like the budding dogwoods on the Chapel Hill campus, the North Carolina lacrosse team looked ready—only three years after a player revolt left the program in ruins—to burst into full flower. “We have some talent,” deadpanned Coach Willie Scroggs.

Indeed, the Tar Heels very likely have the most talent in the nation in a sport

1981 North Carolina Men's Lacrosse Team

played by about 130 colleges but dominated by a few—Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Navy, Virginia and Cornell. The interloping Tar Heels not only are horning in on this clubby little quintet but are also threatening to march right over them. Henry Ciccarone, the coach at Johns Hopkins, which has been national champ 40 times, including the last three years in a row, says gloomily, “Carolina has more ability than we do, so that puts them in position to beat us.”

And maybe everybody else. Already this season, North Carolina has whipped Navy 11-8 and the 1980 NCAA runner-up, Virginia, 11-6. Then last Saturday the Heels showed an explosive and well-disciplined attack in overwhelming Towson State 19-3. A crucial game for North Carolina comes April 4 when it plays Maryland, which has defeated the Tar Heels all 17 times they have met. Should North Carolina finally win—and the Terps are down from their once lofty heights—then notice will have been served that there’s a new boy on the old block. Further proof may well come at the NCAA championship in Princeton at the end of May.

That’s not bad for a college that didn’t take up the game until 1964, and did it then mainly to earn points that would enable it to win the Carmichael Cup, the ACC‘s all-sports trophy. The ploy worked—sort of. In the last 17 years, Carolina has won the cup nine times, but hardly because of its lacrosse prowess.

Most of the credit for North Carolina‘s sudden prominence in the sport goes to Scroggs, 33, who has the perfect temperament to coach lacrosse at a school where basketball and football have long shared kingship: he will not allow himself to feel insulted, demeaned, put-upon or otherwise trampled in spirit.

He’s the classic example of someone who gets along by going along. Scroggs was hired in July 1978 after a disastrous season that included an ugly set-to in which 14 players were suspended by the then coach, Paul Doty. The players said Doty was a lousy coach, and Doty said he wasn’t real crazy about the players. Against this backdrop, Scroggs was told, among other things, that lacrosse definitely wouldn’t be as important in Chapel Hill as it was at Johns Hopkins, where Scroggs had played and then had served as an assistant coach for six years. Fine, he said. When auto dealers gave all the rest of the Tar Heel head coaches big new cars to use, Scroggs got a two-door Honda. Fine, he said. You’ll have to share the practice field with the track team. Scroggs was told. Fine, he said. You have 13 scholarships now but we’re dropping it steadily down to nine, Scroggs was told. Fine, he said. Your office is being moved over to oblivion in the women’s facility to make room for somebody more important. Fine, he said.

Scroggs was also told money would always be a problem so don’t ask. Fine, he said. He then went about making a deal for his 41-member squad to clean up Kenan Stadium after four of last fall’s home football games for $3,600. “I liked doing it,” says Scroggs, “because it demonstrated that we’re not afraid to work for what we want. It was tough. I liked that. To be in a filthy football stadium at 6 a.m. on Sunday in the rain is special. I think the kids gained by suffering.”

So the players liked it, too?

“No, they hated it,” says Scroggs.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1124337/index.htm#ixzz17rk8HSii

NCAA Div III Men’s Lacrosse: Hilbert College (NY) Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Rick Schunke Talks About Div III Lacrosse (Video)